Thursday, February 24, 2011

Aunt Christin

As most of you know, I will be an Aunt for the first time in just a few short weeks! I am sooooo super excited. I just wanted to share a precious picture of my brother Chad, SIL Michelle, super dog Marley and of course my niece to be baby Carson.

The due date is March 10th (just one day before their 5th anniversary). Please pray for a fast and safe delivery and entrance to the world for Michelle and Carson.

Some of you that read my other blog know how much I love a pregnant belly! Fortunately for Michelle, I haven't gotten to drive her crazy since we live far apart.  She is a totally cute preggo, as you can tell from the pic!

I will update you all when my precious new niece gets here. We can't wait to have another little girl in the family! We cleaned out Calee's closet this week and she wants to save everything for Carson. I tried to explain that Carson will not want her clothes when she is 11! Calee says they will be "vintage". HAHA!

Look who needed a haircut??

Last week 2 people told me how "cute my baby girl is", and they weren't talking about Calee! So, I decided it was time for Cohen's first haircut!
Calee and I actually took both boys, and both of them wanted her to hold them during the haircut! They are such Calee's boys!
(Please note the little redhead in the back corner of the picture eating his "reward" for being a good boy.)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Happy Wednesday!

This photo was taken a few weeks ago, I just think it is so cute of Emma Claire and Cohen that I had to post! They are growing so much! Emma Claire is now an "official" crawler and Cohen is getting close! Love these little sweeties! (oh, and Emily and Calee are pretty cute too!)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Swallow Study Number ?????????

Cohen had another swallow study yesterday. I have lost count now of how many we have had? 5 or 6 maybe?

Any who, this study was supposed to be back on January 5th. That was when Cohen was in the hospital with pneumonia, so we rescheduled and went yesterday.

IT WAS GREAT! He swallowed applesauce like a champ! He now can start eating baby food EVERYDAY! All he wants! Also, our awesome speech pathologist said she would begin puffs, yogurt melts, etc. We are SO thrilled by this news! I went to the store last night and bought all kinds of "dissolveable" foods. I am going to make baby food today.

Of course, with the good news came a small disappointment. He still aspirated the liquids. He is still not protecting his airway. Which likely means he is still aspirating his saliva that in turn still causes the gurgly sounds and pooled secretions in his throat. But hey, you cant win them all! We will take the victories that we do get!
We were told that we are past the stage that he will ever take a bottle. Who needs a stinking bottle anyway!

Along with all this he will start with a feeding therapist this month. In some ways I dread adding another therapist, but I hope that it will be worth while. I have heard alot of mixed reviews on this subject.

After the swallow study, we went to the G tube clinic and they put a new button in. So far, so good in this. I never, ever, thought I would say I like Cohen having a G tube. I am truly eating my words by saying I am thankful for it.

Finally, we had a 10:30 appointment with our ENT. At 12:30, we were still in the waiting room fighting off runny nosed toddlers wanting to touch Cohen. It was not my favorite 2 hours. Those of you that know me know how much I love to wait. I have a small problem with patience sometimes=)

If any doctor is worth waiting 2 hours for, this one is. The original plan was to run a scope down his nose and look at the vocal cords and palette movement. However, Dr. W thought Cohen sounded too congested and gurgly to attempt it. He felt like he sounded fairly "sick". He also thought he may have the start of our first ear infection.

Everyone constantly thinks Cohen sounds "sick", but this is the normal for him. Dr. W did make a small comment about him just managing the pain of this since he was born. I felt a little stung by this, and it breaks my heart to think he could be in constant pain. I personally don't think this is the case. He is such a happy, content baby. I have just tried to put this out of my mind.

Another thing that was mentioned yesterday was having his adenoids removed to help open his airway and give him some respiratory help. Could be done at the same time as his feet surgery later in the spring. I'm not sure how I feel about this yet. I guess we will just see how things are when the time comes.

All things considered, we had a great day of doctors appointments. One of the best we have had and I am so grateful for that.

Thank you to all of you still following Cohen's progress and continuing to keep him in your thoughts and prayers. Its hard for me to imagine he is almost 14 months old!

We love you all!

PS-----Cohen is SO close to crawling. I am hoping to try and post a video. He also has become quite the little dancer. Put on some music and watch out!!!!!!!