"By adopting a child and helping them reach their potential, they help us reach ours. An adopted child is not an unwanted child; to the contrary. They are a child who was searched for, prayed for, cried for, begged for; received by arms that ached, making empty hearts full. Love is meant to be shared." Author unknown

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

2nd Expander Fill

We did the second expander fill five days after the first one on January 27.  We did it this soon for two reasons.  One, so we could fit it in our busy weekend schedule since it takes a chunk of time to do. Secondly, because we have fewer weeks, than typically scheduled for, till the expanders are removed - 9 weeks versus  about 12 weeks (which is preferred).  We want to be sure we get to full expansion.
Tegan's process seems quite slow now. The first few fills seem almost pointless since you don't get much injected but that will begin to change here soon. It is quite amazing how the skin begins to adapt. At this point we are less than 25% along in his neck and less than 20% progress on the other two.  Totals now are.: neck - 57, forehead - 44 and back of head - 67. 

Corban's on the other hand, are about 30% filled.  I cannot even fathom at this point how big his two back expanders will be when we are done with this process.  I am beginning to wonder how I am going to fit clothes on this kid. Width wise, he has almost exceeded 2T shirts.  Guess I'm going to have to keep moving up on shirts as he gets wider.  His totals after second fill are: forehead 22 and each back is at 225. (The sad face, you ask?  He's not a fan of having his shirt off)

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