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Keep the Beat Heart Walk

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Oh Lordy, she''s a bloggin...

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Another Mom from the group, ...

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Last Monday, Raileigh had a ...

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Leslie / Monday, February 15 2010 12:30 PM

Wish I could come and walk with you but we''re doing a retreat at our church that day and (you guessed it) I''m handling the children''s part. I am sad this is closing too. We have really enjoyed keeping up with you guys through your journal entries and photos.

Happy Birthday tomorrow to my ...

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Jamie / Saturday, December 5 2009 10:09 PM

Yes she has little curls and she calls then her coos! I love her and yes every minute is worth every special joy she brings now. I hope to see you over Christmas!

Sue / Saturday, December 5 2009 07:50 PM

I love ALL the pictures! You really did have snow! Raileigh has grown SO much! I know that every second of the first year was worth the fun you are having now. I love her hair, and did I see curls in one of the pictures? We are still not in our new house yet. The latest promise was "before Christmas"; so last weekend I finally broke down and started packing - and if I have to live in the midst of boxes, especially THROUGH Christmas?!!!! It won''t be good. I love ya. Thanks for sharing.

Wow July 1st was the ...

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Aunt Carrie / Saturday, October 17 2009 12:44 AM

We will all work on her a playmate in the next year... then her princess tendencies will be in full swing!!!!

Where does all the time ...

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Duane and Chuck / Thursday, July 2 2009 05:11 PM

We can''t wait to see you guys for Raileigh''s party next week! Maybe you can work in some time for a massage this trip! Love you all. Smooches

OH where oh where to ...

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We went and saw Patrick''s ...

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We are successfully on prevacid ...

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Leslie / Wednesday, March 25 2009 11:39 AM

I''m so glad she''s doing so well. The pics are too cute, but with such a subject how could they be anything else. From experience she''ll never be completely ready to share you guys. Mel prayed for a sister for almost 6 years and sometimes she still wonders why (LOL)

THe other night Patrick''s Band ...

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So little Miss Priss is ...

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Duane & Chuck / Wednesday, February 25 2009 04:43 AM

Sounds like our little Raileigh is doing very well! We are so proud of her. She is a very lucky little girl to have parents as wonderful as you and Patrick. I am looking for some continuing education in Texas, but there is not much there this year so far. We would love to come visit you guys sometime this year though. We have a companion certificate that we need to use by June, so maybe we can come visit sometime in April or May. Hope to see you soon. All our love to you all and smooches for Raileigh! ;)

So Sunday the 18th, Raileigh ...

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Duane & Chuck / Wednesday, February 11 2009 04:54 PM

Wish we could come to Texas! We would definitely love to help out and spend some time with our favorite little Diva! The new pics are so cute and I have saved quite a few to my computer and ipod to show everybody! We Love you all. Hope the weather is getting better there too! Smooches XOXOXOXOXO

Grandma / Thursday, January 22 2009 11:50 PM

I would love to come and play but someone has to work and right now it''s me. You are doing a great job getting the pictures on line. Her six month pictures are so cute. Look at you, Raileigh Brooke, six months old and already have the cheetah look! Love to all, Grandma

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Sue / Friday, January 16 2009 07:59 PM

It was so good to get to spend some time with you, and to meet (and hold) Raileigh. She is a sweetheart. Enjoyed the hotel tale. Good for you! I''ll be looking for pics!

Duane & Chuck / Friday, January 16 2009 07:42 PM

We really enjoyed getting to meet Raileigh and I personally enjoyed holding her too! She is such a sweetheart and I love our pic together. Glad you guys made it home in one piece without too much "drama"! Glad you kept your cool and got what you wanted at the hotel! Can''t wait to see the pics. We love you all and can''t wait to see you all again this summer.

okay so i''m wayyyy behind ...

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I know almost a month ...

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So we attempted the prevacid ...

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mackenzie / Thursday, November 27 2008 01:43 AM

P.SI have a elf.You should ask for one. LOVE,MACKENZIE

Mackenzie / Thursday, November 27 2008 01:40 AM

I want to meet you.I have heard so much.I have seen your pictures.You are so cute.Do you have your christmas out yet?I do.Did you know that I have glasses? WITH LOTS OF LOVE AND CARE MACKENZIE.

Gastro appt.

