The past three weeks haven't been too eventful. Mom and dad made it back to Florida and are settling back in to their routine. Kelsea and I pretty much have our schedules figured out, as much as Hayden allows us to have a schedule! I just finished my 10th year of teaching. It is hard to believe that I have been doing this that long! My how the time flies.
Kelsea has officially resigned and will be staying home with Hayden. She always wanted to stay at home and raise the kid(s) and Hayden's potential medical needs in the future made the decision much easier. Who better to take care of him day in and day out than Kelsea! One less thing we have to worry about with the boy.
Speaking of Hayden, he has been doing great. He is still such a happy baby. He smiles non stop and is so happy when he sees and/or hears Kelsea or I come in to the room. He has us trained. If we leave the room for a minute, he lets us know with his fake "cry" and stops immediately when we return! He is getting so strong and has gained so much control over his head and torso. Kelsea has done a fabulous job of working with him non stop throughout the day with his modified tummy time and therapy. He still has his bouts of vomiting and is only eating, on average, 16-17 oz/day, but he is growing. He surpassed the 11 pound mark over the past day or two and weighed in at 11 lbs, 2.5 oz. He is still way below the curve, but that is ok. Dad is becoming more comfortable with this fact every day. Kelsea might not agree with that last statement, but I think I am! I am obsessed with tracking how much he's eating and charting all the data, but that is ok! He has an appointment with Dr. Warner next week and we want Hayden to gain as much weight as possible.
Dr. Warner said we would set a surgery date at the next appt. Well, that appointment is a week from today and we are excited. We are looking forward to not having to change his dressing every day. We are looking forward to hopefully getting rid of some of his gas and digestion issues. We are looking forward to seeing him roll over completely instead of getting stuck once his O hits the floor!
With his possible upcoming surgery, we really don't know what to expect. We have a thousand questions and can't wait to hopefully get them answered. We hope he won't have to spend too much time in the hospital, but we also know that is a possibility if he struggles with breathing and feeding post surgery. We are both members of the Mother's of Omphaloceles (MOO's) group on Facebook. Since I am not a "mother" and I post information and ask questions on there sometimes...I still think we should change the name to Parent's of Omphaloceles (POO's!!!!). The families we have "met" through this group have been unbelievable. There are so many people we feel truly blessed to have crossed paths, even if it is over the Internet. Parents, and even adults who had Omphaloceles themselves as babies, are able to share information, support, and lift up each other. It is truly a great thing. However, when it really comes down to it...when you are trying to get information regarding your child and his Omphalocele, there still really isn't a lot of research readily available. The main problem I have come across is that no two cases of Omphaloceles seem to be alike. There are so many different varying associated anomalies and problems that it is hard to compare and contrast cases/children/symptoms.
However, I was able to meet a mom from nearby who had a son born at Barne's with a giant Omphalocele a couple of years ago. Her son had similar issues as Hayden does and Hayden seems to be on the same path her son was, including upcoming procedures and the same timeline. It was so nice to talk to her the other night and hearing her say her son is "perfect" and "as normal as can be" was such a relief. We have met other families who have had similar cases/symptoms as Hayden but different hospitals and doctors and we have met those who have had similar doctors at St. Louis Children's, but different' symptoms and issues. It was very informative and comforting to meet somebody as close as they were.
God has a way of putting people in to your lives at just the right time, doesn't He? He knows just who to put where and when they are needed. The connections He lays before us continue to amaze me. Kelsea and I continue to be so thankful for what we have and more importantly, for what He has given us. I read parents' posts on the MOO Facebook site and it puts things in perspective just how easy we have it. It is weird to think back to last fall and how scared I was of the unknown, but it pales in comparison to what so many people around us are experiencing right now. One story that really tore at me was a mother talking about how her baby had pulled off their gloves which allowed the baby to grab a hold of their breathing tube. They were able to pull it out so quickly and the baby went in to distress and couldn't be saved. I think about all the things that could have happened to us and Hayden and I thank God for what He gave us and pray for those who He has given different situations.
Our church family and my family are losing some great friends next week. I say losing, but that is not the best word to use. The plan that God has for them is taking them on a course away from Quincy. Jeff, Julie, and all of their kids have been such a blessing to our family and especially Kelsea. Julie has been such a dear friend to Kelsea over the past couple of years and has helped Kelsea, and myself, when we were down and questioning things. For selfish reasons, Kelsea and I, along with our church family don't want them to leave. However, we also know that their work in Quincy, is for the time being, coming to an end because God has said their work has been good, and they are needed (for whatever reason that may be) elsewhere. We hate to see Julie, Jeff and all of their kids go, but we know that the friendship is not something that will go away. I thank God for allowing them to stay long enough to give Kelsea strength in her time of need last fall.
They tried to help us with a first for Hayden. Before they left, they wanted to have Hayden go swimming in their pool. Even though it is a perfect summer time activity for a baby, all of the rain lately prevented the pool from warming up and it didn't happen. But...we have all summer!
|First trip to......The Tower!!|
|Bat time 2.|
|Such a sad and depressed boy!|
|Tucker likes me being home for the summer also.|
|Tucker's "Thunder Fort" during the storms this week!|