Monday, October 7, 2013
Lucas Gail Melvin was born by C-section on November 21, 2012. He was breach (very uncomfortable!!). He was 7 pounds 6 ounces, and 21 inches long. He appeared to be a pretty healthy baby boy. Over the next few days and weeks we noticed little things about him that caused us to worry. When we were still in the hospital we were told that he had an inguinal hernia and would require surgery at 6 months of age. We also noticed A LOT of projectile vomiting. The nurses assured me that he was just spitting up, but I knew better. I felt like they didn't listen to be. He just cried, cried, and cried. When I would ask for them to keep him for awhile because I was tired and sore I was made to feel like a terrible mother. The doctor ended up keeping us an extra day because eh vomited all over the head OB nurse right before we left. They figured out that he had terrible acid reflux and we started medicine. He also had a couple bent toes, an ear that was kind of bent over, some plates in his head were also over lapped. When he was about a week old I noticed that his right pupil wasn't shaped correctly. We went to his doctor who informed us that he could see normally and not to worry. He continues to struggle though his crying non stop and "spitting up" AL THE TIME!! Every time we asked the doctor about trying different acid reflux meds, he said that it wouldn't work. We'd just have to wait until his tummy muscles got stronger. FYI - That turns out to be the other thing the doctor was right about. By the time he was 6 months old the over lapped plates were fixed due to some manipulation, spitting up was still terrible, his ear was a little better, we thought he could see in his right eye, toes would never change, and we were preparing for the hernia surgery. By this time his 1 inguinal hernia and turned into 2. In May of 2012 we asked the doctor about the surgery and he said that thought we should wait until he was a year old. I asked if we could go ahead and see the surgeon anyway because I really wanted to have it done over the summer vacation. We were in Columbia the first week of June. Dr. Ramachandran (pediatric surgeon) made us feel really bad because he said that Lucas's hernia's were some of the biggest that he'd even seen. He thought we should have had then repaired right away. The next week, he was having surgery. During the surgery, Dr. Ram discovered that Lucas tummy muscles were actually 2 separate muscles instead of being attached. That explained a lot to us. At the post op visit a couple weeks later he asked us if we had ever considered having genetic testing done on Lucas. We actually weren't sure what that was. After he talked to us about it we decided to go ahead and see if there was anything wrong. It took a couple months to figure out how we were going to pay for this testing. Our part would have been around $3000 with insurance!! We ended up finding the "Children and Youth with Special Needs Program" and qualified for that. That program was a God sent during that time for us. Around October of 2012 we received "the call" and were told that Lucas had a thyroid issue and a syndrome called Recombinant Number 4 (I'm probably spelling that wrong). Basically each set of chromosomes is a pair. One side is short and one side is long. On Lucas's fourth set of chromosomes, his short side is too long, and his long side is too short. So he has some extra information and is missing some. He has some of the same qualities as other children with this disability: bend toes, coloboma of the eye, delayed muscular strength, delayed speech development, and the thyroid. Some other kids had much worse effects of the disorder. We feel lucky to know what is wrong with him and how we can help him. We also feel fortunate that the situation could be so much worse than it is. He is really delayed with his muscles and speech. However, he eats well, is very happy, and you can tell that he loves us. He is such a "mommy's boy" and I love it. He eventually will develop into a "normal" child. Until then, I will love that my baby is staying a "baby" a lot longer that most kids.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Then end of June we were able to find out the sex of our little baby. I'm sure everyone knows, but it is a boy. We picked out a name and I started working on the nursery. I was pretty sure that Lydia was going to be a boy, so most of the nursery stuff that I had was boyish. We have red bandanna curtains and changing table cover both left from her. The crib bumper is black with white spots, also left from her. Most of the wall decorations are also from her: metal stars, cowboy hat, lanterns, mirror, and candle holders. I guess that the only new stuff I got were some red and black baskets for the changing table, a couple of blankets for the crib, and Darla got some tractor toys. Of course all of the clothing is different, but I've had several people give me baby boy clothes so I haven't had to get to much. I did pick up a really nice play pen with changing area and bassinet from a garage sale. I also bought a new car seat and really nice stroller off a friend of mine. We had these with Lydia, but the newer ones are MUCH nicer!! I guess I've made you wait for the name long enough - Lucas Gail. We are excited to meet him, but have awhile to wait.
After that we had Lydia's birthday party. We had a house full - about 50 people (20 were kids). I actually ran out of food, which I've never done. She got completely spoiled with attention, love, and gifts. Her cake was an Ariel cake. It ended up pretty good.
