As many of you may already know Alexander Gonzalez Criswell was born on March 11, 2011 at 7lbs 13.9oz and 20" long.
Delivery was perfectly fine, although I had to be induced. I had irregular contractions all night Thursday but I was not progressing on my own and the doctors felt that it was best to get things moving.
Once Alex was born they thought he had some liquid that he had breathed in and they worked on him for about an hour. Shortly after they realized something was not right and sent him to the NICU at Good Samaritan Hospital where I had delivered. After doing a couple more tests and exams they diagnosed him with a 2 congenital birth defects called TEF (Tracheoesophageal fistula) and Esophageal Atresia. In layman's terms his esophagus was not connected to his stomach and he had a additional connection from his trachea to his esophagus. As you can imagine this creates all sorts of issues.
Once he was diagnosed they quickly transported him to Children's Hospital. A few days later he had surgery which went extremely well. A week later they did a barium contrast test and found out that he had a second fistula (connection between the trachea and esophagus). Unlucky for Alex and us, only 1% of kids with this condition have a second connection....everyone says we should play the lottery!
Yesterday he had a scope to try and repair the site of the second connection and we are hoping it takes on the first attempt although we have been warned that sometimes it can take a few tries before the site closes. We have high hopes that it will work on the first or second attempt.
Our little boy is not so little anymore. He will be 1 month old as of Monday April 11. He is 9lbs 2 oz and almost 22" long. He is being fed via a tube that goes into his left nostril and directly to his small intestine as to not cause reflux because it could cause issues with the surgery site at his stomach. He is overall very happy. He loves his nurses and all the attention they give him at the NICU. They love to see him smile...yes I know they say a 1 month old doesn't really smile but I swear he does!!! I have pics to prove it :) He is very bright eyed and social (when not sedated from a procedure...don't worry he is not often sedated. Maybe once every couple weeks for a couple days at a time).
We hope to have him home within the next month or so. We can't wait to get him home but we a grateful for the great care he is getting at Children's. Thanks to everyone for the thoughts and prayers! We feel very lucky to have such caring family, friends, co-workers etc. We are feeling all the love:)
As for our photography biz...we will continue to book weddings for 2012 but have decided to not take on any new clients in the short term, Therefore, we won't be booking any weddings scheduled to take place during spring/summer 2011. As we get a better handle on what Alex's care will look like once we get him home, we will figure out if we can do any family sessions during spring/summer 2011. We hope to get the photo biz back up and running Fall 2011 if not sooner.
We will continue to post updates to the blog with pictures of Alex and will keep everyone posted on how he is doing periodically.
And now for the photos....as always ENJOY!!!