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Happy November

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

Well, this is November and it is definitely fall outside. IC had his RSV shot today.  As always he cried.  He loves to talk to people now.  Well he doesn’t actually talk it is more like he coos and tries to immitate the sound of talking.  He does it when he is really happy and really upset.  he was laying on the mat while the nurse was writing down his vitals before the shot and he was just cooing as if he was so happy to see her.  That is until she brought out the needle.  He didn’t like getting stuck in the leg at all.  He didn’t get quite this upset last time but he is getting bigger and better at expressing himself. 

    He weighs 9lb 6oz as of this afternoon.  I was hoping for him to be a little bigger but every little bit is still growth.  That means that he has grown almost a pound and a half in one month.  When he was on the formula he would average about 2lbs a month.  I have to remind myself that he is also a little more active now than he was last month.  That burns calories too.

What’s New

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

    Well today was the big day.  I ended up doing double duty at the pediatricians office.  Yesterday OD woke up with a runny nose and sneezed all day long so he went along with us to IC’s doctor appointment.  Turns out that OD has a normal cold and the beginnings of an ear infection.  So that means he needs to keep his distance from his brother for 4 days until the cold passes.  That will not be fun.

Here are the latest numbers for IC.  He now weighs 7lb 13oz!  He is 19 1/2 inches long and his head has increased in size from 30 to 36 which equals about a 2inch increase in his head circumference since his first appointment back in August.  The doctor also said that he is developmentally just where he should be right now.

    We are very excited about all of this because this means that he no longer needs special formula and he no longer needs and iron supplement.  One down side is that his reflux has returned and he may end up taking some medicine for this if he doesn’t out grow it soon.  Today he got all of his vaccinations that a normal 2 month  old baby would receive (ouch).  He had 4 separate shots and a heel stick to check his hemoglobin.  As if that wasn’t enough torture tomorrow he begins a series of Synagis shots to help prevent RSV.  He will receive one a month until RSV season is over (6 months).  This particular injection will take 45 minutes and each one after this will take 15 minutes.  Tomorrow afternoon mommy will sigh a big sigh of relief.  Next we will be tackling flu shots for the rest of the family but this will be a whole lot easier than all of IC’s shots.  I will see if I can convince daddy to put a few new pictures of our chunky monkey up for all to see.  He looks pretty much the same only bigger.

Weighing In

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

On Monday we made our monthly visit to see the scale in the pediatricians office.  With no clothes and no diaper on IC weighed 6lb 10oz.!  It had been 2  hours since he had eaten so his belly was not full.  The nurse called him a little piglet and I’ll have to say that is a compliment for him.  September 13 was IC’s offical due date so we are now officially 40 weeks and begin to count his progress as if he were born on schedule.  He will be 3 months old this coming weekend and only slightly resembles a 3 month old.  He is beginning to work on holding his head up but that is really the only developmental skill that will be ahead of schedule for now.  He still sleeps about as much as 1-2 month old baby and is of course eating every 3 hours round the clock still. 
    IC has nearly caught up to where he should be as far as weight is concerned.  His big brother weighed 7lb 14oz at  40 weeks so IC is just a little more than a pound smaller than his big brother was.  Since each child is different, all we can do is wait to see when he begins to slow down and compare his progress to his big brother who was not premature.  Though I have to say it will be difficult to compare him to his brother because OD is quite small for his age.  He weighs 26lbs and is closing in on 3 years of age.  We will just have to wait and see.  Speaking of OD, he is doing well with his toilet training.  Every time we think we are ready to ditch the pull-ups we have another minor set back but as with all things this will take a little time. So OD is moving out of diapers (yeah!) and IC is moving up from Preemie to newborn/size 1 diapers.  Once again all we can say is that we are blessed far beyond what we deserve.  Thanks for your prayers.

One more Picture

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

If you are interested in seeing yet another picture, IC’s hospital pic is available on the hospitals web site. All you have to do is go to centralbap.com and click on baby central. Click on the first letter of our last name and then once on that page click on our first names. Then it will show you his picture. It was taken the day before he was discharged from the hospital so even though it says he was 2lbs he was more like 4lb 2oz and 16in. long in that pic.

Oh, by the way, all is quiet here on the home front. We are all doing well though OD is the only one who has had a good nights sleep in the passed two weeks. We couldn’t be happier. I will pass along his new weight and growth when I get them. I do know that he is about 17 inches long now. He has also discovered that he has hands. He is beginning to bat at some of the toys around him during his play time.

Pictures!!

Saturday, August 25th, 2007

I know everyone has wanted to see pictures so here they are! These are all in the last 3 weeks. From isolette to crib to home. We couldn’t have done any of it without your prayerful and loving support.

