Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Prayer request for baby Happy

I know that there are people reading our blog, even though no one ever leaves us comments or even lets us know they were here, and even though i've emailed this same request to a lot of people that we know, i thought i would leave it here as well, in case someone reading doesn't already know.
Our friends Kristy and Howard are nearing the end of thier pregnancy now, and need all the prayer they can get. We all know that there is no such thing as too much prayer, and i'll keep asking for it everywhere i can for them.
Baby Happy suffers from severe microcephaly and they arn't sure how long he will survive after birth due to these complications. For those of you that have no idea what microcephaly is, "Micro" means small and "cephaly" refers to the head. Most children with microcephaly also have a small brain and mental retardation. However, some children with small heads have normal intelligence.
From the sound of that description, it doesn't sound that bad, but in thier case, it is that severe. Kristy and Howard unfortunalty had their second son, Issac, pass from the same thing, and were told at the time that it was caused by a virus during her pregnancy, and was NOT genetic. They assured them that they did not need genetic testing. Issac's passing was unexpected, and no one realized there was even a problem until 37 weeks(i believe) Issac was a fighter though and lived for 6 miraculous days before going home back home to his Almighty Father.
Kristy and Howard have since had another son, Ben, who just turned one this past summer. At the end of July, they found out they were pregnant again. Everything was going well until November when they had thier anatomy ultrasound. Besides finding out that Baby Happy was a boy, they were told that his head size was just a little behind at that point. They were sent here to Pittsburgh to see a specialist where they learned that he was a little further behind head size wise, and on top of that he may/may not have a hole in his heart, and may have a club foot as well.
Since that first visit to Pittsburgh, there have been highs and lows with Happy's progression. He has continued to progress, even though at this point i believe he's still about four weeks behind in head/brain size, he has CONTINUED to fight!! They have ruled out the club foot now, and they still arn't 100% sure about the hole in his heart.
This is different from big brother Issac because Issac's head and brain stopped growing at 20 weeks. So for Happy to continue to grow, that itself is a hopeful sign. As you read up above, babies born with microcephaly CAN have normal intelligence, and at this point, we're not giving up hope!!
Kristy had a non-stress test and ultrasound yesterday and they sent her right to the hospital and they prepared them for the possibility that Happy might be born today. Yesterday he still had fluid on his lungs since they are not fully developed yet due to him not being due for 6 more weeks, and that fact along would cause serious complications at his birth. Kristy and Howard were presented with options on how they would want to proceed at that point, what they wanted to do to try to prolong his little life, when in fact, there was no promise that it would. Could you imagine, i know i can't! It all depended on the tests that they would preform this morning if he was to be born today or not. MIRACOUSLY, this morning everything looked better, and Happy was no longer at risk, so they sent Kristy and Howard home. As of right now, they have a C-section planned for Monday, and even though that is not that far away, it's long enough to hopefully help Happy's lungs mature a little more so he has one little battle to fight.
Now that everyone is caught up, here is what we are hoping everyone can help pray for:
Peace, not just for Kristy and Howard, but for their two other wonderful children, Luke and Ben, to just relax and get to be a family this weekend without letting the worries of Monday overwhelm them.
We are praying for Strength, for all of them, including their extended families, who will continue to hold them close, and continue to lift them in prayer no matter what lies in store for them.
We are praying for Guidence for the nurses, doctors, and specialists that will be present at Happy's birth, to guide their hands and hearts to help this precious baby make his debut as stress-less on his litte body as possible.
And last but not least, we are praying for HAPPY! We are praying that he proves these doctors wrong, and shows them that medicine has nothing on faith and prayer.
IF, Happy does not show us our miracle, then we are praying that he gets to spend every moment that he has wrapped in his parents loving arms, knowing how much he is loved...
Thank you, all of you, who are helping to hold this family up in prayer. We all believe in miracles, and are hoping to witness one on Monday!
If you would like to read more, Kristy has one amazing blog, here's the address:
www.babybolte.blogspot.com

Friday, February 15, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!




Another Valentine's Day is just about over and we just wanted to wish everyone a great "Love Day" My valentine just walked in the door from a long day at work so i'm going to cut this really short!! I hope everyone had a GREAT day!!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Another Week...

Wow, it's been a month since my last post, and what a long month it's been! We have a new house(which we all love) Greg's job is going well, and he's on target to start his Doctorite this fall. Fionn is on track still, even though he's starting to make it difficult to get up when i'm sitting down. He likes to sit right between my hips, and Greg just chuckles when he has to help me up! He esp. likes my right hip even though it's not that comfortable for mommy!
Maggie is just Maggie, our little princess. Not too much can through her off kilter, but she was going a little stir crazy last week with no entertainment! All her books are still boxes, we had no tv and our DSL was out. On top of that Verizon told us for over a week to wait daily at the house, they were coming that day and never showed. We could have went to the Childrens Museum or to the zoo to keep her occupied, but instead we sat here unpacking everyday. The one box of toys that we brought down from the playroom and unpacked seemed to occupy her a little, but she still wasn't so impressed with the new house yet.
She was happy to go to Mema and Pop-pop's for the weekend so she had all her normal comforts. That combined with Mema and Pop-pop, i'm surprised she came home today!
Supposedly Tuesday the DirectTv people will be here, so she should be happy again!

We are so excited for "Love Day" this week, even though Daddy has to work all day! My wonderful husband made it up to me by taking me to dinner and a movie over the weekend. 27 dresses is a cute movie and i recommend it to anyone! I hope everyone else has a great "Love Day" this week, i know it's a special day here at our house. Maggie loves making other people presents, and she gets a real kick out of "love day" Until next time!