Friday, October 31, 2008


Just a follow-up post to the previous one, regarding Eisley's hip.

Eisley's ultrasound on Wednesday went very well. It's a fairly lengthy process (at least for a 3 month old!) because they have to take images from just about every angle possible-- of both hips. Even though the left one is the one with the potential issues, they have to have images of the right one in order to have something to compare the left hip to. Anyway, it took about 35 minutes to get the images they needed. And Eisley was a perfect angel! She didn't fuss or cry, and even smiled a bit at the ultrasound technician, and talked to her, too. I was very proud of her!

Anyway, the images looked great! Both hips have made a lot of improvement since her last ultrasound, and her doctors at Shriner's were very pleased with what they saw. They want to see her again when she is 8 months old to see how she has continued to progress. Until then... Eisley gets to just be Eisley and we don't have any cause for continued concern.

We are thrilled with the news!

Thanks for your prayers.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Hip Hip Hooray!

Well, that's what we hope to be saying at the end of this week. A few days after Eisley was born, I posted about some concerns the doctors had about Eisley's left hip, and there being some potential problems because she was breeched while she was in the womb. You can read the original post by clicking here.

A couple of visits to Shriner's Hospital, one ultrasound, and many many prayers later, I gave an update that said that it appeared that Eisley's hip was healing properly, and that we would be going back in a couple of months for another ultrasound to check on her progress. You can read THAT post by clicking here.

Those couple of months have passed, and we go this Wednesday for another ultrasound. Now, I must tell you. Our little girl LOVES to "stand up". She's not nearly as happy laying down or sitting, as she is when we are holding her by her arms and she is standing, bearing her weight on her legs. Billy and I joke about how so many people have been praying for her healing, that our little girl now has superhero-strength legs as a result.

On Wednesday, the ultrasound will tell us if her pelvic bone has continued to cup around Eisley's femur bone like it is supposed to, creating her hip joint. We will take her to see her doctor at Shriner's on Thursday morning, where they will give us the results of the ultrasound. If the hip has continued to heal properly, we will not have to have any more ultrasounds or any more visits to Shriner's.

If the ultrasound tells us that there is a problem, our little girl will be fitted for a harness that she will wear, to hold the pelvic bone & femur bone in place, so that the joint can be formed properly. I have to admit that this lingers in the back of my mind as a very real possibility. In the end, it would be no biggie. But it's still not something I would look forward to.

However, we have no real reason to think that everything won't look normal at our appointments this week. Eisley got a good report at her 2 month check-up a couple of weeks ago, and her pediatrician played around with her hip, and didn't hear it clicking or anything.

We appreciate your continued prayers for Eisley. We'll let you know what we find out!

I'll leave you with this adorable picture of Eisley from the other day. I just love this little face and the expression she was making!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Strong, Healthy Girl

Here's a brief Eisley update for you... today we took Eisley for her 2 month check-up. That's right. TWO months. We got a good report, and it was totally fun to get her new weight and measurements. When she was born, she was 20 and 3/4 inches long and weighed 6 pounds and 15 ounces. Here's a picture of our tiny little girl when she was 2 days old:

Today, she is 22 and 3/4 inches, and weighs 10 pounds and 6 ounces. That puts her in the 53rd percentile for height and 28th percentile for weight. Here's a photo of my 2 cuties from Eisley's visit to the doctor today:

The doctor wanted to see all of Eisley's "tricks", and she of course did great. Eisley was very talkative today for the doctor and showed Dr. Bennett how strong she is when she "stands" on her legs. Dr. Bennett also put Eisley on her tummy, and Eisley held her head up strong and proud. Dr. Bennett even said, "Wow! She's VERY strong for just two months old!" This of course, made Eisley's mom and dad swell with pride.

Eisley also got her 2 month immunizations today, which was not fun for any of us, but we all of course survived. Eisley calmed down pretty quickly, and now all is well at the Lawson household. I'll leave you with the "before the shots" shot, and the "after the shots" shot. Enjoy!