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Thank you all for your prayers.

Perfectly Wonderful

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

IC has been home for one week now.  We had a pediatricians appointment on Monday and and an eye specialist appointment today.  His doctor was quite pleased with him all around and let me know that for what he has been through he is doing remarkably well.  The eye doctor examined him and reported that his retinas are “perfect”.  Babies born so early usually struggle with ROP and slow forming vessels in their eyes but IC is totally developed and normal.  We will have one more follow up appointment in March just to make sure that everything continues to develop as it should.  He also has a follow up appointment in January with a physical therapist at the hospital where he was born but this is just to check out his  development and make sure he is on track. 

    As for our household, things are a little bit crazy right now. We all sleep less than we would like (except for IC) but we couldn’t be happier.  IC now weighs 4 1/2 lbs and grows a little more every day.  One of these days the clothes labeled preemie will fit him well but for now they are still quite baggy and a bit too big.  I know one day in the not so distant future I will look back and say wow was he ever that little. 

Busy Week

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

It’s been a busy week! I wish I had some stats to give ya’ . I don’t know his weight, I don’t know his height, I don’t know how regular his heartbeat has been. All I know is that he’s home, he’s healthy considering his circumstances, and he’s a ball of fire when things don’t go his way! For his size he has some set of lungs. He is on a set schedule so every 3 hours he eats and gets a diaper change. That’s been a real blessing. Mommy’s been very good at getting up and letting Daddy sleep so he can get up for work. That may change next week since Grandma and Grandpa will be heading back up to Michigan soon. We’ll see. Big Brother’s excited, but still isn’t sure how to be careful around Li’l Brother. I’ll post some pictures tomorrow for everyone. Again, thank you all for your prayers.

He’s Home!

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

He’s home!!  IC is safe and sound here at home.  Right now Mommy is getting ready to feed him.  He sleeps pretty good for about 3 hours, then wakes up for his feeding.  The nurses have been good to keep him on a schedule.  OD is so excited he’s not sure what to do.

The doctor’s gave us a good rundown of rules and guidelines:  We need to keep him away from public places for a while.  Not too many visitors (and they have to be healthy).  We need to wash our hands every time we handle him.  He needs to wear a hat when it’s cool or air-conditioned.  etc. etc. etc.

God has answered so many prayers this summer.  We can’t thank everyone enough for all the prayers.  We still have a ways to go so please continue to pray for us.  Mommy is very nervous about having him at home so please keep her in your prayers especially.

Homecoming

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

It’s finally here!!  We just got word today that Isaiah will be coming home either tomorrow or the day after.  We took his carseat in for an inspection by the NICU people, so the last thing that needs to be done is circumcision.  They had to make an appointment with our OB, but had difficulty reaching the doctor.  If he doesn’t have his procedure tomorrow we’ll probably need to wait until Thursday.

Mommy is excited, but nervous.  It will definitely be different not having to go to the hospital every day.  We’re not sure how we’ll handle having both boys.  OD is mixed when we tell him his little brother is coming home.  One minutes he is excited, a few minutes later he doesn’t want him to come home.  I think it will all smooth out once he’s here.  We will have to be very careful not to take him out of the house to public populated places because of the sickness he could get.  We’re so excited to take him to church, but we have to wait a few weeks ’til he gets his shots and builds up his immunities.  With students coming back to school this week I’m afraid Mommy will kick me out of the house if I cough or sneeze!

We’ll post either way on Wednesday night to let you know if he’s home or not.

Coming Soon!

Saturday, August 11th, 2007

We’re getting closer to bringing him home, we know it.  The nurses act so sly hinting here and there, but never really saying what they know is true:  IC is coming home VERY soon.  He’s out of his Isolate (incubator) and into a crib.  They put the NG (feeding) tube back in because they felt it was better to get him into a crib than to remove the feeding tube and I guess they couldn’t do both.  He’s been taking his bottles pretty good, but he gets very tired afterward.  He ate his whole bottle for me today in 10 minutes!  That’s pretty good.  The nurses were excited about it, too.  There’s not much left for him to accomplish other than becoming a better eater.  He’s 3lbs. 15oz. today and still growing.  They thought he’d lose weight moving into a bed because they use fat to keep warm, but he still gained.  That’s very good news!

I spoke with a nurse yesterday about him coming home and how careful we should be.  She said we shouldn’t take him out of the house for at least 6 weeks.  She said even a small cold could put him back in the hospital.  Mommy’s already scared to death of him getting sick so I’m sure she’ll be pretty strict about who can see him.  It’s been a long journey and she sees light at the end of the tunnel.  It won’t be long and he’ll be running and playing with his older brother.