Friday, November 11, 2011

2-Year Checkup

Chase had his 2-year checkup today and, although he was NOT in the mood to deal with medical personnel this morning, he did a great job and we have great results! No questions or concerns from me, which was a first! Everything seems to be on track and his doctor doesn't have any concerns about anything! Yay!

And oh my word! I cannot believe this kid's placement on the height/weight charts! He weighed in at just over 27.5 lbs., putting him in the 47th percentile for weight! And he was 35 1/4 inches tall, in the whopping 81st percentile for height! How crazy is that? I believe he had quite a growth spurt recently when it comes to height specifically. He's now able to turn the lights on/off using the light switches, which I swear he was waaaaay too short to reach just a month ago!

So we're completely and totally blessed and thankful to have a healthy little 2-year-old boy! His next doctor appointment isn't until May (cardiology) and then again in October (well child checkup)! What an amazing blessing!!!!!

Way to go, Chase! :)

Friday, November 4, 2011

Cardiology Appointment Results

I owe you guys a serious blog post or two (hello, Chase's new bedroom, Halloween, cardiology appointment, etc.!?) but this'll have to be a short n' sweet one tonight. We are VERY blessed to share that Chase's cardiology check-up this morning was fantastic! Praise the Lord! While we did have some "issues" with the office staff (let's just imagine 20 patients, 4 exam rooms and 1.5 nurses... you do the math!) and it took a whopping 3 hours to get in and out of there, Chase was his typical Rock Star self and amazed the crap out of everybody! He's up to 28 lbs. and 34" tall. When the doctor was reviewing the notes before coming in to speak with us (after the BPs, echo, etc.), he saw the weight (which was actually 12.5kg) and thought to himself, "Hmmm... So what do we have here? A 3-year-old hypoplast..." ((reading through notes until he sees Chase's 2nd birthday was just last week)) and was in complete shock & awe that our little 28 lb. hypoplast is just barely 2 years old! This is a GREAT thing to hear! We have definitely been blessed by Chase's weight gain and the fact that he's never been on an ng-tube (other than during his first surgery/hospital stay), never even had a mention of a g-tube, never had any oral aversions, didn't have to fortify his bottles, etc. Weight gain has never really been an issue with him and we are truly blessed by that!

Anywho, we head back in 6 months -- exactly what I wanted to hear! I am continually amazed at God's goodness and faithfulness when it comes to this special miracle child He blessed me with. I will continue to pray each day for His continued blessings in our lives!

Here's a pic of Chase today during his echo. Not a care in the world! Nothing that a Go, Diego! Go! DVD, his monkey and a paci can't take care of anyway!

Thanks for your prayers and continued support!!!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Cardiology Appointment

Well, it's that time again. We head in tomorrow (Thursday) morning at 9:00 AM EST for Chase's cardiology appointment. We haven't seen the cardiologist since May 6th -- 6 months ago. As a heart mom, you're always nervous for these appointments, afraid of what they'll find during the echo and other tests. And you're concerned about how your now 2-year-old son will handle laying still for 20-30 minutes while a technician performs an echo. And you're anxiously waiting for the cardiologist to mention to "F" word: Fontan -- the final scheduled surgery in the 3-stage series Chase is undergoing to replumb his heart to function with only one ventricle.

I'm fearful of what tomorrow holds -- I'd be lying if I said otherwise. Those who know me well know that I live with a constant state of fear over my son's future every second of every day, and while this is something I'd never want to live without (for obvious reasons), it's something I struggle with keeping below the surface and not let it negatively impact my life so I can still function as a wife, mom, friend, employee, etc.

So yes, I'm fearful of tomorrow.

But I have hope. Hope in a Father Who already knows the plans He has for my son. And I trust Him. Completely. It's not always easy, but I know His will is all I've ever wanted for me, for my marriage and for my children. I'm so very grateful for each and every day He gives me with my son. And I will continue praying daily for His continued provision in our lives.

Please keep Chase in your prayers tomorrow morning. I'll share an update as soon as I can. And thank you to those of you who are still reading here... even though I've been very lame with my lack of consistent posting over the past few months. Your continued support is appreciated more than you know!

P.S. I'll share pics and a recap of his new toddler bedroom soon... I need to finish the valence before I can take the "after" pictures!