Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Brody Update

Brody out of surgery - thank you all for your prayers and support!!

We've had a lot of questions regarding what a shunt is. Brody's body doesn't drain the CSF (cerebral spinal fluid) like most people's does. His shunt drains the csf from his brain, through a small tube that empties into his stomach where it is absorbed. There are 3 main parts to the shunt and all three were checked. The valve (that is attached to the outside of his skull) and the tubing (that runs down his tummy into his abdomen) looked perfect. The catheter that goes into the ventricle of the brain (that is attached to the valve) was COMPLETELY blocked allowing no cerebral spinal fluid to be drained like it is supposed to. The build up of the fluid was the cause of the enlarged ventricles. Dr. Honeycutt removed the blocked catheter and replaced it with a new one.

Thankfully we caught the malfunction early so there was not a dangerous amount of pressure on his brain nor did we see BIG, OBVIOUS symptoms jumping out at us. Rather than being severely lethargic, excessive vomiting, loss of mobility...etc., we instead saw an "off" Brody. Friday morning he randomly threw up twice but acted totally fine. Throughout the weekend he had several small spells of wanting to sit and not join in regular activities that he normally would have. He was less talkative than normal, didn't eat as much...he was just "off". Bret and I went back and forth for several days about whether or not to take him in and i'm SO glad we ended up bringing him. The signs could have very easily been overlooked.

Brody is currently still intubated and in recovery but we should get to see him in another hour or so. Assuming all goes well today/tonight, he should be able to go home tomorrow. He will be seen again in a month for another CT scan to check the size of his ventricles. In the meantime we are to watch him and the way he acts very closely.

Again thank you all SO much for your support. Please continue to pray recovery goes well and he is back to himself soon!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Emergency Surgery - Please Pray for Brody!

We are at Cook Children's in Fort Worth and doctors are confident Brody's VP shunt has malfunctioned and his spinal fluid isn't draining properly. They're not sure exactly where the problem is and will see once they're in whether it's in the brain, along his tubing or in his abdominal cavity. Surgery will be in the morning, not sure what time.

Bret and I are doing ok, just shocked at the news. Up until now, we have been fortunate enough to have no issues with Brody's shunt which was placed at 32 weeks gestation (4 weeks old). Many feelings rushing back from our NICU days and we're worried as any parents would be.

Brody doesn't know exactly what's going on. He feels fine, not sick at all. He came into the ER earlier to "see the doctor" and we've thrown the poor guy for a loop with an unexpected ambulance ride, an admittance to another hospital, IVs, tests and now learning he's going to spend the night here. He hasn't eaten since his 10:45am lunch at school and is very hungry. We have not told him that he will have surgery, just that the doctor wants to see him in the morning to make sure everything is alright. He's confused and afraid and we are trying to comfort him and explain things in a way a five year old can understand.

Pray specifically for Brody's little body. We've all seen what this little boy has overcome and we know he'll continue to be strong despite his fear. Pray for the doctors and nurses caring for him. We are very confident in Dr. Honeycut and know Brody is in great hands. Pray for Bret and I that we can be strong for Brody. Lastly, pray for Baxlyn, Kylee & Korbin. They don't know exactly what is going on and are also confused as to why we are not home with Brody.

Thanks to all of you who have called, text and showed your support through facebook, we appreciate knowing so many people are praying for Brody!

We will update tomorrow!

Urgent Prayer Request: Pray for Brody

Brody had been showing symptoms of shunt failure since Friday morning. We brought him to Children's ER today expecting to be told everything was ok. CT showed his shunt is fine and in place but the ventricles in his brain are enlarged. He is being transferred by ambulance to Cook Children's ASAP to see his neurosurgeon.

Please please pray. He's terrified and doesn't understand what's going on and we are having a hard time explaining things without scaring him further.

Will update when I can.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

He’s kind of a big deal…

Yep, it’s kind of a big deal around here when short people make steps closer to being diaper-free! With his siblings, Bethany and I there as witnesses, Blade successfully peed on the potty {at home} for the first time tonight! Can’t believe this sweet boy will be TWO on Saturday!!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Macy’s & March of Dimes

We were asked by the March of Dimes if our family would like to partner together to thank Macy’s for their support to the March of Dimes. Each year, Macy’s has an all-day sale in which people can purchase $5 shopping passes that allow them great discounts throughout the store. March of Dimes is the single national  non-profit organization recipient of the proceeds from the $5 passes sold. Just last year, Macy’s donated over NINE MILLION DOLLARS from this sale to the March of Dimes which then funded research being done to help more babies be born full term and healthy!

If you know us at all, you know we are supporters of the March of Dimes and their mission to fight for babies like our own. Bret and I love giving back and being a very small piece of the puzzle in the fight against prematurity. We think it’s important our kids know their history and how important it is to give back as well. It was an honor to be asked to be a part of such an event! We were provided with a basket of goody bags that said “On behalf of the March of Dimes & The Cox Family, THANK YOU!”. We were assigned one local Macy’s store and walked the store, handing out the goody bags and thanking the employees for selling the $5 passes.

 

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 Brody, Baxlyn, Kylee & Korbin were a little unsure about what was going on at first but quickly got the hang of it. It wasn’t long before they were racing to find more employees to tell “we are quadwuplets, thank YOU!” Bret and I were of course right behind them to explain :)

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You could see the employees light up when we explained that the giggly, loud kids they were looking at were born at just 28w5d gestation and as if suddenly these little “passes” they had been selling suddenly meant something. It became more than just a special offer to their customers it became personal and many sat in disbelief as we shared our story and what the March of Dimes does to help tiny, sick babies like our own survive.

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Despite trying to slow them down and wait patiently, the quads ran quickly up to each check out to thank the employee. Luckily neither the employees OR the customers minded and all enjoyed asking them questions. We even saw customers purchase the savings pass after the heard our story!

