Saturday, February 28, 2009

Exhale...

Wow, what a week it has been for Price (and mom)! His sweet head has been subjected to so much - a casting, doctor check, and then finally an ultrasound on Friday. I am finally catching my breath to fill everyone in who has been asking and praying for him (many thank-you's by the way).

First, let me say that the Lord answered a huge prayer for us on Friday. Back when we found out that our pediatrician had ordered an ultrasound on Price's head, the nurse called that afternoon to inform us our appointment at Texas Children's Hospital would be on March 18th. March 18th? Are you kidding? You are telling me that there could be something wrong with my son's head and I have to wait more than three weeks to find out? That is what went through my head but over the phone I just replied, "Wow, that seems like a long time to wait but thank you." Well, since that day I just kept praying that somehow we could get in earlier. I called once to check for cancellations but no such luck. So I just kept praying. And on Friday morning I decided to check once more. Ellery and I prayed as I dialed the number to the diagnostic clinic at TCH. I told the lady on the phone that I wanted to see if there had been any appointment cancellations that would allow us to get in on an earlier date. She checked and replied that there were no appointments until April! I think she could sense my disappointment and then told me to hold while she checked one more thing. She came back over the phone and asked if we could be there at 1 pm that afternoon. Yes, we could be there! Ellery and I jumped up and down about how the Lord had answered our prayer. He is good.

So, my mom picked E up from school that day and Price and I headed to TCH. As I was standing in line to check-in, I realized the family in front of me was one that I have been receiving CarePage updates on and praying for since Ellery was a newborn. They attend our church and the mother, Olivia, spoke at our MOPS group way back when. I was so touched by her son Joshua's story and their unwavering faith and commitment to prayer. Finally, I was able to introduce myself and officially meet her. You can keep up with this special family here. Neat timing.

Let me say that I went into this appointment pretty calm. It seemed like just a precautionary check because Price's head circumference had jumped up in percentiles over the past two months. Not a big deal in my opinion, if you consider his families of origin. We went back to the ultrasound room and the technician did her thing. She rubbed the gel all over his bald head and I laughed to myself at the thought of his first little hairdo. She didn't say anything after she was done but that she was going to take the results to the radiologist, and the radiologist may or may not want to scan his little (okay, not so little) head some more. That made me a little nervous, I am not going to lie. After what seemed like an hour of waiting with a very unhappy and tired little guy, the radiologist finally arrived to give me the news that Price has something called benign external hydrocephalus. I know enough about hydrocephalus that I was alarmed. She talked some more and said I would need to consult my pediatrician for further details. I left feeling so confused and worried for my little guy.

Thankfully our pediatrician (whom I cannot say enough good things about) called late that afternoon to go over his results with me. Basically, Price has some fluid around his brain but not around his ventricles. Dr. Spinner pulled up his scans (which is the great thing about going to a TCH doctor-it is all in the computer system) and said that there was nothing to be concerned about. He said that some infants, especially those with larger head circumferences, have this fluid. It usually disappears by the time they are 18 months to two years of age, and at that time their head size also becomes more average. We will just monitor the situation from here on out, but it almost always resolves without any kind of treatment. We have an appointment next week for his 6 month check-up and I have some more questions to bug him with, but for now we are breathing a sigh of relief that everything seems to be okay.

Finally, this whole post makes me think of Ali, Cy, and baby Cole. Please keep praying for Cole and his sweet head and overall health. For updates on him, go here.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Berry Best Friends




Thursday, February 26, 2009

A deep thought

This morning I found out that a girl I went to high school with committed suicide last night. She was in a couple of my classes throughout the years and I always really liked her, but we were never great friends. She was even in my Brownie Troop in Kindergarten. I am frustrated that I wasn't better friends with her. That I never got a chance to really get to know her. I don't know if she knew the Lord, and I hope so much that she did. I wish I could have hung out with her, listened to what was going so wrong in her life, tell her of Christ's love. I know that I wouldn't have made a huge difference, I just wish I had the chance.

I wonder how many other people I never really got to know because I didn't take the time or because they were not like me (whatever that is)? I pray I will never miss an opportunity to be a friend to someone. My eyes have truly been opened to this lately. I want my relationships and conversations with people to be based on so much more than just the exterior, superficial things. I want to be about honesty and transparency, the real deal.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Yeehaw for Race for Wishes!

I told my sister, Paige, that I would post this on our blog. I am not sure who she thinks reads our blog, probably all of 20 people! Anyways, come race for wishes! We are!


