Friday, September 23, 2011


Sam has finally ventured into the world of real food! His favorite item on the menu is pureed bananas, which he eats like a voracious little monkey, kicking his chubby little legs excitedly and opening his mouth impatiently. He can eat almost an entire banana in the time period of about 20 minutes. He tries to grab the spoon himself, but he unfailingly sticks it right into his eye.

Our doctor was quite pleased with his weight gain; Sam is now weighing in a little over 16 pounds, which puts him in the 20th percentile! For a cardiac baby, this is especially exciting since gaining weight is often a problem when half of your heart is doing all of the work.

While the doctor was happy with Sam's overall growth, his left pulmonary artery and descending aorta remain small as of this week, and they are perhaps growing even narrower. If they do not improve by the end of October, it looks like Sam will undergo a heart catheterziation in November. While we are not looking forward to this, we are hopeful that it will work and keep Sam from enduring another open heart surgery this year. Clinically, however, Sam looks great! His upper and lower blood pressures are the same, which is apparently very important, and he otherwise continues to thrive.

Aside from the food and the discoveries made at this week's appointment, here is a brief list of Sam's other accomplishments this month:
1. Rolling frequently from stomach to back (and almost from back to stomach, but his arm keeps getting in the way)

2. Discovering his feet
3. Turning pages while being read to
4. Screeching happily and/or angrily
5. Getting upset when I leave the room
6. Noticing when I eat and demanding to be fed at that moment
7. Pivoting himself around in his exersaucer (which he is doing as I type this!)
8. Somehow wriggling himself off his exercise mat onto the carpet. Also, when I come into his room in the morning to get him up, he has rotated himself 180 degrees in the crib and looks quite pleased with himself.

Thanks for reading, and I hope everyone is enjoying a beautiful autumn so far.


  1. Oh, he is such an adorable little man! And such good news! I'm really happy for you all.
    Now I'm hoping with you everything will improve so he won't need surgery.

    Prayers for all of you!

  2. joining in prayers with Riete, he's so precious!

  3. God just keeps pouring in the good news today! What wonderful news of progress!

    You can add my name to those of Riete and Lis who are praying Sam won't need surgery.

  4. Thanks for the update! Sam is hitting some fun milestones...:)

  5. Have been anxiously awaiting an update, and so happy that it is news of such great progress. Praising God for the good report and praying for growth of his aorta and artery and that surgery will not be necessary. NKL

  6. Sam keeps making our day - renewing our faith with every new thing he does and every breath that he takes in the power of one!


  7. I still pray for your little cutie :) So glad to hear he's healthy! I appreciate the updates!

  8. Hello LeClaires!!! I've had a lovely evening catching up on your sweet Sam! Sounds like everyone is happy and chugging right along. Kristin, p/t conferences were not the same without seeing you... you were missed. But little Sam I know is keeping you quite busy and he is absolutely adorable. We think of you often and hope to see you soon.
    the Beans girls.... Becky and Molly