Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Appt. in Augusta

Today was Brecken's appt with the kidney specialist. It did not go like we thought it would. John and I both believed that we were going to get great news and not have to go back. Well, that didn't happen.

First, she has a condition called, hydronephrosis. You can read a more medical description online, but here is what is happening with Brecken.
A bladder is supposed to contract and let urine out. Sometime, urine goes back up into the kidneys. This can cause infections. The dr. was concerned about getting this taken care of first, so at our next visit they will do some tests on her bladder to figure out why this is happening. We didn't discuss procedures, so I have no idea what they would have to do to correct the problem. They will put her on anitbiotics eventually, to take care of any infection.
The main reason they do not want her to get an infection is because the ultrasound also should that she has many small cyst formations on both kidneys. While he couldn't say 100% that this was Polycystic Kidney Disease, he felt very sure it was. Needless to say, John and I were stunned. As of her last bloodwork they were still functioning properly. They did more work today and we will pray that her creatnine levels are still the same. That means they are functioning.
I will explain what I know the best way, and I am really still a little fuzzy on all the details, b/c we just got home. Right now there is nothing we can do. We will see him every month to monitor the levels and the cysts. There are two types of PKD. One doesn't usually effect someone until they are older. The other is evident in babies/children. We aren't sure which she has. I am not sure if we will ever be able to know until it happens.
Monitoring the kidneys every month with show any change. PKD is a genetic disorder, and this gene could "switch on" at any time which will cause the cyst to grow, and eventually lead to her kidneys shutting down. Just writing this makes my eyes fill with tears b/c I have no way of knowing what is going to happen to my sweet baby.
She can be treated with dialysis at 6 mo. and would be elligable for a transplant but not until she is 30 lbs. This is all assuming that PKD starts to take over. In 3-4 mo. she will have a CT scan I guess to see more clearly what we are dealing with.
Is there a chance that this isn't PKD? I am sure there is, but I don't think it is likely at this point. Our dr. was very hopeful and reassured us that he does this everyday and Brecken will be taken care of.
My mind is still in a whirlwind and I am not sure what to think yet. The only think I can think about right now is what if she doesn't make it to have treatment. Call me Debbie Downer, but I am a little low on good spirits. I am praying that I can have a better attitude and be hopeful, but right now, I am exhausted...in every sense of the word.
Thank you for keeping us in your prayers and if you don't mind, please keep us on your list. This is going to be a very long road which I am very prepared to take, I just have to figure out how to get started.
Brecken is such a wonderful blessing and my heart is aching so bad right now. I know there are people reading this who have never met us and those who have raised us. We love you all and can't thank you enough for traveling this rocky road we have been on for the past two years. I wanted so bad to start 09 with such a different feeling. We can't have everything we want though I guess.
I wish everyone a Happy New Year and many wonderful blessings.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Picture catch up...

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. Ours was very peaceful and relaxing. We mainly just enjoyed being with our family and friends. These pictures are from the past week or two. I know Grandmama and Aunt Mary are itchin' to see their girls...
I always download them in the wrong order, so they are pretty much in reverse date. You get the idea though.

Kayden riding her new bike from GG and Granddaddy!

Brecken and me on Christmas Day.


The family


The girls on Christmas Day.



Sweet girl in the same outfit Kayden wore when she was a few months old.




Daddy, Terri and KK.



Kayden in her HSM cheerleading outfit. The girl can cheer!



Trying it out


The easel that Santa brought


Grandmama and PawPaw sent a HSM microphone...Her daddy loves that :)



Santa forgot how to spell Merry...or he just ran out of R's



What a sweet face



Brecken posin' outside.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas...

I really do love Christmas. Even with all the hustle and bustle, I love it. I love the eating and family getting together. I love Family Christmas with my mom's side. This year, I have loved buying for Kayden and seeing her get so excited when talking about Santa. I love that she is so young and innocent and has only asked for binoculars. Although I give him a hard time, I love listening to Christmas music thanks to John. We have been listening to it since Halloween! My favorite music is an old Alabama Christmas. My parents have a record which we always listen to while putting up the tree and decorating. And usually on Christmas day while we are playing cards. Kayden has really enjoyed driving around looking at Christmas lights. We did this when I was little too. John and I have always spent Christmas morning at our own home and we will continue that tradition, espcecially now that we have kids. He wants to read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' to Kayden. Since she is just now old enough to understand, this will be the first of many years. I lvoe the excitement of seeing others open their gifts. Did I mention I love all the food. I love seeing all the gifts my parents recieve from their kids (they are both teachers). And eating all of dad's chocolate, b/c he doesn't eat it. I love calling the Eason's on Christmas Eve and singing " We wish you a Merry Christmas". I love all the cards and pictures I get in the mail. I am like a kid going to the mailbox everyday. I love shopping for stocking stuffers. I love to sit and look at my tree and all the special ornaments.