The Fort Worth Race for Wishes this year is taking place in Stockyards Station (near Downtown Fort Worth) on March 28th, 2009. It is a 5K/1mile Run or Walk and all proceeds go directly towards our Foundation.

If you aren't familiar with Make A Wish please check out our website at http://www.makeawish.org/. It is something that is really close to my heart! We now have our website UP and running! If you or anyone you know is interested in donating towards the race online or putting together a team to walk/run yourself I would be SO appreciative of your support!
Also, if your business/company is interested in any sponsorship levels we are way down in our sponsors at this time so that is another way to get involved. When you sponsor the race you get some extra "perks" so if you are interested in that at all please let me know and I can get you that information.
You can access everything from the following website: http://swraceforwishes09.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=295590 Please forward this on to anyone you think may be interested. Thanks to all of you! I hope you all are doing great!!

Paige


The Yeehaw part of this blog title is that it was Rodeo Day at E's school. Her daddy got her dressed this morning and even took pictures. I think he did a great job! When I picked Ellery up from school she told me that some of the kids had on hats. I asked her if she wanted a cowboy hat to which she replied, " No, I need a cowGIRL hat, mom!" Like, duh, I totally need to get with it.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Price's least favorite day

Today was the day! We took Price to get "casted" for his helmet. It was definitely a sad sight to see but surprisingly I held up just fine. Price screamed like I have never heard him scream before. I actually was thankful to see a little bit of feistiness in him as he is usually so calm and even-tempered. I forgot my camera so the only pictures we have are from Nathan's phone and a few that Dr. Bob took.
















This is for you Katie - a great mug shot.


































Isn't this pitiful?

Measurements and pictures were taken so that we could see his weekly progress in the helmet. The actual helmet should arrive in about 10 days. We are still up in the air as to how we will decorate it. It will be a permanent accessory for about 2 1/2 months so I definitely think we should do something fun!
After Price's casting appointment, we were off to his pediatrician to do a little follow-up on his head. I was a little disappointed to find out that he wants us to do an ultrasound at Texas Children's to just make sure everything checks out okay with his noggin. I am praying everything will look good, and that in the meantime I will not worry (as I tend to do)!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Blonds, Legally and Helmeted

Just a few happenings so far this week -

Nathan and I went on our Valentine's date last night to the Hobby Center to see the musical Legally Blonde. It was so funny! As we were finding our seats, one of the ladies sitting by us asked me how I managed to drag my husband to this musical. I wasn't really sure what to say because the whole evening was his idea. I don't think Nathan knew how outnumbered he would be at the theatre! I did, however, manage to catch him laughing throughout the show. The UPS guy was my favorite - remember him and the famous "bend and snap"? We enjoyed the show and a nice dinner beforehand. It was the perfect date. We are kind of anti-Valentine's Day daters because who wants to pay a ton of money to go out to eat and fight huge crowds? We have been known to order the heart-shaped pizza from Dominoes in the past.

This week we have had a couple of doctor appointments for Price concerning his head. Consensus is that he has plagiocephaly (a fancy word for flat head) from primarily sleeping on one side. We went to Texas Children's Hospital today and were relieved to know that it is completely a cosmetic issue. So....drum roll....Price is getting his first helmet in a couple of weeks. It was a tough decision for us but ultimately we both decided that we would have wanted our parents to do the same for us if our heads looked like his. We don't want to regret not doing anything. The doctor thinks he will wear it about 2 1/2 months which in the scheme of things, is not that long. We go back in a week to get measurements taken and then will pick up the helmet the following week. I am going to get in all of the head-rubbing and kissing I can possibly do these next couple of weeks! Of course Nathan wants Price's helmet painted to look like an authentic Texas Longhorns helmet. I was hoping for airplanes or something a little less burnt orange!


We have a friend's birthday dinner tomorrow night and then we are looking forward to a weekend visit from Bebe and Pops!





















Friday, February 13, 2009

Happy Birthday!

Yesterday was Nathan's 31st birthday! He did not want a single thing for his birthday so Ellery and I decided to just decorate our kitchen in his favorite colors (orange and white) and bake him a cake with sprinkles. It is possibly the ugliest cake you have ever seen but it was baked with lots of love. Last night we went to dinner with some of our close friends and had the best time! Nathan decided to be funny man and wear his tuxedo to dinner. We looked like an odd couple since I was wearing jeans and heels.

Today one of Nathan's good friends decided to be jokster back and had an Austin Powers singing telegram arrive at his office. Supposedly there is video footage that I can't wait to check out!