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Aunt Mitzi / Saturday, November 8 2008 02:49 AM

oh, see she already loves Africa. She went for the monkey. I use to love monkeys until I was in Africa, and I discovered they were not leaving me stones, they were leaving poop at my door. lol. Everything sounds like it is going great. She is growing up so fast. lol You might be home in December and I might be in Houston. lol The ball life throws our way. I love yall

POOP POST...BE VERY AFRAID..If you ...

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Lori, Natalie and Alyssa / Thursday, November 13 2008 06:41 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA-breath-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH...oh I mean, that''s not very supportive of me....hehehe.......Welcome to the poop club. YUCK!

God / Tuesday, November 11 2008 10:33 PM

I AGREE TO JOIN POOPERS R US. THANKS FOR INVITING ME INTO THE GROUP. ENJOY YOUR DINNER AND I WILL HELP YOU WITH THE POOP. GLOVES, WIPES, DIAPERS, AND BUTT OINTMENT.

Sue / Friday, November 7 2008 11:12 AM

Yuck . . . . :)

Grandma / Thursday, November 6 2008 10:52 PM

Now are you sure you were eating peanutbutter and wearing poop or vise versus????? lol

I made the montage mainly ...

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Still teething!!! Mommy and Daddy ...

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Duane & Chuck / Tuesday, October 28 2008 03:51 PM

Hey you do what you need to do to keep that baby happy! The neighbors can just deal with it. I can''t believe that she smacked you in the face! I bet that was a shocker, but hysterical too. Mommy shouldn''t be laughing at her! Too funny! Well I guess she is already establishing her authority in the house. We hope everyone is well......as well as can be expected anyway! We love you all. SMOOCHES

All I want for Christmas

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Dad / Friday, October 31 2008 02:30 PM

Nope, no coaching going on... at least not until I came home to hear MOMMY saying to the sweet little angel..."Say daddy, da da da, daaaaddyyyy!"

Uncle Jim / Sunday, October 26 2008 07:04 PM

Be careful when she bites you two. She might see how sweet you guys are and never stop.

Nana / Thursday, October 23 2008 01:16 PM

Sounds like Pat has been coaching her on the mmmmm sound.

The best news ever!!!! The ...

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Aunt Mitzi / Friday, October 24 2008 11:39 PM

YES. That is awesome. CHEERS TO RAILEIGH. I hope you guys are feeling better soon. Love yall bunches

Duane & Chuck / Thursday, October 23 2008 03:59 PM

We are so happy to hear some really good news about Raileigh. Love to all of you and smooches to Raileigh from us. Jamie, you take care of yourself, too girl! We hope you are feeling better soon.

Nana / Thursday, October 23 2008 01:14 PM

We love getting good news about Raileigh. Sorry to hear you''re sick. Hope you get to feeling better soon. Love you all, Nana

Sue / Thursday, October 23 2008 10:06 AM

Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Aunt Mitzi / Sunday, October 19 2008 05:56 PM

oh I love the pics. I am also in baby withdrawal. I miss you guys bunches. She is such a good baby and you guys are great parents. I can''t wait to see you guys again. I love yall

Tabitha / Thursday, October 16 2008 01:33 PM

That Mitzi..."Yeah we don''t feed her, we don''t want her fat" Oh my gosh!! She is too funny...I wished I had her guts to just tell it like it is! You go girl!!! And Jamie I think I found some comma splices...lol JK !!! Ms. Dobson would be proud!!! I love reading your blog it is great! I hope everyone is well!!! Love ya!

Lori, Natalie and Alyssa / Thursday, October 16 2008 12:35 PM

OMG I seriously wait with abating breath for each new blog entry. hahahaha You are cracking me up with this stuff. Not that it is funny...but my god woman the way you tell it has me peeing myself!!!!!

Sue / Thursday, October 16 2008 10:02 AM

Good to hear your venting. I''m glad Raileigh is doing well. About Carter''s - you''ll find more cute clothes. I''ve heard of a natural - organic? - clothes line, but someone on your chat line has probably already given you info. Love ya,

And the ignorance continues....

