John Edward Peacock

Originally Posted on | September 16, 2008

We are very excited to let you know that John Edward Peacock, little brother of William Thomas Peacock, was born EARLY this morning at 1:11 a.m.. He weighed in at 7 lbs. 8 oz., and was 19 inches.

Kelly is resting comfortably and recovering well in Seton Hospital on 38th near Lamar. We’ll likely be here until at least Friday/Saturday.

Our beautiful little boy is experiencing some challenges. He is in Neonatal ICU because of seizures, lung/breathing issues, a heart murmur, and a hernia. But the tests (such as CT scan, blood work, etc.) are coming back with good reports. So we are encouraged by these, and by the covenant promises of God that He has John firmly in His arms as one of His children. We would greatly appreciate your prayers for our little boy.

Waiting in the NICU

Originally Posted on | September 17, 2008

William met his little brother last night and was very excited. He is also excited because John somehow snuck a couple of Curious George books past the obstetrician during delivery and gave them to his big brother (thanks, mom!).

William and I spent the night at home, and a friend stayed with Kelly at the hospital. Kelly is doing well, and has already been up to the NICU to see John.

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A Bumpy Few Days

Originally Posted on | September 19, 2008

It has been a bumpy last couple of days. Wednesday the cardiologist told us that he had “the best possible report he could give” regarding John’s heart. Essentially that means that while his heart will almost certainly need some procedures, it looks like that they won’t be now, and may be well off in the future. Plus John’s clinical signs (his responses, activity, resistances, etc.) had show good improvement from Tuesday. That’s the kind of news we were praying and hoping for.

On Thursday, however, we were reminded that this path is not always going to be nice, smooth and upward sloping. John’s clinical signs were not as good as on Wednesday. They still didn’t know what is wrong with him (the hypoxia in the brain prior to birth is a only a guess based on symptoms) and they didn’t have another “best possible report” to share with us. In fact, the EEG from Wednesday showed no changes from the first one and John was still experiencing seizures, so they introduced a second drug to try and stop them.

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John’s Diagnosis

Originally Posted on | September 22, 2008

We met with the medical team yesterday. The main reason was for the neurologist to give us the report on John’s MRI.

John has a condition of the brain called polymicrogyria, or PMG. More details further down, but the bottom line is that this is a permanent condition—meaning it will not go away but neither will it degenerate and get worse—that can affect both motor and cognitive development. But “it is difficult to make a predictable prognosis for children with the diagnosis of PMG because each child is very unique in their presentation of this disorder.”

The medical team will be running a 24 hour continuous EEG on John today. He is still having some breathing difficulty, and probably some seizures. They want to see what these look like on the EEG and see if they are related.

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Welcome to Texas

Dear Mr. Limbaugh:

I noted your evident frustration recently with the high tax policies of New York that subject you to a punitive income tax rate anytime you step foot in the state to perform your show. I was delighted that you expressed an interest in
making Texas the home of your alternate studio whenever hurricanes chase you out of Florida.

If you come to Texas to do business, you wouldn’t be alone. Texas has ranked in the top five states for the last five years when it comes to attracting new and expanded facilities, according to Site Selection magazine.

In fact, our success has come at the expense of your soon-to-be-former workplace. Last year, Texas surpassed New York as home to the most Fortune 500 companies. Texas now boasts 58 Fortune 500 headquarters, ahead of New York’s 55 and California’s 52.

Why is Texas forging ahead of the competition?

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September Notes from Our Friends

Originally Posted on | September 23, 2008

Thursday, September 25, 2008 7:39 AM, CDT
Hello little one! God bless you and your sweet family. Your Redeemer family can’t wait to meet and hold you!! Rest, eat and grow in strength little one.
Peace of Christ,
Andrea Rader

Thursday, September 25, 2008 7:56 AM, CDT
Dear Peacocks,

We are praying for little John everyday and at every meal. All the kids are praying for him every time they pray. I love CaringBridge. This is so helpful – to you and to everyone else. Thank you so much for including us. We will not stop praying for Great things from God and expecting Great things from Him! We rejoice in the good news we heard from you this morning! And we thank our Father for every piece of it. We long for and look forward to more and more of it!

The peace of our Savior Jesus enfold you,
The Mac clan

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The Next Big Milestone

Originally Posted on | September 24, 2008

As we walk in Christ, we walk in God’s heavenly kingdom surrounded by agreat cloud of witnesses—many of whom have appeared to us for the first time through this challenge we are facing. This cloud is a source of great comfort for all who walk as pilgrims through this fallen world. It certainly has been so for us. I am sure there are prayer lists out there somewhere that John and our family are not on, but I don’t know where they are. Our family is being greatly comforted by everyone’s prayers, and our little boy is making great (from our perspective) progress as well. We know that the prayers of the faithful are answered. Of course, we also know that not all little boys and girls with health problems are healed as we hope John will be. But please don’t let that stop you from praying—we are confident those prayers will be a means through which our little boy is healed completely in God’s perfect timing—whether that be in this life or the next.

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A Familiar Sound

Originally Posted on | September 27, 2008

I started to write the first sentence of this update, and it sounded familiar. So I went back to the last update I wrote on Wednesday evening, and the beginning was identical. One of the things I do for a living is write, and I strive not to be redundant when I write. But I am not sure what else to say, so here it is again:

The last couple of days has brought us some good news.

First of all, we met with the neurologist, Dr. Karen Richards, on Thursday morning. John’s EEG was definitely improved over the initial one. Dr. Richards was optimistic about John’s prospects. Second, our little boy actually took some food by mouth! Not much, not for long, but he took it! Third, at times he has been breathing the same normal air that we all breathe, without extra oxygen. That goes back and forth, but is definitely progress in the right direction! Finally, it looks like we may be able to take John home in two or three weeks.

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October Notes from Our Friends

Originally Posted on | October 1, 2008

Thursday, October 2, 2008 4:43 PM, CDT
Sweet Baby John, and dear Kelly, Bill and William –We are in constant prayer for you all and know that God is so clearly at work in the life of this precious baby. We rejoice with you at the progress John has made so far, and can’t wait to meet him!

With our love and prayers,
the Connells
Ruth Connell

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A Good Week

Originally Posted on | October 3, 2008

John has had a good week. Lots of ups and downs. But more ups than downs.

A quick summary of the week and things to pray for:

Eating – John drank 40 ml out of a bottle on Sunday night! We were excited and very thankful, since the most he had before that was 5. Our little boy was on the road to healthy eating, would be home soon, and everything was going to be great. Then, in God’s infinite wisdom, he ate next to nothing for the next two days, during which the doctors started to discuss the possibility of John coming home with a tube so he could eat. Of course, we weren’t so excited anymore. But the week has leveled out well. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday he has had at least one feeding a day of 10 ml or more through a bottle. Usually more. A good sign. He may still come home with a tube, but things are looking better.

May John be blessed with a growing ability to suck and swallow.

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