Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Thrilled and Chilling in the SNOW...

Emma loved every single flake of snow that fail on Christmas Eve and so was I!!

Emma's First Christmas was...

...crazy but everything that I could ask and more for my baby girls first Christmas, family and friends that love and adore her SO... very much!! What a blessing to be with so many wonderful people at this amazing time of the year. What can I say Emma got everything + the kitchen sink (and she loves her new little play kitchen from her mada and papi).
We woke up on Christmas morning to being welcomed by Mada & Papi so that they could enjoy Emma's first Christmas from Santa.

Come on daddy let me show you how to put it together!

She loves this kitchen so... much!!

I just can't believe Emma's first Christmas has already come and gone. One more day before this life changing year will change to another new year but I can say that 2009 has truly been an amazing year and I can only hope that 2010 will be just as exciting. Also, we are quickly approaching my little girls first birthday, in a little over a month. WOW... a year... never really understood the expression, "time flies" until this very second.

My life is truly complete with a great husband and wonderful baby girl! Life is such a blessing so I will live everyday by that...

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Results are in...

The BE came back NORMAL!! I couldn't be more thrilled... though I really wish they could figure out what is causing her so much trouble. I guess we are getting closer to a answer at least. They have eliminated the H -Disease so that is great but we will have a follow up appointment in a couple weeks.

Thanks for all kind words and prayers from everyone!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Have you ever seen the baby "Chicken Dance"??

Just love my baby!!

Best gift of all... EMMA!

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Emma had her second procedure today (enema/xray). We got to stay in while they put the tub in but we had to leave while they filled it up (she cried and I cried) It was so... hard to leave her since I am sure it didn't feel very good and it was scary, too. After it was done, we were able to come in and hold her (poor baby). The nurse said we should know something with in 24 hours (what a relief).

We got home and she slept it off (little over 2 hours). Also, got good news when we got home, too. There was a message saying that the biopsy (first procedure last Monday)results were in... NORMAL!! So know we just need to find out todays results and maybe I will sleep better.

You maybe asking how has Emma done through all this?? She has been amazing! ALL smiles and waves to everyone(after the procedures and in mommmies arms). She is such a social butterfly!

Hopes and prayers that test come back good! Merry Christmas and thanks to everyone for all your support!

P.S. I will post as soon as I know more.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

This gives a little explanation of what is going on...'s+disease

Hirschsprung's disease — Comprehensive overview covers diagnosis, treatment of this serious problem with passing stool.
Hirschsprung's disease is a condition that affects the large intestine (colon) and causes problems with passing stool. It's present when a baby is born (congenital) and results from missing nerve cells in the muscles of a portion of the baby's colon.

Children with Hirschsprung's disease can be constipated or have problems absorbing nutrients from food. In severe cases of Hirschsprung's disease, a newborn child experiences an obstructed colon and is unable to have a bowel movement. In mild cases, doctors may not detect Hirschsprung's disease until later in a child's life.

Surgical removal of the diseased portion of the child's colon is the only treatment for Hirschsprung's disease. After surgery, nine out of 10 children pass stool normally.

Signs and symptoms may vary with the severity of the condition. Sometimes they appear right after a baby is born. Other times they may not be apparent until the baby becomes a teenager or adult. In newborns, signs may include:

Failure to pass stool within the first or second day of life
Vomiting, including vomiting a green liquid called bile — a digestive fluid produced in the liver
Constipation or gas, which may make a newborn fussy
In older children, signs can include:

Swollen abdomen
Lack of weight gain
Problems absorbing nutrients, leading to weight loss, diarrhea or both and delayed or slowed growth
Infections in the colon, especially in newborns or very young children, that may include enterocolitis, a serious infection with diarrhea, fever and vomiting and sometimes a dangerous expanding (dilation) of the colon
In older children or adults, signs may include chronic constipation and a low number of red blood cells (anemia) because blood is lost in the stool. Anemia can cause an affected person to look pale and to tire easily.

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The colon, also called the large intestine, is a long, tube-like organ in your abdomen. The colon carries waste to be expelled from the body.
Colon and rectumNormally, as a baby grows in the womb, bundles of nerve cells (ganglia) begin to form between the muscle layers along the length of the colon. This process begins at the top of the colon and ends at the bottom (rectum). In children with Hirschsprung's disease, this process does not finish and the ganglia do not form along the entire length of the colon. Sometimes the cells are missing from only a few centimeters of the colon. Other times a longer portion may be affected.

