Our old CF Commercial that plays on MCTV. Still working on this years.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Scholarship Contest For Students With CF

I posted this last year as well, when Hilary emailed me the info. I thought I would post her email again this year. Have fun voting!!
M

Hi, I just wanted to post that the 2009 SolvayCARES scholarship program is now open for applications at www.SolvayCARESScholarship.com through May 2009.
This year, 40 SolvayCARES Scholarship recipients will be announced and each one will receive $2,500 for use during the upcoming academic year. To celebrate the 17th year of the SolvayCARES Scholarship, one winner will be awarded $17,000 in place of the standard $2,500 award.
Spread the word out to anyone you know who is eligible to apply!
Regards,

Hilary

Friday, February 27, 2009

New Header Pic:)

What do you think of our new header pic??? We got them taken the other day. I can't believe how well Ayla did!! We originally were thinking we would do their Easter pics, since we probably won't have time once I go back to work. But the pics turned out soooo cute that we decided to use the right pic as Ayla's birth announcement pic!! I'll be sending those out soon;)

There were a couple more really cute pics that aren't shown, so I'll probably change the header to one of them later.
M
PS. Please pray for one of our neighbors. Their 3 year old child passed away in an accident this past Sunday. Their car hit a patch of ice or something and flipped off the road. Everyone was fine and standing outside of the car waiting for the police, when another car hit the same patch and skidded and unfortunately hit the child. He would have been 4 years old today. Please keep them in your prayers tonight as I'm sure today was especially hard for them all.

CF Mom Meeting/Great Strides Meeting


Our CF Mom meeting went great!! We had a lot of fun stuffing our faces with pizza and then getting down to business:) It was me, Erica, Alma, and Daniel's dad.

Erica, the Great Strides Coordinator, did a great job preparing for our meeting. She had a list of things to go over, and we went over each one. Our set date, as I mentioned before, is Saturday June 13th. Check in is at 9:00am and walk is at 10:00am. Our goal is $15,000. We each have teams and are going to try to bring in $1,500-$2,000 each or more. Erica suggested for each of us to get at least one more team to bring in the same amount or more(like a relative or friend to fundraise for our child too). That would bring us close to our goal.

We also talked about some fundraisers. I'm going to get in contact with that pizza place that we were at and set up a date for a "Dough Raiser" night, where a percentage of what they make during certain hours would go towards our walk. We also talked about going to diff stores to do Pin Ups. They got new ones this year(see pic above), no longer the "sneaker" or "roses". We talked about getting in contact with the local newspaper and radio station to advertise the walk too. There was also talk of getting involved with the Chamber of Commerce.

We then talked about door prizes for the day of the walk, food, and entertainment(no face painting;). It's a lot of work starting a walk in your own town! I'm just glad to have such great friends to help out! I know it's all going to be worth it in the end, esp when a CURE is found!!
M
PS. Thanks Erica for driving so far to come to our meeting, and also for coming so prepared with all the info. You really know your stuff;)

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Ayla is 1 Month Old!!!

I can't believe my baby girl is one month old today...well, actually she is 4 weeks old today and since there is no "29" this year in February, I'm calling her one month to be today;)

I still can't believe that 4 weeks ago today I was in the hospital and looked like this...


And I can't believe 4 weeks ago today Lil' Chris was sitting on his lil' sister like this...

And now I have this beautiful baby girl...Her shirt says "New in Town" :) Too Cute!!

Ayla now looks right at us! She can follow us with her eyes and she will smile when we play with her! She has GREAT head control, has since day one just like her brother;) I am still breastfeeding, but she is not getting much from me unfortunately. So she drinks about 4 oz of formula too with each feeding! I think she will be ready for 5 oz pretty soon;)

We went and got her first photo session done yesterday at Babies R Us! She did a GREAT JOB!! The pics came out sooooo cute!! I'll have to get my husband to scan them in for me so I can share them with you:) Lil' Chris did a great job holding Ayla in the pics. I smell a new header pic coming on;) LOL

Today was the first day that Lil' Chris tried to get Ayla to smile! It was so cute, I wish I had my camera with me:( He got right up close to her and started shaking his head side to side saying, "La, La, La" over and over. I guess he saw me doing it and wanted to try it out;) He is so smart!! Afterwards, he tried picking her up like we do, under her arms. With a little bit of help, he picked her up and just held her cheek to cheek. The cutest thing EVER!! If I wasn't helping him hold her, I would've ran for the camera. I'll get it on camera eventually I'm sure. This is just the beginning;)


I got her smiling in this one...

