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Sunday, December 13, 2009

.Praying for my Christmas Elf.

My sweet elf, who "hacked" my computer a few short days ago has been on my mind and in my prayers so much.

I took him to his twelve month well child appointment (four months late - long story) on Friday. His last well child was at nine months. So if you do the math that was seven months ago. At that appointment our doctor was concerned because Scotty did not seem to be growing right. He had dropped on the growth chart significantly. His height was actually not even chartable. Our doctor decided to take a "wait and see" approach. I worried and prayed about it, but then I pushed it out of my mind - until last week, I was nervous knowing his doctor's appointment loomed ahead at the end of the week.

In my heart of hearts, I knew that he was still not growing right. I didn't want to face the truth that, yes it was strange that my sixteen month old, beautiful boy was still fitting nicely into some six month clothing. He looks so chubby and perfect - just tiny. But I am fairly tiny stature wise at just 5 foot 1, and my dad is tiny as well, at just around 5 foot 4, so I thought maybe that is all that it was.

I took Scotty into his appointment, my heart in knots. I was just praying and hoping everything was fine, and that he was only a bit on the small side. Unfortunately, to my dismay, he has fallen even farther down the growth chart and at 16 months is just shy of 20 lbs and is 28 inches long. My heart thudded as the doctor told me that something just does not seem right.

Scotty's head is growing right on track, which is a huge praise, but this tells us that there is most likely something wrong with the rest of his growth. Scotty suffers from many allergies and asthma - we believe he is allergic to mold, dust, animals, and cow's milk.
Tomorrow he is going to go through a myriad of testing to see if he has any other allergies and to confirm some of the others. He will be tested for an allergy to eggs, soy, milk, wheat and several others. He is also being tested for celiac disease and for a thyroid problem. I am nervous for these tests. One because he is sixteen months old and has to get his blood drawn - should be interesting, and two I am nervous about the results. On the one hand, I am hoping everything comes back normal, but on the other hand, it would be so nice to have an answer and something to work with.

This sweet boy has given us a lot to deal with medically already! Between his allergies and his hydronephrosis (which praise God is very minimal now!!), he has kept us on our knees. My heart is heavy, and my mind is filled with questions. God is good, and He knows exactly what is going on in Scotty's tiny body. I am choosing to remember that at this moment. I am also reminded of the parents who today are dealing with much scarier situations with their children - whether it be health or other. I am so thankful for how gracious God has been to my family, and I pray for that to continue.

I think this is my all-time favorite {for the moment} photo of my boy and I. Isn't he gorgeous? I cannot get enough of his sweetness. Praying for my Christmas elf.


Lindsay said...

What a sweet little boy you have. He is just so cute!! I will be thinking of you and him and hopefully you can get some answers as to what is going on. He is just perfect though as he is! Love that photo of you two by the way.

rameelin said...

I just want to encourage you! Braden is over 2 years old and still fits into some 12 month clothes. He is a tiny guy himself. Granted, the Dr. isnt concerned with his growth, but God made our bodies to grow the way they are supposed to and I am believing Scotty's is growing, according to God's purpose in it! As a mother, I know it must be scary. I am praying for a perfect peace over you and your husband. I am praying that Scotty's face would bring ease and reassurance. THe Lord's hand is all over that boy--I can see it! He has a plan and a purpose that is great! Believing for restoration and complete healing of every little ailment that the enemy is trying to use to torment your mind and his body. Thinking of you. Email me if you wanna talk. ♥

Sugarplum Creations Blog said...

I'm so sorry, Tiffany. I know how much I worry about my own little sugarplums, and I can tell that you have had a lot of worry these last few months. It is so comforting to know that God knows. Even when we don't. Praying for some answers for you. Hugs ♥ Liz

Sarah Burke said...

hi tiffany! i just had to say hi and that i really feel for you with this. my boys were/are both always on the small end of the scale at least weight wise. it is sooo nerveracking. for me, i was especially concerned b/c i was nursing so it felt like "my fault." you are so right to lean into God's wisdom and faithfulness. it is so hard though. thinking of you!
sarah (workman) burke

The Anglin Family said...

I sooo appreciate you prayers and your sweet comments. I will pray for sweet little Scotty. And thanks for praying for mine. :) You are SO beautiful and he is so so adoreable.


Heather said...

I don't know if I have commented on your blog before but I follow you and I love your photos. I want you to know that I am lifting your sweet little boy in prayer. I have a 12 month old and I know what it is like to worry as a mommy.

Carrie said...

Awww...I'm so sorry! I'll be praying for you especially during the testing- those blood draws are so hard! I hope they can figure out quickly what's wrong!

Jenna said...

Tiff, I will be praying for you all tomorrow.

Brigetta Schwaiger said...

First, your blog is lovely. Absolutely!

Second, your boy is beautiful. Praying for you- wisdom, peace, strength. God is good. He adores your Christmas elf.

Michelle said...

Hope you get good news on your sweet boy with the test results. Will be thinking and praying for you.


Unknown said...

We are praying for your sweet Christmas Elf! He's such a cutie! We will be adding prayers for the rest of your family too!

Much Love,


Stacy's Snippets said...

Good luck with everything. I hope your darling little boy turns out all right. Your dr may have told you but Celiac can cause low growth (probably not the correct term) in children. I pray that it turns out to be something easily manageable.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Test said...

I've been thinking of you and praying for you all day!


Sara said...

I will definately be praying for him. And for you :) I about cry everytime Ellie just gets a shot.

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Kerry Rice said...

I understand how you feel. My youngest has many health issues inclued in those are severe asthma and allergies. He has had stomach issues ever since he was 12 months old. He is growing good now and that has never been an issue just always in pain. It is never easy to see your child go through something and I will be praying for you and your baby.

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