Its crazy to think that I have known my sweet Ant for only two months and I already love him more than I ever thought possible. I love every thing about him. I love his big grin. I love the lint between his chubby toes. I love his Buddha belly. I love his big cheeks and his wide eyes. He’s perfect. Don’t you think?
If you have been following my baby updates, you know that Ant was sick for a while. I am happy to share that he is doing MUCH better. While he was re-admitted to Tulane hospital he had an ultrasound of his liver, kidneys and gallbladder as well as a liver biopsy. These procedures were to figure out why his bilirubin was still so high. Neither showed us a cause for it. Ant was discharged after 5 days in the hospital. Continue reading →
Today is day 3 of Ant’s re-admit. Yesterday we had a plan for labs and a liver biopsy to be done today. That plan got all fucked up and I’m trying really hard to be patient and not be a complete bitch to the hospital staff. After putting Ant through the stress of fasting for eight hours, the procedure got pushed back to tomorrow morning. His doctor reassured me that he was their priority for the morning, but its still very frustrating. Continue reading →
On Monday (October 27th) my sweet Ant had an appointment with his GI specialist. The appointment was to go over the labs that were drawn the previous week, to re-check his bilirubin levels, to get a few genetic labs, and for a weight check. Ant had gained six ounces within the week, but Dr. Fortgang was not impressed with this. She said he should have gained more weight by now and even though he wasn’t losing weight it was still alarming. His bilirubin level was 1.9 (the previous week it was 1.6 and the week before, 1.3) which showed her that something was definitely wrong with his liver. Dr. Fortgang said that she would have his bili level checked again and if it wasn’t better she wanted to re-admit him. So, his blood was drawn and we went home to wait. That evening we received a phone call from his nurse who told us that his bilirubin was a 1.8. We could either bring him into the hospital and admit him in order to get everything done as quickly as possible, or we could schedule appointments over the next couple weeks. We opted to admit him. Continue reading →
You may not have heard, but Cassie and Anthony’s 5 week old son, Baby Ant, is back in the hospital. We’d love to say he was okay, but that isn’t the case. Baby Ant has been suffering since he was born with a condition that affects his liver. Currently, the doctors in New Orleans, where he was born, don’t know what is wrong. Continue reading →
There is so much I want to share with you, but for the past few weeks my life has revolved around sterilizing, breast pumping, cleaning shit and drying tears. So, it’s been hard to collect all my thoughts and feelings about my experience as a new mom. Every time I sit down to write this entry I’m reminded of all the horrible things I have felt and dealt with and it’s not easy to talk about. And then, of course, baby Ant starts crying. I type a few sentences and am called away. I love being a mom, but it makes writing hard. Here is my attempt at telling Ant’s story so far… Continue reading →