Our son Maxton was diagnosed with left-sided congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) at his 19 week ultrasound. Maxton was born on 3/3/09 at Vanderbilt University. He fought hard for 18 days but earned his wings on 3/21/09. Maxton was an inspiration to many during his brief time on earth and has forever changed our lives. If your child is diagnosed with CDH, please feel free to contact us. Maxton may no longer live here on earth, but he will live forever in our hearts...

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

My first BPP

Today I went in for my first BPP. The woman who did it was very nice and explained everything in detail to me, which I appreciated- i love details. Maxton scored an 8 out of 8 which is apparently good. :-) My amniotic fluid level was still high. She said it was 26 today. I wasn't sure what that meant, but I think it means 26 centimeters. (normal is 5-25). Maxton was practice breathing which was nice to see. She pointed out how to watch for it and I got to see several "breaths". She also told me his weight right now is around 4 lbs. 2 oz. Just two weeks ago they told me he was 3lbs 1oz. I was kinda worried because I think the appt. before that he was 3 lbs, so I was glad today to hear that he is growing. :-) The lady also tried to get pictures of Maxton's little face in 3d for me. Unfortunately, I think Maxton was trying to break out. She said the he had his little face pressed up against my uterus. She gave me a 3d pic, but all you can see is his chin and ear and the a smooshed face against a blob (which is apparently my uterus). Once I get it scanned I will post it. He does have a cute ear, neck, and chin thought. :-) Today almost felt like a normal appointment. It was really nice as almost every appointment I have had since being pregnant I have been told about problems. The only concerning thing is that Maxton is still breech. He has about 9 weeks (or less if he decides he wants to come early) to get turned around right. I know he can do it! He's a fighter already- I can tell when he kicks mommy and wakes me up in the middle of the night.


Craig and Kristi Kuehl said...


It is great to meet you, too. I am sure we both wish it was different circumstances. I have met some really strong women (and husbands)thru all of this and it is making the journey alot easier. I am praying for you and Baby Maxton, too, and believe that God has great plans for our little ones. I am following your blog, so keep the updates coming...It helps me to know what to expect :)


Jonathan and Sarah said...

What a great doctor visit! Sounds like little man is staying strong. We are continuing to pray for another precious fighter!

Tracy Meats said...

What a nice feeling to have a "normal" doctor's appointment in the mist of everything else going on. Good job Maxton!! It sounds like you are doing good little guy and growing too. I hope he turns soon for you and will not stay breech. Many prayers Maxton continues to get stronger with each passing day.

Tracy Meats - mom to Ian, born with a LCDH on 4/3/04 and WY and CO State Rep. for CHERUBS

The Bennett Family... said...

Just stumbled onto your site through another CDH family. I am the mama to a CDH, John born in June 2003. Just wondering where you are from and where are you delivering? Me and my little CDH will be praying for your family.

God Bless,
Debbie Bennett

Marion said...

I am glad to hear that Maxton is doing well. My AFL is high as well. When I went today, they told me it was 25.1. It is hard to believe that Addison and Maxton will be here in such a short period of time. I am praying for Maxton!