Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Cast Is Gone!!!

You know that smell your husbands feet get after a rigorous physical activity? Oh yes, that is the offensive odor this tiny little cast was perfuming our nostrils with, Yuck! Hailey finally was able to have her cast (otherwise known as her arch nemesis), removed yesterday. She wasn't sure what to think at first, but one thing was for sure...she wanted nothing to do with it once it was off.
This picture portrays quite well how Hailey feels about that darn cast. We dropped it in her lap for this picture because she won't go near it otherwise, and this is the look she gave before she started crying, then kicked it across the room. The after shot: Hailey is so happy to only have to wear a temporary cast for a while instead of that huge clunky thing she hauled around before. She can even wear long sleeves now which is great considering the changing weather. Her arm isn't back to 100% as of yet, but the doctor says that as she grows it should straiten out. I guess only time will tell.
I had to throw in a picture of our little Travis too. He is also happy that his big sisters cast is gone because he was a victim of much friendly fire as she tried to play with him. His poor little head will be much more safe now!!!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Doing just fine!

My little man is going to be just fine. Thank you for all your prayers, we got the echo results back today and Travis has a very small hole in his heart that should go away on its own. Insurance won't be an issue either because we won't have to have the follow-up appointments like we did with Hailey's heart. We feel so blessed, and as you can see Travis is a happy, healthy little boy!
As for Hailey, nothing holds that little girl back. She still gets around just fine on her own, and is running around, climbing and jumping (unfortunately) as much as she was before. In fact she tries to convince us to let her jump on the trampoline every time she goes to Grandma's house. She has even found a way to fit into her dress-up clothes, enormous cast and all! We love that little girl, but we are certain that we have only just begun to deal with the things she will throw our way.
Here is Hailey with her cousins, the Walkers. It's amazing how sometimes it doesn't even phase children when another child is different in some way. They all play with Hailey like nothing is different at all, and Hailey wouldn't have it any other way.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

When It Rains, It Pours

So I'm beginning to feel the overwhelming responsibility of parenthood! Wasn't life so much easier before we became adults and decided to bring these little people into the world who completely depend on us? Don't get me wrong, I love my little angels but the two of them continue to scare me to death. Now that the whole Hailey broken arm thing is winding down (although the doctor bills are stacking up) We have now discovered that Travis has a heart murmur. Hailey had one as a baby too, but we knew that the day she was born. Our pediatrician just discovered this a few days ago at his 2 month check-up, but you know with my kids nothing surprises me anymore. Tomorrow we check into River Bend Hospital once again, but this time for an ultrasound of Travis's heart. Wish us luck, and please keep the little guy in your prayers. With any luck they will find nothing, or at least just a tiny hole that will go away like his sisters. I tell you, my children have bad timing! Because Kelly was laid off our insurance runs out at the end of the month. I don't know how many of you have ever looked into the price of health insurance, but lets just say it's highway robbery. The good thing is that we know that the Lord blesses us in times like these, so we know that everything should work out for the best...again please keep us in your prayers.

Monday, September 1, 2008

A Little Worse Than We Thought

So we went to Slocum Friday afternoon to get a hard cast put on Hailey's arm...We waited for an hour before the Doctor showed up, then were taken back for more x-rays. Come to find out Hailey's break was more serious than we originally thought. Her elbow was apparently dislocated and if it wasn't fixed her arm would ultimately be deformed. We were then told that Hailey would have to have surgery the following morning, and a metal rod may have to be placed in her bone to protect if from breaking further when the elbow was set. We were once again scared to death for our little girl, not to mention our camping trip was not going to happen. Saturday morning at 6:30 we reported to River Bend Hospital for surgery. Thankfully all went well, and Hailey didn't have to have the metal rod put in after all. This picture is of Hailey's ride home from the hospital. We had to prop pillows all around her arm, with an ice pack on top. She was quite cozy and finally took a nap. She has been almost herself again since.

After her nap Hailey had a movie day at home. She was perky and happy, and generally back to good old Hailey. She is doing great with one arm, in fact we call her the one armed wonder because she is very independent and insists on doing everything for herself. We met up with family and friends Sunday afternoon at Honeymon Campground and nothing could hold Hailey back. We all had a blast, and Hailey is well on her way to a full recovery...we hope!!!