It has been far too long since I have made an update to the blog! So much has happened! Where to begin?

Joseph David Ritchie

The biggest news to share is the birth of Joey. Cailin is a big sister! And, once again, Mary Beth was phenomenal during the birthing process. Grandma, not so much…but I’ll get into that later. 
Joey was born on Saturday, August 6 at 2:47 PM. He weighed in at a nice 8 pounds, 7 ounces and 20 1/2 inches long. Cailin was also the same length but 2 pounds less. Imagine Mary’s surprise! Grandpa’s comment as Joey was delivered “Its a moose!” 

Cailin is such a good sister! She is obsessed  giving him kisses….which is interesting when she has an M&M; face! Joey isn’t impressed.

Cailin is also very good with sharing her attention with Joey and mamma. When Mary feeds him Cailin settles in on her lap and gentle strokes him. We’ve also noticed she is using more and more words since his arrival into the home!

The next big news:  2 days before Joey’s birth I underwent the first surgery for breast reconstruction after my mastectomy back in 2009. I was actually released 2 hours after Mary Beth was admitted to have Joey. I’m healing well and within a year should have everything completed. I need one of those t-shirts that says “Under Construction.”

For those curious about the specifics of my surgery:

On the left side I have a basic tissue expander – tucked under the chest wall muscles. Every week or so I will go in to the surgeon’s office to have a small amount of saline added until it gets to the desired size (and Dr. Cantwell is deciding that so don’t ask LOL). After the right size is reached I wait a few weeks and then have the actual implant put in.

On the right side I had a Latissimus Dorsi Flap procedure with a tissue expander followed by implant.The latissimus dorsi flap moves muscle and skin from your upper back when extra tissue is needed. The flap is made up of skin, fat, muscle, and blood vessels. It is tunneled under the skin to the front of the chest. This creates a pocket for an implant. The process is the same for both sides as far as the adding of the saline. It has to be done slowly to allow my skin and muscles to adapt to the increases.

More updates will come….still re cooperating and taking some frequent cat naps! I would say Basset naps but the basset we have is not a big napper. :o)