Well, for those of you who were wondering...I had a great birthday and YES...My husband did stay up with Ayla on my birthday night!! YEA!! A good nights sleep was the best birthday present EVER!!! (Thanks Honey, I LOVE YOU!!) Although the new laptop is a VERY close second and the ice cream cake a close third;) Thanks to everyone who pitched in to get me the new laptop for my birthday!! I was getting pretty hoarse from yelling at my old one all the time;) LOL JK ;)

I owe a BIG thanks to my sister D and her husband for giving me their old laptop last year. It worked great up until recently. I never would have thought that I would have used it as much as I have, maybe I wore it out;) If it wasn't for them, I never would have learned as much as I have about CF and about taking care of Lil' Chris the way he needs to be taken care of. And I never would have met all the nice CF families that have helped me out so much, nor would I have raised so much money for our Great Strides Walk last year to help find a CURE.

I honestly don't know what I would have done if it wasn't for this blog. All I can say is...it keeps me sane;) I look forward to writing in it all the time, and of course checking up on everyone else's blog everyday;) I owe a HUGE thanks to my sister D for starting this blog and then encouraging me to continue it! I probably never would have done it on my own. What can I say...She got me hooked;) I'm soooooo glad she did....THANKS D, YOU'RE THE BEST EVER!!! YOU'RE ALWAYS LOOKING OUT FOR ME AND MY FAMILY...WHETHER IT'S DRIVING 8 HOURS BY YOURSELF TO COME SEE US, OR HELPING US TO FURTHER OUR CAREERS, OR OFFERING YOUR HOME TO US SO WE CAN SAVE SOME MONEY. YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND ARE THE BEST SISTER AND BROTHER-IN-LAW A GIRL COULD EVER ASK FOR:) THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU DO FOR US:) I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU TOMORROW!!!

M

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Thanks for the Birthday Wish:)

Thanks sis for the Happy Birthday Post:)

And thanks everyone else for wishing me a Happy Birthday;)

Right now my husband is making me dinner(and don't tell him I said this, but I saw him sneak in an ice cream cake when he came home from work today;) LOL
Isn't he the best! He even said he's going to stay up with Ayla tonight!! Right Honey???? LOL ;)Thanks again,
M

HAPPY BIRTHDAY M!!!



Sorry the card doesn't quite fit! =) I hope you have a wonderful birthday today!! You're an incredible Mom & a blessing to have as a sister! Happy Birthday!

Can't wait to see you guys this weekend!

Monday, February 23, 2009

CF Mom Meeting & Christi's Jewelry 4 Sale

On my way out to go to our CF Mom / Great Strides meeting. I can't wait to get things rolling:)

I'll update you either when I get back or tomorrow.


Here are some pics of the beautiful clay jewelry that Christi (the most talented art teacher;)has made, sold, and is taking orders for...






The prices are:

Earrings: $5.00
Bracelets: $8.00
Necklaces: $15.00
Remember, it all goes towards a great cause;)

If you would like to buy one or order one with certain colors, please email me at lilcmom@gmail.com

She can make them any size you want, even child sizes;) All proceeds will go towards finding a CURE for Cystic Fibrosis for ALL CFers:)

I know I'll be wearing mine during our Great Strides Walk to show my support...will you????
M

Saturday, February 21, 2009

About Lil' Chris

Christy at Color Me Healthy had a great idea for all us bloggers to give a quick update on our lil' CFers.



  1. Lil' Chris was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis(CF) at 2 weeks old. He is now almost 21 months old and you would never know he had CF by the looks of him.

