Thursday, March 28, 2013

It's official: Marcus is one of us!

Marcus officially became a permanent member of our family today! We are overwhelmed with joy and thankfulness!

His adoption was finalized at court in Kansas. We did not travel back for the hearing, but had the privilege of meeting the judge six weeks ago while we were in Wichita. We took this photo to mark the occasion.

Grant, Brooke and Marcus outside the courthouse in Wichita, Feb 2013
What a gift he is to our family!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Donations matched dollar for dollar!

Great news! Donations to our adoption fund are now matched dollar for dollar (up to $1,500) and tax deductible! An organization called Lifesong for Orphans has partnered with us to help Marcus join our family. Read more and find out how to donate at our donation page.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Compilation album for Marcus!

Several wonderful musicians have donated songs for a special "mix-tape" to celebrate Marcus's adoption! The album will be available for download for two months, with "tips" going toward our adoption expenses. Please check it out on Noisetrade!!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Medical scare for Marcus

We are even more thankful to have our sweet son, Marcus, after a close call with him on Monday March 4th. He stopped breathing after a feed and turned blue and limp. We were able to resuscitate him before the paramedics arrived (the wonders of CPR!) but it was an awful scare. The ambulance took us to the hospital where Marcus was admitted for observation and testing to rule out infection. He is stable and doing well - we are so thankful! We hope to be discharged on Thursday. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers!

Update - March 7th: Marcus was discharged from the hospital today with no concern about infection!

Update - March 11th: An Ear, Nose and Throat specialist determined that Marcus has a throat defect that caused him to stop breathing. Laryngomalacia is an excess of tissue in the throat that makes it difficult to breathe after swallowing. Marcus has a "moderate" case that he will most likely grow out of, but he is back on the monitor 24/7 so that we can be alerted when he stops breathing. We now have several apnea episodes per day, during and after feeds. The monitor tells us to remind Marcus to breathe, well before he turns blue. Marcus is keeping us on our toes but doing great. Please continue to pray for complete healing!

Update - May 6th: No more apnea! Marcus has been apnea free for a few weeks and is now officially off the apnea monitor!