"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

Friday, March 16, 2012

Expander removal on Monday...

Quick catch up on the past week.  As of the last post, Tegan's expander was beginning to show. By Monday morning, last week, his expander was ready to come out.  With the help of a friend, who is a nurse, the expander was removed. I am so very thankful for her assistance because I'm really not sure I could have done it.  I was also glad I was able to hold and do my best to comfort Tegan during this. I don't think it hurt but probably caused him some discomfort, on top of being scared.  So glad that is over with. Tegan has not been in any pain or discomfort in his neck, since.

This evening, we did the final fills on the boys expanders.  Unfortunately, I won't get any new pictures posted but wanted to post the final fill numbers for those who have been following along, wondering just how full we got them.

We got Tegan's forehead expander filled to 197, our goal was 250. The back of his head we got to 375, our goal was 350 (yay!!!!).

Corban's forehead expander is at 80, our goal was 70 (yay!!!). His left back expander we got to 795 and right back expander to 783, our goal was 700 (YAY YAY YAY).

This coming Monday morning, the boys will each go in for surgery.  Corban is scheduled for 7:30am, we are supposed to be at the hospital at 6am (I'll shoot for 6:30, he's the first surgery, not like we're going to go in any earlier). Tegan is scheduled for 10:40am, he is supposed to be there by 9:15am.  I presume Corban's surgery is projected to take close to 3 hours. I am not sure how long Tegan is scheduled for, probably close to 3 as well. The boys will spend the night in the hospital and we will head home on Tuesday.

Please pray that all goes smoothly.


  1. Definitely will be praying for your boys!

  2. Praying that the boys surgeries were successful! Looking for an update!!

    God bless,
    Lisa Murphy


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