Wednesday, January 19, 2011

January 2011, already?

Well here we are in 2011! I am so very excited because I found an APP for my IPhone for this blog!! I can now keep it up to date again!! It has been about 8 months since our last post, can't believe it!

Addi had her palate repaired on 9/27/10 and it is amazing to see inside her little mouth to see what they did!! Dr.Meara was amazing and we can't thank him enough! Addi's speech seems a little slower then Tommy was at her age, but it was expected. I have made a call to Early Intervention to get her evaluated!! I can't wait to hear what they have to offer in terms of suggestions to get her on track with speech. She is now saying momma and dadda and we couldn't be more proud to hear her say those words!!

Tommy turned 9 in November, WOW, 9?!?! One of his amazing birthday gifts is a trip to Florida with his Auntie Suzy and Uncle Matt and his two cousins. He leaves on Friday 1/21, which is only a few days away! We have had a day off for MLK day and then a snow day Tuesday and today was a 2 hour delay! Last week we also had a snow day and two hour delay. These kids are so lucky to get all these snow days!

Addi turned ONE on 12/17, and we just can't believe we made it through the first year!! It was a struggle, tough at times, but ever so rewarding!! This journey with her began in August 2009 and we made it so far in the last year and a half! When we first received her diagnosis there was fear, upset, anger and resentment that we were given this deck of cards to deal with BUT now those feelings soon changed to acceptance, happiness and most of all love for a little girl who taught us that we can get through just about anything T-O-G-E-T-H-E-R as a team and as a family.... She is amazing!!

We are truly blessed with TWO amazing kids!!!

Jenn, Tim, Tommy & Addison!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Spring oh Spring, where are you??

Well we are now in May and although we thought Spring was here, it has been too cold for my liking!  May is a busy month for our family.  There is Mother's Day, lots of Birthdays, our anniversary, Addison's 3rd surgery, and I have to finish preparing for my baby sister's wedding!

Mother's Day was this past Sunday and we spent a relaxing day in Granville at Mammy/Pappy's house.  We were able to celebrate Tim's birthday, Pappy's birthday and my birthday the same day as mother's day.  My original plans were to have a cook out at our house, but that changed quickly when everyone got sick with a nasty cold here.  (there is always next year!!)

We have less then one week until Addison's next surgery.  This surgery is for her lip repair and nose reconstruction, which will fix her lip completely.  We will be heading to the Boston Childrens Hospital at Waltham facility and we are very excited to be able to see this facility!  We will keep everyone updated as Addison goes in for surgery and when she gets out of surgery and during recovery.  We know that we will be there at least one night, possibly two nights.  Our length of stay will depend on wound care, comfort/pain management and feeding.  Please pray that everything goes smooth!

Tim has been doing lots of yard work outside to clean up the front of our house and make it look nice with some beautiful gardens!  He has busted his butt and it looks awesome.  Here are a few photos to show off all the hard work he has done:

New sidewalk and gardens

See the tree to the left, we chopped it down!

Bye bye tree

Wow, what a difference

Another view of the sidewalk and front of the house

Addison will be five months old on the day of her surgery, can't believe five months already!  She is talking like crazy, smiling up a storm and a joy to have around!  Tommy is such a wonderful big brother to her, he just loves her so much!  Today, since I wasn't feeling good and Tim needed to mow the lawn, Tommy was "babysitting" for us and he did a wonderful job!

If anyone is looking for updates on Addison on Monday 5/17 for her surgery, please feel free to message us on facebook or text us on our cells.  We aren't able to have our cell in recovery, but once we are in a room we can and we will have them while we are awaiting news on her coming out of surgery.  Thank you all for your love and prayers next week!

Until next week!  xoxo
Jenn, Tim, Tommy & Addison!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Welcome Spring!

It has been nearly 2 months since I have been able to sit down and update my blog!!  Addison is now 4 months old and is truly a daddy's girl!  Addison is lucky to have her daddy home to take care of her.  We have been back to the surgeon since her lip adhesion and they gave us the green light for the full lip repair and nose reconstruction.  Our surgery is scheduled for May 17.  This time around we will be in Waltham at Children's Hospital Boston at Waltham, which is going to be awesome because we will have a private room and a very new hospital setting.  We can't wait to see the hospital and be able to compare it with Boston. 

Tommy was on vacation last week from school and he spent the entire week up in Granville with is Mammy/Pappy, Auntie Suzy/Uncle Matt, Tony/Jason, Aidan/Andy and Matty!  He had a wonderful time  hanging out in the country.

Here are some newer pictures of Addison: (4 months old)

Addison has learned that she can turn over from  her belly to her back and she loves that she can do that in her crib when she wakes up from her nap.  We are so very lucky to have a little munchkin who loves to go to sleep, wide awake and she falls to sleep all on her own.  Tommy was so different as a baby and had to be rocked to sleep each and every night.  I love both aspects of those two kids!

