Welcome to our CaringBridge site. It has been created to keep friends and family updated about our loved one, Addyson Renee.
You can read her full story below. Please check out the links button above to learn more about pre-eclampsia, preemies, and Addyson's hospital. Be sure to read the latest in the journal, view the photo gallery, and drop us a line in the guestbook.
Addyson was born on Wednesday, April 25, 2007. She is considered a micro-preemie because she was born at 25 weeks and only weighed 1 pound, 7.9 ounces and was 11 1/2 inches long.
We believe that Addyson is our little miracle and the power of prayer, along with the love and support of friends and family have kept us strong through this trying time.
Addyson was able to be released from the hospital and come home with us on August 21, 2007.
Addyson had a G-Tube Insertion surgery on November 16, 2007 to assist with her feedings, as she is unable to take feedings by mouth due to her prematurity.
Addyson had her G-Tube replaced on January 2, 2009 due to her growing size and the deterioration of the original tube. At this point, Addyson only puts food into her mouth for tastings and isn't taking any nutritional value from oral feedings.
Yesterday was Addy's half birthday... she's now 3 1/2 years old! Hard to believe. She's doing very well and enjoying life. Addyson attends Wayne Township Developmental Preschool on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. She rides the bus to and from school and really enjoys going this year! Addy receives Occupational and Physical Therapy at school. We also take Addy on Tuesdays and Thursdays to St. Vincent Pediatric Rehab for Speech (feeding), Physical, and Occupational Therapy. She recently got fitted for foot braces, which will help her gain strength and balance. The doctors were very pleased with her weight gain recently, and we've been working on adding a supplement to her foods so that we can cut out the night time tube feedings, and it's going fairly well so far (it's only been a couple of weeks).
As many of you know, Addy's always been interested in letters, words, and books. We've supported that interest and are pleased to report that Addy is READING!!!! Yes, we couldn't be more proud of her. She's also starting to write some letters, especially her name, but the lack of strength in her hands and fingers make it quite a struggle.
This year, for Halloween, we decided to let Addy choose her own costume. She's so creative. She said she wanted to be a BLUE CRAYON. So, I set out to create her costume, and ended up creating CRAYON costumes for Nick and I as well. We'll be the primary colors for Halloween this year!