In other news, Price officially started solids. Milk was not cutting it for this little linebacker. So far he has only had rice cereal and sweet potatoes and of course, devours them both. And HUGE news is that Ellery had her 1st poop on the potty! She just went into the bathroom, closed the door, and did her thing. I couldn't be prouder! Somewhere along this potty training adventure, Lulu mentioned getting her a horse if she went poop on the potty. Ellery, who seems to remember everything, had to get Lulu on the phone immediately to make good on her promise.

Lulu tried to remind Ellery that the promise was a stuffed horse or play horse and I am not sure E was buying it. It will be interesting to see how the shopping trip goes tomorrow!
E wore her "birthday shirt" in honor daddy's big day
A little pre-Valentines Day love

Monday, February 9, 2009

His Banner Over Me is Love


Sunday, February 8, 2009

First Fish

Thanks everyone for the sling suggestions! I will check them all out. It's been a busy, but wonderful weekend filled with family and friends. What could be any better?

Saturday we spent the day with the Allen family at their aunt's farm. It's actually a nice house on a large piece of land complete with a fishing pond. She has a horse, a calf that they are bottle-feeding, a singing dog named Buddy, and lots of fish! Ellery just loved it! She fed the horse carrots and hay and helped Aunt Doris give the calf a bottle. Then she went fishing with her daddy and take a look at what they caught! Of course they let if go because come on people, fish have feelings too.















Oh and are you wondering about the singing dog? He was amazing. Aunt Doris would start singing and Buddy would chime in with howls. It was just like America's Funniest Home Videos. Nathan was serenaded with Happy Birthday (he turns the big 3-1 on Thursday)!






We came home and 3 of the 4 people in our household took monster naps. I decided to slip out and see a movie with a friend and enjoy a little popcorn and Milk Duds.

Today we listened to a wonderful sermon at church about living a life of love. A point that really struck me was that we can love others by living a restful life instead of such frantic ones. I definitely know what frantic feels like! The son of a couple in our Sunday School class was baptized. He is only 5 years old and yet has completely given his life to Christ. We also witnessed an 83 year-old woman's decision to accept Christ as her Savior at the end of the service. Pretty neat! After church, we went out to lunch with our Sunday School class and had a great time. Price sat in my lap the entire lunch and did not make a peep. Ellery on the other hand was wild and crazy. I think they may have slipped her some sugary drinks and candy at church.

I made a quick trip to Target and to the grocery store while the munchkins were napping and then came home to cook a healthy dinner. I am determined to start cooking more at night and to make it healthy! My dear friend, Leigh Anne, emailed me all sorts of great recipes and I am motivated. Nathan got his turn to see a movie tonight with the guys and so it was just Ellery and I for dinner. You should have seen her face when I handed her a bowl of brown rice, sweet potatoes, and broccoli. I can't complain because she will usually try anything we give her. She may not eat a second bite, but she will try it (unless it is broccoli or even remotely resembles broccoli). She took a bite of rice and said, "Yuck." I then talked her into eating a microscopic bite of sweet potato and she almost gagged. I am not kidding! She had a banana for dessert and that's it. Am I a mean mama or what?

Lately at bedtime, Ellery has been wanting to read this Princess Stories book that came with a mini CD player. There are four discs for each princess story: Cinderella, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, and Sleeping Beauty. She loves it! Before we read one, she opens the book to the start of the story, gets the CD all situated and ready to go, and then proceeds to line up the correct princess figurines. We have several of each princess and so for example if she is reading Cinderella, she will pick out all 3 Cinderella figurines and set them out. It was just cracking me up tonight. After I read one story to her, she told me it was her turn to read the story to me. I love hearing her version of the story. It usually involves someone "not being very nice" to someone else. Ellery has been telling me that she loves me all the time now and I could just melt each time. Sometimes she says it back to me after I tell her how much I love her and sometimes it is just out of the blue. Oh, how I love that girl!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Needs a good title but can't think of one

**Ali and Cy have set up a website so that everyone can read updates on baby Cole and know exactly how to pray. http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/colecattan

We had a very lazy morning today. It was so nice and refreshing to have "nothing" to do. I decided it was time to clean Price's car seat cover and car seat since we wouldn't have to go anywhere and it would have time to dry. Speaking of car seats, I went looking for some kind of carrier/sling for him yesterday at a store in Rice Village. We have been a little concerned about his head getting flat, especially on one side that he always turns to. The doctor mentioned it at his 4 month appointment and has decided to send us to a specialist at Texas Children's Hospital on the 18th of this month. I know it is not the most severe case I have ever witnessed but it warrants an opinion of a professional. We didn't have this problem with Ellery because she always slept on her side. Price just loves being on his back. Even his Sunday School teachers comment on how long it's been since they have had a baby who will just lay contently on the floor and "play" with toys. His baldness doesn't really work to his advantage either!

