John David Pate-3years old

James Daniel Pate-3years old

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Surgery scheduled...start praying!

James Daniel has surgery scheduled for March 26th to repair a hernia. The doctors have assured me that this type of surgery is very "routine" in nature and is pretty common in boys. He said our only concern really is putting James to sleep for the surgery. Due to his prematurity and respiratory distress at birth, he is a little more high risk than a typical infant. Generally babies receive this surgery between 6-12 months of age, but Dr. Harmon feels that James can't wait much longer. His hernia is substantial and we risk the chance of intestinal blockage and serious damage if we prolong it. I am definitely nervous about the surgery but thankful it is hernia surgery and nothing more serious. For this little guy to enter the world 10 weeks prematurely and weigh only 2 pounds, and only need a hernia surgery thus far, is purely amazing. As I have said many times before, I still wake up each morning and stand in AWE of what God has done in our lives. For the Creator of all the world to bless us with these precious little lives, is purely humbling. Please do remember James in your daily prayers and ask God's hands to wrap around his tiny body and protect him. Please pray specifically for Dr. Harmon as he performs the surgery and if you have any energy left, pray for Mommy and Daddy to be strong through it. We will be staying the night at Children's after the surgery to make sure James is breathing okay and doesn't have any apnea spells.

Here are some pictures of the boys today. We had a busy day. Eating, sleeping, and eating and sleeping and eating and sleeping...haha!

I love these outfits. They are so cute, especially with the hoods on. Dressing up boys is totally different than dressing up girls, but still it is fun to see them in some new outfits.

12 weeks old!


Missy said...

Dana, I will definitely be saying a few prayers!!! Keeping you all in our thoughts & prayers!

I love their outfits too! So cute!!!

Mizerany Family said...

Dana - congrats on your miracle boys! I know Rob through Rotary and came across your blog, so I thought I would say hello and let you we'll be thinking and praying for you all.