Since then, we've just been trucking along. Gail's been doing hay every evening after work. The summer is quickly coming to an end - BOO!!! We still have a trip to the Des Moines Zoo that we need to take before school starts. Lydia wants to go ride the camels.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Since I was in college my periods have been irregular. I could go for months and not have one. It bothered me, and whenever I went in to the doctor for my yearly they would just put me on the pill. However, that wasn't giving me any information about why it was happening. When Gail and I got married I starting worrying about being able to have children because doctors had always put me on the pill and that obviously doesn't help when you want to have a baby. We weren't ready so I just put it out of my mind. After being married for 3 years, I wanted to start our family, but he wasn't ready yet. I talked to my sister and Gail's sister about my worries. I told them that I figured I would have to do fertility treatments to be able to have a family. Both informed me that insurance companies would not pay for those treatments unless you have been trying for a year. Gail and I talked about it and decided that I should go to the doctor so that it would be "documented". She put me on a pill that was to regulate my period. Two months later, we were expecting. I still didn't have a reason as to why I was so irregular. We were shocked and overjoyed that we were going to be parents. The local doctor does not deliver babies so he gave me the option of staying with him until I was seven months along and then going to a different doctor, or just going ahead and going somewhere at that time. We talked it over and decided to go with Dr. Carr out of Kirksville. At my first appointment he did an ultrasound and found a cyst in my right ovary. At first I thought "Wait a minute. I'm not pregnant and it was just a cyst!!" However, I had both a baby and a cyst. He monitored if for several months and over time it grew from the size of a pencil eraser to the size of a softball. It was a dermoid cyst (you'll have to look that one up) and could have been potentially deadly to the baby and myself if it burst. Plus, with it being inside my ovary, if I would have survived, the chances of having any more children would be slim to none. So, at just over 3 months pregnant it was removed. The rest of my pregnancy was smooth sailing and on July 1, 2007 (2 days overdue) little Lydia Eileen joined the world. What a wonderful day that was!! Three years later at my yearly check-up, Dr. Carr found more cysts in my ovaries. He ran some tests and I finally figured out the cause of my crazy cycle. I have polycystic ovarian syndrome. I did some reading about the syndrome and realized that I had several of the symptoms: crazy cycle, being overweight, random hairs on my face, etc. I had a name!! Dr. Carr also told me that when we were ready to have more children he suggested I go on fertility treatments. That thought worried me because I did not want more than one child. I talked to Gail about it and decided to put it off for a year and see what happens because we weren't ready to start trying again. Well, in December we had the talk and decided to start trying. I wanted to go back to Dr. Carr and start treatments because I was afraid that it would take forever. Gail did not want the treatments. He talked me into waiting until the summer by saying that we should just try naturally for awhile and if it didn't work then I could start them. We tried for three months. January and February my cycle started. (I figured that it would come regularly for awhile because I had been taking the pill.) Then in March it didn't come. I took a test after "the first day of your missed period" and it was negative. I was heartbroken. I talked to Gail about wanting to get started on the treatments, but he didn't want me to. I was furious, but didn't want to do something that major without his agreeing to it. So I decided to just wait. Later that week, I had symptoms that it was going to start, but it didn't. Those symptoms continues the entire next week. I finally talked myself into taking a test (knowing that it too would be negative). I waiting until first thing in the morning when they say to take them, and praise the Lord it was POSITIVE!! We had done it!! I sat on the toilet and cried for about 5 minutes and then started wondering if it was a false positive. So, on the way to work I called my sister to tell her (she was the first person I told with Lydia) and I stopped at Wal-Mart and bought 2 more tests. Later that morning I took another test, and it was positive as well. After school that day I went all over Kirksville to find one of the "Going to be a Big Sister" shirts for Lydia as the way to tell Gail, but I couldn't find one anywhere. I couldn't wait to tell Gail so I have to come up with a new way. I had to pick him up somewhere when I got home so I just took out the 2 positive tests and showed them to him while I was driving down the road. He just smiled and said, "I told you so." I order the shirt that night on the Internet and that is how we told our parents. The due date is November 27, 2011. After I went to the doctor (Dr. Speak now because Dr. Carr retired) he found another cyst in my left ovary this time. At the appointment it was 1 cm and five days later it was 3 cm. I'm worried about it and the possibility of having to have surgery again, but I know that the baby and I are in God's hands. So, start praying for us!!
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
She was very proud of herself.
I know this is blurry, but it really shows check.
This is the last make up application. After this I put it high up on a shelf in her room (mommy got smart). She was really proud of herself and didn't understand why she couldn't sleep in it.
She more the dress all day to complete the outfit. It was a fun day!
Thursday, January 13, 2011
This was the finished Cinderella - My Beautiful Little Princess. Gail doesn't like this picture because it makes her look so much older. I don't think he even wants to think about that stage of her life yet.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
This is what happens when all of them get together.