Benjamin Chance is here!

As many of you know, Sherri and I recently had a new addition to our family. Benjamin Chance was born September 17, 2009 at 6:16 am. He was only 24 weeks old and weighed in at 1 pound, 5 ounces and was 12.25 inches long. Needless to say, he was extremely premature and very small. After 5 long months in the NICU, Benjamin was able to come home on February 10, 2010. Benjamin is doing great now and is moving on from his stay at the NICU. Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and prayers; we really appreciate it.

If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.
Matthew 21:22

As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother's womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.
Ecclesiastes 11:5

Thursday, April 29, 2010

New pictures have been posted. Here is the link...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/toddporter1/sets/

Prayers for Benjamin

Please keep Benjamin in your prayers. He has developed a very bad cough and has started albuterol treatments at home, but his Pulmonologist said you can't really treat the infection since it is viral, all we can do is treat the symptoms. He said we need to watch him closely over the next 5 days to see if it improves or gets worse as it could be a minor upper respiratory infection or possibly RSV (Respiratory syncytial virus). At this point he is coughing a few times each hour which seems to really exhaust him. Other than that he seems to be fine, still eating and sleeping like usual. We know he will get through this and continue to thrive. Thank you for your prayers.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

We are enjoying every minute having Benjamin at home! He is smiling, laughing, and even trying to piece together babbles into words. He recently discovered his tongue so he is trying hard to speak. It is so cute! He has had several visits to be evaluated on his development and they all believe that he was doing good, even better than expected on his language and cognitive skills, which are the indicators for intelligence so we were very pleased to hear this. They also both agreed that he was slightly behind where he should be on his fine and gross motor skills, but they feel he should be able to catch up by two years of age. They showed us some exercises to do with him that should help. Overall he looks amazing. He is still on oxygen, but he did so much better at his OCRG Sleep Study so hopefully he will only require oxygen assistance a few more weeks. Oh, and our sweet little angel is sleeping through the night! It started over a week ago and we were waiting to see if it lasted and it has. I now understand what they were referring to in the NICU before discharge.

Overall, Benjamin is doing really well, but he has a very busy schedule. Last week he had an appointment on Monday with his Pulmonologist, Tuesday at Texas Children's Hospital (TCH) for Physical Therapy evaluation, Wednesday at TCH for Occupational Therapy evaluation, and Thursday Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) is coming to the house to work with him on his development. Friday- he had the day off! : ) He will be busy for the next few weeks.

Benjamin is eating great, no choking- thank the Lord, and has slight reflux but is taking Prevacid for it. He now weighs over 13 pounds. He is getting so big. He will be having surgery on May 13th for his hernia and will require anesthesia so please keep him in your prayers.

Thanks for all of your continued prayer support. Benjamin is doing wonderful and looks like a happy and healthy baby!
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