God's blessings and an infinite number of prayers continue to rain on our family. Many family and friends have pulled together, prayed for all three of us, encouraged us, and been there for us again this week. It is wonderful to see God's people at work.
Carter has had another great week! His colostomy started working earlier in the week and we were able to begin feedings. This is another answered prayer. It was very important that Carter's colostomy work so that he could eat. Eating is a key to nutrition and growth for all babies. However, not only did all these things fall in place, but Carter is feeding by bottle. His feedings have increased from 2cc's to 20cc's in only a few days. God is awesome!
A trip to Baltimore is in our future. Carter's urologist consulted this week about going to Johns Hopkins for the orthopedic surgery(hips), placing the bladder inside, and urological reconstruction. We were referred to Johns Hopkins as a result of: 1) the severity of Carter's condition 2) Johns Hopkins experience with this condition and 3) Carter's doctors wanting the best for him. We thank God for doctors who want the best for our son and look forward to carrying our blessing, Carter, north for others to see!
An update on Carter's spinal condition. It is still uncertain what exactly the diagnosis will be. It is, however, a form of spina bifida. This will still, more than likely, require an operation. The neurologist want to see him in 6 months and take a closer look. As of now there is no immediate danger to Carter. We praise the Lord for this also as we were fully prepared for a much worse scenario. God has heard and answered many prayers.
We thank everyone who has said a kind or encouraging word, brought us food, gave us gifts, prayed for us, and followed our blog. We have been blessed beyond what we deserve. Please continue to pray for our son. He is just beginning this process in which his Mama correctly named "Carter's Journey." God bless y'all and to God goes all the glory. "Apart from Me you can do nothing" John 15:5.