Why this happens is unknown. It may be associated with mutations in several genes. It may also be associated with multiple endocrine neoplasia, type IIB — a syndrome that causes noncancerous tumors in the mucous membranes and adrenal glands (located above the kidneys) and cancer of the thyroid gland (located at the base of the neck).

Hirschsprung's is not caused by anything that the mother does during pregnancy. In some cases, the disease may be inherited, even if neither parent has the disease. Hirschsprung's is also 10 times more likely to occur in children with Down syndrome.

Risk factors
Because Hirschsprung's disease can be inherited, if you have one child with the disease, your future children also may be at risk. The disease is also five times more common in males.

Preparing for your appointment
You're likely to start by first seeing your child's doctor. However, in some cases when you call to set up an appointment, you may be referred immediately to a digestive disorders specialist called a gastroenterologist or to an emergency department if your symptoms are severe.

Because appointments can be brief, and because there's often a lot of ground to cover, it's a good idea to be well prepared for your child's appointment. Here's some information to help you get ready and what to expect from the doctor.

What you can do

Be aware of any pre-appointment restrictions. At the time you make the appointment, be sure to ask if there's anything your child needs to do in advance.
Write down any symptoms your child is experiencing, including details about how often your child has a bowel movement and what his or her stools are like.
Write down key personal information, including any major stresses or recent changes in your child's life. Also include your child's diet and exercise habits.
Make a list of your child's key medical information, including other conditions he or she is being treated for and the names of any medications, vitamins or supplements your child is taking.
Write down questions to ask your child's doctor.
Your time with your child's doctor is limited, so preparing a list of questions will help you make the most of your time together. List your questions from most important to least important in case time runs out.

For Hirschsprung's disease, some basic questions to ask your child's doctor include:

What is likely causing my child's symptoms or condition?
Are there any other possible causes for these symptoms or condition?
Do you think my child's condition is temporary or chronic?
What kinds of tests does my child need?
What treatment do you recommend?
If you recommend surgery, what should I expect from my child's recovery?
What is the risk of complications from surgery?
What is my child's long-term prognosis following surgery?
Will my child need to follow a special diet?
Are there any other restrictions that my child will need to follow?
My child has these other health conditions. How can I best manage them together?
Should I see a specialist? What will that cost, and will my insurance cover seeing a specialist?
Are there any brochures or other printed material that I can take home with me? What Web sites do you recommend visiting?
In addition to the questions that you've prepared to ask your doctor, don't hesitate to ask questions during your appointment at any time that you don't understand something.

What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions. Being ready to answer them may reserve time to go over any points you want to talk about in-depth. Your doctor may ask:

When did your child first begin experiencing symptoms?
Have your child's symptoms stayed the same or gotten worse?
How often does your child have a bowel movement?
Are your child's bowel movements painful for him or her?
Are your child's stools loose? Do they contain visible blood?
Has your child been vomiting?
Does your child tire easily?
What, if anything, seems to improve your child's symptoms?
What, if anything, appears to worsen your child's symptoms?
Has anyone else in your family been diagnosed with Hirschsprung's disease?
What medications is your child currently taking?
Is there any history of thyroid, parathyroid or glandular disease in your family?
What you can do in the meantime
Call your child's doctor immediately if your child shows any signs of intestinal infection, such as fever, a swollen abdomen, vomiting, diarrhea, bleeding from the rectum or fatigue. Talk to your child's doctor before making any changes to your child's diet.

Tests and diagnosis
To determine whether Hirschsprung's disease is present, your child's doctor may conduct a series of tests. This may include one or all of the following:

Abdominal X-ray. If Hirschsprung's is present, as stool backs up in the colon, the X-ray may reveal decreased air in the colon or areas in which the colon has stretched wider than normal.
Barium enema. This diagnostic test allows the doctor to evaluate the entire colon with an X-ray. Barium, a contrast dye, is placed into the bowel in an enema form. The barium fills and coats the lining of the bowel, creating a clear silhouette of the colon and rectum. Air may also be added to provide better contrast on the X-ray.

In some cases, another liquid called diatrizoate (Gastrografin, Gastroview, Hypaque) may be used instead of barium. This liquid may be used in newborns to help remove a hard first stool. It causes water to be pulled into the intestine, which softens the stool.

