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About

Ashlee is Mama of one darling boy. A 28 week early bird, now 1 and some change, doing beautifully. She lives near Chicago with her sweetheart husband and French Bulldog. She's a thinker not afraid to get her silly on. Babywearer, veggie queen, photography nut. Before the domestic days Ashlee was pursuing a future in developmental psychology but has happily shifted gears in favor of staying at home and couldn't imagine doing anything else. In her free time (ha!) you can find her whipping up babyslings, holding down the fort at Mama Speaks and spotlighting as an Itsy Bitsy Yoga Instructor.

Hope It Is

We're home from Riley, and oh so hopeful! After nearly two months of bloody diarrhea, fevers, severe cramping and a babe who was just all around not himself we have answers, well, sort of. We found doctors with specialty, who work with children in critical situations, who we can trust to treat or boy. They listened, and tested, and cared. Antibiotics, pain relievers, surgery consults and a plan!

We start treatment tonight, with medicine that's a bit hardcore, with a warning he might take a couple steps back before he gets "better". But we have a start! And we've had a couple of days better than those I've seen in months. Playfulness, appetite and giggles we've missed! My updates here are a bit cryptic I know, emotion is strong and words chosen carefully, but with all that's going on I think that's best. If you'd like to follow ours and similar cases you can find it all here.

Thanks for all the prayers, thoughts and well wishes. Your love means more to us than you could ever know.

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  • Blogger Adventures In Babywearing says so:
    6:59 AM  

    So glad for new Hope!

    Steph top

  • Blogger JoynerFam says so:
    9:06 AM  

    Im glad to hear things are finally looking up. A bet you have a weight lifted off your shoulder now that you know hes going to get better.
    Amanda top

  • Blogger Glass Half Full says so:
    4:08 PM  

    Oh so happy to hear you have answers and better yet, little X is finally getting HELP! :) top

  • Blogger Heaven Sent says so:
    8:57 PM  

    Hope indeed! So glad that you found people who you can help and that CARE. I pray that the meds and the plan work ASAP!!! top

  • Blogger Tracey says so:
    9:29 PM  

    Glad to hear you're hopeful and comfortable with the new plan. top

  • Blogger Arianne says so:
    10:25 PM  

    how amazing to have a direction to move forward in. i hope the new meds aren't too bad, sending peace and healing prayers your way... top

  • Blogger Heidi says so:
    10:30 PM  

    Oh I'm glad to hear that you have some hope now. He'll be in our prayers here too. top

  • Blogger Happi says so:
    11:42 PM  

    Oh, so glad to hear he's getting better. We have been praying for him and are so glad to hear the doctors have been able to get to the bottom of what's been going on. I am so sorry you guys have been through so much...and glad to hear you're taking action. top

  • Blogger O Mama Mia says so:
    6:20 AM  

    Oh happy heart swells reading this post! I'm so happy that you finally have some answers. We will continue to hold you & your family tight in our prayers. top

  • Blogger Staci says so:
    7:38 AM  

    I will be praying for healing for Xavier, and for strength and peace for you and your hubby!

    Staci top

  • Blogger Life With All Boys says so:
    9:10 AM  

    There IS hope. I'm so glad you took him to Riley. Still praying.... top

  • Anonymous nell says so:
    1:51 PM  

    HUGS and prayers and much hope! top

  • Anonymous Beth says so:
    6:30 PM  

    Oh my goodness! I am so out of the loop, I had no idea he was still suffering from this. I am SO sorry to hear you guys have still been dealing with it and he has still been experiencing symptoms. I hope this treatment provides you all with some relief and am so glad you have found doctors who will listen. Again, I'm just so sorry you've been dealing with it this whole time. So awful. top