And I love knowing that I am blessed with such a great family and group of friends. My children are healthy and happy. My husband treats me like I am the best woman in the world. My parents and grandparents love me and always go above and beyond to help me. My Jesus loved me enough to die for me, and give me an eternity in Heaven. Doesn't get better than that...

Merry Christmas from our blessed home to yours!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

In the Pink corner, weighing in at...

9 lbs 12 oz! Brecken girl is getting a little chubby! She has the cutest little cheeks and has the most heart melting smile.
She was 21 1/2 in. long. She wasn't really high on the perentiles, but they said she looked good and was gaining like she should be. This was just her 2 mo. check up and we go back on the 31st to the specialist.
I love this stage b/c she can notice me and smile at me whenever I am holding her. She also likes to smile at Kayden.
She got 3 shots yesterday and did good right after them but then about noon yesterday, she was super fussy. I mean, for 4 hours all she did was cry or sleep in my arms. Lots of crying. I think gas was a little of the problem, too. But she slept good, so all is well!



Janice came home from the hospital on Thursday. She hasn't been sleeping well, but they gave her some pain medicine yesterday (which she was supposed to leave the hospital with and they didn't fill it). Mr. Garry said she was resting better today. I am not sure if they every decided if the stroke was b/c of a blood clot or her blood pressure. She is at home though, so we are very thankful. Thanks for your concerns and prayers.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Good News

Janice was able to get moved out of ICU yesterday and she should be going home today or tomorrow. They still aren't sure if the stroke was caused by a blood clot or her blood pressure. John is home and talked to her last night and she sounded really good. We are so thankful that she is doing better.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Update on Janice

Thanks to everyone for your comments and prayers for John's mom. She is doing good as in, she knows who everyone is and is able to communicate. She isn't feeling that great though. There really isn't much news. She will probably get moved out of ICU today, but she is still having some headaches. The tests results that they have aren't providing any helpful info. and I think they are still waiting on others to come back. I think everyone is just a little frustrated b/c they just don't know why it happened and not getting answers quick enough. John is still there also.
Keep praying...

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Baby girl is 2 mo.

Brecken is growing so fast! She is really starting to fill out too. I think she changes everyday! Just a few things I want to remember about right now...
-her eyes are still blue
-I think her hair is going to be lighter, b/c some new hair is growing in and looks light
-we can get her to smile a lot more and she does it on her own a lot more
-she likes when Kayden talks to her
-she still sleeps best in her carseat
-she doesn't really like to sleep at all
-most people think she looks like me
-other say, My dad or John's dad
-she probably weighs close to 9 lbs (we will find out for sure on Friday)
-she is usually happy...until bedtime rolls around
-she loves to be held
-we love her very much and feel very blessed to have her in our life




Also, please keep Janice (John's mom) in your prayers. She had a stroke yesterday. She is doing great today and seems to be back to normal. She has had tests run today and hopefully this was a one time thing and they can find out why it happened. John went up there last night to be with her, so keep him in your prayers as he travels. We love our Grandmama so much and are so glad she is better.

Rudolph the red nosed reindeer...

I never really realize how much of an accent we have until I hear us on video!

Friday, December 05, 2008

plug...

Just a little plug to help a sista out. My sister is participating in the Polar Bear Plunge to raise money for the Special Olympics. Check out Terri's blog to see more and maybe help her out. Watch the video too!

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Out of the mouths of toddlers...

Disclaimer...this is a converstation between me and Kayden about breastfeeding...feel free stop here if this topic gives you the heebie geebies!
I was taking the girls to the dr. on Friday, and in the car, this was just one of the converstations...

kayden: Mommy, where are we going?
me: We are going to the dr.
kayden: why?
me: (for the 100th time) Because we need to get you some medicine and Brecken some medicine.
kayden: (after a few seconds) Mommy, do you have medicine in your boobies?
me: No, just milk.
kayden: How did you get milk in your boobies?
me: Whenever a Mommy has a baby, she just has it in there.
kayden: Who put it there?
me: God did. (really trying not to laugh outloud)
kayden: I don't have milk in my boobies.
me: No, but when you are a mommy, you will.
kayden: Mine aren't big enough yet.
me: No, they aren't.
kayden: I don't want milk in my boobies.
me: Why not?
kayden: Because I don't want anyone to put it in there.

