Friday, December 19, 2008

Lots of updates

Enjoy!! There are lots of new postings!! Sorry it took me so long to update!

34 weeks and more testing

Well, as we awaited the results of Mia's ultrasound and EEG, we received some grim news. The ultrasound pictures were not good enough to rule out what they were looking for. So she was scheduled for a CT scan. As I talked to the Dr. more, I realized they were checking her for cancer. I guess I had never really understood what they were looking for. She had a couple symptoms of Neuroblastoma, and because the ultrasound pictures were a little hazy, they weren't sure if it was a tumor, or just bad pictures, so they had to move forward in that direction. My heart sank and I became sick to my stomach, anticipating that my precious baby could have cancer. However, something amazing happened. I was called to prayer and felt an amazing peace in my heart. I knew God was with me, and whatever happened, whatever the outcome He would provide. So I stepped out in faith and emailed everyone I knew, some I talk to everyday, so I haven't talked to in years and asked for prayers. Something amazing happened over the next 72 hours. I was contacted by so many people letting me know they were praying for Mia and our family. People I didn't know emailed me their prayers. People laid hands on me and prayed at Creative Christmas rehearsal, and my husband and I joined in prayer every night. I have never felt a calm like I did during that time. We went to Mia's test and they gave her an IV and then sedated her, the whole time I prayed and knew that so many around us were praying as well. Here she is after she woke up from sedation. She wanted her sippy cup, even though she has NO idea how to use it.

And here is her little IV...this may have been the saddest part...

After her test the waiting began, but the prayer continued.
On Thursday morning, December 18th, I received amazing news. Mia was cancer free, there was no Neuroblastoma and she was clear. I felt a weight lifted off my shoulders and I knew God had heard our cries. Now we just had to wait and hear about her EEG results. I prepared myself for seizures and how we would deal with those. However, at 5:30pm on Thursday evening, the phone rang. It was Dr. Anderson, Mia's pediatrician. My heart sank. No news is ever good when the Dr. calls. However, once again God was ever faithful. He was calling to tell me that ALL of Mia's test were normal...ALL OF THEM!! No seizures, no cancer. He said she is healthy. They are treating her with Prevacid for acid reflux and think that may be causing the symptoms. She has been on the Prevacid for about 4 days and we are already starting to see the symptoms lessen. She also slept through the night from 8:00pm to 7:45am. That has NEVER happened. I am just so blessed to have a GOD that is the ultimate healer, who hears the cries of his people. I will give all the glory to GOD, knowing that by Him and the prayers of so many, my daughter is healthy. What an amazing Christmas Gift.
So after all that....here is Mia at 34 weeks! She will be 8 months old on Monday!
Of course trying to eat her bear!
What's that face?
So big!! She loves to stand up now!!
Thank you again for all those who prayed for us...you are amazing people of faith and I know the outcome would not have been the same without the intercession of so many. I wish I could put into words the thanks I feel towards all of you, and the God that answers prayers!











33 weeks...and testing

So here is the update on why it has taken so long for me to update. Right around Thanksgiving Mia started having some arm twitches. Basically she would drop her head and raise her left arm. We took her to the Dr. and they said it was probably just a muscle jerk, so we went home. Well, it started getting worse and then eventually her eyes starting rolling up and back during these episodes, so we took her in for a stomach ultrasound of her adrenal glands and an EEG, to measure brainwave activity to see if she was having seizures. So these pictures were taken after her EEG. They glue the electrodes to her head, so her hair looked like this for days.






Christmas Photo Shoot

So I decided to try and get creative with some Christmas pictures this year. I have to say I think they turned out pretty cute!!

Of course she has to have everything in her mouth


Look at that smile!

Family picture in our Christmas jammies!

Trying to play with the lights



This is my absolute favorite one that I got.


Here is the finished product of our Christmas card, I made this and am pretty proud of myself....except I haven't sent any of the out...oh geez...I am REALLY far behind!!



And here is one of the professional ones I got done. That's me holding her hand. I love her face here!





Sunday, December 14, 2008

It's been awhile...a lot has been going on!

So there has been so much going on in the Stocking resident, that I am VERY behind in blogging about my precious baby girl. So I will update with every week now!! So here are the pictures from 32 weeks!!! This first picture is from Thanksgiving at my mom's house (I told you I was behind)!!! We had a great time and we had so much to be thankful for!! I am so thankful for the wonderful family I have, the amazing husband I've been blessed with, the beautiful baby girl that melts my heart and the most amazing friends.
Mia got to try some mashed potatoes, but wasn't quite sure about it!!

Here is me, Mia and Aunt Lindsey (one of Mia's FAVORITE people)
And here is Grandma, Lindsey (and the twins), me and Mia
Here she is...32 weeks old!

Here we are before going to my Christmas party...she loves to grab faces now!

Look how adorable my little girl is!!


Okay, now for a funny story....I had just been talking to Josh and told him how thankful I was that Mia has never pooped in the tub. Well of course, I jinxed myself. So that night, she pooped in the tub. So when I lifted her out, I realized that she was getting ready to go again. I didn't know what to do...so, I put her on the toilet and she finished pooping. Josh came up the stairs, and upon seeing her on the toilet, bust into laughter. And this happened 4, yes 4 nights in a row!!! So my little 7 month old baby has pooped on the toilet...how's that for advanced!! haha!!