Thursday, February 19, 2015

Brody {Six Years Later}

Six years ago today was without a doubt the scariest day of my life.

We were asked that evening to leave the NICU so that the doctors could work on Brody. Our wing of the NICU was blocked off and Brody’s isolette  was surrounded by partitions. His "23 weeker" lungs were failing and his brain was swelling and hemorrhaging more each and day causing numerous issues and leaving him hanging onto his life by a thread.

Completely overwhelmed and still trying to take in everything that had happened the last few days I remember my OB taking my hand and telling me "these next 12 hours will make or break Brody. Right now you need to pray."

It was a Wednesday night and our church stopped service, joined hands and Baxter lead the congregation in prayer for our Brody.

Brody had the doctors “backed into a corner with nothing else they could do…” His last hope was a gas called Nitric Oxide and thankfully, Brody made a turn for the better and responded well to the treatment. I remember the neonatologist coming to Bret and saying "I don't know what you’re doing, but keep doing it".

Brody showed us all that day just how tough a teeny tiny premature baby could be.

Although it wasn't all uphill from that day forward I knew my Brody wasn't going to give up without a fight. My heart ached as I watched him each day struggle. I watched his body swell and his tiny hands clinch tighter as the pressure on his brain worsened and I watched more and more machines surround him as the days passed. I watched as his tiny body was poked and prodded with multiple IVs, chest tubs, broviacs, tubes and monitors. with.  As badly as I wanted to hold him to speak to him to love on him, I was also terrified to over-stimulate him and make things worse. There were times all I could do was crack the window of his incubator and softly encourage him to hang on. So many tears I wiped off of his bed as I prayed and begged him to stay strong.

swollen brody

Six years later… look at my boy now…


All parents are proud but I’m certain you don’t get any more proud of your child than I am of my Brody. I am so thankful to God that he is allowing Bret and I to raise this pint size, country music lovin’, southern accent talkin’, blonde haired, blue eyed boy.

I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him. 1 Samuel 1:27 NIV


Monday, February 16, 2015

Happy Birthday Brody, Baxlyn, Kylee & Korbin!

Six years ago today, nearly 3 months before their due date, Brody, Baxlyn, Kylee & Korbin were born and began the fight of their lives. A day of happiness, a day of fear, a day of guilt and a day of thankfulness all in one.

Brody Coleman 6:14pm 3lbs 15in

brody born 

Baxlyn Hope 6:15pm 2lbs 10oz 15in.

baxlyn born 

Kylee Mae 6:15pm 2lbs 7oz 14 1/2in.

kylee born

Korbin Lee 6:16pm 2lbs 11oz 14in.

korbin born

Brody, Baxlyn, Kylee & Korbin… Six years, SIX YEARS! I can’t believe it’s been that long yet I remember the day like it was yesterday. From the disgusting meatloaf I ordered for lunch, the moment Dr. Leveno said today was the day, the crowds of people surrounding me in delivery, hearing a couple of you make a tiny whimper as you tried to clear your tiny lungs and seeing your tiny, red bodies for the first time…. moments I’ll never forget.

Your Daddy and I are so incredible proud of you and have enjoyed watching you all grow and thrive since your rough beginning. We are so thankful to God that He chose us to be your Mommy & Daddy. Happy 6th Birthday, our sweet babies. We love you more than you’ll ever know!

6th bday

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Kylee: 2 Months Post-Op!

Our sweet girl had another follow up today with Dr. Mayfield! For those of you who missed her 4 weeks post op post which included some amazing before and after pictures, click here! She had a major case of the giggles today with Dr. Mayfield…

kylee 2mos PO dr mayfield 

Her incisions are looking great and are healing nicely. She’s been cast free for a month and boot free for about 2 weeks now.

kylee 2mos PO2 kylee 2mos PO3 

Kylee has resumed her twice weekly physical therapy and her WONDERFUL therapist is doing a great job at helping Kylee adjust to her “new foot”. Having nearly never put weight through her heal or walked in what’s considered a “natural” position, it’s taking some getting used to. We’re currently working on major stretching and walking heel to toe, especially on that left leg/foot. Kylee was also released to participate in PE and recess again at school – yay! For now, she doesn’t have to be fitted for a new brace, which is also great news for her! She’s THOROUGHLY enjoying being able to wear her cute boots which she was never able to do wearing a brace!

We’ll go back in two months for her next check up and update then!

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