Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Blake was born with a Congenital Heart Defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) which requires a series of 3 separate open-heart surgeries over the first 3-5 years of life. Blake has already completed the first 2 like a champ and we truly think that each of your prayers contributed tremendously to that. He will go for his final surgery (Fontan Procedure) tomorrow at Texas Children’s Hospital. The recovery period can be from 2-6 weeks. Keeping a 3-year old in the same room, same bed, with no activity and a controlled diet will be tough which is why I’m asking for your prayers.
Please join us in lifting Blake, the doctors (Dr. Frazier), nurses and the family up in prayer throughout the next few weeks. Bryan and Tiffany will be providing updates during this time through their family blog, http://lifewiththegalligans.blogspot.com. In advance thank you all for your prayers and support as Blake conquers his final surgery. As my Blakey says, ‘To Infinity and Beyond!’
Two of my kids
Blakey LOVES his baby Carter
'I want to hold baby Carter'
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
Deidra graciously opened her home and the hostess decorated it beautifully with pictures that Deanna (deannaaddison.com) developed from my maternity session, gorgeous flower arrangements (Flower Shoppe in Katy, TX) – my florist from my wedding, a delicious chocolate with peanut butter mouse (Cake Affairs in Houston, TX) – same flavor grooms cake from my wedding, yummy food made by all my hostess and other friends, a baby shower fingerprint tree (etsy.com – lovliday) – which will be framed in Carter’s room, cute cookies with scriptures on them (Psalms 7:8, I Samuel 1:2) for each guest and a note card section for each guest to write a note to Carter for him to read on his 18th birthday!
Here are some photos of how blessed Cory, Carter and I really are:
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Friday, December 17, 2010
One 'minor' concern is swelling of one of Carter's kidneys. He appears to have urine blockage, I believe it is called hydronephrosis. Dr. Balat doesn't seem as concerned because this condition often goes away while in the womb. We will continue to monitor his kidneys at the 9 month u/s and another after he is born to determine the next step, if one is needed at all.
I've lost 2 pounds, I think we can blame that on the nasty virus I had last week. I'm measuring 2 days earlier but that is about it. Carter was cute as can be sticking his tongue out at us, showing us his little but long fingers and all his little toe toes. He appears to have some hair but can only imagine more will grow, a lot more judging by his father and mother...he will be a baby chiapet!
Here are some of the ultrasound pictures.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
I know, awful haircut for me!!
Alex is 36 weeks and I'm 26 weeks: