Friday, August 31, 2007

Getting you caught up...

Logan Update Emails:

I was at the doctor today and he decided to induce me on Sunday, if nothing happens before then.
So we will be going into Bellin at 7am on Sunday.
Logan will be a Mother's Day baby!!
We are so excited!

Our sweet little boy is here...
May 13th 3:03 pm
6 lbs 3oz
18 inches

I just wanted to let everyone know how we have been the last few weeks. I can't believe Logan is 3 weeks old already! A lot has happened in these past few weeks and our lives have definitely changed in a huge way, but we are more and more optimistic about the future. Logan is still a very calm and easy going baby. He has slept all night from the beginning and I feel bad waking him to eat. He started life being very sleepy, but with each day he has been awake more and more which has been fun.
At his newborn check up about 2 weeks ago, he was back to his birth weight, but since then he has reached 7lbs 7.5oz, which is much more than what he needed to we were really surprised and happy. He also grew 2 inches!!!
He had his heart and his ears rechecked this past week and we got more good news! His heart has improved and now we only have to watch a small hole that has been shrinking so far. And his ears are working perfectly!
My only challenge with him right now is that he is starting to get spoiled!!! :) He loves to be held...but who could blame him. Dale and I actually fight over who gets to hold him. :)

Just thought I would give you another update since it has been a couple of weeks and Logan is changing so much.
Logan is becoming more and more active everyday. We don't go to the doctor again for a few more weeks, but we think he is about 10 pounds!! That is a huge thing, considering only about 5 weeks ago he was under 6 pounds. He will continue to have his heart monitored for probably years to come, but there are still no major concerns that we have to deal with right now. He is a little sweet heart and is sleeping great at night! He's just a really great baby.
I want to thank everyone for your support over the last month. We would not be doing so well if it weren't for all of you.

Logan's 2 month doctor visit a couple of weeks ago went well. He is growing well..."eating very well" the doctor put it, which is wonderful. He will see his cardiologist in August to look at his PFO. We are praying that this hole in his heart will continue to heal on its own. He has begun to smile!!, which is melting our hearts! I sent a picture. Logan has also begun physical, occupational and speech therapy. His therapists come to our home and have been impressed by Logan's strength. They are a wonderful team of people who have been so supportive and encouraging. They have been just what we need to stay positive.
Devin just completed swimming lessons (parent child class). He loves the water and has even learned to bob under the water. This summer I can only describe him as a dare devil. No slide is too big (even water slides), no bike or jetski is too fast, no hill is too steep, no ride is too high or fast! He makes me nervous, but I love his bravery! Devin is a great big brother. Logan gets LOTS of kisses and hugs and Devin always wants Logan to go where ever he goes. He says he loves him and that Logan is funny when he makes noises.

Logan had his heart looked at again yesterday and it was all good news! His aorta is growing properly (it had been a bit narrow at birth) and his patent foramen ovale (PFO), the hole in his heart, is an ok size for now. Right now it measures 4mm, which is a size that they would like to see shrink a little more, but for now, the doctor will not call it a defect because it may still get smaller. He also said he does not anticipate having to do surgery because the PFO is not causing Logan to have any negative symptoms. So, we won't have to go back to the cardiologist until Logan is 1 year old.
Logan now weighs 15lbs 10oz and is 23 1/2 inches long. The doctor hardly recognized him! We are not surprised at all because Devin, as you all know, was not a small baby either.
I am very excited about a play group that we have joined, the Down Syndrome Family Network in Appleton. It meets every week and we have met many families with all different aged children. Even at little girl who was born only 4 days before Logan. It has been great to talk with other Moms and Dads who are going through what we are going through. I also met a family who only lives 5 miles from our home!! I am so happy Logan will have these kids as friends as he grows up and Devin has met some new friends too!
I have been told that of all support networks out there for families with children with disabilities, the Down syndrome families are the most willing to reach out to each other. I feel so lucky that this is the case. I can see it being a great help now and in the future.
We can't wait to see some of you at the Buddy Walk. It is going to be lots of fun!

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