Sunday, December 30, 2007

Happy New Year!

We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. Keegan sure did! His two big gifts were a jumper and an excerciser. He hasn't quite figured out that he can make himself jump yet, but he's getting close! He also got a high chair for those days (hopefully soon) when he starts his rice cereal. Our house is now officially a toy store, and I know this is just the beginning. It's easy to get lost in the gift-giving, but we know that our best Christmas present, of course, was a healthy, happy Keegan.

On Friday, I had to take him up to the hospital for a brief visit. Now that we're down to clinic every other week, I will have to do more maintenance with his central line (once he's ready to start crawling, he'll have to go to the OR to have that removed). Stephanie, one of the transplant coordinators, taught me how to do a few things on the off weeks. I snuck Keegan on to the scale while we were there - 11.2 pounds!! He's a gaining fool even on regular formula! He will even take 5 ounces about once or twice a day. We go to the pediatrician on January 7th, and we're going to see if he can start rice cereal. It will be a good "well-baby" visit because Dr. Fixler said we should actually start treating him as a healthy baby - amazing, huh? Gray and I were talking the other day and the odd sentence was uttered, "except for the minor detail of that heart transplant, he's a really good kid!" ;)

Tomorrow will be the last day of a whirlwind 2007. As we start a new year, we pray that Keegan continues to grow in health and happiness. We know there will be rough patches ahead, and we pray for the strength to face them with courage and energy to handle them. We are so thankful for each and every person in our lives who has helped Keegan come so far - every doctor and nurse who has cared for him, every family member and friend who has been there during the best and worst times, and every prayer that has been said to raise all of us up. Most of all, we are grateful for the love and strength of Keegan's donor, and we pray that the Lord will continue to comfort and heal his family in the new year. We wish each of you a blessed 2008 and hope that you continue with us on this journey. See ya next year!