Friday, March 13, 2009

A visit with friends

Many of you remember my friend Karen, who traveled with me to China when we adopted Olivia in June 2007. Karen and her husband just adopted their 3rd child from China, a little 2 year old boy they named Henry! He is SO ADORABLE!!!! He joins his big sisters, Emma and Jennifer, who are also from China. They all just got home a few weeks ago and Henry is adjusting very well. Here are a few photos from our visit with him.

Henry playing with his toys

Olivia, Emma, and Jennifer (yes, Olivia broke her glasses, new ones are on the way!)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Abby News

Well, we had a big day with Abby yesterday. We have been struggling a bit with her feeding tube for a couple of weeks now, I thought perhaps it was clogged. I tried all the "tricks" for when a tube gets clogged and then Sunday it just got dramatically worse. I wasn't able to push anything through the tube without her screaming in pain, and I knew that wasn't right. Even when we put the pump on a very slow drip, she cried when the liquid went in. So, Monday morning I put a call in to both her pediatrician and the surgeon in Ann Arbor. Her pediatrician called back first and we made an appointment to see her at 1pm. Then at noon the nurse from Ann Arbor called and asked if we could just hop in the car and come down there. She said the surgeon on call could do the surgery if needed and there weren't any patients in the surgery clinic that day. So, I cancelled the peds appt and headed to U of M.

The surgeon wanted a radiology report so he could see what was going on, so down we went to Radiology and had to squirt contrast into her tube so it would show up on the
x-ray. Of course that was painful and she really cried, and of coursethe radiologist kept needing different angles so there I was in my lead apron (I wanted to tell them there was no way in living heck I would ever be pregnant again so could I PUUULEASE take off this 100 lb lead apron while I am trying to pin this autistic child down on the table....I didn't care about ruining my eggs because I had NO USE FOR THEM ANYMORE!!!!!!!!!!!!) Anyway, that experience was not at all pleasant but did reveal that there was no blockage in the tube, but it had indeed slipped out of place. It was almost out of the stomach completely and was shoved right up against the wall of the stomach, hence the resistance when we would try to push anything in and also
the pain during the feedings. So, from Radiology we went back to the surgeon's office so he could decide what to do. Of course when we got there he had just scrubbed in to another surgery, so the wait was on. We waited almost 2 hours in his office for him (sigh)and poor Abby had now gone over 14 hours without food in her belly and she was getting cranky (and I had not eaten since breakfast and was also cranky!!!) Finally when he came back he said we needed to get right to the O.R. and replace the tube. He wanted to put in a tube that had a balloon to hold it in rather than a disc, so that changing it in the future would be much easier. Fine by me, let's just get this thing on the road (it was already 4:30 at that point). The nurse said we likely would be admitted overnight (double sigh....I didn't bring anything with me and I so didn't want to stay overnight!) and she reserved a room for us. Fortunately, the doctor had mercy on my soul and said he thought this would be simple and as long as it all looked fine he would let us go home after the surgery (yahooooo!) She went in to surgery at about 6pm ONE CRANKY LITTLE LADY...bless her heart. The nurses there are SO AWESOME. Abby is obsessed with hockey cards and was carrying her giant stack of hockey cards with her the whole time. The nurse anesthesist was so kind and said we could take those cards right into the surgery and she could hang onto them until she was out. I tried to get a gown on her and she started flipping out, so they didn't even make her wear a gown until she was out in the O.R. She freaked about her vitals being taken, so they said forget it we'll just take them in the O.R. I was so that point I was exhausted and so was she and the last thing I wanted to do was fight with her anymore. They asked if she wanted to ride in the wagon and she pointed to the wagon, put her hockey cardsin it and started pulling the wagon with the cards in it to the O.R.!!!!!!! So funny. They were so accomodating, I really was so grateful. David came straight from work and got to the hospital about 6:30pm, right about when the doc came out to say it all went well andonce she was awake enough we could go home! I had to laugh when Ifirst saw her, they had her all wrapped up like a little cocoon withher hockey cards in a plastic bag right next to her head, lol Theyknew to have those things RIGHT THERE when she woke up! We had to wait a while for her to get awake and get our discharge orders, and we got home at about 9pm. It was a long day, but thankfully we should be in good shape now! I am exhausted but glad to be home!!!!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

An Incredibly Cool New Site for Kids!

A wonderful organization called Half the Sky has started such an awesome new website for kids who want to "make a difference". Half the Sky Foundation works with orphans in China and does amazing work. This new site aims to show kids all over the world what it means to care for others in need and gives them a safe place to get to know other children. It is called "Give Me Wings". Click here to visit this really awesome site for kids.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Prayers for little Mavery

Please pray for little Mavery today. She is another CHI (Children's House International Adoption Agency) baby just like our Olivia. Mavery has a serious heart condition and had open heart surgery this morning. While the doctors were operating, they found a few surprises and they have left her on the vent, trying to determine if she will have to go back into surgery this evening. Her mommy, Shannon, is understandably scared and they all need prayers. Shannon was going to see her for the first time very soon and they have tried to prepare her for what she will see, since Mavery is very heavily sedated (they told her she will look "dead" which is not something any mommy wants to hear). Mavery's blog is at Shannon will keep updating as the day progresses.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Gung Hei Fat Choi!

Which is Cantonese for "May You Be Prosperous" in the new year. It's the year of the Ox in China, beginning today. Happy Chinese New Year!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Pond hockey!

Mason had a super fun day today skating at his buddy's backyard rink. Some of the boys from his team got together today and had a blast out on the ice. They were out there for hours and didn't seem to even notice the cold (it was COLD today!) They had one hot chocolate break (a very brief break) and then got right back out there to skate. Hockey buddies are your friends for life!

Abby is doing well

Abby's surgery to put her PEG tube in place went very well! She is recovering and already looks so much better from the good nutrition. Thanks for all the prayers!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Abby's appointment

Abby had her surgical consult today in Ann Arbor for the feeding tube. Her surgery is scheduled for next Thursday, Jan 15th, but I am going to see if we can change that to Friday the 16th, since they want to keep her overnight. She has lost a bit more weight, and is still not eating much during the day, so it just confirms that we are doing the right thing. Even with the feeding tube in (it is just a "button" on her belly and we insert the tube and put the Ensure or other formula into it) she can still eat by mouth and we will still try to get her to eat more. She just can't go on like this, she officially got the "failure to thrive" diagnosis and so we have come to the point where the tube is the answer for her. I have joined an online support group for parents of children with feeding tubes and I have already learned alot from them. I feel confident in our decision to move forward with the g-tube, and even though I know it will be hard, I am just glad there is something we can do to help her get healthy again. Keep praying for her!

Saturday, January 3, 2009


Well it's already 2009, hard to believe! Here are a few photos of the kids celebrating the new year. We are dog-sitting for my Aunt Sheila, and Mason and Jasmine tried to stay awake to watch the ball drop, but clearly did not make it. :)

Some Auntie Bragging

I decided I would just take a couple of posts to brag about my nieces and nephews. These are my brother's 3 kids, Sebastian, Rachel, and Andrea. Aren't they SO adorable?????? My sister in law is the photographer responsible for the gorgeous photo above and for just about any gorgeous photo you see of my kids. She rocks!