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!