She cracks me up all the time. There are no 3 year old conversations around our house...they are all adult. The girls have been batteling a cough for a week or so. Not fun. Hopefully, they are on the up side.
On a side night, my husband is wonderful! I bought him a massage last year for christmas (which he hadn't used) and it expires this month. He told me yesterday he was going to make an appt. and use it. He called me while I was in town yesterday and asked what I had planned today, and I said nothing and he told me I had a massage at 11 today. I really wanted him to use it, but hey, an hour by myself for someone to rub the knots out of my back and shoulders...ok! What a sweetie.
And a few pictures just for the fun of it. I can't believe Brecken is almost 2 mo. old!!!!!!! Wow, time is flying.

















Monday, December 01, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

After our doctor appt. last Monday we headed to Pigeon Forge to meet up with John's sister and her family. They rented a chalet for the week so we all spend the holiday there. We had a great time and just enjoyed doing as little as possible. We did some sight seeing, which was beautiful. Thanks again Mary and George! These are in no order, sorry.
Thanks to everyone who checked on Brecken. We are so thankful for the good news and give God all the glory for our little girl.



Brecken does like HU, despite her expression! I just love the shirt!


Brecken's "bed"...the only place she will sleep at night!



One of her many expressions.


Paw Paw and KK rockin' on the porch.



Our nosey visitor.



Can you find Kayden?





The kiddos






Me and Kayden playing in the ice.







Aunt Mary filming the fun.





Eric and Hannah slippin' and a slidin'





Riding the carousel






The girls with Aunt Mary








Our front porch






the view





Another view from our porch







Tuesday, November 25, 2008

More Info. From Dr. Visit

Melissa said the specialist called them today to let them know that all of the blood and urine tests came back NORMAL! The creatnine level was at 0.6 which the Doctor said was exactly where it was supposed to be. This is GREAT news! We definitely need to continue praying for Brecken's health but it looks like she is moving in the right direction. They will know more on Dec. 31. They are really enjoying the family in Gatlinburg. Melissa said Kayden is loving playing with her cousins. They have a hot tub on their balcony and their cabin is on top of a mountain :) Hope you all have a great thanksgiving break. We are all thankful for you taking the time to care about our family.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Specialist Visit

This is Terri - just wanted to let you know how the specialist visit went. Melissa and the rest of the fam are on their way to Tenn. and didn't have a way to post.

They did two tests on Brecken - blood and urine. They had to catheter her for the urine test - poor baby! They did not do an ultrasound or sonogram - The Dr. looked at the records from the Valdosta dr. and assured Melissa and John that Brecken's kidneys are not an emergency type situation. They are scheduled to go back on Dec 31 and have an ultrasound that morning and then meet with the dr. later that day. Melissa seemed very positive about their meeting with the Dr. I know it was reassuring to hear that Brecken is doing well. She is up to 8 lbs 1 oz so she's growing like a weed :)

Thanks to all who have prayed on their behalf. Please continue to pray for Brecken's health. And have a great Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Brecken at one month

I am a few days late on posting Brecken's one month pictures. Better late than never. She is doing really well. I am not sure how much she weighs now, but I can tell she is gaining. She does awesome at peeing and pooping. Not great at eating or sleeping. She just likes to take her time. Are all babies like that? I guess I can't remeber how it was all the time with Kayden. Anyway, we are loving our sweet girl and Kayden is a great big sister.
We will go to see the specialist on Monday. Please say a pray that we will have a safe trip and that he will see nothing wrong. Thanks in advance.


Brecken waving to all her many fans!


Not sure what she is looking at there.


My sweet girls.




Kayden and Rauly holding Brecken.


Doin' some sweet dreamin'.




