Thank you for visiting. Braydon was diagnosed with Craniosynostosis at his 2 month check-up. I hope that reading his story, it will help out another family going through a similar situation. Also Ethan was diagnosed with Craniosynostosis at 1 week old.

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Big Reveal

We had our anatomy scan on Friday, while most people are interested in finding out the gender (and trust us we were), we were more anxious (well at least I was) at the pictures of the skull.  Unfortunately Baby B-2 is just as stubborn as it's big brother and mommy.  The little one was more interested in looking towards my back then showing off parts of it's body.  We didn't get a good look at the organs or a really good look at anything.  Except the only thing it wanted to cooperate with was was revealing it's gender.  We decided we wanted to tell people via cupcakes, unfortunately with the late notice not many people showed up.  So we will let Braydon do the reveal:

So yes, Braydon is going to have a little brother.  I think he was more excited to eat the frosting then to find out that he was going to have someone to play with, torment and have a lifelong best friend.  And more good news is that there will be another boy in the family as Terry's cousin is due with a baby boy a couple weeks before us.  We joke that with my history, we might get to be roommates in the hospital together.

But since we couldn't get enough good pictures and with my history of gestational diabetes, we get to go back on the 14th for another ultrasound.  Hopefully I'll have some good pictures to share and good news that they don't see any risk of Cranio with the next one.

As a side note, my fasting sugar levels haven't been the best, so they have put me on insulin, but just being on it for 2 days has drastically helped my numbers.  Hopefully we can maintain it through the rest of the pregnancy.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Since You've Been Gone

I know it's been a super long time since I last posted.  But life with a 2 year old has been extremely busy.  Things have been going fairly well with Braydon's head shape.  However about 6 months ago we noticed that it was a little bowing in the front.  We saw Dr. Miller, and he suggested we talk to Dr. Puccioni.  It took about a month for us to be seen, but that's ok we weren't that worried.  Pretty much he told us that the decision to have the 2nd surgery was ultimately ours.  It would strictly be cosmetic and at that point in time Braydon's head was borderline in what he would recommend getting fixed.  So we decided to wait and see.

In the meantime we had Braydon's 2nd birthday party.  Of course it was Thomas the Train themed.  Braydon loves Thomas as well as all trains.  But what 2 year boy wouldn't love trains.  Don't get me wrong, he loves sports too.  Every time there is a football game on, he says "football awesome."

Braydon seems to be hitting his milestones nicely.  He's starting to speak in sentences, knows around 50-75 words.  He knows his letters and is starting to count to 5.  As far as growth is concerned his head is 51.25 cm (96th percentile), 31 lbs (71st percentile) and 33.75 inches tall (26th percentile).  We couldn't be more happier with how things have turned out.

Which leads us to today.  We had our follow up with Dr. Miller this afternoon.  He pretty much walked in and said his head looks great.  That we probably won't need the 2nd surgery, but he still wants to follow up on a yearly basis to make sure the skull continues to grow.  So since we got such good news today, we would figure that we would share some more good news with you.  Braydon is going to be a big brother.  Baby B-2 is scheduled to arrive in early April.  We couldn't be more thrilled, however very cautious.  While we know that Braydon's condition was a "fluke", we still are concerned that any subsequent children we have might have the same condition.  If it were to happen again, at least we are "prepared" for what is going to happen.

I hope that everyone has enjoyed their summer and gets to enjoy the fall (that is if you even get one).

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

It's Been A Long Time Coming

Wow, I can't believe it's been 5 months since I posted.  But life with a toddle is interesting at best.  We've been used to the walking, but now he's climbing on everything.  And well let's just say he's like his mommy and likes the electronics.  When I finally get time to sit at the computer, I'm to exhausted and want to go to bed.

It's been an interesting 5 months, Terry had to have a benign lymph node removed in October.  We were worried that it might be cancerous, but luckily for us everything checked out.  We finally got to enjoy the holidays this year, I even attempted to help cook Thanksgiving Dinner.  I more or less watched my mom do it, but I'll know for next time.

We also got to enjoy Christmas with our families because we didn't have to worry about getting Braydon sick before his surgery.  Unfortunately, we were the ones who were sick.  So hopefully we didn't pass our germs on to everyone else.  Braydon was uber duber spoiled at Christmas.  I literally thought Santa threw up toys all over my living room.  But you know what, he plays with them all and is super happy.  He's also a very healthy 17 month old.  Who would have thought that would be the case after the past 17 months.

It's hard to believe that a year ago tomorrow, we trusted our babies future in the hands of 2 surgeons we barely know.  Now we owe them everything for what they have given us.  Everyone comments on how perfectly round his head is and there are NO signs of brain damage or any trauma.  He's a babbling, running, climbing, all 17-month year old little boy.  I couldn't imagine life without him.

I hope that as he gets older, I'll be able to write more just so we aren't doing the 6 month updates.  He changes so much from day to day and I would like you to all enjoy him as we do each minute.  But to tie you over, here is a before surgery picture and where he's at now.  And yes, he's now a blondie.