Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The 4 Month Stats...

We visited Dr. Nesbit today for Hudson's 4 month well visit. This is how he stacks up:

Weight- 15 lbs 5oz - 70th percentile
Height- 26 1/2 inches- 90th percentile

He's tall like his daddy!

He got 2 shots, and one oral vaccine. He did fine with the first shot, but screamed when he got the second one. It made me sad, but he was fine just a few seconds after it was all over.
We got the ok to start introducing baby foods, so I see some veggies in the near future for the little man.
He's still on his antibiotic daily to prevent UTI's and still on his reflux medicine. Everything else checked out great and Dr. Nesbit said he looked "perfect".
We go back for his 6 month well visit and more shots at the beginning of March, and we go back to see Dr. Donahoe (ped. urologist) at the end of March for another ultrasound and more tests on the kidney.

Hudson will be spending the new year with his "aunts" Lori, Laura, and Jeanna. They will all be here visiting from FLA, Charleston, and South GA. He loves all the attention. 2009 has been the best one yet for Dave and I. We look forward to what 2010 will bring. Be safe!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Just Some Fun Pics

Of our Christmas celebrations with our families.

With his stash. He was worn out from Christmas morning.

Such a happy baby! I can't get enough of that smile.

Christy, Melissa, Cassie, me, and Kristin- Watch out! Our softball team is making a comeback.

Hudson was checking Owen out at Tom and Linda's

Holly and Ella at Lights of the South

Heather and me at Uncle Pete's

I just realized that I didn't get any pictures from Christmas Eve at my parents house. Oh well!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Today We Celebrate.....BIRTHDAYS!

Of course the most important one we celebrate today is that of Christ Jesus. Happy Birthday Baby Jesus. Thank you for what you have done for us.

My great grandmother, Meme was born on December 25th. She is no longer with us, but we always think about her and celebrate her life on this day as well.

Today is my sweet little man's 4 month birthday. It's hard to believe that 4 months have gone by SO fast. Seriously...time needs to slow down. Here are a few snapshots of little man's journey so far.

We love you beyond words, Hudson and are SO blessed to have you in our lives.

This is how you began your journey on August 25th. You gave us quite a scare in the beginning, but you were so strong and fought to get out of that NICU. You were home with us in no time. Praise the Lord!

Then, as quick as I could blink an eye you were already a month old. You and I enjoyed being home with each other every day.

You keep growing and changing. Every day you do something new. We love watching all of your new faces and smiles. Here you are at 2 months. This was at Claire's house. You sure do love her. She's your girl, and we are so happy that you get to play with her everyday.

You were 3 months the day we had your Christmas pictures made. This one looks just like me when I was a baby. Seriously...when I put the pictures side by side, we could be twins....but you are cuter.

Now it's Christmas, and you woke up in such a sweet mood. Happy 4 months! You had cereal for the first time this morning and you loved it. We can't wait for the many milestones to come. Merry First Christmas. YOU are the best present we could have ever asked for. We love you, sweet boy!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Welcome To Our World

I have created this blog to keep all of our friends and family updated on what is going on in our lives, and to provide updates on Hudson's progress with his kidney issues. We are SO blessed to have such faithful friends and family that pray continuously for our sweet baby boy and his medical needs. THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for caring so much!
First, I must wish every one a very Merry CHIRSTmas. I hope that you all are enjoying the real meaning of the season and that you are able to spend this time with your families. This Christmas is so special to us because it's our first as a family of 3! I was pregnant last Christmas, but didn't know it was Dec. 29th when we found out we were expecting our first bundle of love. What an exciting year it has been! On August 25th at 12:34 pm, Hudson David was born. He is precious, and we are so in love with him. He makes every day so much more wonderful.

When I was 19 wks preggo, my specialist found that Hudson only had one kidney. This was not too much of a concern because obviously it's pretty common in males. (who knew?) As my pregnancy progressed, we learned that his kidney was enlarged and was malformed. Hudson has hydronephrosis in the right kidney. His urine refluxes back into his kidney and does not completely drain out. He takes an antibiotic daily to prevent urinary infections. His ureter is also enlarged. He will more than likely need a ureter reimplantation to fix this. When he was born we were going to CMCG every 7-10 days to have lots of tests run to try and figure out why his kidney and ureter were so enlarged. During a mag-3 test (which was TERRIBLE for mommy) they found that he has a partial blockage. The reimplantation surgery will correct this.
Where do we stand now? Well, we had an appointment with Dr. Donahoe (WONDERFUL doctor) yesterday, and the ultrasound showed no change. This is good and bad. Good because it has not gotten worse, and bad because we were hoping that the reflux would correct itself. Anyway, each time we go for an appt. Hudson's kreatinin levels are checked. As long as his levels stay good, we are in the clear and it buys us more time before the surgery. Dr. Donahoe does not want to do the surgery until Hudson's bladder has more time to grow. (probably around one year or so) If he has to do it earlier, it would be a temporary surgery and he would have to go back in again later. (no fun!) Please pray that his little body and kidney continue to filter out the appropriate toxins and that he continues to do well so that his bladder can grow.
Whew...that sure is a lot but we trust and know that God is in total control and is taking care of our little boy. Hudson is fearfully and wonderfully made, and this is no accident.
Well, I am enjoying being off work this week and next. (the perks of teaching) I feel like I am on maternity leave again, and it's wonderful to be home with Hudson all day. I am excited about our girls Christmas Party tonight at my good friend's new house. It's going to be great to catch up. We have had some major life changes this year...marriage, babies, buying houses, etc... I will post some pics when I figure out how to do that. If you are still reading, thanks for following me on my ramblings, and again MERRY CHRISTMAS!!