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Back in Charleston -- Day Before Martin's 2nd Surgery
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2012
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The children saying goodbye to Martin before we leave for Charleston for Martin's second open-heart.
We got through all procedures pretty well but as usual they had a bit of a hard time finding the vein to draw blood so it was tough on the poor guy. But he got through it. Mommy and daddy held him down while we tried to keep him as still as possible with Kermit's help.
What a funny Baby Martin
We are in Charleston again. Tomorrow Martin is scheduled to have his second open-heart surgery for HLHS (hypoplastic left heart syndrome) babies. This second surgery is called the "Glenn" procedure. The first surgery was called the "Norwood"...
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Martin's Second Surgery Photos
Martin's second open-heart surgery (Glenn Procedure) in Charleston, SC.

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Update: There and back again -- heart cath done
TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2012
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Happy baby before his procedure. Martin is a morning baby!
Right before the heart catheterization procedure. Poor buddy does not smile again until later that evening.
Finally get to see him again after 3 hours. IV was placed in both his neck and foot. He was very swollen and had a lot of gas and air in his system. Looks like he had a rough time. Poor guy. :(
Well, we made it back home this afternoon. That was rough -- for Martin. We checked into the hospital early Monday morning at around 6am. They started on him around 7:30 or so and we didn't see him again until almost noon. It looked like he had a...
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Martin's 5 month pictures

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Martin's 5-Month Update -- Getting ready for Charleston
FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2012
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Martin has a smile that lights up his face -- and our's.
Getting ready for the heart catheterization and then the second open-heart. Our brave little warrior, Martin.
Martin, the night before his heart catheterization.
We can hardly believe how fast time flies. Martin is over 5 months old now and we are getting ready to head back down to Charleston for Martin's heart catheterization to see if he's ready for his second open-heart surgery for HLHS babies (called...
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Martin's 5 month pictures

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Martin's 4-Month Update -- Thankful he's "breaking the mold"
TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2012
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First time going to church for infant baptism service.
BEFORE
AFTER -- clearly lost some weight
At a recent cardiologist's visit, the doctor said that Martin was "breaking the mold" for HLHS babies. We are extremely encouraged by Martin's progress but we are not being presumptuous at all. We "rejoice with trembling." We know all too well...
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Martin's 4 month pictures

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Martin's 3-Month Update -- His 'phenomenal' growth is slowing down, but still doing great!
WEDNESDAY, MAY 09, 2012
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These fantastic photos were taken by a family friend in her photo studio (Kachoo) here in Greenville, SC.
Our Martin is one special baby with lots of heart!
Dr. and Mrs. Alan Cairns finally get to meet Martin Alan Lee -- whose (middle) name he bears.
Martin is now over 3 months old and is continuing to do very well. His voracious eating pattern has slowed down ever-so-slightly and according to a recent doctor's visit his growth is also plateauing a bit. But no one is concerned at all because...
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Martin's 3 month pictures

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Martin's 2-Month Update -- Eating well, gaining weight, and growing stronger!
THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012
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Martin has some really funny faces. What a character!
Here is Martin with his serious face. What a hoot!
Mommy taking Martin for a ride in the stroller around the block.
We've had some requests to keep the blog updated with Martin's progress so our family and friends know better how to pray for him. Sometimes it's easy for us to forget that while we see him every day, no one else knows how he's doing! We'll do our...
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Martin's 2 month pictures
Here are some photos of Martin as he continues to recover and grow wonderfully after his first...

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WE ARE HOME! One journey ends, another begins..
THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012
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Martin, our miracle boy, with that sly smile of his -- at home at last!
The first night of Martin's homecoming! So great to be reunited with our wonderful children again. We love them all so much!
Martin finally safe and sound at home! Our journey is finally over -- for now.
We finally arrived back home in Greenville yesterday! After 9 weeks away from home and over 3 weeks living apart from our other children, we finally arrived back home yesterday at 1:30pm. Martin did well on the 3.5-hour trip from Charleston and...
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Martin's Surgery Photos

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We are to be discharged -- today! What a turn of events!
TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2012
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I'm much happier now! Martin without the feeding tube. We just learned that today we will be discharged if the last echocardiogram goes well!
Martin gets his final echocardiogram before we are discharged. No problems on the monitor!
Martin ready to get out of the hospital and enter the real world!
Martin did it! He has been able to successfully feed from a bottle for the past 24 hours and all through last night the required amount of at least 75mL each time! And since he's been feeding on Elecare, the bloody stools have stopped after...
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Martin's Surgery Photos

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Ugh! More blood -- stopped in our tracks again! :(
MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2012
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Martin had 24 hours of breastmilk which fattened him up (this is a good thing!). But blood was found again in his stool the next day.
We ran out to the store and got some things to apply to the ring of the bottle so he can smell something pleasant while trying to drink the Elecare formula again. We are willing to try anything. It is now or never.
Martin passed the swallow study with flying colors the second time around. He just sat there as still as could be even though he was overdue on his feeds. He did great!
We had a very great disappointment this morning. We found blood (again) in his stool. I can't even begin to tell you how so very crestfallen we both were. We had an absolutely GREAT day yesterday with Martin drinking from the bottle for the entire...
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Martin's Surgery Photos

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Update: They let us try breastmilk and he did spectacular!
SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2012
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He loves the breastmilk! He drank 65mL in 30 minutes by bottle!
Martin and Mommy share a moment after a great session with breastmilk. They let us try breastmilk by bottle one time. Turns out he loves it and drank better than ever!
Martin is all worn out after drinking a great meal! Apparently breastmilk has natural ingredients in it that makes babies sleepy after taking it.
The last 24 hours have been really tough with Martin being very fussy with his bottle-feedings. He would take a couple of gulps, then turn away and have this awful frown on his face -- generally, really fussy. We tried everything the therapist...
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Martin's Surgery Photos

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