Monday, June 29, 2009

Family and Freinds are WHAT MATTER!!!

In loving memory of Logan Teays White 4.7.09 - 6.27.09
Our dear friends Molly and Jay White lost their precious baby girl this Saturday. Our prayers our with them and their older daughter Mia. What amazing parents they are!
May you find peace in your hearts.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Dance your pants off!

We have a long family tradition of "dance" contests whenever family gathers. Fletcher will soon be competing against his older cousins! (look out Dax!)
- Alice, this post is for you sistah!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Back in the swing of things...

It's been 2 weeks since Fletcher's seizure and we are back to "normal"! Fletcher took about 5 days to recover. He slept nearly around the clock, only waking to eat and play for about 1 or 2 hours at a time.

Many good things have come from what I call "the most horrible day of our lives"....
1. Fletcher seems to have become a napper! YAHOOO! He never did this before... EVER!... (Mind you, we haven't let him out of our site since the seizure... including naps and night. I've even paid a babysitter to lie next to him while he sleeps.) I'll get over don't worry!

2. I'm CPR certified and Barry will be in the next few weeks.

3. I have barely turned my computer on in 2 weeks. Each moment with our son is even more precious than before and I simply don't care about many things that I did before.

4. Fletcher has proven to us that he is a tough cookie and that I am the wimp!

5. Our home seems happier and full of more love than ever!

6. We will probably never move - we like being minutes from the hospital! :>

So... I thought it would be a good time to post some pictures post-siezure.

Here is Fletch eating lunch with his new best friend... the blender! He plays with it all day along side the salad spinner. (I'm not exaggerating at all when I say they are nearly inseparable!) He often will not eat unless I place the blender on his tray. (Our next trip to the hospital could be for stitches... but don't worry... he isn't really interested on the inside of the blender. He prefers to stack things on top of it.)

Also we must report a development in the LOVE department. Fletcher has been spending quite a bit of time with Cora... (an older woman by 8 months.) The two of them are pretty sweet together and kiss on their parents demand. Here is a pic of the two of them at the zoo.

Thanks for your well wishes! We feel blessed to have such supporting and loving family and friends! xoxo- Barry, Cody & Fletch

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Life IS precious!

The saying "Life is precious" is so TRUE. But until a couple of days ago, I truly had no idea what those words could really mean. As most of you already know, we had the most frightening scare on Friday. Fletcher had a febrile seizure, lost consciousness, and stopped breathing. It was the most horrific day of my life and I am still a huge mess!

After our Friday play date Fletcher, was kind of out of it and I now believe he had a minor seizure in the car. We got home, he took a little nap on me an we woke up... I could tell he was hot so I got him some water... turned around and he had collapsed. (seizure) He was literally not breathing, or moving and turning blue. Long story short I literally watched him dying in my arms in the car on the way to the hospital. I had to give him mouth to mouth in the car while Barry drove us. (His entire naked body was blue as ice.) Once I gave a couple of breaths, he started vomiting.... to make matters worse, once I got into St. Luke's ER the woman at the front desk was insisting Barry give her our information! I said my baby is not breathing and blue he needs help NOW.. She said calmly. "Yes, I understand but I will need some information from you first." We could not believe it as I sat there holding Fletcher's lifeless body! I was in such a panic and shock that I started to give her information when I just said screw this and ran past her down the halls of the ER screaming for someone to save my baby!

Fletch is doing okay now but still very traumatized himself. He has basically slept for the last 3 days straight. He's incredibly needy and won't let me set him down. Our Dr. says he'll be fine and there are rarely long term effects from these sorts of seizures. (Febrile seizures are caused by high fevers and are common - 1 in 25 kids suffer from them.)

I will be forever haunted by his blue face and body... I can't imagine if we had lost him. I am heart broken from just watching his helpless little body but am reminded that LIFE IS PRECIOUS and that we can't take anything for granted.

I have never experienced anything like this and am suprised at the amount of grief I have. Each day I actually feel more sad... I think the shock is wearing off and the reality of what happened, could have happend, and would may happen again is setting in.

We have been bombarded with calls, emails, text, and people dropping by. Thank you ALL so much for your love and support! It means so much that everyone cares!!! LOVE - Cody, Barry, and Fletcher!