Friday, June 5, 2009


Well today was Ryan's due date and he weighed 6 lbs. 7 oz. this morning and is 17 3/4" long! How time has flown since he was born March 12!

We are so happy he is home with us and so far, things are going well. Of course there is not a lot of sleep happening, but we are both getting enough to function OK...well most days.

Ryan's feedings are much easier and we have to keep adding more to his feedings because he's so hungry. He's had only a couple of episodes on his monitor and it has been days since the last one.

We will continue the frequent doctor visits and the home health nurses are still coming to visit Ryan 3 times per week, but those appointments will be less frequent in time.

We hope everyone is enjoying summer, school being out, vacations, etc.

Thank you for all your prayers.

Lisa, Joey, Alec and Ryan

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


We went to Ryan's pediatrician, Dr. Wood, this morning and Ryan weighed 6 lbs. 3.5 oz.!!!

Dr. Wood was very happy with Ryan's weight, color, overall health, etc. He did say that since Ryan was breech when he was born, he wanted a hip ultrasound done. This is commonly done in babies in breech condition at birth. This was the only issue that came up. He thought Ryan's leg and arm rotation looked good. He also said he didn't think Ryan would need to be on oxygen for long. Overall it was a great visit!

Getting to the doctor, however, was much more challenging than the visit itself. It's very difficult to carry Ryan, his monitor, oxygen tank, diaper bag, etc. It takes a long time to get him unhooked to things at home, get him ready for travel, get him in the car and unload him from the car just to get to the appointment. Whew, was I tired when we got home. I'm so lucky Alec was with me. He was a very big help!

Besides the hip ultrasound appointment, Ryan has a trip to the OB, eye doctor, physical therapist and pediatrician (again) in the next week. We will be going on lots of medical appointments in the coming weeks and months. We will try to keep you updated on everything.

I have to say that Joey, Alec and I are so blessed and happy to have Ryan in our lives. We are also blessed that Ryan is doing so well. Ryan could have many more issues to be dealing with than he is now. We look forward to Ryan growing and thriving as the newest Fontenot.

Thank you to everyone who has prayed for Ryan and sent good thoughts his way. We know that we could not have made it this far without them.


Monday, June 1, 2009


RYAN WEIGHED 6 LBS. 0 OZ. THIS MORNING!!! He is 17 1/2" long. We can't believe he has already reached this weight. This Friday June 5th was his due date, so he's only a little behind on his weight and length.

Ryan is doing very well! He's eating good and we have had to increase the amount of his feeds because he's getting hungrier. He has a little reflux, but it's not too bad. Lisa feeds him during the day and Joey and Lisa take turns at night and weekends. Ryan seems to be doing well for both of us.

Ryan is not having apnea or bradycardia episodes. YEAH! He is sleeping well most of the time, although he's still up more at night than in the day.

The home health nurse came out Friday and today and was pleased with Ryan's progress. They will come out a few times a week the first couple weeks and then taper off.

Ryan is still on oxygen and a monitor for his heart and breathing. They take a little getting used to. The home oxygen machine is big and loud! His monitor can be plugged into the wall or taken with us for travel. He also has a travel oxygen tank.

One problem we have at home is that Ryan can only have a 25 ft. nasal cannula so we can only go in the master bedroom and into the den. Well, we can go all over the house if we want, but we would have to move the large oxygen machine around which is not practical. We will talk to his pediatrician to see how long he needs to stay on them.

Right now we aren't supposed to take Ryan out of the house except for doctor appointments. We have to make sure we wash our hands before we touch him and keep everything really clean. He spends his time either in his bassinet or in his swing or in mom's arms. We do his physical therapy exercises on his arms and legs.

Ryan does look at us, he looks around and seems to recognize our voices. He really loves to be held and cries when mom puts him down. He's smiling and is very alert!

We are SO HAPPY to have our little miracle at home with us. Please keep us in your prayers.

We will keep you updated.

Lisa, Joey, Alec and Ryan