Thursday, August 5, 2010

A side order of piggy's please...

Kannon has many special traits that catch the attention of others, but there is one thing in particular that never fails to catch their eye, and that's his toes. It just makes me smile writing about it. They are just so precious. Everyone's first question when Kannon was born was "Does he have ten fingers and ten toes?" I never knew how to answer this question at first. It confused me, I guess. It depends how you look at it, he can have 9 or 11. Zach and I always joke around and say silly things about them. Like for instance, when we are all snuggled up on the couch, under blankets (because our house is never above 70 degrees) we always make sure all his piggy's are tucked in. But every now and then a piggy will poke out, and it is always a race to see who can kiss them first. Sometimes, when I am cooking zach will bring Kannon in the kitchen just so I can give him kisses. Every time Zach does this he will ask me if I need to add some sugar, and he will wave Kannon's little toes in the air as if sweetness magically falls into whatever I am making. Or if we are eating dinner we sometimes say "I will have a side order of piggy's please!" Then, I will always try to race Zach in choosing his left foot, because it has a little extra specialness to it! It always makes for a good laugh or smile :) Anyway, the other day Zach's parents took us out to dinner to eat at Santa Fe. Of course it didn't take long before Grandma and Grandpa had Kannon out of the carseat and into their arms. After a while our food was brought out to the table, so we decided to put Kannon back into his carseat so we could begin eating. About 5 minutes after I leaned over and started talking to Kannon, and was trying to make him smile by tickling his toes. When I did this I noticed I got cheese and sour cream on my hands, and when I looked down, I couldn't help but laugh. Grandpa's baked potato had received a dash of piggy's, and just like that--a sweet potato it became!

Kannon's EEG was today, bright and early! They told us not to let him take his morning nap that way they could watch him sleep during the testing. Well, this was a little difficult to do considering that Kannon has become more lathargic lately. We tried our best though, and to our surprise he stayed awake in the car all the way to the hospital. But by the time we made it to the lobby, got registered and checked in, my little Kannon Ball was out. Once we got called back, they started hooking Kannon up to the machine. They must have stuck 30 or so electrodes on his tiny little head. While the girl was hooking him up she began asking about Kannon's story on why we were there. She commented on how precious he was, and even went on to talk about those cute lil piggy's of his. Sometimes when Kannon sleeps he will give you the biggest grin. They say babies smile when they are sleeping because they have gas, but I choose to believe otherwise. It couldn't have been better timing, that right after the girl mentioned his toes he gave us that big smile.... They monitored him for about 20 min and then turned on the strobe light (they do this 4 times to see if it will alter any activity in the brain). After the test was over we went to Dr.'s office to get results. She told us that the EEG showed him having seizures, but that the seizures hadn't categorized themselves yet (there are many different categories). So if anything, we caught them early. We decided on a treatment medication called Zonisamide, which is given orally (just like baby Tylenol or Mylicon). She warned us that this will sedate him further and possibly cause loss of apetite.

I can't help but think that what if I hadn't googled "infantile seizures". For those of you who don't know, my mom has been battling stage 4 melanoma cancer(for six years, or so, now). She has always reminded me that you have to be your own advocate. She knows better than anyone that you can't just sit back, kick up your heals, and hope everything the doctors tell you is 100% true. Had that been the case in her situation, she wouldn't be still be fighting that battle today. I am just thankful that God gave moms that sixth sense to know something isn't quite going the way that it should. My son can't talk to me, but I know there are some lines of communication there like you wouldn't believe. Kannon is fighting his own battle and doing a fantastic job :) I'm so thankful that God handpicked Zach and I to be Kannon's parents. He is our little blessing (with a side order of piggy's) and there is nothing we would change.


  1. I love kannons little piggies!!!!!!

  2. I hope the medication does its job and doesn't make him too tired. I am so sorry to hear about your mom.. i had no idea, but I Have seenher pictures and she is beautiful. She sounds like a wonderful person with great advice. Enjoy that little man and his perfect little piggys.. that was one of my favorite things.. kissing all 10 of Nicks toes. HE is now 2 years old and tells me "Momma, kiss piggys" and waves them in my face!

  3. Kelli,
    You are such a remarkable young lady; filled with strength,courage and mostly....a mother's love. Know that our family will continue to lift you, Zach, and Kannon up with our prayers!!!

  4. Kelli, you are an AMAZING lady! Our love and prayers are with you, Zach and Kannon. I LOVE that picture of him across the top. He's so precious and a cutie! I love the little stories about his piggies! We love you all!

  5. Samantha DickersonAugust 6, 2010 at 9:25 AM

    Kelli, I love that you have decided to do this! I seriously look forward to reading it everyday!! Lol. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers everyday!!!! Love you all!!

  6. His piggies are very sweet! My favorite is when you lightly run your fingers across his forehead and he gets that look, like "oh man that feels good" then he closes his eyes and tries not to fall asleep lol.