Friday, July 29, 2005

Playing with my Brother

I love to sit with Jaron and play with his hands and rub his head. Mommy was getting ready so we are in the bathroom here in the picture.

Back to Atlanta Today

Well we went to the doctor in Atlanta today for Jaron's 1st NAM adjustment. He has been fussy with it and got a couple sores in his mouth, which is normal. We have smoothed it out and they say each week gets a little easier. I hope so. I want him to be happy and get used to it so he will drink better. I have medicine for his sore in his mouth and I think this week should be easier than last. He is getting more alert and he SMILED AT ME for the first time in the doctor's office today. I was making a SSSS noise looking at him and he was looking at me and smiled real big without his NAM so it was and it was so PRECIOUS!!! I laughed out loud. Maybe one day soon I can get a picture of him smiling and I will post it. Oh and I asked if we could weigh him and he weighed 9 lbs. 12 oz. Anyway, thanks for reading. God Bless You All.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Playing the Guitar

Here I am playing my guitar. Do you love my little tank top! :-) I am getting so big and my brother is so little. He likes to lay with me on my pillow.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Week one with the NAM

Well we are hanging in there this week. Jaron is still drinking his bottles but sometimes I have been numbing his mouth. He has developed some sores from his NAM and we were given a dremel which can be VERY helpful in smoothing down the rough spots. We go back to ATL. Friday at 2pm and I hope they make it better. Jaron has been swatting at his NAM and it pops him in the mouth and he screams. Of course they told me that he wouldn't do that because he is so little but my child has to be the exception to the rule. Anyway, we are still having issues at night. I think he has colic. Very fussy at night with stomach pains. So please keep praying for us that things will get better and mommy can get some sleep. We go back to NYU Wed. Aug. 3rd.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Handsome Little Man

Well here I am all grown up! We were walking out the door for church. I am a big boy now, using the potty, sitting on the front row at church with daddy and helping mommy with Jaron. I will be 3 years old Sept. 12th. Wow time flies!

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Lovin' My Brother

Well this is me loving on my brother again! He is so precious and I love to rub his head and kiss him on the cheek. I am so proud of Jaron and I can't wait until he can play with me.

Friday, July 22, 2005

Jaron Got His NAM!

Well today is the big day! We went to CHOA today at 2pm and saw Dr. Granger. He put the NAM on Jaron and sent us on our way. This is going to be a lot of work for us but from what they tell me it will help him to drink a bottle better and take in less air. I hope so. Tonight will be the first night so please say a prayer for me that he sleeps good. He definately looks different and it is a change for us since we have gotten used to his cute little face these last 3 weeks. But we know it is what he needs to prepare things for surgery. They say it does not hurt him and he did better than most leaving the office asleep. He did drink a few oz. with it in so far and seems to do alright. We walked in the dor and Jacob just said "Jaron's got his bandaid" He knew what to expect from all the pictures he has seen. He's a great big brother. Remember to check the blog and I will keep you posted.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

First Trip To New York!

Well we made our flight on time Wed. morning and Jaron slept the whole flight it was wonderful. And my friend came and got us from the airport and took us to the hospital. Everyone was so nice at NYU. We finally got back to see Dr. Grayson and he looked at the "Simon Arts Bands" and said Dr. Cutting was on his way. So when Cutting got there he looked and said yes we have to snip them. He said I should go out and it would take 2 minutes. So they numbed him with lidocaine and when they were all done they brought him to me and he was asleep. His mouth had lots of blood around it and on his tongue. They wanted me to wait about 45 minutes before I fed him to make sure the bleeding was stopped. He would not take his bottle so to make a LOONNGGG story very short....he SCREAMED the 1st hour of the flight back home and slept the second hour. He screamed when we got home wanting a bottle but wouldn't take one. So now I am feeding him with a medicine dropper. Poor little guy's mouth hurts and I sure do hope it gets better soon. Dr. Cutting said he had to put one stitch and it will disolve and they said wait and let Granger put the NAM on this Friday when we go. So that is the plan unless he thinks we need to mold him for a new one now. His premaxilla is very moveable now so that is good. We go to Atlanta Friday @ 2pm. Check back later that night or Saturday for possibly a picture of him wearing his NAM or just an updated post. Yesterday was very rough and I am going back Aug. 3rd too. Keep us in your prayers.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Jaron looks like me!

Well mom had to dress Jaron in the same onesie she dressed me in for the hospital pictures. And believe it or not, Jaron looks a lot like I did when I was born. If it wasn't for the cleft you may not be able to tell us apart.

Projectile Spit up!