  2. He now has a 3 week old lil' sister who does not have CF and is not even a carrier(Thank God).

  3. Lil' Chris goes to the CF clinic every 3 months for a check up.

  4. He hasn't had a bad visit at the clinic yet(Thank You LORD!!!!)

  5. He gets a cough every now and then and takes an antibiotic for 21 days to get rid of it.

  6. He has only taken Augmentin, Ceftin, and Sulfatrim for antibiotics.

  7. He is not, nor ever has been, on any nebs.

  8. He has not had any sinus problems yet, and hopefully never will.

  9. His lungs are always clear, but he started the Vest when he was about 11 months old.

  10. Before he got the Vest, we used to do manual CPT where we would pound on his chest, back, and sides for 2 minutes each, 2 times a day.

  11. He is on the Vest 2 times a day for 20 minutes each now.

  12. He takes three Creon 5 enzymes with every meal, and 2 with snacks.

  13. He takes 2 ML of Vitamax once a day.

  14. He also takes 1 Prevacid solutab(15mg) once a day to help the enzymes work better.

  15. When he was a baby, he had acid reflux. That is why he started the Prevacid.

I'm M, his mommy, his daddy is Chris or Big Chris(hence the Lil' Chris;), and his lil sister is Ayla.

We have been very fortunate these past couple of years. He has only gotten 2 colds(and I think the last one wasn't even a cold, I think he was just teething;) We know this good health won't last forever, but we can only hope and pray that it will and he will grow big and strong and live a long healthy, normal life.

I can't think of anything else right now. If anybody has any questions about Lil' Chris, please don't hesitate to ask. I'm going to put his med info on my side bar soon for all to see all the time like Olivia's mom did. I think everyone should do this on their blogs, so we can compare;)

M

PS. Thanks Christy, this was a great idea:)

Friday, February 20, 2009

Lost My "Blog List"

Hey Fellow Bloggers,
For some reason I lost my "blog list" on the right side of the page yesterday...it disappeared somehow???? I tried to put it back today, but this time I split it up into 2 to help me keep track of everyone:) One set is "Fellow CF Mom Bloggers", and the other is "Adult CF Bloggers."

I have a feeling that I am missing some of the blogs that I usually check daily. If you are a fellow CF blogger and you are not on my list, please leave me a comment so I can add you. There are so many that I check, that it is hard for me to remember all the sites. I never thought that I was going to lose my blog list either, otherwise I would have saved them somehow.

I was only able to keep track of the blogs that I have clicked "Follower" on, but not everyone has the "Follower" option on their blog. I recommend everyone putting the "Follow" option on their blog just in case something like this happens to anyone else.

Please let me know if I have missed you, and I apologize if I did:(
Thanks,
M

Thursday, February 19, 2009

3 Weeks Old


I can't believe my lil' girl will be 1 month old next week!! She is getting so big already! She feels like she weighs 10 lbs! Her next doctor appt is on 3/18. I can't wait to see what she weighs!
She only cries when she is hungry, which is about every 2-4 hours. She drinks about 3-4 oz. She is starting to follow us with her eyes now:) She even gives me BIG smiles every now and then;) So cute!
M

Christi & Dustin's Visit and Valentine's Day




Here are the pics I promised from when my best friend Christi and her husband, Dustin, came to visit, and from Valentine's Day. I can't wait til they have kids too:) I only wish that they lived closer to us:(

Thanks Christi and Dustin for traveling so far to see us:) And thank you guys for the adorable dress and onsies for Ayla and for the fun toy for Lil' Chris:) He hasn't stopped playing with it=) Thanks for wiping it down before you wrapped it too, you always think of everything;)

Thanks for babysitting and "making" us go out to dinner for Valentine's Day...it's been a looooong time;) You guys did such a great job with Lil' Chris and Ayla!! I appreciated the nice break from doing everything too;) You guys are the best!!!

Last but not least, thank you soooooo much Christi and Dustin for doubling Lil' Chris' medical fund and for making all the beautiful jewelry and for selling them for Lil' Chris!! You guys have such big giving hearts, and it shows how much you love Lil' Chris!! We can't thank you enough!!

