Saturday, October 29, 2011

Mad Eye Rexy


Rex had his eye surgery at Duke on Wednesday. We were the first surgery of the day so we had to be there at 7:00 AM. Luckily Ken's parents had arrived the night before and were able to take care of Abraham and Tyler for us. Rex did awesome before surgery. Even though he was quite hungry, he hardly cried and was such a good baby. When Tyler had tubes put in at 8 months and then his tonsils out in July coming out of anesthesia was such a nightmare. Rex was wonderful and didn't even cry at all. We'd been told that because of his age he'd have to spend the night there under observation, but he did so well that they let us come home! Hooray. He slept quite a bit the first day, but since then has been pretty normal. He gets 9 eye drops a day, but only 1 of them burns a little when it goes in, the others aren't painful at all. We go back to Duke on Wednesday to have his eye checked and be fitted for his contact lens. Once he has the lens, he won't need the patch any longer. We are so happy that things have gone so well and feel so grateful that we were able to find and correct his problem so early.

This is Rex shortly after we got home (we forgot to bring our camera in with us and so we don't have any pictures of him in his little gown, you'll have to take my word for it that he looked really cute). This is his first patch (yes it is pink, they were out of blue) and it was really bulky. They took it off the next day and put on the one he wears now, which is much easier to change and clean and much smaller.

He has to wear the arm braces so that he won't bother his eye. He is pretty good at worming his way out of them and immediately goes for his eye when he can reach it. The nurses at the hospital call the braces "no no's"

This is him 48 hours after surgery. Smiling and happy ... just how we like him!

Monday, October 24, 2011

I Love to See the Temple


We had a Primary activity at the Raleigh temple about a month ago and were able to get our picture taken in front of the temple. We just got a copy of the pictures. I can't believe how little Rex looks, even just one month ago!!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Sweet Boys


This is Abraham trying desperately to keep his eyes open. He has a serious problem with always having his eyes closed in pictures.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Happy 2 Months Rex!!


I can't believe Rex is already 2 months old!! He's such a sweet boy and we couldn't love him more. For those who may not know, at his one month check up our pediatrician noticed he had a cloudy eye. After several specialist appointments it was confirmed that he has a cataract in his right eye. If you look closely at the pictures you can actually see the cloudiness in his right eye. He will be having a lensectomy on October 26th at Duke Eye Center. We are lucky to have such a well renowned center and surgeon available to do his surgery. Since he is so young they will have to keep him overnight in the hospital for observation. He will wear an eye patch and have a variety of eye drops for several weeks and then be fitted for a contact lens. He will wear his contact until he is about 2 and can be fitted for a permanent lens implant. It has been kind of crazy, so we are happy to finally be getting it taken care of.

Rex is a pretty decent sleeper and I have just started sleep training him using the book Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child. I've been happy with the results so far. He has also just started smiling and we love to see his sweet dimples! His brothers love him and can't keep their hands off of him, he's definitely going to be a tough little cookie!
Happy 2 Month Birthday Buddy!!