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Term Baby

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Baby #3 is officially a term baby now and has still chosen to behave and stay where he belongs for a few more days. However, it will not be long. Today is day 4 without any medication to calm the contractions and wow is Mommy ever feeling them.

OD and IC are officially roommates now. This seems to have improved their friendship a little as they play together much more and lay awake and giggle at night. IC loves the idea of a toddler bed of his own but every now and then he will crawl back into the crib and play. We have left the side off for the time being but will readjust everything before baby needs it.

The most exciting part of this week has been that Mommy is no longer on bed rest. But it will take a while to rebuild enough muscle for Mommy to actually be a productive person during the day. She still requires frequent rests but is mostly able to keep up with IC during the day. Needless to say the house is slowly coming back into some sort of order. This will all change again once # 3 decides to make himself known. But laundry and toys no longer seem to take over the house on a daily basis.

As before, a post will be made as soon as anything interesting happens.

Bad Week!

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Well last week was not a fun week for our household. It was supposed to be a short week of school due to Fall break. On Tuesday OD came home from school the same as always. His appetite was not great at dinner (totally normal with our boys who are both poor eaters most of the time) so we coaxed him to finish at least part of his dinner. As bedtime got closer he began to complain of a tummy ache. Again this is not abnormal as he learns and pushes the boundaries of how to get out of doing things. Once he was finally in bed it wasnt thirty minutes before he came running into our room announcing that he had thrown up. Great. Poor daddy got stuck cleaning up the bulk of it since Mommy is still on bed rest. OD proceeded to feel terrible and throw up for about 6 hours. He couldn’t even hold down water! The next day he lay around pretty much all day and ate only a little.

Fast forward to Thursday and the fun begins. To make a long story short Mommy had to call Daddy home from work to watch the boys because she was sick and within the next 5 hours both IC and Daddy were sick as well. Our entire family was fighting for the sink or toilet. I was very happy at this point that we had two bathrooms! Not fun. By Friday Things had settled a little and Mommy’s body was not acting right so we went in to see the doctor. Turned out that mommy was very dehydrated and was beginning to go into labor.

The doctors got Mommy rehydrated and labor stopped but they kept Mommy over night for observation. Poor Daddy took the boys home and they all lay or slept around the house until Mommy called the next morning. It has been a slow recovery process as our systems are still learning to tolerate most foods again. IC in the mean time is still struggling with gross bowel movements so hopefully he will go to the doctor tomorrow to rule out any underlying issues.

We do know that this is not the Flu as Mommy was tested at the doctors office and it came back negative. Baby #3 is still on board and we a just a few short days from 36 weeks. It wont be long now. The Medicine to stop labor will be taken away this week and we shall see what becomes of us.

After all of this came the worst news of the week. That dreaded phone call in the night that Mommy’s dear grandfather had passed away. Not only is Mommy still on bed rest but t he doctor is definitely not supporting any idea of a 4 hour drive with delivery this close at hand. This means that we will not even be able to go to the funeral! This is one lousy week.

No More Baby Bed

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

It finally happened. IC has still been sleeping peacefully in his crib up until this week. He learned how to escape and now the entire dynamic of bedtime has changed. Daddy took the side off of his crib making it into a day bed and now IC is enjoying his independence.

He has occasionally napped in OD’s big boy bed this summer in an effort to prepare him for the eviction from the crib when the new baby comes. This still didn’t prepare him enough for this event. The first night he rolled out of bed several times. We bought him his own pillow and that seems to have helped him to stay centered. For two nights in a row he has slept without any falling out. The next hard step will be getting him to share a room with OD when Baby comes. Let the sleepless nights begin (for everyone).

OD is off for his 3rd day at Preschool this year. He has been having so much fun and is making new friends quickly. The hard part of this has been getting everyone up fed, dressed and out the door on time. It is a lot for poor Daddy to shoulder right now as Mommy can only help with getting OD up and dressed. Hopefully in the near future things will go more smoothly. Baby is now 30 weeks so in about two months, if all goes well, things will really get crazy here.

All Eyes On You

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Today was a rather eventful day. IC had his two year check-up for his eyes today. He passed with flying colors. The Doctor doesn’t need to see him again until he turns 4. We have been so blessed with IC. His health has been just remarkable considering what he started from. He could have needed any number of surgeries, transfusions and there are numerous other health problems that could have very likely been stumbling blocks on his road to growing up. However, God has seen fit to bless him with smooth sailing along the way thus far. And we are greatful!

