Thursday, June 26, 2008

Cardiology Update

We saw cardiology today and Dr. R says Bailey looks great and we are free of appointments with him for an entire year! So exciting! She still has a slight murmur, but that's expected. Now, we need to continue our focus on therapy especially feeding. Bailey is quite irritable. Actually, that's an understatement. She's extremely fussy and I'm hoping it's just because she's teething. I think she is in some type of discomfort or pain because once she takes Motrin she's much better.

Please keep this little girl and her family in your prayers. Isn't she beautiful?

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Monday, June 23, 2008


A few months ago I mentioned a beautiful little girl named Emma. Emma has proven to be a strong and amazing girl in her short life. I wanted to give a little update on her. Last week she had T&A surgery and tubes put in her ears. Recovery was going well until her heart started acting up. Now, it seems it's one thing after another for this little girl. Her heart surgery has been scheduled for August, but if anyone remembers what we went through with Bailey, those few months seem to pass so slowly. Please keep her in your prayers.

Everything is going very well here. Bailey has an appointment with the Cardiologist Thursday. They'll do an echo and hopefully that will show things the same as before, if not better. Therapy is going very well. She is sitting up on her own, and they've been working to get her into crawling position. Speech therapy is also going very well and she was amazing yesterday while getting fed. We've had issues getting her to clear her spoon, but I had no problem yesterday!

Aubrey couldn't be any better. She's so sweet and I miss her when I'm at work. She went to gymnastics and then visited me at work. It was so nice to see her, but I hated it when she left. Her language is getting more and more colorful, and I'm not sure how to handle it. We're STILL working on potty training. She is one stubborn little girl. Keith is planning to get one of our bathrooms cleaned up and made into her own bathroom. Hopefully, that will be the push she needs to start using the potty.

Things are still about the same for me. I'm working crazy hours. For example I went in at 7am today and left at 3pm, then I go back in at 8:30pm tonight and I'll leave sometime tomorrow around noon or 1:00pm. I have to keep thinking this isn't forever, but sometimes it's difficult to wake up knowing that I have this job to look forward to going to.

Keith seems to be doing fine. I don't see him very often, but as we pass he seems okay. He's really taken on a lot since I've started working this job. We often tease about how he's a single dad. We're hoping to get some time for ourselves sometime around his birthday.

My parents are also doing fine. Dads memory seems to be getting worse each and every day. It's so difficult to see such an amazing man have to suffer from such horrible symptoms. He's always been so independent and has always felt the need to "make things better" for all the women in his life. Now, it seems that we're trying to do that for him. So, I know it can't be easy for him. He still has good days, but I've noticed when I call lately he usually just passes the phone on to mom. He really enjoys the days he gets the girls, so it's nice to know they're able to brighten his day, but he doesn't get them every day so it usually means the weekends aren't always the best.


Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Happy Birthday Aubrey

We'll pretend this is June 12th. Our computer has been down for almost a week.

My letter to Aubrey..

My sweet beautiful princess,

It's hard to believe it's only been 3 years since I thought I was having bladder control issues. Little did I know, that would be the day we were finally able to see your beautiful face. I remember laying on the table and Keith bringing you over, wrapped tightly in a white blanket, and seeing my precious little girl for the first time. I remember going to recovery and wanting you with me. I remember finally going to my room and finally being able to hold you. It was the most amazing moment of my life. Everyone was so happy to see you.

After a few days we finally went home. Those first few weeks were amazing. I enjoyed spending every minute with you. You were perfect, and still are. You grew and accomplished so much during that first year. You said your first words, sat up on your own, crawled, and started cruising.

Then you started walking, and clinging on to everyone you knew. You were such a shy little girl. People rarely saw your face. You were always hiding behind legs, or covering your face with your hands. You'd go to play group and never leave grandmas side. People would talk to you when we were out in public and you'd turn the other way and hide.

Now you're three. You are more outgoing than anyone I know. You'll talk to anyone who will listen. I love that about you. You always share your beautiful smile with strangers. You always show concern for those that are sad or hurt. I remember the first time you saw a picture of Bailey in the hospital. You cried for her. You're the most amazing big sister. You always ask where Bailey is when she isn't around. You always give her a big hug when you see her. You try to feed her, and when she cries you show concern.

Sweet girl, I love you so much. I can't wait to see the woman you become. You already make me so proud to be your mother.