Posted by: Bo | March 23, 2009

Going to meet the surgeon

Tomorrow we go to meet with the surgeon.  FINALLY!  We have all of the tests (PH, gastric emptying, upper GI) and now the dr. will review and decide what needs to be done.  We will post again this week once we find out.

Thank you so much for the prayers.  We really appreciate you!

We are excited for you to see the website.  Finally got it up this week.

Posted by: Bo | March 13, 2009

Putting on some weight

We went in for the gastric bypass testing but Elizabeths feeding tube was in her intestines and they could not get the view they wanted so they moved the test back to Monday.  Ellen goes in this weekend for her PH test.  

The good news is that the girls have had their biggest weight gain week of their lives.  The NG tubes are working!  Ellen is 15lbs and Elizabeth is 13lbs.  We could not be more excited.  

We will update you next week after we get the results of the tests.

We get the final test done for Elizabeth tomorrow….the gastric emptying test.  After this test the surgeons will be able to tell us what direction we will go with Elizabeth.  

It has been almost a week that the girls have both had the NG feeding tube in.  They are pretty upset when Stacy puts them back in as you can imagine, but once they are in feeding is fairly easy.  You just hook them up and turn on the machine.  

Ellen was taking hers out a couple times a day until our neighbor (who is a nurse) told us to safety pin the end of the feeding tube to the back of her shirt so she can’t reach it.  Works good, but unfortunately there is nothing you can do if the girls throw up and the tube come out their mouth.

We will meet with the surgeon in a couple weeks and let you know what they decide to do.

Thank you for your continued support!


Stacy holding Elizabeth down
Posted by: Bo | March 4, 2009

Let’s Eat

Sorry it has been so long since we last posted.  We keep waiting to get more news on what to do with Elizabeth.   They have run the upper GI test and it was ok, they ran the PH test and it was ok, now we are waiting for them to run the gastric emptying test on March 20th.  Finally ,the last test and then we will meet with the surgeon to decide what is the next step.  Just trying to remain patient in the meantime.  Yesterday we were at Children’s Mercy from 8:30-1:30 running additional tests on the girls.  The doctor from the special care clinic wants us to put the NG feeding tube back in Elizabeth’s nose and she is also thinking we need to do the same thing with Ellen.  Ellen did not gain weight since the last visit.  We met with the psychologist and she agreed the girls need to put on weight.  Especially Elizabeth.  She is really impressed that the girls are so happy and social.  Overall pleased with most of their development and thinks a lot of their problems are nutrition related. Ellen is much further along than Elizabeth because of her weight.  They both smile a LOT!


Posted by: Bo | February 14, 2009


Love is patient, love is kind.  It is not jealous, is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with thetruth.  It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is LOVE.

Thank you so much for your continued love and support!
Have a Happy Valentines Day!
Posted by: Bo | February 6, 2009

Worry about nothing and pray about everything

Mary Elizabeth has been labeled as “failure to thrive” this week.  Basically means she needs to gain weight.  The girls will have tests all day today to see how they should proceed.  We will be meeting with a surgeon in the weeks to come and find out if they are going to do a G-tube or some other type of surgery on Elizabeth’s stomach.  Pray for weight gain!

All of us piled into the ultrasound room to find out what the new Govea was going to be…..Its’s a Boy!  Balance is restored in the home.

A couple weeks ago we had to take the girls in for upper GI exams.  Elizabeth who is used to be being poked and prodded, handled it like a champ.  Her princess sister Ellen not so much.  The pictures tell the story.

We pray for many blessing for all of you every day!

Love the Goveas

Posted by: Bo | January 28, 2009

Just a quick update….

The girls are doing great!  Both of them are gaining weight.  We still have a lot of issues with the reflux, but who is going to complain when everything else seems to be going so well.  Going to the GI doctor for an exam on Friday and will know more then.  

We are very busy and sometimes it feels like we are going crazy, but this is life and it is never dull.  “Living the Dream”

Govea Insurance Agency has been doing quite well and we appreciate all of our new clients.  

We are all going to the ultrasound tomorrow to see what #6 is going to be.  The kids are so excited!  The boys are hoping for another boy to even the score……

We pray daily for all of you.  May God bless you!


