Welcome to our site about our son Brodie Dick who will join our family on August 8, 2011 at 8:00. At 22 weeks we went in to find out if we were having a boy or a girl and we found out that we were having a boy but that he may have a birth defect. After an agonizing week we found out that our son had CDH (Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia). CDH occurs when the diaphragm fails to fully form, allowing the abdominal organs into the chest cavity and preventing lung growth. CDH occurs in 1 of every 2500 births and a baby with CDH is born every 10 minutes. 50% of babies diagnosed with CDH do not survive. The cause is not known. This will be a journal of our journey and will allow our family and friends to keep up to date on what is happening with us and our son Brodie. Thanks for your prayers and support!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Brodie 9 Months

It is hard to believe that Brodie turned 9 months on Tuesday.  Time has flown by and it blows our mind that in 3 months he will be one.  I can't tell you how proud of Brodie we are right now and how thankful we are that he has made so much progress.  He looks really good and is such a happy baby.  He has now been off oxygen for over a month and it looks like we will get the trach out maybe next April.  That seems like a long way off but it is definitely something to look forward to.  Brodie is sitting up by himself, clapping and even says mama and dada.  We never dreamed that he would progress as well as he has but we are so pleased.  He still has a tough time being on his tummy and when we put him on all fours his right side is too weak to keep him up.  These are the first signs of the effects of the stroke that we have seen.  Hopefully with all of the therapy that he gets he can overcome these deficits.  He had a developmental appointment on Thursday and they were amazed at his progress. They put him at 7-9 months and said he has caught up on quite a few things.  Life for us is still busy but it is very rewarding to see how far he has come and we know he will continue amazing us daily.  Tomorrow our church is doing their baby dedication so Brodie will be a part of that.  If any of you would like to watch it you can go to this link at 11:30 tomorrow and watch it live http://live.woodlandschurch.tv/.  We are so thankful to all of you a for everything you have done for us and hope that you are as proud of Brodie as we are.  I am also going to post a recent picture of our two boys as well so look for that.  Hope everyone has a wonderful Mother's Day and I know this one will certainly be special for LaVona.