Friday, August 31, 2007


Who is this kid? Brady is in such a great mood today. He's smiling at me and reaching for me, playing calmly at times but also joking around chasing me with his stuffed monkey. He happily ate his breakfast of Jello and the girls wanted Jello too, so he didn't even think about his cereal. When I changed his diaper and pj's this morning, one of his no no's fell off and he stuck his arm out for me to put it back on! I couldn't believe it. The prayers must be working!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

After Surgery



Before Surgery




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We're home

Sorry for the late update. We had no internet access at the hospital.

Brady is doing pretty well. They were able to close most of the palate but he still has a good size hole near his gumline. He'll have another surgery next year to correct that and any other holes that may form. The arm restraints (no-no's) are a joke and we have struggled with keeping them on even without him messing with them. It's going to be a real challenge over the next 3 weeks. It seems to hurt him when he swallows and he is letting saliva pool in his mouth which is causing him to drool like a fiend. The drool is bloody and smells awful. He's been eating crunched popsicles and some stage one baby food. He is refusing most liquids but has had a bit of apple juice and Hawaiian Punch. At the hospital they had me try to give him Jello, pudding, and soup which was all refused. I felt so bad when he brought me his snack cup and a box of cereal when we first got back home. He's having a hard time accepting the fact that he can't have cereal for a while. At the hospital he was pushing my hand away when I tried to comfort him but then would cry for me when I wasn't standing right by the crib. He is very upset with me for letting this all happen to him. When Jeff would come into the hospital room, Brady would go crazy reaching for him like he knew his Daddy would rescue him from the meaness his Mom was forcing him to endure. Allie was very upset to see Brady after surgery and cried for most of her visit. It was much harder than I had anticipated seeing him so vulnerable and in pain. I am not sure how I am going to deal with the 'several more' surgeries the surgeon told me that he would need. I just want to scoop him up and protect him from any more pain. We are happy to be home now and are thankful for all the thoughts and prayers.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007


I have never had to deal with one of my children having surgery before. This is all new to us. Of course the minute we were chosen to be Brady's family we knew that we would become a family that was familiar with surgeries. That doesn't make it any easier. Jeff is worried about Brady being put to sleep. I, on the other hand, worry about what he will think of the arm restraints and liquid diet. Will he lose all the trust we have worked so hard to build? I also worry about him healing. Can I protect him enough so that he can heal properly? He's such a rough little guy and so very clutzy. I fear that within minutes of being back home, he will take a tumble that will rip his palate right back open. I wish I could put him in a bubble for a few weeks while he heals. I hope that we come out of this more bonded than before and that instead of losing trust, he learns to trust us more. I am very excited to hear his language take off once his palate is repaired. There is already so much he says or tries to say. I think being able to verbalize better will take away some of his frustrations. I know this is a step in the right direction for my baby. If you don't mind, please remember little Brady in your prayers. Poor little guy has been through so much already. We'll leave for the hospital around 4:30 am and he should be out of surgery around noon. I will try to update asap.


Monday, August 27, 2007

Baby Brady

We received some pictures of Brady from the orphanage. What a gift!

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Daddy's Girl? NUH-UH!

When we ask AnnaClaire who's girl she is, she always does the sign for mommy but Jeff managed to get her to do the sign for daddy this once. She's still my girl;)

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The Terrible Two

My copycat boy. When I asked AnnaClaire to lay on her tummy, he wanted to do it too (please ignore the snockers).

Happy Birthday Cameron! (a bit late)

Like a week late. We have had some computer problems and my computer guru (the birthday boy) was too busy with school and then was feeling bad so I didn't get my computer issues resolved until Saturday. It took Cameron about a minute to get it all fixed. I think I have saved hundreds in computer repairs because of him. Now that I have my desktop back to normal I can start posting again and I am starting with wishing my biggest boy Happy Birthday...Happy 18th Birthday. YIKES! I am so proud of him. He's such a good kid (he's still a kid, right?) and has such a great sense of humor. I think he's a bit of a mini me, but I don't want to tell him that because I am not sure he would like that. LOL He was an unexpected gift, but a really great one! I love you Cameron!
Little Cameron

Birthday Kiss

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Dairy Queen Miracle Treat Day

Click here to see how you can enjoy a Blizzard at Dairy Queen while benefitting the Children's Miracle Network.