Friday, November 19, 2010

Mom, How do you spell....

Eli loves to learn to write names. His attempt at "Jack" (cousin) and "Jessie" (cousin)

Eat Your Veggies

The kid that won't eat a veggie to save his life (Chase!) is feeding spinach to the kid that eats raw spinach directly from the container for an afternoon snack (Eli!).


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Chase's Cardiology Appointment

Our day started out crazy, but ended pretty good. After having Children's change Chase's appointment multiple times, when we arrived today, not only did they tell us that we didn't have an appointment, they also told us that Chase's doctor was out sick today. I was very frustrated, but it really turned out to be a blessing. We like Chase's cardiologist, but today we were able to get a second-opinion without really trying.

Chase had an EKG and an echo today in addition to seeing the doctor. We were successful with the echo without sedation which was an answer to prayer. Chase did very well during the echo...he just watched a movie and really didn't complain. The results were very positive. His valve is still leaking, but the leaking has not increased and may have decreased a bit. Chase's heart rate was higher than normal today (I'll get to that later), and the doctor said that Chase's heart seems to function better with a higher heart rate. All of his pulmonary veins looked very good and the doctor was pleased with the echo. She said that she did not see a need for the valve replacement surgery anytime in the near future.

Chase's heart rate was elevated today which could be related to a number of things....he was running around the waiting room before the read and very active during the entire appointment. He also has some congestion. Regardless, they sent us home on a monitor that Chase will wear for 24 hours. They want to watch his heart rate at different times of the day including when he is sleeping. Below is a picture of Chase wearing the monitor. He has not complained about it at all. He is such a trooper!!
The first report on his EKG was normal; however, a couple of hours after we got home the nurse called and said that they want to do another EKG. A couple of other doctors looked at it and compared it to his previous reports and apparently there is some concern. I'm not sure about the specifics, but I will be talking to the doctor in the morning to get more information. He will have another EKG on Thursday morning when we return the heart monitor. We are praying that the EKG on Thursday is normal and that today was some sort of anomaly.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Something New

Reed tried the exersaucer for the first time...he was really amazed by it! I feel like I have to use it since we bought it when Eli was little and it has barely been used. This is DEFINITELY one of those things that first time parents feel they have to buy, but it is COMPLETELY unnecessary (in my opinion).

You're Getting Sleepy

I LOVE pictures of my kids sleeping!! : )

Melts In Your Mouth....

....not in your hands. Yeah, right!!!! : )

Mid-Day Shower

Eli wanted to take a shower with his clothes on. I couldn't think of a good reason to say no, so there you have it! : )

Chase opted to take his clothes off

My 3 Sons! : )

Reed was not in a smiling mood...which is very odd for him....he usually smiles all the time! : )

Guess What?!?!?!

...Chase is learning to use the potty!!!! Go Chase!!!!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Daddy, Elephant & Army Commando

My Little Pumpkin

Operation Christmas Child

Eli and Chase helped Granny (my mom) fill some Operation Christmas Child boxes. Together with their church, Granny and Ga-Ga are filling 500 boxes this year. Eli really enjoyed helping Granny.

Chase enjoyed inspecting all the matchbox cars that were going in the boxes! : )

Another Sleeping Picture