Come visit again real soon:) We Love You!!!
M
PS. I'll post pics of the beautiful jewelry later, and Ayla's 3 week pic;)
PSS. Don't you just love the video where Lil' Chris keeps kissing his lil' sis;)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Closer to a CURE and Great Strides Date Set:)

Here is a great article about getting closer to finding a CURE for CF!! YEA!!!! Which reminds me, we finally have a date for our Great Strides Walk that we are starting here in our town! It will be on Saturday June 13th! Unfortunately we will not be able to take any on-line donations this year since this is the first year for the Great Strides Walk in this area, so we are not in the system yet. But next year we will be;) On Monday 2/23 at 6:30pm, we are having a CF mom meeting with Erica, the Great Strides Coordinator, to go over more details. I'll update you later.

Cystic fibrosis gene cure closer:

Mucus in the lungs can lead to infection
US researchers say they are a step closer to developing a gene therapy cure for cystic fibrosis (CF).
In lab tests their altered virus effectively delivered a new gene to replace the faulty one that causes CF and completely rid the lung of disease.
Previous attempts have been hampered by the immune system mopping up the virus before it delivered its cargo.
The University of California work is published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Although the gene therapy is still in its infancy, it has already been used with some success in diseases such as haemophilia.
UK researchers plan to begin the first large scale trial of gene therapy in CF patients this year.

Proof of concept:
Around 8,000 people in the UK have CF and one in 25 are carriers for the condition. CF produces thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and the pancreas, leading to life-threatening chest infections and problems with digestion.
Existing treatments only ease symptoms and life expectancy is low - most with CF die before they reach 40.
In the future it is hoped that gene therapy will provide a cure by replacing the defective CF gene which disables or destroys a protein known as CFTR.
In order to get the new, healthy gene into the cells, scientists use a harmless virus.
The University of California team, working with experts from the University of Iowa, found a way to make this virus more effective at entering lung cells.
More work is needed before this could be translated into clinical benefit for people with CF
A spokeswoman from the UK Cystic Fibrosis Gene Therapy Consortium
They mutated the adeno-associated virus to develop two major possessions - the ability to bind to different receptors or bind to a more plentiful receptor on the surface of lung cells and to make it past the cell surface membrane and into the cell.
Lead researcher Professor David Schaffer said: "In human lung tissue, it completely rescued the chloride ion transport properties of the cells after delivering the correct copy of the CFTR gene to replace the mutated copy of the gene that is present in CF patients."
They now plan to test the treatment further and to adapt the virus to gene therapy for other diseases, including Alzheimer's.
A spokeswoman from the UK Cystic Fibrosis Gene Therapy Consortium, which is trialling gene therapy in patients, said: "The techniques used in this research are innovative, but more work is needed before this could be translated into clinical benefit for people with CF.
"Although the results are positive in human lung tissue in a laboratory, it remains to be seen if it would work in the patient."
The UK CF Gene Therapy Consortium, funded by the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, are using a non-viral method to get the gene therapy product into the body and anticipate going to a major multi-dose clinical trial in 2010.


After reading this article, how could you not donate to help the scientist continue to find the CURE for our Lil' Chris and for all CFers?!?!?!

If you would like to donate on Lil' Chris' behalf or join our walk, please email me here.
Just remember...EVERY PENNY COUNTS!! I know all too well how hard times are right now, but we can't let that stop us. If everybody did, that could mean years off of Lil' Chris' life and all CFers lives.

Thank you in advance from the bottom of my heart,
M
PS. My MIL's Great Strides Walk will be on Saturday May 2nd. Please email me if you are around the Ocean City Boardwalk and would like to attend.

PSS. Click here if you still need convincing. It is an article of a 23 year old dying CFers wish for other CFers.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Ayla's 1st Visitors Part 2

Here are the pics and videos that I took on the weekend when my in-laws were here. Some of them are similar to the ones my MIL took that I shared in an earlier post:)

Lil' Chris is so loving to his lil' sister, it is sooooo cute. He loves kissing her, so I had to get video of it;)

Some of the other pics are Oma and Opa meeting Ayla for the 1st time, Lil' Chris standing on his bike to look over the gate(or try to open the gate;), Lil' Chris eating potato chips, Ayla playing Uno with us:), Ayla in her swing for the 1st time, Big Brother and Little Sister shirt pics, and I love the last video where Ayla sneezes...too cute=)

Enjoy,
M

PS. Pics of Christi and Dustin's visit to come:)

