Tuesday, June 24, 2008

this and that

This past weekend, my brother & sis-in-law and their two kiddos, Macey & Thomas, came to town. We all had an awesome time playing and catching up with each other. Sara (my SIL) had two appointments at MD Anderson here in Houston to discuss her pituitary tumor. She said the Neurosurgeon sounded very optimistic about removing the tumor successfully and in one piece. He said it's "nice & round" and should not be difficult removing. (Yeah, easy for him to say!) Anyway--they are still doing labs and other testing for her Endocrinologist and then they will hopefully schedule the surgery soon. Please continue to keep my sweet SIL in your thoughts and prayers. Other good news is, they (my bro & SIL) are moving to Houston! They are now living in Austin, but recently bought a house near us! It is literally walking distance away. I am so excited they will be so close.

Some things Coy is loving now: eating his hands, smiling and squealing, his bouncy chair, talking to him, sleeping at night!, and George the Girafee (his teething toy). Everyday he is doing new things. It is so much fun to watch him grow up.

Coy had two appointments this week. On Monday, he was seen by the Pulmonolgist. She thought he looked fantastic. Unfortunately, I was not feeling well, so Chris & my sister took him. They are too good to me. (Since Coy's birth, I have not been ill. I woke up Sunday with a sore throat and some congestion...of course I panicked because I had been kissing on Coy all weekend. Thankfully, he seems to be doing fine and I am already feelin better.) The pulmonologist basically said she did not feel he needed oxygen anymore, however, before she can officially say this, he needs to have a Sleep Study. This is where we will go stay overnight in the Sleep Lab and Coy will be monitored all night for his breathing, heart rate, saturations, etc. I hear it's lots of fun (insert sarcasm!). Hopefully, this will be scheduled soon.

Today, Coy was seen by the GI doctor. He thought he looked great and said his weight gain is terrific. He was 11 lbs 11 oz naked and was 22.5 inches long! I can't believe he's grown 10 inches since his birth! He is now fitting into 3 month clothes. I absolutely LOVE buying outfits for him and dressing him everyday. Coy still consisently has 3 nights per week where is he really fussy. It usually starts while feeding him is last bottle of the day. He then continues to cry if you aren't walking around with him or standing up while holding him. The GI doc increased the dose of Zantac, and if this persists, then we will go to something stronger.

Over the weekend, we made several trips out with Coy. He went to two more restaurants and on a shopping trip with me, Aunt Steph, and Grams Cook. I love being able to take him out more. It feels so nice to have him with me all the time. Chris and I just grinned so huge when we had him at a restaurant on Friday night. Chris carried in him in the car seat and said "Wow, this is amazing, we are the parents with the baby." It feels surreal to us. We are so thankful.

Since he is out and about more often, I have run into a question from strangers that I don't really know how to answer. I mean, I should know how to answer it, but how much detail do I go into? The question being, "Oh, how cute, how old is he?" Hmmm....I sigh, smile and say, "Well, he's about 6.5 months old, but he was born 17 weeks early..." They usually look at him again and while doing the math. One lady got so excited, she even called her friend over and said..."Look, this baby was born at 23 weeks...isn't that amazing?" I am so happy for others to see God's miracle out and about, in the flesh, with their own eyes. I want nothing more than to give God all the glory for Coy. He is a true miracle. And if he can lead one person to Him, then it's all worth explaining everything over and over. So, I guess I just answered my own question!

Today after taking Coy to the doctor, I was pulling out of a parking garage (the worst designed garage in America!) and accidentally hit a car. I didn't hit it hard, though. I was turning a corner too sharply and my back tire pulled off their license plate holder thing (they were backed in and their front bumper was sticking out into the lane) and left a little scratch. I am an honest person, so I left a note for the person to call me, so I could explain and tell them I would pay for the damage. The woman called me, and left a message on my voicemail. She seemed very nice and said it was a rental car and she was on her way to returning it. Chris called her back and her husband answered the phone. He tried to tell Chris that there was "great damage" to the car. There wasn't, it was really minor, no dents or anything, no one would call it "great damage." I snapped a picture of it just for proof. When Chris told the guy, "Sir, I have seen a picture of the damage, it is very minor," he said, "oh, okay...." It's sad that when trying to do the "right" thing, you have to protect yourself against people who try to take advantage of the situation. Anyway---don't know what we'll owe for it yet, but it shouldn't be much. And now Chris will be making fun of me for ages....I always complain about his driving. And now, I've hit a car it a parking garage. Oh well, it was a honest mistake!

(To answer a question from last week...we have 2 Maltese dogs, Dixie and Sugar Pie; they love Coy and always want to be near him. They were our "first babies" and love affection/attention...)


Vicki Willis said...

Ann Marie and Chris, I'm so glad that Coy got such good reports from the docs. These pix are precious. I love the first one of him in his little Rice outfit. Too cute!!! And I will continue to keep your sister in law in my prayers. How exciting that they are moving close to you! I wish I had some family living close to me...Anyway, you are all in my prayers. Love, Vicki

Jodi said...