I am still getting used to being a mom to two kids.  It still sounds funny to say "kids", but I am loving each and every minute of it all.  Tim is wonderful with Addison and as always he is great with Tommy.  His daddy skills are top notch and I love him for that!

This coming weekend is my sister's Jack & Jill, so we have been doing lots of planning!  Two weeks ago was her wedding shower, which was a surprise and boy did I pull that one off awesomely (if I do say so myself!)  I can't believe that in under two months my little baby sister is getting married!!  It doesn't seem possible.  If anyone is free May 1, please come to the J&J!!

I will keep everyone updated on our upcoming surgery for Addison!!  I hope everyone is well.  Hugs/Kisses to everyone!


Thursday, February 25, 2010

Back to work!

Well this week was rather eventful!  Tommy went back to school after having a nice winter vacation and I went back to work as well.  It sure was tough getting ready for work on Monday morning and having to leave Tim and Addison home.  The day was long for me and it was just as long for Tim.  Addison refused to take a lengthy nap so when I got home from work Tim was in bed by 6:00 p.m., and didn't wake until 7:00 the next morning. 

Tuesday we went to meet with Dr. Meara, who is our plastic surgeon.  He said that Addison's lip looks great and we can start planning our next surgery.  Next week we go back to Dr. Shusterman (dental Dr.) to have him adjust her elastic again and to find out when the apparatus can come out.  Last night we turned the screw and I have a feeling that that may have been our last time turning it because it is so far back in her mouth we almost can't see it anymore!  Dr. Meara mentioned that he was going back to Haiti to help with the efforts over there.  He'd like to do her lip adhesion prior to leaving, which is March 16th, so it is possible we will have our next surgery soon!  If the dental apparatus isn't ready to come out then we will have to wait until April 9th, which is Dr. Meara's next surgery date.  I am praying Dr. Shusterman says it can come out on March 11 so we can do the surgery before Dr. Meara leaves!

Prior to Addison's dental surgery we had her photos taken my Melany Anderson of Melany Christine Photography.  We wanted to document Addison prior to all her surgeries with some nice photos of her.  Melany, as usual, did a WONDERFUL job!  Here are some of the photos:

My goal is to update this every Thursday.  Addison is 10 weeks old today (where did the time go?).  She is smiling at us often and making all kinds of cooing noises that are just too cute for words.  She has this little fake 'cough' that she does and we are thinking that will turn into her laugh very very soon.

Tommy was able to enjoy a day off yesterday because of the snow!  He is doing well in school and is absolutely in love with his sister! 

Until next week.................. Enjoy your day!

Jenn, Tim, Tommy and Addi

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Back to blogging!

Ok, well I have officially taken the last 6 weeks to adjust to being a mom to 2 kids!  As most of you know, Addison Grace Wheeler made her entrance on 12/17/09 at 2:31 in the morning.  Here is a bit about the quick entrance she made into this world!

On Wednesday 12/16, I went to the doctor because I thought I might be in labor.  They monitored me (again) and said that I wasn't in full labor but that it would likely be this weekend, they told me to go home and rest.  I called work to tell them that I wouldn't be returning that day and I went home to rest!  Around 10:00 that night Tim went to bed because he wanted to get some sleep incase the baby came! (Thank god he did go to bed!)  I was unable to sleep, spent the night on the couch watching Law & Order reruns, until around midnight I think was when my water broke, but I didn't know it.  About one hour later Tim woke up after my repeated trips to the bathroom and he asked me if I needed to go to the hospital.  At that point I wasn't sure, but I said we probably should just in case.  I called my sister to have her and Mikey come to the house to take care of Tommy for me so we didn't have to wake him, but then all of a sudden I knew labor was really here.  It was now 1:15 a.m., and I had contractions every minute to every 30 seconds, back to back, I thought for sure I was having her at home it was so bad!!

(I think once I admitted that it was time to go to the hospital my body just realized it was really time and couldn't wait any longer for me to wait things out!)  We got to the hospital around 1:50, met my sister and Mikey there so Mikey could take care of Tommy for me.  Christina stayed with us at the hospital to see the birth.  When I first arrived at the hospital they brought  me into the triage room to "check me" and at this point I couldn't talk or walk because the contractions were so intense.  Getting onto the bed to have her check me was just about impossible.  Well, she checked me, and boy was I in labor, I was already 7 cm dilated.  All I could think was "OMG, 7 CM, that means I only have 1 more CM before they don't allow me to get an epidural, they better move QUICK!".  They moved me over to labor and delivery, now it is about 2:10 or so and they checked me again when I got into the room and yup, I was 9-10 CM and ready to push.  The dr said "ok, next contraction you are going to push"... I said "But I need an epidural" and she said "I am sorry sweetie, there is NO time for an epidural".  I replied "but I need something, can't you just give me a shot of something?" and she again replied "No, it will only effect the baby at this point, there is no time, but we will get through this together I promise!".