The test typically takes about 20 minutes and can be somewhat uncomfortable because the contrast agent and air distend the bowel. There's also a slight risk of perforating the colon wall.

In cases of Hirschsprung's disease, the areas of the colon missing the ganglia nerve cells often appear narrowed. A follow-up exam 24 hours later may show remaining barium in the colon. This problem passing the barium may also indicate Hirschsprung's disease.

Manometry. This test is typically done on older children and adults. During the test, the doctor inflates a balloon inside the rectum. The anal muscle should relax as a result. If it doesn't, Hirschsprung's disease may be the cause.
Biopsy. The doctor surgically removes a sample of tissue from the colon for study under a microscope. He or she looks for evidence of missing ganglia nerve cells, which would indicate Hirschsprung's disease.

In rectal suction biopsy , the doctor removes some cells from the mucous lining of the colon by using a suction device. Because this doesn't involve cutting into the colon tissue, no anesthesia is necessary. If the biopsy shows that ganglia are present, Hirschsprung's disease is not diagnosed. If no ganglia cells are seen in the sample tissue, a full-thickness biopsy is needed to confirm Hirschsprung's disease.

In full-thickness biopsy , more tissue from deeper layers of the colon is removed surgically or through rectal suction for study under the microscope. Absence of ganglia cells indicates Hirschsprung's disease.

Treatments and drugs
Surgery is the only proven, effective treatment for Hirschsprung's disease. The procedure is called pull-through surgery and involves removing the section of the colon that has no ganglia cells, then connecting the remaining healthy end of the colon to the rectum.

Sometimes pull-through surgery is done in one step immediately after diagnosis. Other times, a doctor may choose to complete the process in two steps. First, the doctor will remove the abnormal portion of the colon without ganglia cells, and perform an ostomy. This involves creating a small hole (stoma) in the child's abdomen and connecting the top, healthy portion of the colon to the stoma. Stool then leaves the body through the stoma into a bag that attaches to it, allowing the lower part of the colon to heal. A stoma bag must be emptied several times a day. Ostomy may include:

Ileostomy. In ileostomy, the doctor removes the entire colon and connects the small intestine to the stoma.
Colostomy. In colostomy, the doctor leaves part of the large intestine and attaches this to the stoma.
Later, after allowing time for the child to recover from the first surgery, the doctor will close up the stoma and perform a second surgery to connect the healthy portion of the colon to the rectum.

Complications of surgery
After surgery, most children pass stool normally. Some may experience diarrhea initially, but after some time stool will become more solid. Toilet training may take longer because some children have difficulty coordinating the muscles used to pass stool. This improves with time in most children. Constipation may continue in some children, although laxatives should help. Eating high-fiber foods also can help with diarrhea and constipation.

A child is also at risk of developing enterocolitis in his or her colon or small intestine after surgery. Be aware of signs and symptoms of enterocolitis, and call the doctor immediately if any of these occur:

Swollen abdomen
Bleeding from the rectum
Lifestyle and home remedies
Most children with Hirschsprung's disease go on to live a normal life. However, because the colon absorbs much of the water and salt the body needs and a child's colon is shortened during surgery, he or she may not get all the fluids needed. You may need to ensure your child drinks more fluid.

Hirschsprung's disease can lead to malnutrition and weight loss, especially in very young children. Some children may need tube feedings to get adequate nutrients. How long this is necessary varies with how severe the disease is, how old the child is when diagnosed and what types of complications, such as enterocolitis, have occurred.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Time to try and catch up...

Sunday was my 1/2 Marathon in Dallas and it went pretty good (if only I wouldn't have stopped to pee I would have beat my 1st 1/2 time but I guess that is what PBB - "Post Baby Blatter" does to you!!) I finished in a strong 2:15 but really wished that I could have made my goal of under 2:11 but I FINISHED healthy and strong!

Yesterday was a hard day... Emma had her first procedure at Cook's (rectal suction biopsy). I think it may have been harder on me than on her. She was all smiles to the doctors and nurses (her normal HAPPY self) so we had to hand her off and give her to the nurses while we waited in the waiting room for the procedure to be done. it only took about 15 minutes but that was the hardest 15 minutes of my life! I kept watching the door... finally it opened and a nurse was standing there holding my teary-eyed baby. I jumped up and meet them and she reached for me and hugged my kneck (BEST feeling ever!)

