Monday, February 23, 2009

Happy Birthday Grandpa Joe!

I love your kisses...
I love you even when I am grouchy...
I love when you play with me...
I love when we get to go places together...


Love, "Your Stud"

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Painting, Meeting Max & V-Day...

We have been up to some fun stuff around here so I need to make a long post with lots of pictures!

One night we decided to have another "Family Fun Night"... this time we included my parents. We had a picnic on the floor by the fire place and we got out the finger paints! Instead of painting on paper we decided to paint our faces. Gavin got a little carried away and he was covered in paint!

This weekend we were planning on making a trip to see our nephew Paxton, of course his parents too... however, Paxton got RSV (please keep him in your prayers!). On the way we were going to stop and meet Max and his family. I am glad we decided to go meet them anyway! We have never met in person. Kelly and I talk on the phone, email, etc. As I have said before, she is such a kind hearted person. She is constantly thinking of other children and praying for them, even through her own trials with Max. We have a mutual connection, Kristen & Kim. So we had lots to talk about! We had a blast and it was so much fun to watch the boys play and interact. Kelly got a picture of the whole group on her camera. So I will post that when I get it from her. We had a great time J. Family... hope to do it again soon!!!

For Valentines Day we had a candle lit dinner at home. We had lasagna -from scratch, bruschetta, home made pizza, salad with olive garden dressing and lots of yummy desserts! We dressed up and had fun lovey songs playing in the background. I had two very handsome dates, but one of them decided to check out early and go to bed. It was a wonderful, romantic evening with two of the best men in my life!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

We have a date...

March 26th, Gavin will have his heart cath!

Specific Prayer Requests before then:

*Prayers for Dr. S (and all medical staff) as he performs the cath

*Prayers for Gavin's stats to be normal during cath

*Prayers for Gavin's health and safety during cath

*Prayers for Gavin's pressures to be normal or low

*Prayers for no scar tissue

*Prayers that Gavin will be ready for his Fontan surgery!

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Happy Heart Day & Cardiology Appointment

Surgery Day..... February 5, 2007

Coming home day... February 16, 2007

Two years ago today, Gavin went in for his 2nd open heart surgery... the Glenn: The second stage procedure, called the Hemi-Fontan or Bidirectional Glenn, reduces the work of the right ventricle by allowing it to pump blood only to the body, and allowing most of the blood to flow automatically from the body into the lungs. The second stage is performed when the pressure in the baby's lungs has decreased, no longer requiring the pumping action of the right ventricle to get blood into the lungs. This surgery is usually performed at about 4-6 months of age when the traditional Norwood has been performed. When the Sano Shunt is performed, the second surgery usually needs to be done earlier - at about 3-4 months of age - and the babies need constant monitoring to determine when they are ready for the second surgery.
I can't believe it has been TWO YEARS?!? Now we are preparing for surgery number THREE?!?

I thought I would give everyone an update on Gavin...
Tuesday, we made the trek to the city for Gavin's cardiologist appointment. We made a "girl" trip out of it... well we had one lil' guy with us! My mom, grandmother, mom's friend and her daughter all went along for the ride! We left around 8, but didn't actually make it on the road until 8:45ish. Once we were on the road, about 30 minutes into the trip... I made the comment, "Gavin is really quite" sure enough he let out a few loud burps and then started vomiting. So I pulled over and we got him settled down, moved his car seat to the middle row and changed his clothes. I never bring extra clothes, but for some reason I did that day! We switched drivers so I could sit with Gavin and take care of him. He was fine, no fever, nothing... he was in a chipper mood. We headed to a local college to drop of some stuff to Adam's cousin Brady and then headed to breakfast at Mimi's Cafe. Gavin was so confused, he kept asking for Mimi and Pa Pa since we were at "Mimi's". Then we went to Edmond to look at some shops, Gavin slept in his stroller most of the time. Before we knew it, it was time for Gavin's appointment!

Ok, I am going to try to break down the appointment, so family especially can get all the details:

*Gavin's oxygen levels were 85%, which is good for him!
*Gavin's blood pressure was normal.
*We talked to the cardiologist about him randomly vomiting (not just on our way to the city, but on several occasions through out the last month)... Cardio referring him to a GI doctor again. Gavin had reflux as a baby, took medications, but seemed to grow out of it. Basically, we need to get this checked out and see what is going on!
*Talked with cardiologist about Gavin having another procedure (on another area of the body)done during the heart cath. Talked about pros and cons of that. Pros: Gavin would only be under anesthesia once. Cons: Gavin will more than likely get an infection and will require antibiotics and a longer stay at the hospital. Cardiologist will speak with the specialized doctor about what is best for Gavin.
*The scheduler will call us by the end of this week to schedule his pre-surgery heart cath for sometime in the next six weeks. We will let you all know when the date is scheduled so you can start praying!
*During the cath in August, Gavin's pressures were too high... so they started him on a medication. The medication was suppose to decrease the pressures. If this cath shows that his pressures have not decreased they will put off the surgery until the pressures decreases. Going ahead with the surgery while pressures are high is not a good thing and can be detrimental to Gavin. Putting off the surgery for too long is not a good thing either. Our prayer is for normal/low pressures so we can get this surgery behind us!
*Fatten Gavin up!!! He is still on the low percentile for his weight and they want him bigger for surgery.
*All-in-all it was a great/informative appointment.
It has been an emotional roller coaster, but we are ready to move into a new phase of life... it's scary but bittersweet. We are so proud of our little man!