March 19, 2008

4 years

Today marks our wedding anniversary. As we look back on the past 4 years it is amazing to see all that God has taught us through each other including this new growth experience. I think I can speak for us both in saying we are very thankful for eachother and knowing there are many challenges ahead in our marriage, dedicated to walk through them hand-n-hand. Marriage is a gift, isn't it?

March 17, 2008


Whitney had her two month appointment at the pediatrician today. This means that she recieved shots. I was curious to see if or how she would react them. She did not react at all. I think she may have flinched a little with her right thigh but I could have imagined it. I wanted her to feel it so badly. When Fiona was 2 months old I remember crying because it was so sad to see her in pain and with Whitney I cried because she did not feel anything. I think that if God blesses us with another healthy child I will be happy and thankful when he or she cries.

Overall she received another positive report and for that we are very thankful. She now weighs a whooping 11 pounds and 12 ounces and is 23 inches long. This puts her in the 75th percentile in both length and weight. My many questions were answered and my mind was once again put at ease.

We have a little break again with the doctors and then we are hit hard in April. We will keep you all posted.

March 7, 2008

Two Months Old

We pause today in thankfulness. Thankfulness to our Heavenly Father for bringing Whitney so far in two months time. He has been so good to us protecting her from every angle:

1. Back surgery
2. Shunt Surgery
3. Weeks in the hospital
4. from infection in her back incision
5. from failure of her shunt
6. from many virus' this time of year
7. from her mom's flu
8. from her sister's attacks

I am sure there are many other ways that I am forgetting. God has been so faithful to us I wonder why I still worry. We are so thankful for our little gift, Whitney.

March 5, 2008

2 Doctor Appointments

I have been a little behind on updating you. My excuse is that I had the flu last week. Thanks for praying for Whitney's protection. We are so thankful that the virus did not spread to anyone else.

Last week we met with our plastic surgeon. Her back is looking great and there is no concern there. She also is now able to lay on her back. This is great news for Whitney's comfort. It also confirms for me that all is well with her incision. He wants to see her back next month to check her skull. He is concerned that her skull may fuse together too early. This would cause her brain to run out of room to grow. This is something that can happen when a newborn is shunted. The skull bones are somehow tricked into thinking that its job is done and fuses together.

This week we met with Whitney's neurosurgeon. He came to the same conclusion about her skull and also reassured me that this does not always happen but it is something to be aware of. This calmed my nerves about this a little. If it does fuse early we will have to have another surgery but we will pray that her skull fuses together at just the right time. Before our appointment Whitney had a ultrasound of her head and we viewed the results at the doctors office. I love technology! No more waiting 2 weeks for results. Just go down the street and have them explained as you look at them. We looked at the images from her last ultrasound right before her shunt was placed. The difference between the two was amazing. The first on had two huge black spaces where her ventricles were and in the other they we smaller than a pea. I am truly amazed.

We have next week off in the doctor appointment area. A much needed break.