Waiting to hear back from Dr. Keng (GI) with results but we still have one more step to this process, Next Monday we have a bariom enema and X-Ray. I am just ready to make her feel better and me stop worrying! Lots of prayers for the BEST!

Can't believe it is almost Chirstmas, too!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

... two front teeth for Christmas!!

Happy BABY!!

She is walking and it is looking like she will have both top teeth for Christmas!!

Love this time of year... cold weather, hot chocolate and family!

Busy weekend this weekend... JWC Christmas tonight, Girls Christmas on Friday and Leave for Dallas 1/2 Marathon Saturday for Sunday.

Monday, November 30, 2009

giving thanks... "where has the past 10 months gone!"

Such a wonderful time of year and I am so... glad to be around such a wonderful and loving family. It just brings me joy to see how many people love this little girl of mine and she brings so much joy to so... many people with that "two teeth" smile and laugh! What a wonderful life!

I can't believe that Emma will be 10 months next Sunday, WOW... has that time flown by! I have tried to charish every single day because it comes and goes so fast.

We took her to the lighting of the Christmas tree and parade, she clapped and waved the entire time. I think she had a BLAST!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

1st Turkey Day!!

Busy... busy little bees (as usual)! To kick the holiday off right, I will be running in the FW Turkey Trot 10k tomorrow morning (hope it is not too cold). Than off to my parents house at 1pm, to see may family from Virginia and my cousin from Georgia is in, too. Emma is not gonna know what to do with all this family that loves her! She is a ham so she will eat up all the attention. It will be a difficult holiday since this is the first one that my grandfather will not be with us and his birthday is the 27th, too. I just hope that my mom will be ok. Friday, put up Christmas tree and decor and we are going to take Emma to the lighting of the Christmas tree downtown and Saturday, I have a hair apt in S'ville and Clint's families Thanksgiving that evening. Needless to say, it will be busy! I hope everyone has a safe and happy turkey day!!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

9 month pictures are in and so... cute!!

this is just a copy of one of the proofs but you can see the better ones at

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

... still lots of practice to make it perfect for my baby girls 1st bday!!

Relaxing on her Papi, while watching the terrible Cowboy game.

Playing with daddy in the mirror after her 9 month pictures that she did so... well at!! She wore a dark green Christmas dress for the formal look and also wore a cute little santa suit dress for more casual look and they were SUPER cute!! I will post them as soon as they are up.

This was my first attempt to making the fondant monkey for the top of her cake. I think it came out pretty well, too!!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Practice makes perfect....

We had a fun weekend practicing cake stuff for Emma's 1st Birthday. I found a cake and the place wanted $275 for it but I WILL NOT pay that so I will make it myself!! These are just a couple pics of the little cake for Emma and some chocolate monkey molds with oreos... so cute!!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

1st Halloween

Started out as a Sweet Pea but...

....turned into a pumpkin for comfort!!

Daddy was sick in bed but we missed him, LOTS!!

Love all the candy packages so... much!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Monday, October 19, 2009

Pumpkins... Poo's... oh my!! 8 months ALREADY...

Fun filled weekend... 4 mile race, pumpkin patch visit and took 3 steps for Mada and Papi (while I was washing clothes - darn it!). I did try to get her to do it again for me but she only took about 2 steps but she is so... ready to walk!! I can't believe she is getting so... big and into everything! She is such a happy girl that loves making the funniest noises - grawling and blowing bubbles. So funny!! It has been two days straight that she has slept through the night... just hope she keeps it up!

TSU Homecoming this weekend... can't wait to dress her up like a little Poo!! Mom and I made her a poo costume and she also made her a AGD Legacy shirt to wear to the luncheon. Mom is bringing her up on Saturday morning for the parade, luncheon and game and than taking her back with her that night so we can stay the night for the Poo Reunion, it should be fun! I will miss my little girl but she loves her Mada and Papi so she will be in good hands! I just hope she doesn't do anymore new stuff without me!:(

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Happy 3 Year Anniversary!!

WOW... I can't believe that we have been married for 3 years and together for 11! Time does fly when you are having fun!!

We are super blessed to have each other and a happy and healthy baby girl! Life is good...

P.S. Emma went to her first Ranger game on Saturday and love seeing all the people...