Saturday, November 26, 2011

Preparing for Surgery


We haven't posted in a while but things have been very busy lately.  We have been out of town the last two weekends. With work, a holiday and doctor's appointments in between we are just trying to stay afloat.  Abigail will be having surgery this Monday so today we have the duty of preparing her for surgery by putting her on a clear diet. It will be a huge challenge. Twenty-four hours with no solid foods or formula for a nine month old is a ridiculous request.

Abigail has been doing really great lately.  She is learning to eat solids, babbling, and learning many new things.  It has been a joy to watch her learn and grow.  For these and many other reasons we are not looking forward to another surgery.  However, this surgery has been looming and the time is finally here.

Abigail has to have a surgery on her bottom and it is best done before she begins to potty train.  The surgery will be Monday morning at 9:00am and the same surgeon who has done two of her previous surgeries will be performing this one as well.  The surgery should last 2-3 hours and the recovery time will be hopefully only a few days in the hospital.

We hate that she has to have this right now but at the same time it needs to be done.  No time sounds great for having surgery.  We ask for your prayers as we try to make it to Monday.  Tomorrow we will admit her to the hospital and continue cleaning out her system.  We hope that everything goes well at nine on Monday and that Abby can recover swiftly.

Pictures from "Papaw" Bill Spurgin's 80th birthday, Thanksgiving and nine months old.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Hill County & Halloween


This past weekend we headed back down to the Texas Hill Country for a trip to Fredericksburg.  Stephanie's friend Katherine, from nursing school, was getting married so we sped down 281 again to get there in time to catch game seven of the World Series.  I probably should have just coasted in and enjoyed the ride but I tortured myself.  Anyways, I won't write all about the Rangers but it was rough coming so close.

We managed to have a good time even though I had a sour attitude to start the weekend with.  My mom, Jane, accompanied us to help watch Abby during the wedding and to enjoy the sights.  We visited the wildflower farm outside of town and then spent a few hours in town before the wedding.  We really enjoy the area and the weather was great last weekend. 

Steph, Grandmother & Abby

Taking a break to eat lunch - enamored with the menu
We had a great time at the wedding and it was good to get to catch up with friends for a bit.

Christy, Katherine, Stephanie
Katherine, Stephanie, Abby & Lindsay
The weekend wasn't over when we got home either.  Our church was having a fall festival and we made it back in time to bring our big girl to it.  Abby was a ladybug this year and she did great in that stuffy costume.  We had the most fun watching her response to all of the animals at the petting zoo.

Mom & Abby
Our Ladybugs
Stephanie, Abby, Audrey, & Courtney
Audrey & Josh
Abby & Dad
The poor animals were getting run ragged by all of the kids

Our Family
Stephanie, Abby, Brooke, Sarah

All in all, it was a great weekend despite the sports disasters (Tech got trounced too).  We got Abby all cleaned up Sunday night and ready for another week.  Our big girl is eight months old and doing great.

Eight Months Old
Eight Months Old