Posted by: Bo | December 24, 2008

Mary Christmas!


This is an extra special Christmas and we are so thankful that the Marys are here to celebrate with us!

It has been a very long year, but we feel so blessed to have all of you supporting us. We can’t thank you enough for all of the love.
Just to give you a quick update….Elizabeth has been off oxygen and the nose feeding tube since the surgery. It is nice to be able to breath through your nose 🙂
She does need to put on some weight. She has only gained 3.5 lbs since she left the hospital in August and that is not enough weight. She is also having trouble keeping down her food when she does eat. Both of the girls have reflux pretty bad but at least Ellen is able to keep her food down most of the time. We are going to meet with a ped GI doctor next week to discuss what we should be doing with Elizabeth. They might need to put in a G-tube (feeding tube that goes in her belly). This sounds scary, but apparently it is not that bad and it would be a good way to put some weight on little Elizabeth.
All things considered, the girls are doing great! They get so much attention from their brothers and sister. It is really great watching the older kids love on their little sisters.
Megan, Michael and Nicky have been such great helpers and very patient with holding, feeding and changing.

A special thanks to everyone that attended and helped with the event over Thanksgiving.  It was a huge success and a night we will never forget.  So much love and support in the room.  Thank you Peter Clune for putting this together.  Thank you Vicki Staples!  Thank you Licks!  Thank you John O’Leary!  Thank you to everyone that was on the committee!

We will do a review of 08 and post pictures of the girls with Santa and pictures from the event.

Please say a prayer for Andrea Husong and her family right now!!!  Thank you

We hope all of you have a very Merry Christmas and experience the real joy of the season!

The Goveas

PS-We are expecting number 6 in June.  More exciting news!

Posted by: Bo | November 13, 2008

Safe in Mom’s Arms

Elizabeth did great today! 

We did have a surprise half way through the surgery.  The doctor called down to the waiting room to tell us that Elizabeth had choanal atresia in both sides.  Total surprise to us and the doctors.  We all assumed that since her feeding tube slipped through, the nasal passage must be opened on that side.  The doctor told us that the feeding tube must have pushed through the floor of her nasal passage through the soft membrane.  The good news is that this answers a lot of questions about her need for oxygen.  We are very optimistic that she will no longer need oxygen after this.  This will also lead to better feedings.  Imagine trying to breathe with both nasal passages closed and a bottle in your mouth.  She is a fighter!

We continue to be amazed by all of the love, prayers and support from all of you!!!  Don’t know what else to say, your prayers keep getting answered.  Thank you and praise God!

We posted some pictures of the before and after so you could see how blocked it was before and how good things are looking now.  


Gallery: Elizabeth getting ready for surgery, Stacy holding Elizabeth after surgery, Elizabeth sleeping after surgery, Ellen waving goodbye to sister before surgery, left nasal passage before (top) and after (bottom), right nasal passage before (top) and after (bottom)

Posted by: Bo | November 10, 2008

A Prayer for Mary Elizabeth

Dear friends and family:

Sorry it has been so long.  You know how it goes with kids busy schedules and new borns.  And on top of that starting a new business…. We have fallen way behind and we are sorry.  

The girls are doing really good.  They both could stand to gain a few pounds, but all things considered, we are happy with their progress.  

Please be thinking of Elizabeth this Thursday as she will have the surgery to repair her left nare.  Elizabeth was born with Choanal Atresia which is a defect where the back of the nasal passage is blocked by tissue.  It is something that developed very early and was diagnosed once we got back to KC.  They usually wait until the child is older to perform this surgery.  Since Elizabeth already has breathing issues which impact her ability to eat and grow, they think it is necessary to do it now.  We are hoping this will help get her off oxygen and on to regular feedings.  We are quite sure the surgery will be a success.  There is always anxiety involved when you put an infant under.  She will also need to go back on the breathing machine and stay overnight.

We continue to be blessed by you all.  We really appreciate EVERYTHING!  Meals, time holding babies, car pool rides, etc.  Most of all your prayers.

God Bless!

The Goveas

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