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scottl_29072@yahoo.com / Tuesday, October 7 2008 01:24 AM

jamie, duane gave me your website yesterday when donna and i went over there to be patients of duanes! Raileigh IS BEAUTIFUL!!! I saw her baby pic when she was born and i think she looks like you and patrick-mom has been updating me on the baby and last i heard she was doing really well then fran tells us about her drs appt. WELL--i will also help you with calling the health ins company-it is frustrating when people like us are paying out the butt for premiums and we have to go through that crap! scott''s paycheck is deducted 400$ a month and the company he works for pays more than that on our part. You and patrick have a gorgeous daughter and i am praying for her and know she is going to be just fine! You can see it in her eyes-she is a strong little cookie! I want you to hang in there and know god is going to take care of her!! I loved reading your journals-keep it up! I talked to aunt carol last night and told her that i would be glad to fly there and help you! my friend who had twins a few years ago, she was begging for everyones help and she too was not sleeping, the difference in that situation is her husband was no help at all and patrick is father of the year! you found a great one and he is a keeper. well, my spelling and capitalization and all that is not perfect but that is the only way i can type faster. I am sending prayers your way and look forward to reading about raileigh! love, cousin lori

Grandma / Saturday, October 4 2008 03:02 AM

You are so funny and you know I am a grammar freak, but I would never touch this. I will be glad to make phone calls for you if you give me the insurance information, along with everything else I will need. When you call the BCBS, get names of everyone who decided to deny the claim. Ask for a medical review of all the claims and the names of the doctors and executives sitting in on the review. You can always contact the insurance commission but of course, this is just South Carolina''s ways and means of "getting with the insurance." Make notes before calling because they love to confuse you. Go on Dr. Phil because I love that man and your daddy thinks he is an idiot and needs to be committed. I am so glad Raileigh is getting better and you and Patrick continue to take such wonderful care of her. Always remember, you know your daughter better than anyone. I admire your spunk!! Yes, you are correct, we love reading all your entries, looking at the beautiful pictures you share with us. Please know that we love you three and will continue to keep you in prayer. Give little princess, Raileigh, a great big kiss from her Grandma and Papa Tip. You and Patrick can have one too. Tons of love, Grandma and Papa Tip

So we went to the ...

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Duane & Chuck / Wednesday, October 1 2008 04:39 PM

We are so glad to hear that the hole in her heart is much smaller. The less surgery, the better. Sounds like Miss Raileigh is doing well otherwise, too and we are soooooo happy about that. Hope everyone is doing well. All our love to you all. Smooches

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You know I''m FRUSTRATED! The ...

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Jamie / Thursday, September 25 2008 06:37 PM

She''s had more tests run on her than I''ve ever had run....as for the writing off, we better get money back or I''m gonna take out ol'' Uncle Sam! Cause sheesh it''s expensive!

Duane & Chuck / Thursday, September 25 2008 02:59 PM

Dang! You guys should be able to write off all of these trips....mileage and doctor fees on your taxes. It seems like the Diva is fine when she is home and all the doctors just poke, prod and traumatize her. Stay strong and we will send more good energy your way for Miss Raileigh''s surgery and quick recovery. I think she has been tested for EVERYTHING under the sun now, right? We love you all. Smooches to our little Diva from both of us!

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Duane & Chuck / Saturday, September 20 2008 09:15 PM

Well all the doctor trips have to be wearing all of your nerves very thin. We hope all goes well with the other appointments and just try to keep your energy up. I am sure that you and Patrick both could use a massage about now. Too bad I am not closer, or I would treat you to a great 2 hour massage! We love you all and always keep you in our daily thoughts. Smooches

Jamie / Friday, September 19 2008 06:37 PM

He talked to the nurse who talked to the doctor. Debbie didn''t make me put on my big girl panties, she held her anyways! WHEW then Debbie bought her a leapfrog toy to make it all better! :-D

Nana / Friday, September 19 2008 01:59 PM

Did Patrick talk to the doctor or the nurse? Forget the big girl panties. Do what you have to do to get through the lab work on the diva. Love you, Nana

And she''s at it AGAIN!

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Lori, Natalie and Alyssa / Thursday, September 18 2008 05:39 PM

=) I am glad to know that I am not the only paranoid freak mommy out there. haha Talk to you soon!

