The New Adventure

Monday, June 8, 2009

Updates! Get your Updates here!

Ok, so yeah, it's been a while since I've posted an update. I'm sure nothing at all has happened in the last 3 weeks...

So, that's it. Thanks for checking in with us and we hope to see you again soon!

Ok, so I was told that wasn't a real update and that I had better post a real one or else whatever that means...

So, here's what has been going on. First things first, Molly and McKenzie are now attending a Parent's Morning Out program on Monday's and Wednesday's. It runs from 9:30 to 2PM and gives me an opportunity to use that time to actual focus on real estate stuff. The first time they went I actually got a lot of stuff accomplished. Let's hope that continues.

Speaking of real estate, it seems that a bunch of people are buying and selling houses right now. My in-laws John and Sue have their house under contract, my brother and his wife are looking to buy, and some dear friends of ours just closed on their new home last Friday. So, if you know of anyone who's looking at buying or selling, let me know!

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On to more about the girls...McKenzie has a new favorite toy...a Cheez-It box!

Really, it's just a toy when mommy's not home...

Speaking of McKenzie, she had a very scary experience about a week ago. The girls were playing on the floor in the living room. I went up to my office to send a few emails. While I was gone, somebody broke into our house and moved McKenzie from the living room to the kitchen! About 15 feet! Holy moley!

True story cause surely she didn't crawl/roll all that way on her own...

The girls are much more mobile these days. They're also sitting independently fairly well. Here's a picture of the two of them sharing their blocks.

And what sharing usually leads to...

On Thursday, Molly had her follow-up appointment with Dr. Moses concerning her hips. After getting an x-ray and reviewing everything, Dr. Moses thinks that Molly is perfectly normal and doesn't want to see us anymore! Yay! That's one specialist down and only the heart guy to go (and hopefully we'll be done with him by the end of September).

Speaking of doctors, the girls got to finally get their 6-month shots on Thursday as well. A great time was had by all. Bandaids for everyone! Seriously, those shots look huge compared to the girls' tiny legs (ok, compared to McKenzie's legs...sorry Molly...)

McKenzie goes back to Birmingham on June 23 for a follow-up CT scan. Hopefully everything will still look great and we won't have to worry about "next steps" to fix the problem. We were reassured this past week that we made the right choice in going to Birmingham.

Earlier this evening, we went to a Children's Picnic put on by our church at Rivermont Park. The girls seemed to enjoy their time at the park. I'll leave you with a few pictures and a short video...

McKenzie digs Mixed Vegetables with Pasta

Molly eats lie...

We kinda dig this swing thing...



Alright, that's it! Hope you have a great week and we'll see you again soon!

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Molly's Hip Update

Today was our visit with Dr. Moses, the pediatric ortho doc at the hospital. We reviewed the x-rays that Molly had done on Monday and the doc wasn't terribly happy with what he saw. The left hip appears to be fine but the angles and ossification on the right hip aren't too great.

Molly's left hip is showing signs of ossification, or bone development, that is relatively normal. Her right hip is just showing tiny specks of bone growth. This means that her right hip is lagging behind in developing the socket that surrounds the head of the femur (big leg bone). As I understand it, if the socket doesn't develop well, there is a greater chance of the hip being loose due to stretched ligaments and increased chances of dislocation and possible hip replacement at some point.

So, at this point we're basically going to be getting x-rays every month or so to track development. Bracing is a possibility at some point in the future but is not necessary right now. Yay...I guess.

In other news, we received our authorization from Blue Cross for McKenzie's surgery next week. They auth'd us for 3 days inpatient...I hope they don't know something that we don't know since the doc told us it's a 1 day deal. Guess we'll see.

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Molly's Update

We had our follow-up appointment yesterday with Dr. Moses regarding Molly's hip ultrasound on Monday. There have been no changes in the last 6 weeks and Dr. Moses is still unsure as to how to proceed. Since ultrasounds for breech babies is still relatively new (in the last 7-8 years or so) there isn't enough data to predict if this acetabular insufficiency is something serious or not.

We could try and treat it by putting Molly in a harness for 23 hours a day for 3 months or so. The harness would hold her legs in the correct position to her hips and hopefully keep the hip sockets aligned correctly while the bone developed. The harness would be a royal pain in the butt both for us and for her. Plus, there is no proof out there that the harness now would prevent surgery to correct the problem later.

So, we pretty much decided just to let it ride and watch how things develop over the next year or so. She'll go back in about 2 months just for a normal x-ray to see how the hip socket bones are developing and if they see any problems at that point. If that's clear and a scan at 1 year is clear, we'll be good to go. Otherwise, she'll get yearly scans until she's 13 and possibly face hip socket adjustment surgery in 3 to 5 years which the doc called more like carpentry than surgery. I didn't want any more details on that right now...

So, that's it for now. Regardless of how the hips are lining up, we shouldn't see any issues with her crawling or walking. Yay...

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