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!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Brodie is ONE!!!!

I am sorry that I have not posted since Brodie's birthday.  Brodie has been amazing us daily and we are so thankful that we made it to a year.  We had such a great party and thanks to all of you that came to support Brodie and our family.  Once Brodie came off the ventilator and oxygen he never looked back.  For the past two months he hasn't made much progress but the last couple of weeks he decided it was time to get on the move.  He now goes from sitting to his stomach, from lying down to sitting and he has even started to do the military crawl.  We are so happy that he is on the move and can't wait to see what he has in store for the next couple of months.  If you were to see him you would not know that he had a rough start to his life and that he has had a stroke.  Once he gets the trach out he will look like a normal little boy.  We have a bronchoscopy scheduled for September 17th and if everything looks good they will possibly take the trach out.  We feel that he is ready and would have no problems if they took it out.  It sure would be nice to get back to more of a normal life.  If he does not get it out then we will have to wait until  March or April.  If it does not come out now that will be OK too because we never dreamed that he would be where he is right now.  We are constantly reminded of what a miracle we have and feel so blessed to have him in our life.  I can't imagine what our life would have been like if we would have lost him.  He brings so much happiness and joy to our lives and although it has been a tough year we can honestly say that it has been the best.  There are so many families of CDH babies that don't get to bring their babies home so we never want to forget how blessed we are.   Below I will post a link to the pictures from Brodie's birthday party.  I know there are alot but I hope that if you were not able to make it that you will enjoy the pictures.  I will let everyone know what we find out about the trach and again we thank each of you for everything you have done for us this past year.


The password is Todd

If you would like one of the pictures let us know.  We will have a cd and be able to print them out.