Well Jaron has been spitting up more and more with each feeding so I thought he might have acid reflux. Believe it or not it is very common in babies and I looked online and it seems he has all the symptoms. So I made an appointment with the pediatrician, they are open on Sunday's, Thank God. And we dropped Jacob and Daddy off at church and I took him to the doc during the sunday school hour. He does have acid reflux and they gave him Zantac to help with that. I have noticed a difference. No more projectile MESS! He still spits up some but not much. He also suggested I add rice cereal to his bottles to help settle his milk in his stomach. I think it is helping. So they say that he could be on Zantac for months or up to a year old. They eventually grow out of it. 2 MORE DAYS~NY here we come! :-)

Friday, July 15, 2005

Our 2nd Trip to Atlanta

Well we went back to Atlanta today to get his NAM and Dr. Granger said he had already talked with Dr. Grayson in NY about Jaron. We discovered he has what they call bands. It is little peices of skin holding that middle peice over to one side. The center peice is called the premaxilla and they need to center that with the NAM but cannot until they cut those bands of skin. So we will see Dr. Cutting in NY wed. and they will numb it locally to snip the skin (they are very little). Then when they cut it loose they think the premaxilla (center peice sticking out) will move over on it's own. So then they will put his NAM on up there (Dr. Granger gave it to me to take to NY) or if the premaxilla moves too much they will have to mold him for a new NAM. So he is not currently wearing it because it won't help anything until they cut that skin. We'll keep you posted.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Potty Training!!!

Thank God Jacob has finally decided that he should stop pooping in his underwear. He has been using it in the potty for a couple weeks now. I am so proud of him. At first we would catch him pushing and pick him up and run and sit him on the potty but these last few days he has told me he needs to go. He is getting so big. Now that he's a big brother he has really seemed to mature and behave a little better. He sure does love his baby brother too! The picture above is the first time Jacob saw Jaron. A day to remember!

2 week check-up

I took Jaron for his 2 week check up today and he is 8 lb. 13 oz. and 21" long. He is growing good and in the 50% for his height and weight. I am so glad. Feedings can be difficult at times and he spits up a lot so I was worried if he was actually taking in enough. So now mommy feels better. He will go back for a 2 month check up and have to get 4 shots. We go back to Atlanta tomorrow to get his NAM and we have our first appointment in NY Wed. 20th @ 1pm. That is going to be a long day. Keep us in your prayers and we will keep you posted. Thank you all.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Jaron and Daddy

This is so precious. Jaron sleeping with his daddy. How peaceful. If only he would sleep like this for mommy at night. :-)

Me and my brother!

Jacob loves Jaron so much. He kisses him and rubs his head all the time. He always makes sure to know where Jaron is at all times. He is learning to share mommy.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Works of art!

Jacob loves to color and draw things. These are actually things he drew before Jaron was born. I emailed them to some of you and others haven't seen them at all. He is so smart for his age. Learning every day how to write new letters. We are so proud of him.

itty bitty Baptist

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Picture of Me!

Jacob's Blog

Well I had to create Jacob a blog because our family website is maxed out so this is where you can find pictures of Jacob and new things about him. I think it's only fair to have one for him too since I have one for Jaron. So add this to you favorites and check back often for updated pictures and new things about Jacob.

Jaron sleeping & Jacob watching Posted by Picasa

Friday, July 08, 2005

Jacob loves his brother Posted by Picasa

First Trip to Atlanta

Well we took Jaron's to his first appointment at the Children's Hospital of Atlanta today. We met with the Genetisist, Nutritionist & Orthodontist. He got his impression for the NAM and they drew blood for chromosomes testing. We will find out the results by phone in 2-3 weeks on the chromosomes tests. That is just to make sure there is no other underlying defects. Most likely there isn't we just want to be sure. We go back next Friday to get his NAM put in. We have our first appointment in New York for Wed. July 20th @ 1pm. We plan to go up there once a month so they can monitor his progress since they will be doing the surgery in New York. We'll let you know how it goes.

Monday, July 04, 2005

Look at them toes! Posted by Picasa

Jacob & Jaron Posted by Picasa

Our trip to the ER

Jaron was having trouble drinking last night because his mouth was bleeding from the bottles rubbing it raw. I was getting worried because he had been too long without anything to drink so we took him to the ER and they put a tube in his mouth to feed him 2 oz. immediately since he had already been crying for 2 hours at that point. They ended up giving me some medicine to numb the sore area and told me to be sure and keep vaseline on his cleft and on the nipples of the bottles. He drank 11/2-2 oz. every 3 hours today at the hospital so they sent us home and I hope they have a better solution when we go to Children's Hospital of Atlanta Friday. He should be getting molded for his NAM on Friday. And it takes them a week to make it so he should have it by Friday 15th. Anyway, we are home now and he is sleeping great and I also got a full nights rest at the hospital so I feel much better too. Thank you for all your prayers.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Jaron's with his eyes open Posted by Picasa

Jaron in the bouncer. Posted by Picasa

Jaron is eating good!!!

Well we have mastered the haberman bottle. He drinks about 1 oz. of formula every 2 hours. Mommy's milk is coming in so he will be getting that "Liquid Gold" soon. Jacob is in love with him and mommy is learning to divide her time. I only slept 3 hours last night due to his circumcision burning from all the peepee. But the doctor said after 48 hours the pain should subside. I hope tonight goes better for us. Enjoy all the pictures!

Friday, July 01, 2005

He is learning to drink. Posted by Picasa

Jacob loves his brother. Posted by Picasa

So Precious! Posted by Picasa

Jaron is here!

Jaron was born June 29, 2005 8 lbs. 19 inches @ 3:14pm
He was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. Mommy has learned to feed him with the haberman feeder. He is doing great! Enjoy the pictures!