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Zayd was born 11/28/2010 at 12:50 AM.  The delivery was excellent.  :)  He was healthy and beautiful.  He has tons of dark hair and looks like his older brother Zaker.  Brown eyes.  7 pounds even and 20 1/4 inches long.

I noticed at his diaper change that his bottom looked different from my other children.  He also wasn't nursing very well.  Long story short, he was born with a condition called Low Imperforate Anus.  He has an opening, but it is smaller than it should be.  He wasn't wanting to eat because he wasn't able to poop very well, so he was feeling full.

He will need surgery to correct it.  The surgeon saw him yesterday and got him to poop out *everything*.  After that, he started nursing like a champ and has been almost non-stop eating.  :)

We did get one piece of good news this morning--the surgeon has not been here yet, but his pediatrician has been here.  He had several tests to try to determine if he had any internal problems that can sometimes happen with his condition.  It looks like he does NOT have any of that, so he will have a simpler surgery.

His surgery is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon.  I will post more when I know more.

The good news summary though is of the two options I was given yesterday, it looks like he will have the less-complex surgery.  He is nursing excellent now.  :)  And other than this condition, he is completely healthy and beautiful.

This fall, Zayd is not gaining weight, not taking solid food well, and has been diagnosed as failure to thrive.  :(  We are currently undergoing testing to find out why this is happening.  Other than the lack of growth, he is happy, playful, and active.  He is 10 months old.  He knows how to hold onto the couch and walk along it.  He has help to pull up there.  He sits and can get on his tummy and is trying to crawl.  He says "dada" occasionally "Mom" and twice on the same night, "I love you"  He LOVES to watch his brothers and sister play and they love him.

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Melanie Johnson posted a new journal entry, "No more...ANYTHING!".

It's been almost 5 months since Zayd had his surgery to close his colostomy. Everything has gone fabulous! He spent an overnight at Avera in Dec. because of a stomach bug. ... Read more

Melanie Johnson posted a new journal entry, "No more...ANYTHING!".

It's been almost 5 months since Zayd had his surgery to close his colostomy. Everything has gone fabulous! He spent an overnight at Avera in Dec. because of a stomach bug. ... Read more

Melanie Johnson posted a new journal entry.

I was worried Friday night after he ended up puking two more times, but the rest of the evening, he kept liquids down, he started pooping, and by Sat. AM he had turned ... Read more

Melanie Johnson posted a new journal entry.

I feel better.  Talked to Zayd's surgeon this afternoon after being worried that he ate 3 bites of lunch and immediately puked.  He said out of 100 kids that had the ... Read more

Melanie Johnson posted a new journal entry.

23 hours after returning from recovery, he's pretty quiet but alert.  He ate most of a big popsicle this morning and that went well.  Yesterday afternoon and evening ... Read more

wini iverson signed Baby's Guestbook.

hey Mel. we are praying for both of you.. keep you faith. Zayd also needs your strength.   He is going to be fine..  Maybe a reason why he still sleepy..let us know if ... Read more

Melanie Johnson posted a new journal entry, "FINAL SURGERY!".

Zayd had his final surgery today.  Took them till 10 to get him into the OR.  Doctor says surgery went well.  He has been asleep all afternoon so far, it is 3 PM.  He ... Read more

Christa Bauman signed Baby's Guestbook.

I will pray for a successful FINAL surgery!! Thanks for sharing the update!! Read more

Melanie Johnson posted a new journal entry, "We've come a LONG way...".

Time for what is supposed to be Zayd's final surgery!  He sees the surgeon at 10 AM tomorrow.  Provided his weight is up and his general health looks good (which it ... Read more

Melanie Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Phase 2 is complete!".

Zayd is home, and extremely happy to be here!  We arrived about 10:30.  Funny morning, he woke up just upset with life, like he was mad to be waking up in the hospital. ... Read more

Melanie Johnson posted a new journal entry.

Surgery is done!  We are back in the room, 3620 Avera.  He is sound asleep on morphine right now.  Dr. Bufo said everything went as expected.  We'll be here till ... Read more

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