IC weighed in at 20 lb 4oz back in June. It is amazing how much he struggled to reach that mark. Now he can offically ride forward facing in the van. He continues to eat well and his vocabulary is increasing daily. He is now speaking in several three and four word sentences but he is a long way from holding much of a conversation. IC would much rather do his special dance than talk. (He dances when he gets excited or hears music). It is very funny!

OD is very anxiously awaiting the beginning of the next school year. This will be his seconod year in preschool, however, he will be attending all day this year. The timing is wonderful on this as Mommy is still cruising along on bed rest and there is only so much a Mommy can do to entertain a 4 year old, energetic boy. IC however, did not get so lucky. He is still stuck with Mommy everyday until the time for the new baby arrives.

Mommy is indeed still laying in bed, trying to buy as much time as possible for this next little one. Baby is now 28 weeks along which is the same week IC was born. The good news is that Everything appears to be holding strong at this point. Still, some days Mommy’s body still struggles with too many contractions. Making it to the third trimester was a huge milestone and the possibility of continuing farther is wonderful news for all of us.

Baby # 3 appears to be another boy! OD was praying for a sister but it was not to be. Baby also already weighs more than 2 lbs which is normal and very relieving. He is growing right on schedule with no sign of IUGR which was why his big brother was so small when he was born two years ago.

We will continue to post new updates periodically as things progress or whenever we get bored.;}

A Sum of Events

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Here is a summary of the last few weeks. We survived Christmas and OD’s Birthday and then returned to a happy, calm, pre-holiday normal. The boy’s both had a doctor check-up shortly after. IC has grown, he weighs 18lb 10oz. He hasn’t grown quite as much in height this time. I believe he is only a little over 30 inches but when he stands next to OD he is already up to Big brother’s shoulder. OD is 32lb and 38+ inches tall. During the visit both boys were very friendly to the doctor and IC was especially cooperative. She seems to think that IC is progressing nicely. He is mostly on schedule and by the time he has his next real visit (in June) he will be as caught up as if he were born right on schedule. (These are my words and not the doctors but it appears to be true). He will always have minor complications in his lungs because of his prematurity but this only usually arises when he gets a cold. His reflux seems to have subsided (yeah); leaving fewer messes to clean up. It only took 16 months.

OD on the other hand was doing well in all areas expected except that the doctor noticed a slight murmur in his heart. We did have it checked out about a week later and found that it is perfectly normal. Apparently, some children just develop these as they grow and in time it will vanish as if it were never there. That same day IC came down with a fever that continued over the weekend accompanied by a nasty cough. On Sunday he was completely miserable had eaten very little and began to throw up when he did eat. He seemed to only throw up because his coughing was so bad that it caused him to gag. On Monday he was taken to the doctor and found to have Pneumonia! His lungs progressed very quickly to that state because it was a virus. However, today he is almost completely better. He only coughs a handful of times a day and his appetite is almost completely returned. I do anticipate that he has lost a little weight but we will do our best to convince him to gain it back.

We are quite relieved that it was only a virus. IC was “Too Healthy” to qualify for the RSV vaccination this season so every time he gets sick we hold our breath. However, we are half way through RSV season right now. We will celebrate if we can make it to April healthy. We are very eager for some warmer weather so the boys can go outside and play.

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 8th, 2008

It has been quite some time since we have updated so here we go. OD is still loving school, however, he does not have much to report about his days unless we pry with questions. I am beginning to see improvement in his control of pencils/crayons. I am sad to report that he has now entered the “Mommy, I’m bored…what can I do?” stage. He is becoming very independent and is full of “why” questions. They seem to never end some days. At the end of this month OD will officially be 4! He is going to be sad that he has to give up 3 and 3/4. (That is how old he will tell you he is now).

IC is doing just as well. He is now above 18 lbs but I don’t think this will please his doctor at the end of the month. I guess we will have to stuff him with extra Christmas goodies to try and add a little more weight. Over the Thanksgiving holiday everyone was sick except for daddy. We had a pretty nasty cold of some sort. I even had a nasty case of laryngitis that I have still not totally gotten rid of. But other than that the entire family is back to a holiday normal. IC is now communicating pretty well with signs and a few words. Over Thanksgiving he mastered the sign “please” and even threw in a little Pwee, pwee, pwee when he was offered something that he really likes. He also mastered the sign for “Help”. When he wants anything that he can’t reach or do himself he signs help. It is quite amusing. As of this week IC has officially figured out how to run. He has been walking extremely fast up till now to keep up with everyone. He and OD get along for short periods of time but they fuss at each other more often than not. Despite this IC follows OD around like a puppy. He wants to do everything his big brother does. I will post the updated stats in a few weeks. Until then Merry Christmas and count your blessings.

