Thursday, September 26, 2013

Grandpa Coleman's Visit

Grandchildren are Blessings
Since grandchild number five recently joined our family, Grandpa came out from Vermont to Utah for a few days.  My father finally met his grandson. While he was in town, we had a BBQ with Uncle Nate on Saturday September 7, 2013 and went for a drive.  Too bad it rained so much that day! On Monday September 9, 2013, we took Grandpa to our favorite places in Pleasant Grove. First, we went to Chubby's for dinner then went to Alisha's Cravings Cupcakes for dessert.  Afterwards, we drove to Manila Creek and watched the beautiful sunset.  The next day we spent some time with Aunt Karen at our house.  We had  fun getting out and doing things with Grandpa Coleman. I am certain he had a great trip!
Cravings Alisha's Cupcakes (Winner of Cupcake Wars)
 We got "Better than What Cupcake" and "Girl Scout's Samoas Cupcake"! They were delicious!
Manila Creek
Aunt Karen, Grandpa, and me!

Honey Boy is Four Months Old!

Honey Boy is Four Months Old!
On September 24, 2013, little brother had his four month old check up and shots. He is now 11 lbs. 12 oz., 25 inches long, and his head circumference measured 42 cm round. The doctor is a little concerned about his current weight and believes due to his recent surgery his body slowed down on growth a bit. Hopefully by his six month check up, he will gain more weight by eating cereal and increasing breast milk. His doctor was pleased that he  has accomplished most of his major four month old milestones! 
Milestones: Our baby is growing and accomplishing great tasks! He can hold toys in his hand, rollover from back to belly, loves tummy time, can eat 4-6 oz of breast milk during a feeding, and is finally eating rice cereal. He has great neck support, and can see me across the room. He is a happier baby since his surgery and smiles a lot. He has slept seven hours straight a couple times! Yay, hopefully Mom can finally gets a good night's rest!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Our Brave Baby Boy's Surgery

Our Brave Baby Boy's Surgery

When little brother was two weeks old, he was diagnosed with two hernias and an undescended testicle on the left side. At that same time, we were informed that he would need surgery in the future. From what we could physically see with our eyes and feel, our son had an umbilical hernia above his navel and a large rare indirect inguinal hernia on his left side. When our son would cry, the hernias would bulge. I believe he was in a lot of pain since we discovered the hernias especially with the large one that was probably pressing on his stomach. For instance, he would only eat 2 oz. of breast milk at a time and would hardly breastfeed at all. Within minutes after eating, he would scream in pain. I could physically feel the gas bubbles in his abdomen. I was constantly feeding him all day long because I was afraid that he was not gaining enough weight. Luckily, I had a great electric pump and milk supply. In the middle photo below, look on the right (his left) side was where the hernia bulge was located. It was more noticeable when he is crying or upset.
 The dreadful bitter/sweet day finally came!  On August 27, 2013, our three month old baby had a follow up appointment with a pediatric surgeon who works at Utah Valley Hospital. He weighed 10 lbs 14 oz and was 23.5 inches long. To our surprise, the doctor decided it was time to schedule his operation for Friday, August 30, 2013 at 7:00 AM. The day before his surgery the doctor ordered a MRI for our son. The MRI photographs were used to determine what needed to be done during surgery.  In order to do a MRI on my son, my baby had to fast four hours before the procedure because he needed to be sedated during the MRI.  That means no breast milk four hours before and he could drink Pedilite three hours before. I was worried because he had to fast two days in a row (MRI and for surgery the next morning). The nurse put an IV in his arm and he went to sleep. My son was sent home with his IV and we were instructed to flush it during the night that way they could use the same IV in the morning. My little guy was very groggy after his sedation. I had to wake him up a lot to make sure he was fed. I was confident that all would go well in surgery, but what scared me the most was the anesthesia. I had no idea what to expect how my son would react to it but he did great! What a strong little guy! 

The next day, we checked in the hospital at 6:30 AM. Our son was prepped for surgery and they carried him to the surgery room. He was in surgery for a total of three hours (was only intended for 1.5 hours). While our son was recovering from surgery, the surgeon reported to us that our son had an indirect inter parietal hernia on the left side, umbilical hernia, and inguinal hernia on the right side which the doctor found while repairing the others. He also fixed his undescended testicle. He had a total of four incisions. The surgeon explained to us that the he needed assistance from an adult surgeon to help him with repairing his indirect hernia because it is a very uncommon hernia found in infants and children. Indirect hernias are usually found in old men. In fact, the surgeon informed us that there is only one other child documented this May 2013 with this same type of hernia who is from Japan. My baby is definitely one of a kind!  We are so grateful for the wonderful surgeon Earl Downey and his awesome surgical team who took great care of our son! Little brother was very brave and my biggest hero!

 Our little boy was full of smiles two days after surgery thanks to many prayers, positive thoughts, and well wishes! He also received a healing blessing by his father the night before his surgery, which calmed my nerves. It is truly remarkable how quickly infants heal after surgery. I am looking forward to seeing him improve on feeding and sleeping better because of no more hernia pain! What a huge blessing to have modern medicine to heal us!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Our 2013 Summer Highlights

Big Sister went to Heber Girl's Camp
Big Sis went to Idaho with a friend.
The girls played in the summer rain!

We went up the canyon to explore Cascade Springs and had a picnic.
We went to the Redwood Drive-In to see Turbo

For our 16th Wedding Anniversary, John and I went to Firebird Pizza and Pasta and had cupcakes for dessert at Alisha's Cravings.
The girls went to Seven Peaks Water Park!