It was at this point where I realized, OMG, I am going to do this with no medication, OMG are you kidding me!  So I let out a pretty loud scream with the next contraction, but regained my composure and was able to concentrate on pushing and 15 or so minutes later Addison Grace Wheeler made her entrance!  She was 7 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 19 inches long.

She is perfect, sweet, and we love her little cleft lip!  We have been back and forth to Boston Children's Hospital quite a few times already.  We have met with the surgeon, dental team, genetics team and ultrasound!  We have already learned that most of the genetic tests have come back normal and we are awaiting the last batch to come in.  Her kidney ultrasound was also very normal.  The surgeon was very pleased with how everything looked inside her mouth and her lip and he said that it was a piece of cake to work on!  We already have our first surgery date, February 9th, when they insert the Latham Device, which is a device similar to a palate expander that they mount in the top of her mouth and we have a screw that we will have to turn once a day for 4 to 6 weeks.  This device will close her gums together so they can start working on her lip once the tension is released from her gums/lip.  They will put her under anesthesia to insert the device and we will spend 23 hours in the hospital.  Next week is our pre-op appointment.  We are nervous and excited all in one breath if that is even possible.  Nervous because she is so tiny to be having surgery and going through the pain of it all and exited because this is going to "fix" her lip.  I have a feeling we surely will miss that cleft lip just as everyone who has a cleft baby has told us.

Here are a few of our favorite photos:

Until next time....

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

3, 2, 1!

We are in the final stretch of pregnancy and I can't believe that there are only 3 weeks left till my due date.  The baby room is ready to go and so am I!  I am back to that "tired" stage, getting up for work is a challenge, never mind having to get dressed and look somewhat presentable for the office!

Here is my 37 week update:
How your baby's growing:

Congratulations — your baby is full term! This means that if your baby arrives now, his lungs should be fully mature and ready to adjust to life outside the womb, even though your due date is still three weeks away. 

Your baby weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel (like a stalk of Swiss chard). Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long. But don't be surprised if your baby's hair isn't the same color as yours. Dark-haired couples are sometimes thrown for a loop when their children come out as blonds or redheads, and fair-haired couples have been surprised by Elvis look-alikes. And then, of course, some babies sport only peach fuzz.

This week is the week in my pregnancy that I gave birth to Tommy!  My water broke at 37 weeks 3 days and I had Tommy the following morning.  We will see how much longer this little girl wants to hang out!  I go back to the doctor tomorrow afternoon to see if I have dilated any further, I was dilated to 3 last Wednesday and was 60% effaced.
 I hope everyone has a great week!  We will keep you all posted as the weeks go on.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Snow Day already!

Yesterday was our first taste of what this winter is going to be like!  When we went to bed on Tuesday night Tommy was already asking if he was going to have school in the morning.  Having listened to the weather, they were only expecting 1-3 inches so I told him YES of course you will have school in the morning because we aren't getting that much snow... Well the following morning Tommy woke up at 6:30 and all I heard was him running from his bedroom into our bedroom saying "OMG Mom, We DEFINITELY have at least a delay today because there is a BUNCH of snow out there"... No sooner that he says that our phone rings and the automated voice mail message from the school says "No school for South Hadley"... And so we began our first official snow day!  Here are a few pictures from his first snow day of the year with his best friend, Anthony....

I also had my weekly doctor's appointment yesterday afternoon.  I was told that the baby is head down and that the doctor could feel her head, I am now 3 cm dilated and 60% effaced.  The doctor said that I could go at any point really.  She said that she doubts that I'd make it to my due date seeing how much I have progressed already... So the waiting has begun! (again!)

I am 36 weeks pregnant this week!  Here is my update:

Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds (like a crenshaw melon) and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. She's shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of her first bowel movement.

At the end of this week, your baby will be considered full-term. (Full-term is 37 to 42 weeks; babies born before 37 weeks are pre-term and those born after 42 are post-term.) Most likely she's in a head-down position. But if she isn't, your practitioner may suggest scheduling an "external cephalic version," which is a fancy way of saying she'll try to coax your baby into a head-down position by manipulating her from the outside of your belly.

We have created a name voting page for anyone who might be interested in seeing the names we are tossing around.  No name will be picked until we actually meet her to make sure that her name fits her, just like we did with Tommy.  Here is the link to the baby name list:

We will keep everyone posted on my progression and will try to make as many phone calls when labor actually begins! 

Hope everyone has a nice week and stay warm!

Jenn, Tim, Tommy and BG Wheeler