Friday, October 31, 2008

happy halloween!

Oh no you di-int.
Oh yes I did.

Happy Halloween, and may the force be with you.



Chewie getting caught eating the props.

Yoda telling Chewie to control himself. (He has ZERO self control when it comes to gourds.)

Monday, October 27, 2008

warrior princess

Eliot, my warrior princess, is back to herself after a g-tube surgery only eleven days ago. She is fully recovered: enjoying tummy time again, playing with the dogs, and smiling at everything. It is amazing how the n/g tube stifled her personality; now that it is gone, we have seen a different baby emerge - a VERY happy little girl. (And this makes for two VERY, VERY happy parents.)

Sunday, October 26, 2008

weekend pics

This weekend with our little pumpkins . . .

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

an anniversary - of sorts

On this day last year . . .
- I took a half day off from work to get a 20-week ultrasound;
- I was admitted to the hospital for preterm labor;
- I was started on two types of drugs to stop contractions I had never even felt;
- The doctor told me not to cry;
- I cried anyway.

On this day last year . . .
- I learned I had a crappy cervix;
- I blamed myself for always taking the stairs (There was an elevator at school. What was I thinking?!?);
- I thought about my life with the twins;
- I thought about my life if I lost them.

On this day last year . . .
- I was put on complete bed rest - only up to go to the bathroom, with a shower every other day;
- I typed in "premature labor" on Google (that was really stupid);
- I was very, very scared.

On this day last year . . .
- I stopped being a pregnant woman awaiting her children;
- I became a patient hooked up to monitors and an IV;
- I prayed for more time;
- I begged for more time;
- I hoped someone was listening.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

ding - dong - gone

Eliot's new g-tube is awesome. It is light years easier to manage than the naso-gastric tube she had for 10 months. From last Thursday to Friday morning (the day of her surgery), the n/g tube got pulled out five times: four by Eliot, and once by Owen. That means, I had to put it back down her throat and into her stomach five different times in a day and a half. Imagine the gagging and choking that ensues with having something slide down your throat . . . FIVE times! It was - without a doubt - time for the g-tube, and Mike and I are thrilled with our decision. I think Eliot is too. She has been feeling great since sleeping off the anesthesia, and is tolerating all of her feeds beautifully.

We will continue to try to feed Elie solid food three times a day. The hope is that not having something taped to her face and tickling her throat will help her eating progress.

Ding Dong! The Tube is dead. Which old Tube? The Wicked Tube!
Ding Dong! The Wicked Tube is dead.
Yo-ho, where'd it go?
It once was high, now it's low.
Ding Dong! The Wicked Tube is dead!

Friday, October 17, 2008


Eliot's surgery went well this afternoon.

In addition to the g-tube, she also had a full laryngoscopy performed (a look at the throat, voice box, and vocal cords). Thankfully, the reflux has not done major damage to her throat, and her paralyzed vocal cord looked better than it did at the last check-up. The ENT could not tell us definitively if the left vocal cord was moving, and said, "It is still very weak, but I may have seen a little flicker."

Flicker? We'll take flicker.

After the laryngoscopy, the G.I. doctor placed her g-tube. The surgery was quick, and Mike and I met her in her recovery room a few minutes later. She woke up in her daddy's arms - groggy and uncomfortable - but calmed quickly. She will undoubtedly hurt for the next few days, but by next weekend, she should be back full force.

Mike and I will be staying in the hospital through the weekend while they make sure El can tolerate feeds through her new tube. I think this was a move in the right direction for Elie Mak (though I'm sure she won't be thanking us any time soon).

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

you tube? no. g-tube.

We're back to the hospital. But only for a couple of days this time.

After ten long months with an n/g tube, Eliot is having a g-tube placed. Her long struggle with an eating aversion has given us no choice but to proceed with a surgically placed tube in her stomach. We are hoping that getting the tube out of her throat will help with her feedings (and her parents' sanity).

Please think of Elie Mak this Friday afternoon, and pray for an easy, quick recovery!

Friday, October 10, 2008

new things

Some fun, new things that the twins have been doing . . .

Sunday, October 5, 2008

funny ha ha funny

My weekday entertainment . . . trying to convince China dog to dance around while Owen splits his pants laughing.