Wednesday, June 24, 2009


My belly button looks like a pig's nose, and it is NOT attractive. Weird. Ick. Hmmmmmm.......

Oink, oink!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

What a week- Your Prayers Worked!

I apologize for not updating sooner on Tucker's condition, but we have had our hands full since my last post. For those of you that prayed for our sweet buddy and emailed asking for an update, thank you. Thank you very, very much.

I'd like to start from the beginning of Tucker's latest episode, which goes back to last Monday and actually about a month prior to that, but I'll begin by saying that your hearts can rest throughout the story because he is home now and doing amazingly well.

I can't even remember where I left off with him, but to make the beginning of this ailment go more quickly, here's a speedy recap: my best buddy was very sick, urinating blood, acting very clingy, and he was on two antibiotics over the course of two weeks to try and rid what we all thought was a bladder infection. After neither antibiotic worked the way we wanted it to, the vet said he needed to do an x-ray to see if he had bladder stones......

So, Monday, June 1, Allen took Tucker in, where the vet proceeded to give him a shot to knock him out (sedate him) and take an x-ray. We anticipated a call in the early afternoon to let us know if he had bladder stones with all intentions of scheduling a surgery once we knew for sure it was stones.

I got a call from Allen about 11:00 AM Monday letting me know that Tucker had been sedated for his x-rays, but our vet, Dr. Marshall, had called and said there were quite a few stones in his bladder and urethra that needed to be removed immediately. Given the severity of the situation and that he was already sedated, we had no choice but to move forward with the surgery.

During the surgery, the vet found multiple stones in his penis/urethra. Dr. Marshall tried to use a small catheter to move them back into Tucker's bladder for easy removal, but the small catheter couldn't budge them. He tried a thicker catheter and was able to move some, but one was unable to be moved. Thus, the vet had to take all the stones out of his bladder and then cut an extra hole in Tucker's penis for him to urinate out of since the stone would continue to get larger, to the point he would no longer be able to use the "normal" hole for eliminating urine.

Although there was more to the surgery than we originally anticipated, Dr. Marshall had done this same procedure in the past with success. We brought him home Monday evening with great hopes for an uneventful recovery.....

Monday night Tucker Bug ate a small bite of food that contained his medication, but he went downhill rapidly after this. I was up all throughout the night and had planned to work from home on Tuesday to ensure Moxie (his little sister) left him alone and that he stayed "calm." About 6:00 AM, I heard him moving around under our bed; it took some gentle pushing to actually get him to emerge. Once I had my buddy in my arms, it was obvious he was not doing well at all. He was pretty lethargic, the swelling had more than doubled from the night before, and he refused to eat or drink. We knew this wasn't a good sign, but we also knew he had been through some pretty major surgery. After letting him down, Tucker walked over to the corner and just stood. He wouldn't lie down, he didn't respond to his name, and he generally looked awful overall. Allen finally got him to lie down in his bed, but that is when we noticed some bleeding and just how bad the incision and surgery area looked. We waited until the vet opened and called immediately to get him back in that morning. From the looks of things, neither Allen nor I were even sure Tucker could make it that long and started our discussions of possibly having to put him down immediately. We couldn't allow him to suffer just because we weren't ready to say goodbye.

Our appointment Tuesday AM was at 9:15, and Dr. Marshall told us things were not good from the looks of him. He needed to go back in and do exploratory surgery to ensure his bladder hadn't ruptured. We left Tucker knowing this was far from an ideal situation.

Tuesday's vet report wasn't good; his bladder was still intact, but the swelling was out of control and he was refusing to eat or drink, a sign that he was not fighting the infection. We asked our vet if it was time to put him to sleep, and he told us he wanted to fight a bit longer. Dr. Marshall didn't feel putting Tucker to sleep at that point was best for Tucker or for us. The vet kept him overnight, giving him fluids intravenously, and we called several times to check in on him. Swelling had taken a major hold of my little buddy and the vet wanted to keep him for several days to try and eliminate the swelling and infection.

Poor Tucker was with Dr. Marshall Tuesday through Saturday morning on fluids and medications. Another x-ray revealed more stones in his urethra and bladder, which meant another surgery was in his future if he got over this major hump. I checked on him daily and encouraged him to fight for me and his best friend, Moxie. He actually ate some baby food and chicken for me later in the week. Yippee!