Sunday, November 16, 2008

Better or worse

You have heard and probably said the saying, " It is better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all." Last week I started thinking about this saying but alittle differently.
It all started b/c my friend Amanda lost her little boy on Wed. morning. He was only 5 mo. old. Thursday night I sat on my bed and cried for her. Why did this have to happen to someone else. John came in and he just listened to me for a little while and one of the things that I said was would it be better or worse to lose a child at birth, or when they are older. I would never change having Janey. NEVER! I developed a bond with her eventhough she didn't come home with us. But, someone who brings their child home develops a different bond. They get to see their child smile or laugh or cry. And when that child dies, is it better or worse that they get to live with the memories. I just feel torn sometimes when I think about how I would have changed things. Would I have wanted to bring her home and make months of memories, just to have her taken away? Or was it best that I didn't?
This really isn't for anyone to respond to really, just some things on my mind I needed to put in writing. Feel free to, but I know it is a heavy subject.
Before I leave I just want to ask you to say a special prayer for the Ryan and Amanda Lee family. They have had a long road, and it is going to be a tough road ahead. They are both children of God and have a strong family and I know they will be ok. Baby Jack is safe in the arms of Jesus know and I pray that this brings just an ounce of peace to their family. We love you guys.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A weekend of Family and Friends

Thursday night, Nikki, Patience and I met for some much needed coffee and girl time. Patience brought some pics from back in the day, so we had some major laughs. I love these girls and we always have so much fun together.
Friday afternoon, Ryan, Kristin and KINSEY came to town. I was so excited to see them. Kristin is my first cousin but we grew up so close we are practically sisters. Anyway, we did some baby swapping and just watched them most of the evening. It is so fun to know our girls will grow up so close in age.
Saturday, Chad and Lindsey came up for a visit. It has been a while since we have seen them and we always have a great time and have tons to catch up on. Lindsey and I hung out at our house and the boys went to do their thing. Eventually, we met up with the rest of my family at my Aunts house. Cindy cooked soup and had all the family over so they could see the Blounts and their sweet girl, or gurl as Kayden says.
Sunday, we took a few pictures of the girls before Brecken had a major blowout! Thank goodness for Shout! And, for some reason, her poop stinks. Anyone who breastfed have any idea why??? I didn't think breastfed babies were supposed to stink, but oh how it does.
Sorry, I got sidetracked. Ok, after church that night all our family came over and we had Kayden's party. Her birthday was the 10th, but it was easy to do a party on Sunday. She wanted a diego cake, so my friend Lindsi made it. (sorry, another side note...she has her own business, so if you want some homemade cakes or baked goodies, and you are local, let me know and I will give you her info. She does a great job!)
The cake turned out wonderful and most importantly, Kayden loved it. She had a great time, too. She was very happy and enjoyed tearing open all her presents. I have such a great family and they are really good to us.
Yesterday, Monday was her birthday and I decided to take her shopping so she could spend some of her birthday money. It started out fine, but then when people started calling to tell her happy birthday, she didnt' want to talk and said, "I don't want it to be my birthday." What kid says that? She is seriously 3 going on 13. Her mood can change in a second. She was ok off and on through the day, but ended up taking a nap b/c of her stinky behavior.
All in all we had a great weekend and it is hard to believe my little girl is 3! I have tons of things that I want to remember but that post will have to be next. She really is a good girl and very thoughtful of others. But that 5% of the time, I wonder how I will make it through the next 15 years...




Sunday, November 09, 2008

A whopper

Ok, well she isn't a whopper yet, but she is getting there. We took Brecken for a weight check on thursday and she was 7 lbs! We were so proud of her! No pictures and not a big post but I will have a long one after this weekend is over. We have had a busy weekend and I will post pictures soon. And a quick shout out to my sis in law, Mary, and my niece, Hannah...Happy Birthday today!

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Oh what treats we were...

We had a great Halloween! Some friends from church had a party for the kids, and us too. The kids did karoke, played, ate, had a hay ride and got a bunch of candy. Kayden really had a good time. She was so polite and remembered to say "trick or treat" and "thank you" each time. Brecken slept through most of it.
My aunt Cindy is very talented and creative and use to make a lot of my cousins costumes so she said she would help me with Kaydens. Kayden told us she wanted to be a pumpkin. So, my wonderful aunt made it for her. Thank you so much Aunt Cindy, we love you.
John and I dressed up too. There were some other adults dressed up and it is always fun to see what people will come dressed as. Anyway, John and I were white trash. Our picture says enough. My mom was a gypsy. And some of the kids didn't even recognize her.
A fun time was had by all!


My precious punkins'

My mom, the gypsy

You know you want to be like us!


Aunt Cindy and KK



Cheesin it up for the camera