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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Hughey Twins Turn 6 Months!

Another wonderful milestone to report! Ford and Hayden celebrated half a year of their wonderful lives today! We celebrated their 6 month b-day more, of course! The boys really have been doing wonderfully at home with Trey and me. Everyday is such a blessing and a true joy.

We have celebrated many firsts since we have been home. Hayden has been laughing and smiling for almost a month now! What a wonderful sight to see. Then, about a week or two later... Ford's smile showed up as well. It stretches from ear to ear. As for Hayden's smile, well he smiles with his entire face, his eyes just sparkle as he grins... it's hard to believe where we were 6 months ago today. Thank the heavens the Lord pulled us through! Knowing these boys is the best thing that ever happened to me. It is busy handling these 2 high needs babies, but worth every second of missed sleep and time just holding them because they don't want to be in their cribs. Can you blame them? They spent the first few months of their lives in an incubator... they deserve to be held to get them through whatever rough spots they need.

Both boys really are holding their heads up nicely and Ford has rolled over already... Hayden is almost there and I know Ford is going to do it again really soon. We have been back and forth to Fort Worth a couple of times since Ford's release from the hospital for routine visits. We've seen the pulmonologist, nephrologist and urologist. Hayden is off his oxygen and Dr. Pfaff is impressed with his progress... we just have to be cautious of his wheezing. He is also impressed by Ford, though he is still on his oxygen. Things were a little more tense at the urologist. Hayden still has no kidney stones, just some calcium deposits. As for Ford, well, he has a rather large kidney stone that his doctor does not believe will break up on its own, or that will pass. That means a procedure that will require intubation and anasthesia. That is so scary to me. I thought we were passed that. Every time you go under it is scary and of course, Ford's lungs have come so far... I would hate for him to be re-intubated when we spent 3+ months trying to get off the ventilator. Right now, all we can do is pray. Pray for another miracle. I know we already have been blessed with many, but he is my baby boy and I love him so I am praying God has another one in him to spare Ford more hospital time and anasthesia. I am praying it just breaks up on its own by the time we head back in August.
There is still good news for the boys, THEY ARE GROWING! Though they are not on the charts for 6 month old babies because of their extreme prematurity... they do look wonderful. Yesterday Ford weighed 11 pounds and 13 1/2 ounces... Hayden weighed 11 pounds and 5 ounces. They are eating better, though I have to admit it is still a workout for us. Again, worth the hour or so it takes to get them nice and chunky!

We are still keeping them rather sheltered, but it is just for their own good until their little immune systems mature.

We were so happy to see my doctor and dear friend, Dr. Seligman and his wife, Nancy when we were in Fort Worth. Big Honey and Big Daddy babysat while we caught a quick bite after the Seligmans caught up with Ford and Hayden. He is the reason they are here and we thank him for that every moment we can. He kept them in by trying everything possible even when it didn't look good! Two of Ford and Hayden's primaries also came to see them, Amy and Melissa. We were so thrilled to see them... it is wonderful how much they care for our boys, we are so lucky, they really are the best! As are their other nurses. And of course... Dr Lynch, she met us downstairs at Harris after a long night on call to see how the boys are doing. It was great to see her. We miss everyone so much from our months in Fort Worth... they saved our babies and to an extent, us!


It is Ford and Hayden 24/7 in the Hughey household. We get some help from my mom and Trey's mom and we are so thankful. These boys have provided us with the best 6 months of our lives. We get to love them, nurture them and hold them... I couldn't ask for more.

I can't end a post without saying... thank you for your prayers, your words of encouragement and for sticking with us through these trying months as we nurse Ford and Hayden back to health!
Love-- Trey, Dana Ford and Hayden

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Happy Half Birthday Ford and Hayden! They are so handsome! I just love the new pictures and update. It is so nice to see how they are progressing. We will pray for Ford that his kidney stone will break up on its own SOON! Keep holding those babies and enjoying every moment...I know you are! Motherhood is such a wonderful blessing and the best days are spent just playing with your little ones. Keep taking pictures!

Anonymous said...

6 months till Dr S comes to tyler!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Happy happy 6 month bday!!! Thank you so much for the update, as I know you are so incredibly busy. They are beautiful. Isn't God wonderful?

Still praying.

Anonymous said...

Thank You so much for your update! I am so glad the boys are doing so well. I check several times a week to see if there is an update and I was so thrilled to see that there was one today. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I know you and Trey are very busy caring for your precious baby boys! They are so CUTE! And they have really grown since the last pictures. Please know our family is thinking of yours often and look forward to hearing more GREAT news about the Hugheys!
Thanks again for the wonderful update!
A KLTV Viewer from Mineola!

The Tyson Family said...

I want to come too in 6 months! When you guys are in the area I would love to meet you somewhere for just a few minutes! I can't believe it has already been 6 months! God is GOOD all the time!

Miss talking to you guys!
Nicole T

kt said...

I'm so glad to read the good news of progress for both the boys. Wow, six months already. Hard to believe. Keep up the good work Hayden and Ford! And of course mom and dad.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the update. It is just great to see you and Trey so happy. It broke our hearts to read your blog during the darkest days of Ford's & Hayden's little lives and see how sad you were. The pictures of your sweet boys and you and Trey tell a wonderful story now of how great God is and the miracles he can do. I know we don't have to tell you to enjoy every day, you can tell by looking at the pictures you are doing that. They are adorable and we will keep praying for them, especially for the kidney stone to go away. Take care and please keep us updated as much as possible.

Teresa T. said...

What a awesome site to see Dana and Trey!
The moment finally got here. All are home.

Patty Hansen said...

Dana & Trey,
God is good ! We're so happy to hear they are doing so well.Ford and Hayden are so beautiful and Happy 6 month Birthday. You all are always in our prayers.
Thank You for the update and the pictures.

The Hansens
Mark & Patty

mommyof5 said...

Happy 6th Months Birthday sweet boys!! I know your mommy and daddy are so blessed to have you at home. I am glad they are getting stronger and better all the time. We will pray that the kiney stone is gone by August.
Mommy of 5

The Carr's said...

Happy Birthday boys... When I see those beautiful faces, the tears were just streaming down my face. They have had such a hard struggle and have done so well. I know you feel so blessed to have them in your lives. God has given you and Trey two miracles to love and care for and you have done well. Hang in there and know that we will hold them in our thoughts and prayers always. God Bless you all.

Anonymous said...

Dana and Trey,
I just talked to your Mom and found out about Ford's surgery tomorrow. You will all be in our prayers, as usual. Ford is such a fighter!! No way he will let a kidney stone get the best of him! I can't wait to see your boys and smother them in kisses!
Love, Paula and Norman

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