Elliott Hampton

Elliott Hampton
Elliott Hampton

Sunday, September 18, 2011

He's a growing boy!

It's always a happy Sunday when I wake up with my husband and little boy! It is just plain blissful. This morning, we played with E, made cinnamon rolls, lattes, and finished this project:

I am a happy mama.

It has been a stressful week at work. As predicted by my mentor, I want to quit every other day, which are usually the days I am not at NHE (my Alma mater elementary). I am busy every minute of every day, and often am not able to leave the school grounds until after 5:30. To top it off, each week my T/Th assignment changes. I must interject that I love the children, they are just wonderful- each and every one of them. Anyway, I am really trying to be a flexible team player, but just between you and me, it's rather unnerving. But as a very wise woman (thank you, Michelle) told me, I have to leave work in the car (or on my bicycle), lest I go nuts. This week I resolve to walk out the door as close as possible to 3:20 and spend time with my beautiful son.

Moving on...

Can you believe our dear E weighs 9 lbs 7.5 oz!! That is as of Thursday, I wonder what he will weigh tonight!
UPDATE: Elliott weighed in at 9 lbs 12 oz!

I haven't had a chance to take many pics lately, but here are a few taken yesterday during out outing to the Tomball Art Walk:

Yum beefy cheek!

Hooray rain!

Look at me in my bumbo chair!

I like to gnaw on Sophie giraffe.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


So far we know the right side is still small- tricuspid valve, pulmonary valve and right ventricle. May need more intervention (read:surgical procedures) in nine months or so. Will fill you in as we learn more. Blood pressures still high. Leaving him on the captopril. Taking him off the lasix. Hooray!
He is 21 inches- that's 2.5 inches taller since leaving the hospital!

All in all, it was a long day. The doc is happy with his growth, but he has a lot of catching up to do. So, we will give little E some time and see the cardiologist again in 4 months.

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So far Elliott has had an echo, EKG, and x ray. Still waiting to hear what it all means...

Daddy,Giraffe, and Elliott are playing to pass the time, while waiting for Dr.P to explain the results of the day's tests.

Elliott is so sweet, he lives to gently pet Giraffe.

2months and 8 lbs 14 oz!

***I've been trying to post for over a week now***

What a wondrous, lovely, busy life I lead, as a mama, wife, and SLP.

Can you believe that Elliott is 10 weeks old? I am so proud of my little boy. He was basically drugged for his entire 1st month, and is still hitting those milestones. Smiles and coos are welcome visions after our hospital journey.

I am anxiously awaiting Tuesday's appointment with Elliott's cardiologist. While Elliott appears to be flourishing externally, I really need to hear that things are also flourishing internally, as well. His last echo showed a but of blood behind the pericardium. Initial impressions indicated a leaky valve, but after further review, E's cardio decided it was dried blood that would reabsorb and is no cause for concern. I am hoping to hear that the thrombus has been reabsorbed, that the right ventricle shows growth, and that there is no indication of scar tissue build up around his rebuilt aortic arch. Feel free to hope with me.

I finally received my license. What a relief. You know, I am a hard worker, happy to stay late at work to get the job done. It is challenging to balance my work ethic with my mommy- ness. All day, I feel drawn to walk away and scoop up my sweet Elliott. That said, I am intent on doing the best job I can for the kiddoes at my Klein schools. It has been a complicated start of the academic year. Licensure delays placed immense stress on myself as well as those potentially affected. Thankfully, my license came through this week and, ultimately, no one had to cover my caseload. I love the kids and already have great stories to share (minus PHI, of course).

Mark will returns Saturday, and E and I couldn't be more excited! I hate this separation, but the truth is that we don't have a choice. E needs to be here, in close proximity to doctors, and Mark need to be there to keep our insurance so that we can "kinda" afford the doctors.

And now for the pictures:

This is the outfit that Elliott wore for the car ride home. It was one if two newborn-sized outfits and he was swallowed up by it. Now, weighing in at a whopping 8 lbs 9oz, this is likely one of the last times he will wear it.

Look at that grip!

Hanging out with mama after work.

Morning dancing

Can you believe my cheeks are so plump, they hang over my car seat!

More morning smiles

Upcoming sewing projects, I think Sofia (my machine) is under there somewhere...