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Valentine's Outfit #2




I hope everyone had a great Valentine's Day:) Here is Ayla's second Valentine's Day outfit for our Valentine's Weekend:) The big Valentine bib in the first 2 pics looks so huge on her, doesn't it? One of the girls from work gave that bib to her...thanks Aileen=)
We had a great Valentine's Day! We got to spend it with Christi and Dustin!! YEA!! They offered to babysit so we could go out to eat for Valentine's Day...they are the BEST!! It's been a loooooooong time since Chris and I got to go out to eat by ourselves;) At the end of the meal, I asked Chris to go pay the check so we could go, and he looked at me strange and said, "You can come with me, we don't have any kids with us that you have to stay with." I just laughed. I'm just not used to not having the kids around:) LOL
Anyway, I just thought these pics were too cute not to share:) Have a GREAT weekend,
M


Saturday, February 14, 2009

1st Valentine's Day Pic

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY EVERYONE!!







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Here is Ayla with her 1st Valentine's Day outfit...thanks D:)

Lil' Chris had to give his lil' sis a big kiss:)

Yea Christi and Dustin are here now, so I'll post more pics later, but here is a sneak peak of Lil' Chris opening a dress for Ayla...



Friday, February 13, 2009

2 Weeks Old

I can't believe it has been 2 weeks since my lil' Ayla was born. She is growing up too fast already:(

Here is a pic of her enjoying a nice lil' nap in her new crib...

I forgot to tell you...I called our Pediatrician last Friday to ask her about a rash that Ayla got on her bottom, and since I had her on the phone, I asked about the one abnormal chromosome that Ayla had and what that meant. She said that I must have misunderstood her. Ayla does NOT have an abnormal chromosome. So she is NOT A CARRIER!!! YEA!!! PRAISE GOD=)

M

PS. BTW, the rash is gone;)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Ayla's First Visitor's

Sorry I haven't posted recently. The kiddo's don't like to sleep at the same time :0

Anyways, my mother-in-law(MIL) and father-in-law(FIL) were here from Thurs 2/5 - Mon 2/9. They were Ayla's first visitor's! I, along with my MIL took lots of pics:) Here are some of them... (I love the video's in this montage, they are so cute:)


Believe it or not, those were only the pics that my MIL took:) LOL It took me all day to just download those. I'll post the pics I took later;)

My MIL came up with the names "Oma" and "Opa" for the grandkids to call them. I think they mean Grandma and Grandpa in German. She tried to get Lil' Chris to say the names and he did! It was so cute! He is so smart!!

Special thanks to my MIL for staying up every night with Ayla!! It was soooooooo nice catching up on some much needed sleep;) And also thanks for cooking and doing the dishes and cleaning up all of the toys after every time Lil' Chris played with them!! She even made sure our house was in shape for our next set of visitors!! Thanks again Oma!!!

Special thanks to my FIL for helping my husband do some projects around the house;) We love the dimmer switch in Ayla's room and the dinning room;) Now we won't roast when we play our games at the table;) Gotta love game nights;)

Now we are waiting for our next set of visitors. My best friend Christi and her husband are coming this Sat-Mon. I'll try to get lots more pics;) I know Christi will:)
M
PS. 2 week pics coming soon:)

Monday, February 9, 2009

New Header Pic!!!

Check out our new header. We had family out for the weekend and took alot of pictures. I will post a slideshow later. Here is a little taste of what's to come.



M

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Lil' Chris and Ayla 2/2/09

Here is a video of Lil' Chris and Ayla only 2 days home from the hospital. In the beginning of the video, we were trying to get him to say "One". He says it so cute, but never wants to say it when we want him to:) But you can hear him say "What's that?" about Ayla! And then I finally got him pointing and saying "Baby" to her. He used to say it all the time to my belly when I was pregnant, but never for the camera. Watch how he pushes her away after just a little bit, it's so funny:) LOL

I love his laugh! Sometimes he even has a fake laugh. You can see it in the video when I stop tickling him and he keeps laughing:) LOL

In the darker video(sorry about that), I finally got him on video saying "One!" He says it to make my husband pretend to drop him. He loves that game:) He only wanted to stop b/c he heard Ayla start to cry and had to go check to see if she was ok:)

And finally, I got him giving kisses to Ayla!! He is such a loving lil' boy when it comes to his lil' sis:) He gives her kisses every morning, nap times, and every night. Too cute!!

