Baby Braden Petska

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Is it spring yet?

Hello everyone,
I'm sure I can speak for all of the midwesterners when I say that I hope this spring weather is here to stay!!! We had quite a busy weekend. On Saturday, Braden ventured out with mom to get her haircut at the salon; next was a Target shopping pit stop; then it was off to a friend's house for lots of fun and a late night. Today, Aunt Joy and Uncle Bob came over to visit. We were also able to get a walk in with Braden to catch some of this nice weather. It was nice to get some more use out of his stroller now that winter is finally leaving us. We've only used it for clinic appointments/adventures, and to get us across the skywalk.

This past Wednesday, Braden was given a physical therapy evaluation through the birth - 3 program. She was impressed with everything Braden is able to do considering everything he has been through. She did give us some stretching exercises for his neck to loosen it up. She also gave us some creative ways to get more tummy-time in. His latest milestone has been sitting up unsupported. He still needs a smidge of support, but he's getting the balancing act down. AND, those darn teeth still haven't poked through. We have noticed that his gums (especially on the left front tooth) have swelled quite a bit. There looks to be a hole on the gum with the potential of a tooth to snap through...we're thinking any day now!

On March 21st, Rich and Braden will venture up to Children's for a full scale developmental screening. This is something Children's does for heart kiddos to monitor their overall progress and recovery after surgery. Dr. Cava will also see Braden for another clinic appointment. I have no time to take off from work, so I will not be going with :-( I'm not sure if many of you saw the CBS news special, "Matters of the Heart," that aired a few weeks ago. It was about a HLHS baby who was diagnosed in utero. They were able to balloon open the valve in the baby's heart while she was still in the womb. This ballooning procedure allowed the proper amount of blood to flow through the left ventricle, allowing the left ventricle to fully develop. It's being done at Boston Children's Hospital. The procedure is only 4 years old, and about 100 patients have underwent this procedure. I'm not sure what the statistical outcomes have been, but it blows my mind to see how far medical advancements have traveled. Who's to say what all will be new once Braden has his 3rd surgery???
Some of you have asked about our heart buddies, Sam and Carter. Both Sam and Carter are doing very well. We are so happy for them and their amazing families.

Well, it's that time....although with the time change, I'm not tired yet!
Have a great week!
Love, Steph, Rich, and Braden


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update Steph, Rich and Braden. Make sure you send us some pics from his first visit to Munising this month.

Grandpa Dale

4:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great update and the picture, my goodness!! He is something!!
Well the plan was for us to meet our "little hero" in the next few weekends but not sure if that's gonna happen now..
My vehicle and I got into an accident this past weekend(while I was out delivering) so we are taking things day by day..I hope and pray that we'll be able to meet lil brads!
take care petska family, love the heiss family

4:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was so fun to visit with you at school today. Bet you mommy is jealous! HHS is so lucky to have your daddy on staff. Even with all those strangers looking at you and talking, you still managed to charm everyone with those big blue eyes and the killer smile!
Love and Blessings,
Lisa and Dennis

9:09 PM  

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