Hi, my name is David Joseph Chiappetta and I was born on July 27, 2007. I was born with something called holoprosencephaly and it means that my brain was not divided and I don't really have much of a brain. I do have a brain stem which controls my heart and lungs so that's good. My hypothalamus doesn't work either though so I can get either really hot or really cold very easily and quickly. Mom and Dad have to be my thermometer for me though which keeps them pretty busy at times. I also have a feeding tube in my stomach so I can eat since I can't swallow and I have a trache so I can breathe since I only have one nostril and it's blocked. Mom and dad have to suction me out too since I get mucuous buildup and have acid reflux. Sometimes I can keep them busy with that too. I also have Diabetes Insipidus which is a water issue and so I have to be given a certain amount of water with my medicines. If my sodium level is too high then that will cause me to have more seizures as well as if my temperature gets too high. I already have a seizure condition because of my lack of brain so some things can make it more complicated like high temperature and high sodium. See, my normal temperature range is 94 degrees to 97 degrees. Anything above that can cause me to have more seizures. See, I told you I keep my parents busy. :-) The doctors said though that I may not make it to birth and if I did I would only live a month or so. They also said that I will not be able to talk or walk or crawl or any of those normal baby things. Well, I'm here to tell you that I am4 years old now and I am learning to pick my head up when on my tummy! I'm also learning to put some weight on my legs and I laugh and smile. Cool huh? I just wanted to add that although you see mom and dad in the description above...it has just been mommy and me for a while now since daddy passed away in January of 2010.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Walker Take 2

This is me having fun and moving my walker. I'm getting better. Wait until towards the end when I actually try to stand a little bit in order to move my walker.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


This picture cracked mommy up 'cause I was just laying there so content arms spread straight out to the side.

Somebody's ready for Football season!

My new seat


Mommy wanted to make my birthday special so she had some m&m's made for my birthday. I think they are pretty cool. And yes...Nana and Papa we have a bag set aside just for you if you want them. :-)

2 Years Old!

Hey Everyone. I just celebrated my 2nd birthday on July 27th. Mommy and Daddy had a little party for me at grandma's house with some family. It was really fun and I got some pretty cool stuff like some wipes (I mean...I can always use wipes), a feeder seat that is pretty neat and a package of diapers and those head things that go in your carseat to help my head keep from rolling all around and a cool CARS hat. I also got a onesie from Aunt Roof that says "Chic Magnet" on it. Boy did she get that one right. :-) We had a good day all in all and would you believe that mommy and daddy got me a pinata to hit? Yes they did and we had lots of fun with it. It's hard to believe that I am 2 years old. Thank you Jesus for your miracles.