Thursday, November 5, 2009

Trisomy 21

Lillie has Trisomy 21, the most common type of Down Syndrome. The doctor's office called yesterday to confirm it.

Update: We still don't know what type she has. All Down syndrome is Trisomy 21. The most common is nondisjunction. The other two are Translocation and Mosaicism. I have a call in to the doctor's office to find out what Lillie has.

Another Update: Lillie has Nondisjunction Trisomy 21...the most common form of Down syndrome.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

National Down syndrome Awareness Month

October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Our beautiful Lillie, born September 26, 2009, has Down Syndrome. In honor of her, I thought I'd tell you all a little something about Down Syndrome. You can learn more by visiting

Down syndrome occurs when an individual has three, rather than two, copies of the 21st chromosome. This additional genetic material alters the course of development and causes the characteristics associated with Down syndrome.

There are 3 types of Down syndrome. We do not yet know which type Lillie has. The nurse called and confirmed a positive diagnosis, but Lillie's doctor (who can actually understand the report) is out of the office for a couple of weeks, so we're waiting to learn more.

All Down syndrome is also called Trisomy 21. Here are the 3 types of Trisomy 21.

1. Nondisjunction is the most common type of Down Syndrome (95% of cases). It is caused by an error in cell division called "nondisjunction." Nondisjunction results in an embryo with three copies of chromosome 21 instead of the usual two. Prior to or at conception, a pair of 21st chromosomes in either the sperm or the egg fails to separate. As the embryo develops, the extra chromosome is replicated in every cell of the body.

2. Mosaicism occurs when nondisjunction of chromosome 21 takes place in one-but not all-of the initial cell divisions after fertilization. When this occurs, there is a mixture of two types of cells, some containing the usual 46 chromosomes and others containing 47. Those cells with 47 chromosomes contain an extra chromosome 21. Mosaicism accounts for about 1% of all cases of Down syndrome.

3. Translocation accounts for about 4% of all cases of Down syndrome. In translocation, part of chromosome 21 breaks off during cell division and attaches to another chromosome, typically chromosome 14. While the total number of chromosomes in the cells remain 46, the presence of an extra part of chromosome 21 causes the characteristics of Down syndrome.

The only way to know which type of Down syndrome Lillie has is through a chromosome study (blood test). That's been done, and we're waiting on the Doctor to let us know what the results are.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Pictures of Lillie

Taken this morning...

Saturday, September 26, 2009

We have a girl!!

Lillie Marie was born at 12:43 am, September 26th. She is a tiny thing weighing only 5 lbs 8 oz. She's 18 inches long. She is beautiful and perfect. We are praising the Lord for her!! Pictures coming soon.

Friday, September 25, 2009

I'm in labor!!

The midwife is here, everyone is asleep but me. Contractions are about 2-3 minutes apart and getting very strong. Hopefully we'll have a baby before morning. But since it's now 11:55 pm I don't think this baby will share a birthday with Aunt Tiffy.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

God is Amazing

Kenny was called to be the Senior Pastor at Sumterville last night!! (not interim like we thought they were going to do). God is so amazing and we are so excited about this new assignment from the Lord!!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Sewing for Money

While using my wallet at the post office last week, the lady behind the counter asked me about making one for her. She showed me her camoflauge purse so I could find a coordinating camo fabric and we agreed on a price. Today while back in the post office (with the wallet still not made) she told me that a lady in CVS wants one too. She has a camo purse and commented on the post office lady's purse, and asked her if she had ever seen a camo wallet...I was recommended, but they did not share info. So now I have to go into CVS and ask for someone with a camo purse...and then get sewing!!

I'm so first sewing "job"

An Even Better Zyrtec Alternative

Kenny bought generic, CVS brand vitamin C drink, and I thought, oh no, that's going to taste terrible. It is really good!! We all like it and it's cheaper than name-brand Emergen-C! It's Pomegranate Cranberry flavored.

The Tangerine flavor he also bought was terrible...but the Pomegranate Cranberry...yum! It's a little too tart if you mix it up strong, but dilute it a little more and it is yummy.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Better than Zyrtec

I am currently pregnant and not willing to take Zyrtec or Claritin. Besides, they both make me tired and grouchy, so nobody else wants me taking them! My allergies had gotten so bad I was desperate for some relief, and I found it!

Emergen-C...this stuff is literally better than Zyrtec and Claritin! No more sneezing, runny nose, itchy throat, itchy eyes.

I started drinking 2 per day. Now most days I only need 1 per day, a second if I am going to be around a specific trigger (like a dog).

I read online up to 5,000 mg of Vitamin C would help allergies. My midwife said to try 2-3 per day. I've never needed 3. I got results almost immediately too.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Matching Wallet

Here is the matching wallet I made for my new Wrangler purse.

Monday, July 27, 2009


I opened an Etsy shop!! I only have one item listed at the moment, but I hope to add more very soon. I will be offering painted items as well as hand sewn items, like my purse and wallet.

Visit my Etsy Shop

Wrangler Purse

I decided I needed a new purse. I salvaged a pair of Daniel's Wranglers from the trash and made this.

I made a matching wallet too.

I've been told I should try to sell them, and I just might...

Monday, March 23, 2009

Enjoying Cereal

Daniel loves his Froot Loops. Philip loves them too, but he doesn't want milk on his. However, he loves the milk that's on Daniel's Froot Loops. This reminds us of Arlis and his puppy sharing the cornbread and milk in Old Yeller (one of our all time favorite movies).

Saturday, March 21, 2009

First Kill...another one

Daniel made his first kill...this lovely dove. He was hoping to get a whole mess of 'em for supper, but he only got this one. He did a really great job plucking feathers and getting it ready for his Daddy to teach him how to skin it (or whatever you call that process with birds). Unfortunately, it was not a week Daddy was able to help him, and we didn't keep enough ice on it, so he lost it. Poor little guy was so upset to not get to eat it!!