15 Months Old

Friday, September 26th, 2008

IC went for his 15 month check-up this week. He weighs 17lb and 2oz. Once again this is not a lot of growth but the Doc was not terribly concerned both because he is now very mobile on his feet (he walks constantly) and because he grew more than two inches in height! I could tell by the way his clothes are fitting that he is getting taller but I never guessed that it was that much. The problem is that he is so skinny that pants long enough to fit the length will not stay up around his waist. I guess we are going to have to rely on overalls and one piece outfits all winter.

We are still waiting to hear if he gets approved for Synagis (the RSV shot) again this year. It does not sound promising this year because most children don’t get approved after their first birthday. He has been very healthy with only a stuffy nose from time to time this summer, however, time will tell if the wheezing returns this fall if he gets a serious cold. Now that OD is in school we will be exposed to some new germs.

Speaking of OD, he has adjusted well to school and LOVES it. He wakes up those mornings ready to go and greets me with a smile when I pick him up. It is hard to believe how big he is already.

Baby Steps

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

Well IC officially started taking multiple steps this week. It is so adorable to watch him go. He has very strong leg muscles and is able to get to a standing position all on his own in the middle of the room or yard. His maximum distance so far is about 5 feet but I believe he will add to that this week. He wants to keep up with his older brother and his legs just need a little more practice before he is ready to make the upright mode his main mode of transportation.

On another note, OD is officially in school (2 days a week). He is loving every minute of it. He is so excited about it that he even ran in and forgot to tell daddy goodbye this week. He hung up his back pack and just darted into the room. We are pleased that he enjoys it so much but it would be nice to feel that he misses us a little bit.

IC will go back to the doctor in a couple of weeks for his 15/12month check up. His original due date was September 13th so this week may have been his birthday if everything had been normal. He functions just about where he would have if he were born on time. He is lagging behind just a little on his vocal skills and in his eating. But we are working hard to bring him up to par. The good news is that he is not far enough behind to qualify for any additional services. However, his is still just a small little fellow but he is as happy as he can be.

He is also still toothless! It is funny but I feel that that may be causing him to fall behind in his eating because it does limit what he can chew and how hard he can chew. hopefully we will see a tooth or two in the next month or two and maybe that will make things a little easier.

Sitting Pretty

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

IC is beginning to set for longer periods without falling over. He can now reach toys that are at his side and pick them up without falling to the side. He went for his 9 month check up yesterday and did great through most of the exam. It turns out that He has an ear infection in both ears. He hasn’t fussed about it at all. He is doing really well for a 6 month old. The only area of concern is that he has expressed very few consonant sounds. The only sounds that I have heard (besides vowel) are G and F. If that does not improve in the next few weeks then we will have to seek some intervention. In the mean time we are trying everything that we know to do to encourage him to make sounds.

He weighs 13 lb 9oz and is 25 inches long. He has grown about 2 inches in length since his last appointment. He still rolls all over the place and when on his tummy he pushes all the way up with his arms and tries to pull his knees up as well! That is a big improvement from not wanting to do tummy time at all. I’d say he will be up on all fours within the month.

OD, at this age, decided it was easier to just pull himself wherever he wanted to go. He looked like a little man doing an army crawl until he learn to really crawl. That happened around 7 months of age.

More Updates

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

We went to visit the Physical Therapist last week.  IC is officially 4 1/2 months old (last week) and so he was thoroughly evaluated.  He has a few weak muscles but for the most part he is right where he needs to be.  She saw no reason for concern and gave us a few exercises to do to bring the trouble areas up to speed.  That said, the PT saw no reason that he needed any further evaluation and sent us happily on our way.  IC is very rolly polly now but he still does not enjoy his tummy time. When put on a blanket in the living room floor he quickly rolls from one side to the other and beyond.  Needless to say he is very excited about his newfound freedom and squeals when he reaches a new object…ie the couch, chair, dog.  Our poor dog doesn’t even know what is about to hit her.  Two children chasing her at once is going to be interesting. 

    The first real sickness of the year has hit our house.  Mommy and OD have picked up some sort of cold.  It is the typical runny/stuffy nose, cough and sore throat.  No fever so there is little concern that it might be RSV.  So because of this Mommy has been on hyper mode for disinfecting and sanitizing everything possible. 

    This week is also the beginning of spoon fed cereal for IC!  It is a very exciting milestone.  He is sitting up a little better but still needs some support and he has been very curious about what we are eating so he seems to be ready.  We will start with oatmeal instead of Rice cereal because he already gets rice cereal in most of his bottles. Nothing else new to report but we will get an accurate weight check on Friday and I will post the results then.