Enjoy,
M

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Ayla is One Week Old

I can't believe my baby girl is one week old already!! Where does the time go??? Well, she is doing GREAT!! She is still being breastfed AND is drinking 3-4 oz of formula!!! What a piggy!!! That's ok:) If only her brother will take some lessons from her;)

Well, our first visitors are on their way here right now. Ayla will get to meet her grandparents(MIL and FIL) for the first time.

Have a great weekend everybody!
M
PS. Don't worry, I have pics and a video scheduled to be posted this weekend;)

Ayla's First Sponge Bath at Home




Thank you all so much for all your wonderful comments on the news that AYLA DOES NOT HAVE CF!! My sister D was right when she said that you all have become like family to me. It touched me to know that this great news brought tears and goose bumps to so many:) Words cannot express my gratitude for all of your prayers. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU=)
M

PS. Special thanks to my sister D and my husband for posting and keeping everyone updated while I was in the hospital:) You guys did a GREAT JOB!! Feel free to chime in any time guys:)

PSS. Thank you all for all the great advice over the past couple of weeks. I'm still trying to catch up on everything, so sorry if I didn't respond. It was much appreciated though. I never knew that about the saline and about the abnormal chromosome. Even if Ayla might be a carrier, I'll take it!

Click here to read about the interesting comments about the saline for the nebs.

Here is what Susanna said in her comment about the abnormal chromosome(Susanna recently got the same great news that we got about her baby Levi):

Susanna said...
Oh Dear M, That is sooo wonderful! Just like everyone else, I couldn't hold back the tears of thanksgiving that came into my eyes. Thank you God! Just like Charm said, she will be a wonderful special blessing to lil Chris and to all the family. Love and Rejoicing, Susanna

ps...I'm sorry to say that many pediatricians (mine included) don't completely understand the 'normal' test results combined with the 1 abnormal chromosome. They told me the same thing about Levi. You can find out for sure by calling Lil Chris's docs. Each of us have two chromosomes...if both chromosomes carry the CF gene we have the disease CF. If only one chromosome is abnormal with the CF gene we are a carrier. If neither of our chromosomes carry the CF gene we are not even a 'carrier'. A CF blood test will come back 'normal' only if the person does not have the disease CF. 'Normal' test results do not mean Not Carrier. Please, please do not let this info dampen your spirits. Even if Little Ayla really is a carrier, it still means she is completely healthy...just like you and I. She'll never have to take enzymes, or do treatments or suffer from this dreaded disease. It's absolutely incredibly wonderful!! I'm sooo happy for you all!!!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Ayla's CF Test Results


I just got the call that we have been anxiously waiting for...

Ayla's CF newborn screening test came back...

NORMAL!!!!!!!!

YEA!!!! WE ARE SO EXCITED!!!

Our pediatrician called and said that it came back normal and that she is NOT EVEN A CARRIER!! Isn't that GREAT???

You know...it's funny...I almost didn't believe her! I kept repeating, "Are you serious?" and "She's not even a carrier?" Last night, I sat in the rocker with her and just started crying, b/c I had just changed her diaper and I thought that maybe it was a little bit greasy (a sign of CF). And yesterday I even gave her 1/2 a Creon 5 just in case. (I was going to post the pics today, she did such a great job taking them.) I was almost convinced that she had CF. I even made sure I gave her 1/2 a Creon 5 enzyme this morning before I fed her! But, I guess it was just my paranoia.

You have no idea how relieved I am. I feel like I can breathe again. After 9 long months....I can finally breathe again.

Although... the doctor did say that she has one abnormal chromosome. I was too excited to ask too many questions, plus I couldn't hold back the tears:) The tears of joy...the tears I was praying so long for.

So, does anybody know what this abnormal chromosome might mean???? Please let me know.
M
PS. Thank you everyone for all your prayers that Ayla would not have CF. I'm so thankful for each and every one of you. See......the Lord does answer prayers =)

I have to go celebrate now:) YEA!!!!!!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Winner's of the Ayla Contest :)


I know you all have been anxiously awaiting to see who won the Ayla Arrival Contest:).... so here are the results:

Ayla actually arrived on 1/29/2009 at 2:52pm 7 lbs. 14 oz. and 19.5 inches long.

