Saturday, January 19, 2008

Day 48 - Who do I look like?

Tristan had a great night last night and his apnea monitor only went off once. Tanner spent most of his day beside Tristan's bassinet talking to him and rubbing his head - yes, trying to get him refocused on home school is easier said than done, oh well we'll eventually catch up! Okay, this entry is in response to everyone who emails or comments on the blog asking "Who does Tristan look like? - So, here it is head to toe:

Birth weight/size
: Tanner was only 5 lbs. so he's following after his big brother.

Hair: This is a first! Trayc, Tanner, Tayden nor I had hair until we were over a year old!

Hair color: This is a first also! Tanner had white hair until he was 4, then it turned blonde and now it's brown. Tayden had and still has strawberry blonde. Mine is light brown (w/highlights, of course, thanks to my beautician) and Trayc had white hair until he was 12 yr old then it turned brown.

Eyes: Still waiting to see what color those will be. Trayc and Tanner have hazel, Tayden and I have blue so we'll see, Tristan might be the first to have dark brown eyes.

Eyelashes: Tanner, Tayden and I have the same long eyelashes.

Ears: We all have the same ears.

Nose: Tanner and Tayden have the same little button.

Lips: Trayc, Tanner and Tayden have the same small lips.

Body: Tanner has the same skinny figure.

Fingers: Tanner and I have the same long and thin fingers - perfect for playing the piano.

Legs: Trayc and Tanner have the same shape legs. (Tanner says Tristan has the perfect legs for soccer)

Toes: I have to admit these are from my side of the family.

Attitude when hungry: This would definitely be like Tayden.

There you have it! If you look at all Tristan's features he has a little bit of Trayc and I, a little of Tayden but overall he pretty much looks like a "little Tanner", this has been the consensus from both our families since Tristan was born. When we found out about Tristan having T-18, on August 15th, the high-risk doctors explained it like this "Trisomy 18 means they are incompatible with life, these kind of babies have lots of problems, they do not look like a normal baby, they look physically retarded, they are severally mentally retarded ....... (their list went on and on)......." As they were saying this my first thought was "What will Tristan look like?" Not that I wouldn't had loved him if he didn't look perfect in the eyes of the world, he was my precious little boy and my flesh and blood, but I wondered if he would look anything like us or like Tanner and Tayden. I began praying that the Lord would allow Tristan to look like us - all of my prayers were answered, he does look a little like each of us, the Lord gave me the desire of my heart!

Please pray for Tristan's continued strength, please pray for the 2 heart meds to work and please pray for us as we face a new day tomorrow.

Psalm 37:4 says: "Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart."

Psalm 139 says: "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be."


Laurie said...

Tristan just keeps getting cuter by the day and I just love his head of hair. God made sure when He created this little miracle that he would have a bit of all four of you in him.
He continues to amaze me how great he is doing and I know the joy he brings to you each new day is a gift straight from God to you. Tanner is about the proudest big brother I have ever seen, he just glows!! God Bless your family of five.

Love, Laurie in Ca.

M said...

I love the picture of Tanner and Tristan. Tanner is such a neat big brother! I know you are so proud of him and how is so loving towards his brothers. Thanks for the details... Tristan is such a blessing. Thanks again for sharing your wonderful family with the blog world. I am continuing to pray for you each day!
Houston, Tx

Jen in Al said...

Great Picture! Tristan is so cute! you can tell Tanner loves his baby brother so much! it is written all over his face! thank you for sharing all the fun facts about who looks like who! praying for you all, jen in al

Marianne said...

The love in Tanner's eyes is awesome. Knowing what all the doctor's predictions were, his look just simply says, "This is my brother and I love him fiercely." My prayers are with all of you as you continue to advocate for and love this precious baby.

God bless you,
Marianne in TX

Lindsey Kate said...

Isn't it just like God to defy everything the doctors said?? There is nothing at all that looks "retarded" in this beautiful child. He is gorgeous, and the love in Tanner's eyes for his baby brother is beautiful as well. I pray you have many more days to enjoy this special gift.

Sending love from Arkansas.

Tracy Carson said...

Well, I figured I should let you know that I am yet another complete stranger who is captivated by your family and praying for you. As a fellow sister in Christ I am blessed by the faithful following that has surrounded your family and I don't even know you. Thank you for your vulnerability, your openness, and your willingness to share your story with us. Every day is truly a gift and you are expereincing that first hand! Thank you! Tracy in AZ.

Matt Mooney said...

Beautiful boy- from head to toe. I can't help thinking he look like my son, and that is the greatest compliment I could ever give.

Matt Mooney

KrazyMom said...

That is so funny, I have thought he looked just like Tanner right from the first few pics too. What a sweet little thing he is! All three of your boys are so handsome. You have a beautiful family!

Pauline said...

What a marevlous story! I hope your precious baby continues to gain weight and defy the odds!