Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Carson's First "Food"

Carson tried rice cereal for the first time the other day.  If you know our son, he loves to eat.  He surprisingly didn't react much to it either way.  I was very thrilled that the texture didn't seem to bother him.  He seemed to do well getting his lips around the spoon once he got the hang of it.  Kaylee decided that feeding Carson is the big sister job that she likes best.  Poor Carson tolerated the spoon being stuffed into his mouth quite well ;).

Several people have been asking about his "tube" and what it looks like, how it works, etc.  I decided to post a picture of it.  It honestly just looks like a slit or hole in his waistline.  His urine drips out of it from the kidney into his diaper. The stitches have not yet dissolved, but it is healing nicely.  We go back in a few weeks for a follow up.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!!  We were blessed with a son 5 months ago today.  I can't believe he is already 5 months, yet sometimes it seems like these past few months have been a lifetime.  He is 24 inches and almost 15 lbs!  Carson is one chunky monkey.  You just can't help but want to squeeze him. 

On the 30th Carson had the first part of his two part kidney surgery.  We keep saying kidney surgery, but they actually went in and disconnected the ureter, removed the bad muscle at the end of it and rerouted it to a hole that drains into his diaper.  It basically looks like a cut in the bottom of his belly roll.  This does make it quite interesting when we change his diaper to have to watch out for urine coming out of two holes.  We were blessed to have both sets of grandparents up here to support us and take care of Kaylee. Carson did amazing with his surgery.  He is such a trooper.  The surgery took a little over an hour.  He was pretty drowsy for the remainder of the day.  He only had pain killers right after the surgery and after that had only tylenol!  After a night of no sleep for us (the hospital "bed" was horrible and the nurses came in and out ever hour almost),  Carson woke up smiling and was almost back to himself.  It is unbelievable to me that someone would be in such good spirits after having been through so much.  We thank God for the wonderful doctors and nurses who took such great care of our little man and also for all the prayers and support we had from everyone. 

We look forward to the New Year.  My wish it that God continues to give us strength and guidance to get through all of this.  I know that God has an amazing plan for our family and I need to trust in him for understanding.  I am thankful for the blessings I do have in my life including my husband, two beautiful kids, and amazing family and friends.  I wish each of you a happy, healthy, and wonderfuly blessed New Year.