Wednesday, August 1, 2012

MRI miss my baby

Drake went this afternoon for his MRI on his knee. Even though he was only gone about an hour and a half, it felt like an eternity. Being in the nursery, holding Kennedy, and having his isolette empty was a strange feeling. Watching him roll way in the same incubator gurney that he was care-flighted in brought back a flood of memories from the day they were born. When he returned, I was given an outstanding report of how well he did, and to top things off...rather than going straight back to the isolette, we got to have our kangaroo time! The doctor came in shortly after to give me the report from the MRI. Everything looks really good. It seems to just be fluid under the skin that is not in the muscle, joint or bone. Therefore, it should heal on its own in time. This is wonderful news!

Drake had a really good day and was very low on his oxygen support. His feeds were increased to 25cc every 3 hours and he is doing great with them! They did an echocardiogram this morning to check his PDA because he has a noticeable murmur. The valve is open more than it was before he got sick, but for right now it is not causing him problems. They are going to continue to monitor is closely and hopefully it will close on its own. If not, they would rather do a less invasive surgery to fix it later on when he is one, two or even three years old.

Kennedy is still doing really well. She and I had a great time kamgarooing today. I think it was a good thing that I was busy holding her when the transport team came in to move Drake for the MRI. My parents and my brother and sister were here too. When the nurse put Kennedy back in the isolette Poppy got to hold her up so the nurse could change her bedding, and then Gran got to change her diaper. It was a fun day of new experiences for all.

Pictures: Drake and Mommy, Kennedy and Mommy, Kennedy, Drake


  1. Thank you for the post and pictures.This is an answer to prayers for Drake's little knee. Think of your family often through out the day and when I do I pray all is well. Your prayer warrior in Georgia <><

  2. I don't know y'all, but found your blog from another post-NICU mom. I am so thankful that both of your babies are doing well. I myself have twins in the NICU currently. Keep your strong faith and prayers will be answered!

  3. Jennifer BlankenshipAugust 1, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Yay Drake- good news for that knee! You had us worried! You are so strong, keep it up! Kennedy, such a big girl, you are so strong too! I am so proud of you! I can't wait to meet you two and hold you! Annie- so proud of you as you continue to endure all things, good or bad. Hopefully you will continue to have more goods to report! Thanks for taking the time to update us!

  4. Great news! Love the pics of Drake and Kennedy. They are so precious!

    Love Kelley

  5. yvonne and sydneyAugust 2, 2012 at 7:36 AM

    So happy for the MRI news! Kennedy and Drake - y'all are doing GREAT! Keep thosevsmiles coming for mom and dad and grandparents and aunts and uncles and friends!!!

  6. Great news on Drake's knee! Glad to see that everything is going good for both of these two precious children, and slowly but surely they are growing and getting better, and before you know it, everyone will be home :)

    Drake and Kennedy look so peaceful when they are having kangaroo time with you Annie, they know the love you have for them and can feel it coming from you, and that is what keeps them going on, is they know their mom and dad loves them so much.

    God bless all of you :)

  7. Oh those pictures are precious! Annie you are such a pretty mommy! I cant believe how put together you look! I dont live in a hospital with two lil babies and i never look as great as you :-)

    The babies look like they are getting some tiny baby chub on them, their sweet features are filling out perfectly!

    I am so joyful over the report on the mri and how well the both of them are doing! It is truly a miracle and i feel so blessed to have witnessed their transformation thru this blog! God is so good.

    Our prayers continue!

  8. Great news about Drake's knee. They are both looking so great. Both of my twins had PDA surgeries at only 2 weeks old (26 weeks gestation). A friend I met in the NICU had triplets, and one of her babies needed her PDA closed. They were able to wait until she was nearly 2 yrs old. She went in for an outpatient procedure. I believe they go in through a vein in the leg instead of having to cut into their backs like mine did. She said that her daughter was running around again after just a day. It would be great if they are able to wait to close Drake's PDA. Your pictures are all so beautiful.