Friday, February 20, 2009
Yes, it's exactly what it sounds like, maybe worse. Lars got this cute hairstyle by wiping his face down my shirt, the booger that stayed on my shirt smeered into his hair as he continued putting his head down. I couldn't resist taking his picture and as you can see it didn't bother him any:)!!
He is also working a a few new skills this week. Not only has he climbed to the top of the stairs, by himself, 3 times; he is working on "cat"fishing with Karl's gun cleaning rod. He is very proud!
Leighann and I have put a lot of thought into a name for Baby Boy. His name will be . . . Henry Ernest Marquiss V, making him fifth Henry Ernest in our family tree. Henry V was one of the most significant kings of the 15th century and reigned as King of England from 1413 to 1422. Having two Henrys in the house and a grandpa named Henry will be confusing so we decided to give him a nickname, Ryan. In Gaelic, Ryan means "a little King", which we feel is fitting for Henry V. It is also in honor of my brother who bears that name. We will call him both Ryan and Henry.
There is a photo of this sweet baby boy on the Marquiss' blog. He looks very strong and big despite the tubes and heart issues.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wow, what an amazing day! Baby boy is acclamaiting to life on the outside and has a team of doctors and the Almighty God working to help him survive. There was a surprise this morning when the doctors brought baby boy into the world. Instead of just having his heart exposed, part of his stomach is also exposed. This is more common than ectopic cordis alone. He also was able to take a first breath or two, but then unable to maintain his own breathing. The team resuscitated him and immediately hooked him up to a breathing tube. He continues to use the breathing tube, but is also taking about 4 breaths a minute by himself. This means he is working to do some breathing, although unable to sustain life on his own.
The good news is that when the doctors looked at his defect, they noticed the heart and stomach are covered by a membrane of sorts, much like skin, sealing baby boy's organs off to air. They are satisfied for now that he does not need to have any synthetic covering as this membrane is doing the job of protecting from infection. We praise God that immediate surgery was not needed...this is one less thing for baby boy to have to overcome.
Baby boy weighed in at 8 pounds 6 ounces and measures 20 inches long; not bad for coming at 38 weeks.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tomorrow, a c-section is scheduled to deliver their baby boy, who made it full-term! They were told at their 12 week sonogram that their baby wouldn't make it through the pregnancy. Baby boy's heart is on the outside of his body. The heart has some other defects, but they will not know the extent of them until he is delivered.
Please pray for Henry and Leighann as they will have many decisions to make in the following days.
Pray for Leighann as she will be recovering from a c-section.
Pray for Baby Boy, who will be put on a breathing tube and have surgery immediately after delivery.
They also have 2 daughters, Natalie and Ainsley, who are staying with an aunt until things settle down a little. God is so awesome to give us family:)!!
I included a link to their blog if you would like to catch up on all the details of their story.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Lars has recently started dancing. It is so cute and funny. He will bounce, clap and shrug to the music. This week he had a private concert with our friend "Mr. Bwian" (as Reagan calls him). Then Brian gave him a lesson in playing the guitar! It was really fun to watch!
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Lately, we have been trying to get together with friends for playdates. It has been so cold that we haven't been outside much. Lars has enjoyed getting to play with other boys!