Friday, July 31, 2009

Cali's hemangioma

As you may know, or have noticed from her photos, Cali was born with a puffy, bluish spot along her left cheek bone. It was small but noticeable at birth. We were directed to a pediatric dermatologist who named the spot an "hemangioma" (pronounced he-MAN-gee-oh-ma). Essentially, it is a grouping of enlarged blood vessels buried deep in her skin, hence the blue tint. The cause of hemangiomas is unknown, and treatment is sketchy.

We were told to "wait it out," since most hemangiomas go away by ages 5 to 9 (gasp). Like we wanted to wait a decade, but our only other treatment options were primitive, and surgery isn't an option until she's at least 4 and it may cause a lot of scarring.

The hemangioma has grown along with Cali's own growth pattern, as the doctor predicted. She's in a high-growth phase, so we haven't been surprised at its swelling.

But yesterday Cali woke up fussy and lethargic, not her usual happy self. She took a 4-hour nap, and when I finally woke her up, I was alarmed to see that her hemangioma had doubled in size, turned reddish purple, and become hard and rubbery. We made a few emergency appointments today, including another thorough exam and hospital monitoring.

We have decided to begin Cali on a low dose of medication that the doctor believes will shrink her hemangioma. We were very hesitant at first, but now we feel good about it. We don't want this growth to disfigure our little girl's face, and certainly not to the point that it obstructs her breathing or other facial functions.

She is such a sweet little girl and we want what is best for her. We just wanted you, our family and friends, to be aware of the situation. Our love to you all. Pictures below.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

emily's baby pics

I found these photos while I was home in WA.

This is me in a walker with my brother Christian. I was 5 months old, he was 1 1/2. We lived in Whitefish, Montana, where I was born and resided until I was 1. My mom said I loved the walker and hardly wanted to be held!

This is me at 9 months old. Where did those cheekbones go?

Thursday, July 23, 2009

cali's crawling!

Monday, July 06, 2009

date night

David has to go home :( But we got to slip in a brief date night at Pt. Defiance's rose gardens and waterfront walk.

seattle science center

Riding the Slug


Touching the tide pools

The butterfly house

vashon island

We've had a wonderful time in Washington so far. Here's some pics of our visit to Vashon Island: the ferry, the beach, sandcastles and crabs!