Surgery Day

Tanner went and had a little surgery yesterday.
We were finally able to get him circumcised and also had a chordee release (straighten his penis out since it was kinked to the side since he was laying on one side in my belly for so long, it flopped to one side and stayed that way).
In his hospital clothes and all ready for what is going to happen!
He had no idea what he was in for, poor little guy.
 With his anesthesiologist just before he took him through those doors and away from me.
 His surgeon (I forgot to get a picture of him) was so great. He came and talked to me when he was done and said that everything went great. They had absolutely no issues while he was knocked out which was the major thing I was worried about.

Just after I was reunited with him. I was allowed to start nursing him right away!
 Hanging out in the post-op area waiting to be able to go home. That green thing on his arm is the IV he had. He was having fun trying to chew on the end of it. woops!
 All ready to go! Got the IV out and a cool little reg bandage that Grandpa is showing off.
He has done so well so far. I only needed to give him a couple doses of his pain meds yesterday after we got home, but so far nothing today. He is acting completely normal and not seeming like he is in any pain at all.

Let's hope it says that way. He is such a little trooper still!


Surgery Tomorrow

Tanner has another surgery tomorrow at Primary's.

He has already been through so much, this one is so simple and easy in comparison.

He is finally able to get circumcised and also having a chordee release (straightening his little pecker out since he was laying on one side in my belly for so long it kinda flopped to one side and stayed that way).

I am feeling very confident and good about it. I have been reassured many times from his pediatrician, cardiologist, urologist and my parents that it is a very quick and uncomplicated procedure.

My only issue, at the moment, is him getting knocked out and that he has to have a special cardiac anesthesiologist to watch him closer because of his heart.

I'm also sure I'll collapse into a fetal position on the floor as soon as they take him away from me. Good thing my parents are going to be there with me.

Wish him luck!


Such blessed pictures

Britta just gave me a disk with more pictures from Tanner's blessing in May.

She is so sweet and good at what she does. I am so happy to have these!

Thank you Britta!




2 years today.
My favorite place is inside your hug.


Follow Up with the Cardiologist

So today Tanner had his follow up appointment with his cardiologist to make sure he is still doing ok.

He had an X-ray (which he didn't like one bit) and I got to see the staples and wires in him. It looked pretty interesting.
He also got a bunch of stickers all over him for an EKG.
 The nurse was so sweet and cute with him! She even blew bubbles to help him hold still while the tests were being run.
 Then his cardiologist checked him out.
She said that he is a little small (must take after Kollin and me) being in the 5th percentile for weight (the last weigh in with his pediatrician said he was in the 3rd, so he's still growing!), but other than that she is still very happy with everything she is seeing and hearing.

His pulses look great.

She said his X-ray looked so good that if he didn't have those wires and staples inside, you would never know he had surgery.

And everything is sounding wonderful.

He has a small murmur, but it was there before and hasn't changed. So she says that is great, it is pretty much how they did the surgery and the way the blood is flowing now it makes a little sound that is different than "normal."

Kollin wanted me to ask her a couple more questions about what he can and cannot do in the future that we hadn't already asked....

One of them was if he can ride roller coasters. Kollin's side of the family are huge roller coaster fanatics! She said that Tanner does not have the type of heart condition that a roller coaster would cause any issues. She said she gets asked that about 10 times a day so apparently a pretty popular question!

Another question was if he could shovel the walks when he's old enough. She said it was a very good question and that he should be just fine to do that as well. Sorry buddy! No excuses to not help Daddy with the snow!

Overall, he passed with flying colors and she wants to see him in 6 months for another echo just to keep an eye on things. Sounds good to me!


8 Months Old

I think that Mickey doll is officially smaller than him now.

I remember when it was bigger!

I do not like this nasty trick of time. But it is SO much fun watching him learn new things all the time!

This last month he finally got to meet his big brother Jaedyn. Tanner was pretty curious, but Jaedyn didn't want much to do with him. I am wondering if that is normal for a 3 year old, or if he just didn't believe us that Tanner was his little brother since Jaedyn already has a little brother at home. hmmm...

He has also been getting more and more mobile. It. is. CRAZY. Although he is not quite crawling yet, it is going to be happening soon!

He finally got a high chair. It was time. And so much easier!

And the newest thing is that he has learned how to give fives and pound it. It is the cutest thing to see it clicking in his head of what to do and seeing that we actually imparted wisdom (however little amount of wisdom) and see physical proof of it!

I am having the best time of my life just watching you grow.
Weight: 16 lbs 7.8 oz
Length: 27 inches
Love you lots n lots n lots!

Slap me some skin!

I have no idea why he finds this so funny, but it sure is cute! It is so fun to see him learning new things and that we actually taught him something.

Totally mobile (sorta)

Not quite crawling, but he sure is mobile! So so close.


An agfhan for my Tanner.

Back when I was pregnant, I started this project. I gave up and never finished it. I ended up figuring out that I was using the wrong hook (those things have too many labels on them and I thought I was using the right one), and also the wrong stitch since it had been so long since I had tried to crochet anything. I am blaming this all on pregnancy brain just so I don't look like the total idiot that I am! oh... wait... crap.

Recently, I decided I would give it another try. I unravelled the old squares and reused the yarn. I also got creative and made some of them skulls and not just all stars. LOVE!

 Today I FINALLY finished it! I think it turned out pretty darn good for my first one.
 I even got a little more creative and did a little "I love you" note in one of the squares. awww
 And just so this post is not all about this afghan, here is a hilarious picture I caught of Tanner the other day. We laugh anytime we look at it. He is such a little silly head!