Charmaine won the date with 1/29/2009 exactly

Cindy won the time with 3:01pm being the closest (Julie won with the original guess of 3:42pm and Angela was a close second with 3:47pm;)

Oma, Opa, and Angela all won the weight with 7 lbs. 14 oz. exactly

Opa won the length with 19.5 exactly

Way to go Opa for winning 2 out of 4!!!!!

GREAT JOB YOU GUYS AND CONGRATS!!! Thanks everyone for playing along, it was a lot of fun:)
M
PS. One of the local CF moms that is in my CF mom group has just started a blog about her son Jack!! Yea, I'm so excited she has joined our blogging world:) Please check our her blog and drop her a friendly "Hello" =) Click here to check it out, it's called Jack's Battle.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Ayla's First Dr.'s Visit

Getting ready to go to the doctor's. She is making the cutest lil' funny face=)

Ayla's first time out...

Today Ayla had her first pediatrician visit! It went really well!! She weighs 7 lbs. 8 oz. and is 20 inches long. The nurse was pretty sure it was 20 instead of the 19.5 like they said in the hospital. The lady in the hospital was kinda new or something, and I had a feeling she was longer.

The doctor said that we should hear the CF test results by the end of the week. I will let you know as soon as we find out. Hopefully it's good news and we aren't rushing to the CF Clinic. She didn't seem to suspect any CF at this time, but it is still a little too soon to tell. I told her that I have been keeping track of everything to see if there are any signs of CF. I also told her that if I suspect CF, I would start giving her half a capsule of enzymes with applesauce before some of her bottle feedings. If I really suspect it, then I'll do it before every feeding. She was fine with that. I told her how I had talked to the CF clinic beforehand, and they said that the enzymes won't hurt her if she doesn't end up having CF. I say it's better to be safe than sorry.

I took this pic with my phone and text messaged it to my sister D , my husband, and my friend Christi while we were waiting for the doctor to come in. She is all naked wrapped up in a thick warm blanket. My sister D said that it looks like an Anne Gedes picture:) Maybe I should send it in and she could be on a calendar or something;)

The doctor also said that she didn't see any signs of jaundice at all! So that is GREAT news!! She wasn't the one that checked her out at the hospital, b/c she was away at a conference near San Diego. Actually she said that she was thinking of us when she was away! She was walking on some boardwalk shopping in some of the shops, when she came across a Surf Shop. She was buying something for her daughters and got to talking to the owner of the shop. Somehow they started talking about a book that she is writing to help raise awareness for CF! Instantly she thought of us she said. She took her card and said she would give the info to me and her other CF patients and to the CF clinic here. She made me a copy of the card and gave me her web site. If you want to check it out, it is http://www.surfangelbook.com/.

The book will be out next month. It talks about the owners daughter(I think) who is in her 20's and has CF. It gets awareness out about CF and how the salty air there helps her to breath so much easier. Then I told her about the salt air purifier that I found on line and it is supposed to really help CFers. And I told her about a blog that I read and how Michael is 24 and got one of these salt air purifiers and explained how much it has helped him to breath easier. (Click here to see how it has helped Michael.) The doctor asked if there was a way we could add saline to a nebulizor. She thinks that it could be done. I told her I would ask the CF clinic. Does anybody know if this is possible???

As she was finishing checking Ayla out, she said to Ayla..."We're going to get that book for you and your brother, Lil' Chris." She is the sweetest doctor EVER. She was telling me that she admires me. She admires how well I take in all the CF stuff. At the end of the visit, she even asked if she could give me a hug. She is so sweet and has a great heart :)

She said that Ayla looks GREAT!! She just wants to do another weight check on Monday 2/9 to see how her weight is and to see if there are any signs of CF, if we don't get the results before then. She said if I suspect a huge weight loss, then I can schedule a weight check sooner if I want.

Home again...