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Duane & Chuck / Wednesday, September 17 2008 06:14 PM

Well where to start. First, sorry for not posting sooner, massage school has been hectic lately. I just know that evacuation for a hurricane sucks....I have been there, but I can''t imagine evacuating with a baby. You know all 3 of you are in our thoughts and prayers daily! I hope you can sometimes feel the good energy that I am sending to you! Hopefully the new gastro will work out and at least he has alternate plans if this plan doesn''t work. Hey, we just went over SIDS in class last night while lecturing about the nervous system. They have linked SIDS to damage to the medulla oblongata due to cervical spine trauma at birth, so you shouldn''t have to worry about that. A chiropractor can examine Raileigh''s spine to be sure that there is no damage and can even adjust the spine if necessary, as long as the chiropractor is qualified for work with infants. I am not sure that many medical doctors really know what causes SIDS, but the steps you listed all sound like good ideas anyway(maybe a few of them are a little extreme because you can never shield a baby from everything without being completely OCD and going insane!). I mean, look at all we were exposed to as children (germs, broken arms, cuts, scrapes, barefoot outside, etc) and we were OK, and come to think of it, not sick THAT much! Kids have to develop an immune system sometime, right? Not sure how you guys feel about alternative and eastern medicine, but I am sure from your posts that you are frustrated with western medicine and physicians. I have seen some amazing things done for sick babies with massage, reiki, and even aromatherapy. Believe me, it won''t hurt miss Raileigh, and it will be a wonderful spiritual experience for you and Patrick as well. There is alot to be said about working with the body''s own healing energy through just laying on of hands. I have seen and read about "miracles" with sick children, adults and the elderly using energy work like Reiki. Just thought I would put that out there as another alternative for you or even in addition to other physicians. Not to even mention that massage, chiropractic, and reiki are much less expensive alternatives for some health issues. If you are interested in Reiki, go to this website (http://iarp.org/calculator.php)and just put in your zipcode to find some registered Reiki practitioners. Well....NOW I will get off my alternative medicine SOAPBOX. I just want my little cousin Raileigh to be healthy and happy without the pain from the reflux and other issues. Best of luck and ALL our love to the three of you whatever you decide! Smooches to the DIVA from us!;-)

Jamie / Wednesday, September 17 2008 04:55 PM

You are one smart man DADDY cause if I would have seen you roll ya eyes, I would be in jail for domestic violence lol

Nana / Wednesday, September 17 2008 02:40 PM

I love your posts and look forward to them. Did you really think Pat would not roll his eyes? Evacuating does suck, even without an infant. Try it with 5 children! Too bad you did not have a cardio with the brains of this gastro guy! Keep up the good work and thanks for keeping us posted with the Diva updates. Love you guys, Mom

Daddy / Wednesday, September 17 2008 11:02 AM

Ummmmm... for the record .... I DID roll my eyes, I just made sure Jamie was looking the other way first... sorry babe!

Grandma / Wednesday, September 17 2008 01:40 AM

Yes, the pediatrician did make me laugh. His medical terminology is very plain and I have referred to him as Dr. Mud Fart so much, I can''t remember his name but he is a good pediatrician and you will never have to worry about not being able to understand what he is saying. Do not be concerned about being insane; there is a fine line between being sane and insane and we all cross it occassionally. Sounds like you and Patrick continue to do a fantastic job with Raileigh. Thank you for the info on SIDS; I don''t think we knew much about SIDS when ya''ll were infants. We will continue to keep you three in prayer and giving thanks to God for keeping ya''ll safe, giving you both knowledge and strength. Hang in there and give Debbie my love and appreciation for being MeMaw. Sorry we are so far away. Love to all, Grandma

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Grandma / Sunday, September 7 2008 10:10 PM

Yes you did, I saw it. Yes, I''m holding onto my granny panties............can''t help where I work and for those of you who do not know me, I work in a maximum security prison and have different views on things but I will get over it. She is totally beautiful. Love, Mom

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Nana / Monday, September 8 2008 01:21 PM

Way to go Jamie!!! Parents too often have to fight for what they know is right for their child. You and Pat are a great team. Keep up the good work. Love you. Nana

Grandma / Sunday, September 7 2008 09:25 PM

You and Patrick, first are blessed to have each other and Patrick is a wonderful husband and father and you, my child, are a wonderful wife and mother. Raileigh is a beautiful little angel and no one, I repeat no one, knows Raileigh as well as you and Patrick. It is alright to demand attention from your doctors; sometimes it takes getting upset to get their attention. You and Patrick will always have to be strong and demand certain things for her. You two are doing a wonderful job and I pray one day, everything will be on the normal side. Keep up the great job you two are doing as parents and give her a great big kiss from Grandma. As far as the grass ever being greener, it only happens over the septic tank (lol). Lots of love, Grandman

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Tabitha / Thursday, September 4 2008 12:36 PM

Girlie we are still praying so hard for her and you and Patrick!!!! She has been through enough...she is one stronger little girl....so are her parents!!! We love ya''ll VERY much!!! MWAH!!!!

