Welcome To Our World Baby Emma!!

11 Weeks Old...

October 20th 2008 2:47 pm
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Every time I post one of these updates, I just sit back in amazement that yet ANOTHER week has gone by!!

Baby Girl is 11 weeks old today!!!

She got her very first REAL bath!! Of course, there have been hundreds of sponge baths and baby wipe baths over the weeks... but this was an all out dive in the water, chase the bubbles, lick the faucet BATH!!! :) She loved it!!

I got a call from Emma's surgeon yesterday evening, checking in on our girl (isn't that sweet??) :) And we talked about Emma going to see an ophthalmologist to further delve into her eye "condition". We're not really certain that she has full use of the right eye at this point (the one that's smaller than the other) and while the drops (5 times daily) have really helped with the dryness, she thinks maybe we should check into it further. So..... I'll be making that appointment over the next couple of weeks.

Since Emma's fontanel is still so open (which really is normal for the breed) - she as well has more than one open space in the skull - which is not normal. I thought by now we would have seen some closure of the skull openings over the eyes, over the back of the skull and down the base of the skull.... but haven't seen much change. So Doc Ellen offered the option of taking Emma for a CAT scan with another surgeon here locally.... just to be certain that her brain is developing normally. This as well, will be arranged over the next few weeks.

My only hesitation with these procedures... is that Em will have to be anesthetized .... which as you all know - concerns me. So I'd like to wait as long as we can.

She is still so little.... even though she's HUGE compared to when I first brought her home!! She is weighing in at 16.15 ounces today!!

You know, 11 weeks old and this little girl has NEVER barked!! Is that odd?? She whimpers and whines when it's time to eat... and she growls in play.... but she just does not bark! Never... not once!

So strange, seeing as we have a houseful of yappy Yorkies!! ha!

Anyway.....

So, you all may have read, that I've agreed to bring home a new baby brother for Emma.... His name is Teddy and he is currently living in Alaska with his furfamily and skin mom Debbie.

Teddy was born like Emma.... cleft palate, cleft lip & nasal / facial deformities. Though Teddy's cleft is a full midline cleft of the soft palate.... I'm not certain if the hard palate is affected.

Teddy is 4 weeks old and according to Debbie, is thriving and doing very well! I'm very surprised to know that Teddy is able to nurse from a bottle.... so that is a huge advantage for Debbie!! Also, Teddy's furmom is there to help out with the cleaning and other care so that's been great for him!

Right now we're trying to find a way to get Teddy from Alaska to Oklahoma.... conventional methods of transport just won't suffice at this point, since the airlines do not allow pups under 8 weeks of age and unvaccinated to fly, even in cabin with a human companion.

So.... we'll just have to see what happens.... maybe something will come up and we'll be able to get him home soon! I'd like to get him in to Emma's surgeon just as early as we possibly can.

Let's see.... what else has been going on this week??

Raffles, raffles and more raffles!! You've probably all seen (and likely been annoyed by) ;) the announcements and updates of Emma's fundraising raffles. The second is about to end and the third and final fundraiser raffle will begin at the end of the month!

The current raffle, located here:

Emma's Raffle

will be ending in six days! Thanks to ALL OF YOU, we have met our initial goal!!!

Please keep those pledges coming!!! Every penny raised goes directly towards Emma's care and treatment!!

Six more days to get in on some of the coolest prizes!!

And, as you know - we are currently accepting item / product donations for Emma's final fundraiser raffle!! So please get in touch with me if you'd like to help us out! :)

Mom2BabyNatalie@aol.com

Lastly..... and oh so very important...... I'd like to ask that you all open your hearts in prayer for a tiny little skin baby girl named Mackenzie and her family.

This precious baby was born Saturday evening... 6 weeks premature... and weighing only 2.7 lbs - - the niece of our friend Tracy, who started Emma's Myspace page to begin with.

Mackenzie was born with club feet... and a hole in her back with a spinal fluid filled sack protruding out. The doctors have determined that Mackenzie has Spina Bifida.

Mackenzie's Mom, Jennifer is diabetic. She has already lost one foot to diabetes and she had toxemia with the pregnancy, which is now causing severe troubles with the other. Her kidneys are failing her and fluid began building around her heart, causing severely labored breathing. Mackenzie was taken via C-section, though Jennifer's symptoms have not yet subsided.

Please, please lift this family up in prayer.... Baby Mackenzie, Mom Jennifer and Dad Todd. They are in great need of the awesome healing power of God

 
 

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