Overall, it was a great visit:) I hope all will be like that for Ayla=)
M

PS. I will post the winners later...I haven't forgotten;)

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Home Sweet Home

YEA, we're home!!! =)

We actually got home yesterday(Sat.) around 2pm. I'm just now getting to blog though. Boy is our house busy now:) Lil' Chris is starting to adjust a little bit better today. Yesterday he would cry every time my husband stepped out of the room:) It takes him a little bit to get used to new things. Today he has been doing much better! He even helped me feed her a bottle!!



I just realized that this is our first family pic!! All 4 of us, except you can't see Ayla at all;) We'll try to get more pics of us all later. What a good big brother though, huh? Second day home and he is already helping feed her=)

As for the birth, it couldn't have gone any better!! My water broke at 10am and the contractions didn't really get bad until about noon. Then I got the epidural around 2pm and went from being 5-6 cm to 10 cm in about 5 minutes!!! The guy who did the epidural didn't even get out of the room before I felt her slide right down into position. The nurse checked me...and then she called my OB and said "Hurry up...we have a baby coming soon!!" I couldn't believe how quick I went to complete! Next thing I knew, I pushed one set of 3, another set of 3 pushes, my OB said something about using the vacuum and I said no (she used the vacuum on Lil' Chris) and gave it my all on the next push and she was out!!! She had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck once, but no other problems... that is for Ayla anyways.


I on the other hand had some extra bleeding afterwards that never went away. So at about 11pm my dr. came back to do a D and C. I was so scared, b/c I was all alone. I just kept praying and praying that everything would be fine and nothing bad would happen. I had to get a spinal epidural which made me numb from the waist down so that my dr. could go in and scrape anything out that was left in there. Which she did find something, either a blood clot or a membrane. They sent it to the lab to find out. I was just relieved that they were able to find something so the bleeding would stop.


So all throughout the night I still kept bleeding, which worried me more. At one point, I asked the nurse..."What will they do next if the D and C didn't work?" She never answered me, she just said they would call my dr. and see what she wanted to do. So of course that made me worry more. Needless to say, I didn't get much sleep that first night. I was dreading the news my dr. was going to give me in the morning. Luckily when my dr. came to check on me in the morning, she said that it looked much better and that I could finally get my IV taken out and that I would be fine!! I was so relieved, I felt like I could finally take a breath. I could tell my husband was relieved too when I called him with the good news.

Anyways, back to Ayla being born...
When they handed her to me for the first time...I just starred at her beautiful lil' face! I couldn't believe she was ours! God has blessed us with so much over the past couple of years...first lil' Chris, and now lil' Ayla. Isn't she just beautiful?

We have our first dr's appt on Monday with the pediatrician, b/c she is a little bit jaundice. She also lost 9 oz in the hospital. I'm actually glad for the early dr's appt. A CF mom(and a new mom) is always curious about weight;) Am I right?? I'm praying that her first dr's appt. doesn't go like her brothers first dr's appt. Click here to read about it. (I'll finish his story some day;)

So I asked what we can do to help with the jaundice and they said to just keep her well fed. Since I don't think she is getting enough through breast feeding, we have also been giving her a bottle after breast feeding. She actually drinks the whole 2 oz every time!! It's too early to tell if she is having any signs of CF yet. But I'll keep you updated and let you know if I suspect it. So does anyone have any more advice about her being jaundice, b/c I have no clue??

Also, I was told that we may get the CF test results back by the end of this week!! They said that if there is CF in the family already, then they put a rush on it. So hopefully I will have some GREAT news for you by Friday...please continue to pray for no CF!

I was surprised to see the lil' things my husband did while I was in the hospital. I walked into our room and on my night stand was a picture frame with me and Ayla. It says, "Like mother like daughter, the nicest compliment there is." Isn't is so cute?


And then when I went into Ayla's room, he had a picture frame of her on her dresser...isn't he the cutest husband ever to do all this and surprise us? He's the best husband and daddy ever!! =)
Well, my lil' sweet baby girl is calling me:) I will update more later and get some slide shows going. I just wanted to let you all know that we are all doing great and that I am recovery great from the birth and D and C. Thank you all for the prayers for Ayla and I. It means so much to us all. Please continue to pray that the CF test results come back quick and are negative.

Thanks again for all your prayers,

M