I am sure being in a car seat doesn't help a flat head, which brings me to the purchase of a new kind of sling or something. I am also thinking it would be nice to not have to lug the getting-heavier-by-the-minute car seat around. I found a sling that I really like and think I will go back to purchase. Does anyone have any good suggestions though? We have the Baby Bjorn but he doesn't really dig it. I almost think he is too much of a chunk to fit in it! And we of course have newborn slings that he has most definitely outgrown.

This afternoon we met some friends at the park which was so nice until a certain 2 1/2 year old girl decided to throw a fit when it was time to leave. Price was hungry and crying and so when Ellery decided to run out into the parking lot in disobedience I nearly lost it. Since the park was close to my mom's house, I decided to hurry over there to feed Price. I am sure she really appreciated me turning her quiet, peaceful home into one of chaos with my screaming children. The night turned out great though because we all (Lulu, Poppy, and our family of 4) ended up at Barnaby's for dinner. It was a perfect night to sit outside, especially since they have those little lamp heaters I love so much. A friend of mine had told me they have some of the best chocolate chip cookies in Houston and so I was able to taste one for myself. Pretty good! I have never been a chocolate chip cookie kind of person (always left that up to my mom and sister), but lately I crave them!

Oh, and I forgot that Price had his first taste of baby food yesterday. My mom bought Price and I this cool little gadget for Christmas and I love it! I made Price and Emery sweet potatoes and a potato-green bean-tomato combo yesterday and brought it to Midlink at our church. Emery ate it up, but Price is still a little unsure about the whole swallowing thing. Most of it ended up on his face and clothes, but he was smiling the entire time!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Keep the prayers coming

Keep praying for baby Cole. Here's an update:

Friends,

Allison and I wanted to thank you for your continued prayers and support. We also want to thank everyone for the cards, flowers, calls and emails that you have sent to us. We wanted to give you an update on everything that has taken place this past week. There is so much that has happened that I could literally write for hours but I am going to try to give you the quick version to solicit your prayers yet again. As soon as the twins were born they were rushed into the NICU at Women's. There is so much that goes into the process of being at the NICU that it is almost impossible to describe. It is an experience that no parent should ever have to endure. Everything seemed to be going fine with both kids when Kate's blood levels dropped. The next 7 hours took me and Kate by ambulance to Texas Children's hospital where the doctors ultimately told me that there was nothing they could do for her and that she did not have long to live. I called Allison at Women's at 6:30 in the morning to tell her how sick Kate was and that I was coming to get her so that we could be there to hold her for the first and last time. We will never fully recover from holding our little girl as she went to be with Jesus.

As bad as that was, there was no time to think because I was immediately back to the NICU where I was told Cole had to have heart surgery to repair a valve in his heart which is the same valve procedure that contributed to Kate's death. They were able to successfully repair Cole's valve and he seemed to be recovering nicely. All of his progress has been amazing and we were feeling so confident until yesterday morning. We learned that Cole has a significant brain bleed on both sides of his brain. This can be catastrophic for children, as it was for Kate, or can be as small as a bruise. Cole's situation is not without hope but we desperately need God to intervene on his behalf. Thank you for your prayers and love but please continue to pray for Cole as we have not given up hope for his health through Jesus Christ who "is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.... Ephesians 3:20

We have also created a Fund at Aid Sudan where Kate's memory might be preserved. If you feel led to give please do so from your heart and not out of any obligation to us. I will make sure that these funds are used to help the Children of Sudan come to know Jesus Christ and live healthier lives..... Donations may be received either online or by mail. Online donations may be given at www.aidsudan.org by clicking on "Donate Now". On the donation form, the amount may be entered beside "Other", which is found at the bottom of the donation options. The designation on the next line is "Kate Michelle Cattan Memorial Fund". Donations made by mail may be noted as designated for the "Kate Michelle Cattan Memorial Fund" and mailed to our address below: Aid SudanPO Box 770693Houston, TX 77215

We know that we are missing many of our friends on this email list. If you would be kind enough to forward it on to individuals who know us and who have been following our story we would be grateful. Please also send it to anyone you know who would be willing to pray for Cole during this time.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Laughter

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