Archive for September, 2009

Surgery update

Well it’s 4:45am and since I’m up I might as well write this down and keep everyone up to speed;). Jeremy and I are taking turns sleeping since the room sleeps one besides Liam. His surgery went well and the doctor decided to take out his tonsils too just to rule out any obstruction in his nose and throat that may be causing the apnea. He said he went back and looked over Liam’s sleep study and realized that the numbers were pretty significant, and to prevent having to put him under maybe a month or two from now he might as well take out both his adenoids and tonsils now. We are thankful for his decision… we are just dealing with a longer recovery process for Liam.

After the surgery they put him on fluids through an IV to keep him hydrated. The day of the surgery the only thing he would take through his mouth was the Icey they offer here. It’s good stuff… just shaved ice and yummy flavor. He took that well once on Monday. Then yesterday (Tuesday) he was willing to eat baby food so we fed him 2 and 1/2 jars of it throughout the day. He still didn’t want to take anything from a bottle or sippy cup. So we tried giving him formula on a spoon and he loved that… mostly b/c he was pretty thirsty since they took him off fluids at 7:30am yesterday. We found that he will take some from a syringe as well but it’s a bit of a fight. He really has to be in the mood for any kind of intake. But it’s early Wednesday and he’s had 8 oz. of formula starting last night around 5pm. So that may be enough to show the doctors he’s willing to drink (if we get creative) and send us home. I just think he’ll sleep SO much better at home. The most frustrating part is when he finally goes to sleep (b/c lately it takes him forever to fall asleep) and we have to wake him to give him tylenol or his antibiotics. Then he’ll be so upset that it will take him another hour to fall back asleep!!! Ahhhh! He needs tylenol every 4 hours even through the night.

Anyway, besides that he does seem to be in good spirits. He still loves reading his books and playing with toys and watching baby einstein. They took his IV out last night so that freed up another hand to use to play with! His blood oxygen sats look amazing while he is sleeping now too!! Before they would dip down into the 70’s and now they are staying in the 90’s (where they should be), praise the Lord!!! Oh and our creative way of feeding Liam is this… Jeremy holds Liam laying back in a rocking chair, and I stand nearby and hold the laptop with baby einstein playing on it, up near my shoulder so he looks up… while in the other hand I use the syringe to put formula in his mouth. And then after each squirt Jeremy blows in his face a bit to help him remember to swallow. It’s tricky but whatever works at this point!

So thanks for praying! The doctor saw Liam yesterday morning and noticed how content he was and said Liam’s made a liar out of him (b/c he warned us that he would be cranky for several days). But Liam does have a pretty good track record;). Just pray now that he will start taking fluids more willingly b/c that will speed up the recovery process. Ok off to wake him up once again… sigh!!!


Eating the Icey


And now peas and brown rice the next day.

LiamdrumsThis toy is a little drumset that lights up and makes noise… the nurse who was prepping us and Liam for the surgery brought this in for him to play with not knowing what daddy does;). He loves this toy and it has stayed in the crib near him since!

Surgery Tomorrow… and a cute video;)

Hey everyone… just wanted to let you know that Liam is having his adenoids removed tomorrow morning to hopefully correct his sleep apnea. We should only be in the hospital for a night as the recovery process is pretty quick. The doctor didn’t want to take out his tonsils because it would be too traumatic for him at this age. So hopefully with the adenoids gone it will be enough to help him sleep better! That would be amazing! Please keep him in your prayer as he recovers… thanks!!!

Here is a video of him laughing in the meantime;)!

Liam and his new blocks


Just to update you on Liam’s appointment with the ENT… they scheduled him to have his adenoids removed on September 28th (next Monday). We’re looking into possibly getting his tonsils removed at the same time, but we’re not sure the doctor wants to do that because he’s so young. So we’ll be back at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital for at least a night next week maybe more. Please pray everything goes smoothly… and it corrects his apnea!

Another note, Jeremy took Liam to his swimming lessons last week and he did great. It was his second lesson and he seemed to be a little more comfortable than the first. The first lesson he had a lower lip and tears most of the time while looking around to make sure we were still there;)… it was so cute! Coach Beth is amazing and really does a great job working with him. We are so thankful to have the opportunity to work with her. This past lesson Liam went under the water 10 times and he didn’t seem to mind a bit… what a tough guy!!

Last Friday I had the chance to get together with some other moms who have children with Down syndrome. It was so cool to hear some of their stories and challenges. What amazing moms they are! It’s also fun to watch our kids hang out together! Here a couple pictures of the kiddos at the playdate.

Liam and coopLiam and his new friend Cooper!

4friendsThis is all four of them left to right… Etta, Cooper, Brewer (in the background facing the camera) and Liam.

Next weekend is a big weekend in our world! We are helping our good friends David and Amy Watson with their huge yard sale they are putting on to help raise the money they need to adopt kids from Ethiopia! If you are in the Nashville area and have things you can donate please contact them via their blog. They are dear friends and we are thrilled for this new season in their lives as they are responding to God’s call on their lives to adopt. Also, next Sunday our church begins meeting at our new location The Warehouse in Franklin!! We are SO excited to be moving to a place to meet permanently! We have been waiting 5 years and now God has just opened the doors and provided a building… and it is nice!

A Growing Family!

If you are on Facebook most of you know the news by now. But if not, I am currently 3 and 1/2 months pregnant and due March 6th! This was a bit of a surprise for us, but we are excited and thanking God for another opportunity to help give life!! What a blessing! Liam has been such a good baby so I’m praying this next one will be too;)! I actually didn’t know I was pregnant until I was almost 10 weeks along. My breast milk supply was drying up and Liam just wasn’t interested in nursing anymore and I couldn’t figure out why (sorry if that was too much information)! Well, it turns out it was because I am pregnant. I was a bit sad to have to stop nursing Liam, because I had planned on nursing until he was 1 year old. But I didn’t really have a choice. During the first trimester I didn’t have any morning sickness but am experiencing fatigue like never before!! I don’t remember dealing with this when I was pregnant with Liam, but then again I wasn’t caring for an infant then either;). I’ll keep you updated as the pregnancy progresses.

Another update… Liam is now 9 months old!!! I just can’t believe it! This fall we are starting him in swimming lessons. It’s 30 minutes one-on-one with a lady who is a swim coach for the Special Olympics. Liam just loves the water so I’m thrilled to get this opportunity to work with her! We are also starting with a new Early Intervention teacher who will be coming once a week to help me work with Liam and make sure he is up-to-date with his development. She is wonderful –  I am excited about her too!! His physical therapy will continue once a week this fall as well – we’ll be busy!

We finally got the results back from the sleep study that we had done on Liam. I had suspected that he may have sleep apnea so we had a study done at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital the end of July. The sleep doctor called me a couple weeks ago and confirmed my suspicions: he does in fact have sleep apnea. He told me it’s not severe but definitely significant and should be dealt with soon. In a matter of 6 hours (the length of his study) they noted 49 respiratory breaks: 26 were shallow breaths, and 8 were a stoppage of breath for a few seconds (not sure about the rest of the breaks). Liam’s normal oxygen saturation level is 96, which is great because it needs to be 92 or above. But because of his apnea it dropped as far down as 79 during the study. So our sleep doctor is sending us to an ENT doctor this week to discuss removing his tonsils and adenoids to help open up his airways and hopefully get rid of the apnea. Once again I’ll post more when I have more information. I’d appreciate your prayers!

Here is a cute picture of my little 9 month old! We go in for his 9 month check-up this week to see how tall he is and how much he weighs… I’m so curious! He is getting so tall… and he sure loves the exersaucer!