Friday, May 22, 2015

Heart Check

Today was our first appointment with the Pediatric Cardiologist.  They ran all of the tests that were run while we were in the hospital -- a 4 point BP check, an EKG, and an ECHO.  Everything looks really good.  She has a pulmonary stenosis -- but not a standard one.  The Pulmonary valve is opening fully (they originally told us it wasn't) but the valve itself is thick -- making the passageway more narrow than normal.  When the blood flows through the narrow opening -- that's where we hear the murmur.  For right now -- it's something to just keep our eyes on.  The Dr. told us she has about a 1/3 chance of the walls thinning out and if they do her heart will be "just any ordinary heart".  She has about a 1/3 chance of nothing changing and she lives with the murmur unaffected her whole life.  And she has about a 1/3 chance that the walls will thicken causing that passage to become too narrow, in which case a surgical procedure will be required.  We will see the cardiologist again when Maren is 3 months.

The other problem that they found with her heart was a minor mass.  They actually saw several small growths today, which they are assuming are small benign tumors and we don't have to worry about them at all.  BUT if they aren't benign -- we'd likely find more tumors in her kidneys and/or brain.  So they want to be safe and have her checked.  SO ... off to neurology we go!

It's a little scary ... cardiology ... neurology ... but we are grateful that we live in a time where such things can be tested and that we can be proactive in her care.  We are grateful that Joe works for an awesome employer with great medical benefits -- so what the pediatric cardiologist mentions that our 3 week old baby needs to get her brain scanned ... we can calmly focus on her health -- and we don't even have to fret over the dollar signs.

So for now - no immediate danger - and we can just love on our sweet baby girl!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Overwhelming Joy

Words cannot do justice to how grateful I am for having these awesome kids in my life!  I truly have been blessed beyond measure.

Jace is growing into such a nice young boy.  He is the kind of big brother that I wish that I had. I love listening to him play with Elsie and hearing them have fun together.  He is caring, kind, and sensitive.  He currently loves to play outside, coloring, making bead projects, and going to school.  He has grown up so much and I am uber proud to call him my son!

Elsie such a big helper.  She is eating up the role as big sister!  She loves to help out with her baby sister and will do anything she can to help baby "Baron".   She also really enjoys helping any way she can in the kitchen, always wanting to be involved in the cooking.  She loves to laugh and loves to learn.  She has a huge personality and knows what she wants, even if that stubbornness can drive her mom and dad bazonkers!

Maren has been in our home for less than two weeks, but it feels like we have known her forever.  When I look at her, I can feel that she is a gift that came straight from Heaven.  She has been the easiest baby so far -- and we are looking forward to seeing what kind of personality she adds to the mix.

Being a mother has been the hardest, yet most rewarding adventure that I have ever experienced.  My heart is full of joy for these three babies that have joined our family and I pray that we can help raise them to be good, hardworking, faithful people.  I know that their spirits were saved to come in a time where there is much confusion and discomfort in the world -- but their spirits are strong, and they can conquer anything!  I love them so SO much.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

A Perfect Heart

On Saturday morning of our stay at the Riverton Hospital, the on call pediatrician came in for the routine check up.  I could tell that the doctor was concentrating a bit more than normal -- within a few minutes the doctor asked if she was the first one to hear a heart murmur.  Yes, we responded.  She assumed that it was something very minor that would close within the day.  BUT -- to be safe -- she ordered a four point pressure test, which would check to make sure the blood pressure in her four extremities were roughly the same.

The test results came in, and it showed that there was a discrimination between the blood pressure in her arms and legs.  They wanted too look closer to her heart, so the pediatrician ordered an EKG.  We waited all day for the results and finally got a phone call later that night.

They found two small abnormalities on her heart.  They aren't serious enough to require immediate attention ... which we are grateful for.  We check in with the pediatric cardiologist in about two weeks.

Trials are hard, but I have felt an overwhelming feeling of comfort and peace today as my Heavenly Father has assured me that he made her and she is perfect.  I am so grateful that she has been reunited with our family.  I noticed it with Elsie, and it feels the same with Maren.  We aren't strangers.  We knew each other before we were born.  It feels like I have been reunited with a best friend.

The world is super lucky to have her in it.

Maren Amelia

We are excited to introduce the newest member of the Joe Jen Boucher family!  

Maren Amelia Boucher
April 30th, 2015
9 lbs 11 oz
20 in long

She has all four of us wrapped around her tiny little fingers.