Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Welcome Baby Reid!

Well, it is official! We have a new baby! This is Ellie's mom...I am taking over for Ellie today. Some of you may not know...but Baby Reid James was born on Sat., Nov. 3, 2007 at 5:04 pm. He weighed in at 9 lbs. 6 ozs. and was 20.5 inches long. He has a lot of dark hair and is a little snuggle bug! We were unaware of any complications before birth, but when he was born, it was quite apparrent that he had a quite severe cleft lip and palate. We were all surprised...including the doctors. We have been on a whirlwind for the last 4 days. Reid was transported to Cleveland Clinic via the Neonatal Ambulance on Monday. He has been in the Neonatal ward since then. He has a very profound cleft lip and palate and will need quite a lot of surgery and reconstructing as he grows. We have been through so many emotions, but we feel that he is in a very good place right now. We are at the Ronald McDonald house in Cleveland until we are able to come home with Reid. His biggest challenge is eating. He can not close his mouth so he can not suck. I am pumping and the doctors have been giving him my milk via a feeding tube. Today, he was able to take a bottle better and we tried several nipples to get him feeding a little more with the bottle. Actually, his feeding tube came out today because he is doing much better. This is a big step in the right direction. Ellie is being taken care of by grandparents and is doing ok. We have gone through many changes here recently and will continue to do so. We already have 3 more appointments next week for Reid. It will truly be a lifelong journey that we are facing. We appreciate your prayers and love so very much. Reid may be able to be released tomorrow actually, and then I am sure a whole bunch of new challenges will await us. With your prayers and support, and knowing that we are being looked over by God....we will be ok. I will post pictures as soon as I can. From the Ronald McDonald house, I am not able to....but should be home soon to get some on here. Thank you for all your concern and love. We are ready to share Reid with you....and
can't wait for you to see our little miracle. We are blessed...and God is good. We will update you all soon. Thanks for your prayers in advance. Love you all....

7 comments:

The Hunt's said...

Janeen,

I cannot wait to cuddle your little guy! You are in my thoughts and prayers. Baby Reid is so lucky to have you as his Mommy!!! Give him kisses for me until I can do it myself.

Rach

Vanessa said...

Hi Guys,

We were happy to see the updated posting and to learn that Reid is able to take the bottle more easily. This is certainly an answer to prayer!

We are anxious to have all of you home!

Vanessa, Ken & Matthew

Michele said...

Congratulations on Baby Reid! We have been thinking about your family lots in the past few days. Let us know what we can do to help. We are all here for you in the neighborhood, and wish you all well. If you need someone to babysit even for a few hours you know I am home during the day or evenings, don't hesitate to call!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
The Wilson's

Becky said...

We can't wait to meet baby Reid. He is so blessed to have such a wonderful and loving family to love and care for him. Reid and your family are in our prayers, as well as the doctors that are taking care of Reid. If you need anything just call. I can watch Ellie anytime. Caylin would love to have her over.

Sheila said...

Janeen and Brian,
Ellie brought a picture of her wonderful little brother today and was so excited to show everyone! He truly is a beautiful little boy and we all look forward to showering him with love.I'm glad to hear they were able to remove the feeding tube and will hopefully be releasing him soon.I'm sure you can not wait to bring him home.Ellie has been the most amazing young lady all week. I'm truly impressed and so proud of her! Know that we all are praying for Reid and the whole family.I always thought you were fantastic parents and you have both proved your love, not only of family but also of God. May he continue to bless you daily.I'll see you soon!! Love, Sheila

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the birth of Reid!! Two more little feet to run around the neighborhood!! Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers!! I have truly learned how powerful prayer is over the last few months!! Please let us know if you need ANYTHING!! Can't wait to see the little angel. I'm sure big sister is very proud.
Love,
Melissa (Ron, Emily, and Morgan too!)

Anonymous said...

Hey girl...I am so impressed. What a great legacy you have started inyour family with this blog...love it!! I am so happy that you guys are doing well and I can't wait to meet the new "SKI". I am sure he will do great because of the awesome parents and BIG sis he has in his corner....let me know if there is ANYTHING I can do for ya...i'm only a phone call away

love ya and congrats,
stacey underwood

Hello, and welcome to my page! I am so glad you are here. I am going to try and show you the average life of a 5 year old from my perspective. Mommy and Daddy will help me along the way if I get stuck.

Let me first introduce my family to you. I am Ellie. I am a 6 year old. I live in Ohio with my Mommy, Daddy, little brother Reid, and dog, Sophie. My mommy is a teacher. She teaches nine and ten year olds and loves it. She has been teaching for twelve years. My daddy works with computers. He works hard everyday.

We all love spending time together. I have wonderful grandparents and a terrific extended family. I am a very lucky girl. Thank you for visiting my page. Write to me any time. I love getting mail!!!

Many blessing to you all.

Love,
Little Ski (Ellie)

Mommy and me having cuddle time at Hocking Hills.

Told ya, my hair can be wild! And you thought I was kidding!

Hmmm, Blue's Brother's perhaps?