Update on Mauryn

Thank you for all your kind words, suggestions, and especially all the prayers for our sweet little Mauryn.

To update you on a few things since Monday:

- Mauryn did not like the pediasure, any flavor, so we are now giving her some carnation instant breakfast in her milk, putting half and half on her cereal, and adding in higher calorie foods when possible. I did find some great ideas for snacks on the internet. I want to increase her calories in a "healthy" manner.

- It is hard as a parent to hear your child isn't gaining weight and to see that she doesn't even fall on the growth chart anymore. I felt like a failure as a mother. I have spent quite a bit of time this week thinking over Mauryn's two years and wondering what I could have done differently. I honestly don't know that there is anything to do differently but now we wait and we pray that she gains weight over the next few months and we don't have to do any invasive testing.

- On Wednesday we had an appointment with the physicians assistant at the ENT's office and he suggested that Mauryn get tubes in her ears. This morning we were up at the crack of dawn heading the hospital. The procedure went really well. The doctor said that when he made his incision fluid and puss just oozed out of her ears. He said we should see a dramatic difference in her behavior (really, is that why she is so fiesty?) and even her eating. We are praying this helps! Lance had to be out of town for work this morning so Morgan and Landon had to get up early to tag along for Mauryn's procedure. I must say, they were such good sports. They thought it was pretty cool that they could go to the hospital in their pajams. After Mauryn was released from recovery, we made a pit stop at Krispy Kreme (my first time ever getting a donught from there)for a really healthy breakfast. I figured they needed a little sugar boost after getitng up so early. Morgan was the photographer, enjoying her new digital camera, so here are a few pictures from this morning!

waiting to get called back
what a big girl in her hospital gown

chatting with mommy before going in for tubes

all set to go with her cap


Stephanie said...

You are a trooper. We've been praying for you guys and Mauryn. I'm glad that Mauryn's procedure went well. Hopefully this will help. We will continue to pray.

Lynn said...

Yay!!! Sounds like you are on the right track! How encouraging that the surgeon found so much gunk and thinks this may make a difference. Great pictures, Morgan!

Leah in Iowa said...

A belated happy birthday to Morgan, and great job on those photos! Keep up the great work!

I'm glad the day went so well for all of you. I'll be praying that these tubes will be part of the answer to the weight issue.

Pat & Valerie Berg said...

Man, how did all this happen in one week? How did I not know anything about it? What a week you've had! One more crazy day for you tomorrow and then can you breathe?
Talk to you this weekend.

Shan said...

I'm praying this works!! She is so sweet and good photography skills Morgan!

joy said...

love the pics and hopefully this works. you are a great mom--i can totally tell that from here in cali. i mean you bought everyone krispy kremes! that's a good mom thing to do. :)

Alana said...

Bless your heart. I know that must have been hard, I'm so glad it went well.

If it makes you feel any better, both of my boys have always been low on the percentile chart, so I've felt what you are feeling. What we have discovered, is that they are both just skinny and they probably always will be. Sometimes doctors don't take into consideration enough a child's build. I'm sure she is and will be just fine!

Brianna Heldt said...

Oh Kristen, Mauryn is SO precious in those pics! I'm so sorry your family is going through all this. It is SO HARD to be a mama and not know what is causing a child's medical issues, etc.

Two of my kids have had weight issues--Biniam was at one point diagnosed with "failure to thrive" and Kaitlyn compLETEly fell off her growth curve. Strangely enough, no underlying medical reasons were found...but I went through the same thing, feeling horrible, what could I have done, etc.

You are a GREAT mom and this will all get figured out. In the meantime, enjoy those Krispy Kremes, yum!!!!!!!!!!!

Janelle said...

I have walked a mile in those shoes with the growth chart/ear tubes. In both cases, I saw dramatic results after the tubes. Neither of my kids were on the growth chart until they hit 4 years. It IS hard to hear as a mom. Even harder when all the comments you hear are about everyone's chubby babies.

I hope that you will see a difference in the tubes. I have been there. HUGS!

Brandy said...

Here's a great healthy high calorie snack idea. Our family loves these.

1 cup Peanut Butter
1 cup powdered milk
1/3 cup honey

Mix together and enjoy! 8-)