He is looking amazing. So glad to hear that he's doing well. Also, if your SIL needs anyone to talk to, I also have a pituitary tumor. . .it's just a microadenoma that was found about 12 years ago. (With PCOS as well, my endocrine system is just one big mess.)Luckily, I've only had to be monitored and go in for MRIs every so often.

Don't feel bad about hitting the car. A few weeks ago, I backed into my father-in-law's generator (that he let us bother over the winter.) After all we've been through, something like that was bound to happen. :-)

Paige Sinclair said...

When you go in for the sleep study, bring a blanket to put under Coy that smells like home to him. It will make all the difference in the world. Then bring another to cover him up.

Adam & Andrew said...

What a handsome little man! Look how well he holds his head up and how well he holds his girrafe. He's doing amazing!

Nicole said...

Hi, I found your blog from one of my friend's blog and have been following your story. Thank you for keeping us updated. I have a 18 month old baby girl, Kylie, and can't even imagine all you have gone through. Your strength amazes me!

I have been wanting to tell you about a really neat store I saw at the Nutcracker Market this year. It's called Baby Once and they have some really neat things. They have some sunglasses that you may want to think about for Coy. And of course, some other cute clothes and stuff, but whenever you talk about his ROP, I remember I should tell you about these sunglasses and how they may help Coy when he is a little bigger and spending more time outside to protect his eyes. Anyways, their website is www.babyonce.com. My mom just bought Kylie one of their pettiskirts and it is the cutest thing ever. They have alot of cute stuff for boys too!

Again, thank you for updating everyone who has been praying for y'all. We will continue to do so!


The Silva's said...

He looks great Ree!! I can't help but smile when I see his pictures! Oh, and I wouldn't feel bad about the parking garage incident, I hit a parked truck, $2500 worth of damage to the truck (only because it was already missing a tailgate) and $6500 worth of damage to my car! I was only going about 20 miles/hour. Lesseon learned... Don't try putting your shoes on while driving!! Luckily the boys were not with me, but everyone still teases me about it!!!

Renee Alfaro said...

Ann Marie--Don't worry. You are not the first (nor the last) to have ever hit a parked car in a parking lot. I hit a parked car in college--although I was pulling into the parking space and misjudged the distance and scratched the car parked next to me!!!

The Van Fam said...

he is changing sooo much right now!! oh my goodness, I can't get over how different he looks. he's really starting to loose the baby look, I know how much every mom hates to hear that.

yea for good reports from ALL the doctors! i am so happy coy is doing so well and hopefully no more oxygen soon. i will be praying for that!!

oh...and don't feel too bad about the car. i smashed into jimmy's truck a couple of years ago and it was in the driveway. i went to leave and backed up (FAST) and went straight back into his. His was undriveable at first b/c I hit his bumper so hard that it was touching the tire. oops! in my defense, he was on my side of the driveway but needless to say, I will never live it down!

Anonymous said...

he looks so good!! I have not visited your site for awhile..and I wondered if this was Coy??! he looks better than ever!! awesome job!!

Knott said...

I love keeping up with Coy! He is so much bigger these days...and just adorable!
It really hits home when you talk about all of the doctors, specialists, studies that have to be done. I know I look forward to the day we don't have all those appointments and Cooper is healed completely. I pray for the same thing for Coy.
Prepare yourself for the sleep study...there are so many wires, probes, etc and it is a LONG night for both of you.
If you would like to talk to someone who knows what you are going through, I would love to. Feel free to email me at knottlk@hotmail.com.
Lisa (Cooper's mom)

Room For More said...

Hi Ann Marie,

I can't even remember how I happened across your blog, but I enjoy it very much and look forward to news about little Coy. He's delicious! : )

I so appreciate the sheer joy in parenting him that you communicate in your posts. You get the "enjoy the moments" thing and I love running into mamas like that.

Thank you for giving all glory for Coy's life to our Savior.

BonkLand (room for more)


Abby said...

Hey Coy!!

You are doing awesome!! As a proud member of the 23-Weeker Club, I want to thank you (and your mommy and daddy) for sharing your story with so many ... especially with those who are under the impression that we are not as strong as other kids ... WE ARE - if not STRONGER (good grief, look what we have gone through to be here) - we just need some time to catch up ... and it looks like you are doing a slam-dunk job of doing that!!!! Way to go!

Keep up the good work, Coy - you're a rock star!

Preemie Power!
~ Abby

August said...

Ree and Chris,
Coy looks absolutely cute in his Rice outfit!! Ree just needs to get Coy into a Longhorn outfit and then a Cougar outfit for me!! haha!
I am so excited to hear how wonderful he is doing! He looks great!
I can't wait to actually see you guys sometime in the future!
Love and blessings!

Beeah@eatel.net said...

Would you pray for my friend? She delivered twins yesterday at 23 weeks, 2 days. She has lost 3 other babies in three separate miscarriages, all within 2007. Seeing your precious boy is so encouraging! Her name is Rene and her teeny tiny princesses are Cassidy and Cadence. From what you've already been through, perhaps you'd know best how to pray for Rene and her babies. Thanks so much. Beth