Friday, February 27, 2009

Me (with my new hair) and My Girls

Tay and I were having a good time taking pictures. Just us girls! And you can see my new do!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Here are some pictures of the kiddos! Morgyn is doing great. She hasn't had any problems since she has been home. Colin is loving his new sister. He also has a few new obsessions... hats and this princess bucket of toys that he carries everywhere. Taylor LOVEs her new sister also. She thinks she is nearly big enough to take care of her all on her own. Dad is back to work but wishing he could be home with the rest of us. I am working toward figuring this whole 3 kids thing out. I have managed to go grocery shopping, make dinner (at least twice) and keep the house from being a total disater! So i guess i am surviving :)

Monday, February 16, 2009

Home Sweet Home

We brought Morgyn Home Yesterday!!! She is doing well. She kept us up most the night but that is what new borns do right! She is on a Monitor and we have oxygen just in case but haven't needed to use it yet. She goes to see the Cardiologist on Wednesday for her Post-op check up. Im sure he will have good things to say. It is so nice to be home in our own space. The kids are really enjoying us all being together. They kind of think she is a doll to be passed around and are quickly learing that she may not be just a toy. 


Saturday, February 14, 2009

Ready to go home!

Happy Valentines Day all! I am so excited to inform everyone that Morgyn gets to come home tomorrow! It was going to be today but she hasn't had a stinking hearing test yet so we have to wait until morning! So here we are one last night at the Hospital. She is doing pretty well but we will be taking her home with oxygen but hopefully won't have to keep in on too long. I am just so glad we get to go home and be a family! Wahoo no more fighting myself about where I should be. We'll let you know how it goes in a couple days!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Morgyn Pictures

Morgyn Today looking great after surgery

Meet Morgyn

Our Sweet Morgyn Ella Martin decided to join us in a nice hurry early Friday February 6th. She entered the world in the front seat of grandpa Ward's car near the 177 mile marker of highway 347.  Only about 10 mins from home and a good 20 mins from the Hospital in Chandler. Grandma Ward was able to keep a cool enough head to pull over and catch her. She handed her off to me and we were back on the road all of us in a bit of shock. We arrived at the hospital ER where they quickly cut the umbilical cord and made sure baby was doing fine and finished up with me. Dad and the kids arrived about 20 mins later to enjoy baby sister for a little while. 
At first glance everything was going well we got to hold feed and enjoy Morgyn to her fullest for about the first 15 hours of her life. During those hours she slowly was turning blue. First they thought it was bruising from her quick and unusual delivery. Then they realized that this was a different problem. Thanks to the quick actions of our Nurse Marlene and the other Staff of Chandler regional they quickly identified a heart problem and transported her to St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix. After an ultrasound they discovered that she had a valve in her heart that moves the blue blood into the lungs so that she can breathe correctly and be pink instead of blue. :)  This valve was to small to do its job and the temporary valve that had been supporting her thus far in life was closing quickly. 

 On Saturday Morning she was diagnosed with pulmonary valve stenosis which is a tight valve in he heart that was not allowing enough blood to flow through it and in turn the blood was flowing back through the body instead of to the lungs where it belongs.  We waited for the doctors to decide if a heart catheter would work or if she would need open heart surgery. After many tests and monitoring the team of doctors decided that Morgyn was a good candidate for a heart catheter and scheduled the procedure for Tuesday morning. 

The procedure is to enter a catheter through a vein in the leg and feed a small wire up to her heart. They would then insert a small balloon on to the wire and inflate it in hopes that the balloon would some what tear the tight valve to open it enough for an appropriate amount of blood to flow through.  The team of Doctors that did the procedure took great care and did an amazing job sending our baby girl back to us with a working heart. We couldn't be happier thus far with the results. 

She is currently still in the hospital recovering. She is eating well and breathing great on her own. We are hoping to bring her home in a couple of days if everything continues to go well. We can't thank the staff at St. Joesph's enough for all they have done in helping our sweet girl and making us comfortable and helping us understand everything that has come along with this adventure. We are truly grateful to all of you who have helped out in so many ways and supported our family through this rocky time. The amount of prayers and love that has been sent to us is overwhelming and I am so grateful or all of them and the many blessings that we have received from our heavenly father. We will let you know when she gets to come home and keep you updated.  Enjoy the pictures of our girl. Love you all 
Kara, Josh and Family

Pulmonary Valve Stenosis

Here  is a great link to tell you all about it cause my definition doesn't make tons of sense. 

Remember that Feb is American Hearth Month! Support the American Heart Association if you can! Even Just wear red! 

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