Jessica / Thursday, September 4 2008 11:56 AM

I hate to hear about all the troubles you all are having. You all are in my prayers. Love you guys!

Duane & Chuck / Wednesday, September 3 2008 05:27 AM

Sorry to hear about all the troubles you all are having:( I am sending extra love, good energy, and prayers your way EVERYDAY! We Love You ALL!

aunt Carrie / Wednesday, September 3 2008 03:52 AM

I thought we were done with all of that. She seemed to be doing so well while we were there. We will keep you all in our prayers

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Duane & Chuck / Tuesday, August 19 2008 04:17 PM

Glad to hear things are getting much better! Your message sounds much calmer this time. I knew that you two would be great parents. Keep up the good work! We love you all.

Aunt Mitzi / Tuesday, August 19 2008 12:43 AM

I think you guys are doing great. Hang in there. You are a terrific mommy, and Patrick is a terrific daddy. All cardioiogists have below average emotional IQ''S. Their egos get in the way of their bedside manner. However, you are in charge because you are paying him. lol lol Remind him happiy mommies pay medical bills faster. lol her weight sounds great. I can''t wait to see her. I love all three of you

Grandma / Tuesday, August 19 2008 12:22 AM

We miss ya''ll too but give yourselves a pat on the back because you both are wonderful parents and are doing a wonderful job. Flexibility with you two has been a great plus because the feeding menu has been changed several times. Cardiologists have few interpersonal skills but I pray this will be short term and we can deal with anyone short term! May you get nothing but excellent reports on her from now on. Keep up the great parenting skills, sit back, clean up the spit ups, the diapers and most important, just love and enjoy her. She is such a beautiful baby girl and she is a good baby because she feels secure in her parents love for her. Remember all her little aaahhh''s and soon she will begin to coo and smile really big at both of you. She is very active and will be turning over, sitting up and crawling before you know it. Take care, lots of love to you three, Grandma PS: DO NOT GET OCD WITH THE SCALES, OKAY?

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Nana / Monday, August 18 2008 02:42 PM

Just remember "this too shall pass." I can''t imagine how tired you must be with everything you are doing right now. We all know she is perfect and that your cardiologist is nuts. Hang in there. Love you guys lots!!!

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Preston / Thursday, August 14 2008 03:34 PM

Great to hear that Raileigh is plumping up. Keep up the good work. Next time Carrie can''t go to sleep, I''ll remind her that she can call you. It sounds like the heart doctor needs a swift kick in the butt...or somewhere.

Nana / Thursday, August 14 2008 02:09 PM

Good for you for going to see the pediatrician. He explained why the cardiologist wanted you to do things his way. I too hope you keep up with the breast feeding. Ultimately it''s much better for the diva. She will plump up like she should. Pat can help with the supplemental feedings so you can rest. Love you and keep up the good work. You are a good mommy.

Sue / Thursday, August 14 2008 02:05 AM

Wow, Jamie! I know you must be so so tired. Listen to the pediatrician. I have a feeling the heart doctor never fed a newborn. And, I have seen alot of healthy chubby breastfed babies. Stefani''s Riley for one. He was only breast fed, and got down right fat for awhile; but grew out of it by his first birthday. I hope you are continueing to breast feed, too. You know your child better than anyone; and it sounds like she is doing great. But since you are supplementing, let Patrick do those feedings - and you go take a hot bath, or a nap. Love ya, Sue

Duane & Chuck / Thursday, August 14 2008 01:56 AM

We like the pediatrician better too! You are doing a great job getting her to put on weight and that cardiologist needs to invest in a new scale! Keep up the good work you two and as always don''t forget to take care of yourselves too! Love you all.
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