Happy 2nd Birthday Baby Brandt!

Happy 2nd Birthday Baby Brandt!
Busy as can Be--2 Years Old!

Thursday, January 6, 2011


We're trying to get settled back in at home and to some kind of routine, but Brandt is struggling all over again with both eating and sleeping. The first couple days back I thought he was going to gradually INCREASE his sleeping time at night, but instead he's gone backwards. He's still basically happy, like he's feeling better, but at times just acts really uncomfortable. He won't sleep for more than 3 to 4 hours at a time, and only 45 mins to an hour average during the day. We continue to pray this is all part of the healing process...the doctors remind me he's been through an awful lot in the past month. After all, he had a heart cath, and two major open heart surgeries all within 3 to 4 weeks.

Monday he had a follow-up cardiologist appt, and that did put my mind at ease as everything looks good with his incision. He'll finish his antibiotic course tomorrow, and we'll have another check next Monday. The doctor ordered a blood draw to check for inflammation and white blood count for infection, and everything came back normal! What a relief...and I'll feel even better if his white count stays low after he gets done with the antibiotics. His weight has taken another dip, which is probably to be expected after all the procedures and sedations, but I still hate hearing that he's now below the 1% in weight...we're trying to get all the food possible into him. Another plus is that the reflux seems to be almost completely gone--one less challenge, even though his lack of appetite is unusual for him.

Glenn and I also celebrated our 13th anniversary this week...I am so thankful for all his love and support through this journey...God has been gracious to grant us a wonderful friendship and growing love even while life presents challenges we never imagined or prepared for!

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