Saturday early afternoon I brought the little boy home, where he cried and begged me to hold him. Because the swelling was still so great and because he was leaking urine, we opted to keep him crated the majority of the time, but I did spend some time holding him and loving on him too. We also had to put him in diapers because the extra hole in his penis was leaking urine incessantly. Although he was embarrassed, I thought he looked absolutely adorable in his little "Pupster" diaper.

The checkup last Monday showed almost all of the swelling gone! Your prayers worked! Thank you! His next surgery was scheduled for Monday (yesterday) to remove the remaining stones, if he was still doing so well.

And yesterday.... guess what? The x-ray showed there was only one small stone remaining, and it was in his bladder. A catheter was easily passed through his penis and no surgery/ cutting him back open was necessary for now! He actually passed a few of the stones on his own throughout the week when we sedated him because he was straining to urinate.

My boy is so wonderful. He is a fighter. I cannot believe the recovery he has made, and I couldn't be happier. From thinking we were going to lose him to an almost-full recovery, my dog is a Superdog. An expensive Superdog, but nonetheless, a Superdog.

Again, thank you so much for your prayers! And I apologize for the long post, but I wanted to document Tucker's amazingness and all that we went through with him the past few weeks. In case you can't tell, Tucker is my first baby and always will be!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Baby Genders

So, I'm guessing you are wondering what these babies are and who won the drawing......

Baby A is a ...........


With boy parts right where they are supposed to be!

And Baby B is a ..............

BOY too!

With boy parts right where they are supposed to be as well!

Can you believe it? My intuition was way off base! Who even cares- I am going to have two sons! I'm honestly thrilled with this news and even more thrilled that everything looked so great on the ultrasounds! Both babies had great heart beats (155 and 159), one weighs .6 ounces and the other weighs .7 ounces, and they both already have their own personalities in the womb. Baby A is laid back, makes it easy to get great photos, and has the slower heart beat. Baby B is always bouncing around, upside down, hands waving, hard to get photos of, and had a much more loud and distinct heartbeat. Hilarious!

I was also asked and realized I hadn't mentioned it, but the boys are not identical twins. The doctor said they will likely be as different as night and day, and from the looks of things on the ultrasounds, that just may prove to be true.

Two boys. Two bouncing baby boys. Man, we are in for a real action-packed adventure, I'm sure!

Thank you to all who guessed on the genders; I had a good time reading each of your responses. There were a few that guessed two girls, many of you that guessed one of each gender, but 6 people in total guessed two boys (4 in the comments and 2 via email). My best friend's mom, "Mops," actually told me we were having two boys the day she found out we were having twins, and my understanding is that she has not been wrong about a baby's gender yet. What a track record!

But, the winner of the drawing out of those that guessed two boys is.......(drum roll, please).......
Miss Anne.

Miss Anne, email me at to claim your special prize, which happens to be some stationery created by my good friend, Danielle, also known as The Design Girl. She's having a sale right now that everyone should check out and take advantage of- NOW! You can check out her website and all of her creations, but let me just show you a sample of the stationery Danielle creates (she also has other creations - address labels, blogs, moving announcements, birth announcements, etc) because I am sure you will all be jealous you didn't win the prize.....

I'm sure you also noticed that in honor of the genders, Danielle / The Design Girl has changed the blog colors too. Thank you, friend! You are so good to me!

Additionally, I wanted to post my eighteen-week belly shots. I'm scared to step on the scale, so I have no clue how much weight I have gained, but I'm sure the doctor will be quick to point that out when I go next time.And I'll have you know- I am not growing; the BABIES are growing!

P.S. If you are the praying type, I would like to ask for prayers for Tucker Bug. He is not doing well at all, and there were complications with his surgery. I don't want to say too much and get anyone upset because the news about the babies is super exciting, but there is a possibility we we may have to put the little guy to sleep in the next day or two if his condition does not improve. I'll post more later, but I've had a few ask about him. Thank you for your thoughts.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Late-Breaking News

So, we know the genders of the babies now.....!!!!

Any guesses? Come on- you know you want to participate!

Out of the people who guess correctly, I'll draw a name at random for a fun & special prize......

Guesses must be submitted by Tuesday, June 2nd at 5:00 Central time.

**UPDATE: Tucker is currently in surgery to remove stones in his bladder and urethra.