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Thanks again to the March of Dimes Dallas office for letting us participate and a HUGE thank you to Macy’s and all of the customers who purchased the shopping passes! Because of YOU, all babies have a better chance at starting a healthier life!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

KinderQuads

 Our fab four have been in Kindergarten for just over a month now and are LOVING it! They’ve adjusted so well to their new no-nap schedule and are learning new things each day. They look forward to going each day and love their teacher – what more could I ask for?!  Brody Kinder 2014Baxlyn Kinder 2014Korbin Kinder 2014Kylee Kinder 2014I wake them at 6:30am and after a full day of school, therapy (twice a week) and horseback riding lessons (once a week) they are all more than ready for bed by 7pm. After lots of discussion with their previous teachers and our school principal (who has triplets!) we opted to keep all four of them together this year, in the same class. So far, just like last year, their teacher says they’re doing great, sibling-wise, and are having no issues in class. (For those of you wondering, it is a state law in Texas that multiples can not be forced to separate in school.) They are all meeting friends within their classrooms and on the playground, which they share with other classes at the same time. Each day when I pick them up, they’re talking a mile a minute before they even climb up into the van. “Mom, today I met another girl at the park” “Mrs. So&So caught a TOAD-FROG!” “So&So said she would be my BEST friend!” “I drew you a picture!”…on and on! I LOVE that they LOVE it! Academically, we have a few that are still adjusting but they’re in such a great school there’s no doubt in my mind they’ll each thrive :) I’ve heard so many good things from different teachers and staff about how well behaved they are and how they adore their sweet personalities, especially Brody’s southern drawl. Either they’re stealing the hearts of those who work with them or the staff is just really nice to us parents…either way, I’ll take it ;)

They were asked by their school to come and lead the city in the Pledge of Allegiance at this year’s first school board meeting. It was such an honor to have our babes be a part of the night. The building that they now use for the board meetings is the same building that was both the computer lab and library when Bret and I were in in Jr. High. It was surreal to sit in that tiny building remembering what it was like back then and then watching our kids stand there today. Here they are below L-R Korbin, Brody, B & Kylee. You’d never know by the picture that Baxlyn had been diagnosed with strep throat an hour earlier. I assumed it would be a matter of days before they were all down and out with strep, but to my surprise it didn’t spread! B was home for two days per doc’s orders and then was good as new. Let’s just hope we can be that lucky as we continue through RSV season :/

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I’ve been asked by many what I am doing now that they are in school. Let me say, Kinder could not have come at a better time. I didn’t realize just how hard it was to stay at home with them 24/7 until I didn’t any longer. Blade and I, along with a sweet 3 month old baby boy named Luke, play and enjoy our (somewhat) quiet house. Because I wake Blade so early to take them to school, he goes back down for nap at 11:30 and sleeps until it’s time to go get them. Pretty sweet deal if you ask me :) As you can imagine, it’s been much easier keeping up with laundry and housework too! I’ve also been able to commit more time to our local Moms of Multiples group as well as take on the roll as Room Mom in the quads’ class.

I can only hope they continue to love school as much as they do now and continue to thrive!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Quads first Homecoming Game {2014}

Brody, Baxlyn, Kylee & Korbin attended their first football game (outside the belly!) a couple of weeks ago and it happened to be Homecoming! Nana & Aunt Beth took Blade for the night and Chris & Bethany came along to help us wrangle the quads. It was a fun night FULL of new experiences and lots and lots and lotssss of questions.

Before we left the house - Cardinal Pride all the way! It’s not often these days they give me a good picture but when they do…wow!

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They weren’t quite sure what to expect of a “real” game. The only games they’ve ever been to are Daddy’s softball games and their own t-ball games. Quite a different atmosphere being here at a TEXAS high school football game!

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Here they are with the one and only, Coach Deel. Coach Deel coached both Bret and I when we were in school. No doubt the most well known man in the school district and has worn many many hats over the years. We were over the moon when we learned he was still so involved when the quads started in the district last year!

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I love how Brody threw his arm around him and leaned right in as if they’ve been BFFs for ages…hilarious!

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I was a cheerleader in high school and spirit gear is a must, especialllly for Homecoming! I whipped these little bad boys up while the quads were at school the day of the game. Back in the day we cheerleaders made all kinds of loot using paint stirrers (as seen here) toilet paper rolls, ribbons and bells…etc. Brody, B, Kylee & Korb were thrilled to have their own little sign to take to the game…

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Before the game we watched the ceremony where the Homecoming Queen was crowned. Again… lots of questions from curious 5 year olds! They watched in awe as the band played and the girls were escorted by their daddies down the field.

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A look back at my Homecoming with my sweeeeet boyyyfriend…. aweeeee! Never could we have imagined where we would be a decade later :)

(On a side note, our town was so small back then that we didn’t have a high school. We had to go to the next town over, hence the purple.)

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The quads know that the Cardinal or “Birdie” is our school mascot but were thrown for a loop when I told them that the “Tigers” were about to run through their tunnel. Little hands gripped my arm and their eyes widened as Brody asked “TIGERS?” Huge sigh of relief when they realized there were no real animals ;)

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Baxlyn caught a “blanket” the cheerleaders threw into the stands before the game started!

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Brody cheering his lil heart out and waving his signs…

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The band during half time. They preformed their UIL competition routine. Very Awesome!

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Of course the main attraction was Birdie!

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To my surprise, they lasted about half way through the 4th quarter before tiring out. The six of us before heading back home..

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As hard as it is sometimes to watch them grow up, I do look forward to being able to enjoy more moments like these as a family! Our next stop? The Dallas Cowboys Stadium….eeeeek! Stayed tuned!

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