Thank you all for your well wishes and love for our little Nora! She is doing great and her mysterious lump is almost gone! We are excited for our follow up appointment in January and hope that surgery is not necessary after all.
So, after our fun trip to the ER last week, Nora's lump looked a little funny... and started draining. That is not typical of a hemangioma. So - in to the doctor again! We were then referred back to Primary Children's Medical Center - this time to talk with the pediatric surgical center. We went yesterday and we now have a new diagnosis - brachial cleft cyst. This is still pretty good. Unless it gets infected again we have a follow up appointment in 2 months and a small removal procedure sometime in the summer when she is older and can tolerate a surgery a little better.
So... there is still no serious risk to our little girl! YEAH!
When Nora was about 8 days old I noticed a small lump on the side of her neck. The next day it was about double the size and bright red. I kinda got worried and took her in to the pediatrician. Long story short, after a week of antibiotics and various doctors with no progress on this mysterious lump, under our pediatrician's council we headed to the ER of Primary Children's Medical Center fully expecting a surgical procedure on our 2 week old baby girl.
We are so blessed! After about 3 1/2 hours in the ER with about 4 doctors counseling with us and an ultra sound on Nora's neck it was determined that she has a hemangioma which is just a cluster of blood vessels that will continue to grow on her neck for about a year and then go away on it's own. It will look gross for a while and could possibly get huge, but it does not cause her any discomfort and has no real risk to her health! WHAT A BLESSING! I am so grateful for the modern technology that has helped with this and for such a great support team of family and friends around us!
I am so grateful to be your mommy. I am so proud of what you have become! You are such a patient, sweet and generous boy. I love how you are close to the spirit, learn and grow every day and teach me so much! Our family is blessed to have you!
I have been a terrible blogger lately pretty much because I just have not felt up to it! I whacked out my back a few weeks ago (better now) then got hit with a flu (better now) and am 3 weeks from my due date (yeah!) All complaining aside - I am so grateful for Mark! He has done so much to really lighten my load and take charge around the house when he is home.
So, aside from my griping, here is what we have been up to!
Merrill is growing up so fast! He is really helping a lot getting ready for the new baby and being so great to plan independently for long periods of time or watch TV when I don't feel well. I am blessed with a super sweet little boy!
Our Baby approx. 35 weeks
Merrill has found he loves walking around in our shoes - especially my heels.
We all love the fall weather with hats, jackets, the crisp air and beautiful leaves!
We rather spontaneously went to Farm Country at Thanksgiving Point.
Merrill loved the little Jail house (should I be worried?) and the duckies.
We met our friends the Kimballs there. Mark and Danny entertained the kids (and themselves) with an interactive water shooting statue.
Merrill is finally starting to learn his colors! He has not shown interest in so long that I was worried he was color blind or something, but after a few days of focusing on one color he is starting to get it. This is a picture of our RED DAY! We both wore red shirts, ate red pancakes and strawberries.
On a side note - as you can tell, he is still working on perfecting his photo smile - whenever he sees a camera he pulls the best faces!