March 31, 2010
March 30, 2010
We went to the pediatricians on Monday for her 6 month check up. Even though Rachel was born early, they still go by her birth age for shots and check-ups. She received three shots. She screamed like usual. But the doctor also needed blood to follow up on some other things that she had done while in the hospital. This meant a lancet to her heel. This is really one of those things you wish you never have to go through. They stick a needle in her heel and squeeze and squeeze to get blood out. She was SO upset. It took F O R E V E R for the nurse to get the blood too because one of the lancets didn't break her skin and Rachel was fighting so hard to keep her away! She is 23 inches and 12 pounds, 7 ounces. The doctor was really happy with how she has grown. Well, her body is growing...her poor little head isn't very big. I mean, it's growing, but it's not even on any kind of growth chart (DS or normal). The only thing I want for her is to have her head stay in proportion to her body. This may be a selfish wish but I don't care.
Her grandpa C. is here for a visit. So far she kind of eyes him with a little concern but I'm sure once she gets older, he will completely win her over. He also bought her some new toys today. She really likes this thing called an "Oball." She only wishes she could fit it in to her mouth!
March 26, 2010
March 24, 2010
Ever since Rachel came home, she has been battling reflux. She was put on one medication, then switched to Prevacid, then switched to Enfamil AR (added rice) formula, then her Prevacid was upped to the adult dose twice a day and now she has another medicine added to the mix. Her GI doctor said that if this medication didn't work, we would have to start doing some tests on Rachel. She has a follow-up with him in two weeks. She is just so miserable. She can't do any tummy time or else she just whines and cries the rest of the day. No fun for her, no fun for us! I just want her to be able to play on the ground like a "normal" child so whatever tests are needed to get to that point, we'll grin and bear them.
She has also been extra crabby because of what looks like a tooth coming in. Now, I have no idea what a tooth looks like when it is coming in but I have had two people who have had babies take a look at the "tooth" and they seem to think it is. We will know for sure on Monday when we visit her Pediatrician for her 6 month check up. Want to place your bet? Vote in the poll to the left!
She is now 23 inches and 12 pounds, 5 ounces! Yay! She is a big girl and I think she gets that all from her daddy. That is a good thing! It's funny because the Nurse at the GI doc put her weight on the normal baby chart at her birth age of 6 months. She was right at the 5% mark. That is awesome considering she should only be 4 months, was preemie and has DS! If you go by the fact that she should be 4 months, she falls in between the 10-20% for weight and 5-10% for length. I just find that amazing. Grow Rachel, grow!
Rachel LOVES to be outside or riding in the car. Her little face just lights up when I put her carseat in the backseat. She could be happy forever being pushed around in her stroller at the park. I know she is going to love running around in our backyard in the future!
She was visited by her EI therapist, Lisa, on Tuesday. She was still so very impressed with her social skills. No work needed there! (The pictures below are of her smiling at Stephen) She also said that Rachel was doing much better with her arms and reaching for things and even being seated she is starting to bear weight on her arms. That was nice to hear since Rachel hasn't been able to do much therapy due to her reflux. Her neck is starting to get tight on the one side again from lack of laying on the ground and we need to work on that. We don't want her cute little head to be tilted!
March 19, 2010
March 16, 2010
March 12, 2010
March 11, 2010
Rachel is still young though and Lisa wasn't too worried. She expects Rachel to "notice" her hands and start reaching out for toys within the next couple weeks. Right now Rachel sees the toys and likes to study them but doesn't make that big of an attempt to reach for them or swat at them. She will hold them if we place them near her hands. She loves a cloth book that I bought her while we were in PA a couple weeks ago. It makes crinkly noises when she squeezes it and it has bright pictures of bugs. For some reason, she loves pictures of bugs. I think it has to do with the huge eyes they are given. Anyway, I am happy that we have this help for Rachel. I know it will benefit her greatly as she grows and starts to move. Can I tell you that I am ready for her to sit up on her own already. It will give her so much freedom!
March 8, 2010
March 5, 2010
March 3, 2010
Today, Rachel had another follow up with her surgeon, Dr. Pranikoff. We got to travel back to Baptist Hospital. We hadn't been there in at least a month which was weird. We got taken back to the exam room quickly (wow) and then Rachel was weighed. Now, last week, last Tuesday at her pediatricians, she weighed 11 pounds, 4 ounces and that was right when she started to get sick. Rachel was really sick all last week until Friday night when her fever broke. She has ear infections and a horrible cough now but last week she was barely eating as well. I was so afraid to see her weight today. I thought for sure she was going to be down half a pound. Well, I worry for nothing I guess. Rachel only lost 2 ounces and I know with the way she is eating again, she will gain that back by tomorrow. Whew. When you are the mom of a NICU baby, and you lived and died by the weight they gained (or didn't gain) then it's really hard to let that part go. Here Rachel was having a hard time breathing and her poor little ears hurt and I couldn't get over the fact she wasn't eating enough. Sometimes you have to take a step back and see what an idiot you are being. Anyway, Dr. Pranikoff was happy with how she was looking and how nice her scar looked and because we didn't have any problems to report, he sent us on our merry way. We will see him again in June and probably once more in September but then no more after that unless we have problems. I really don't think there will be any.
We stopped by the NICU with Rachel to donate some blankets and to see if some nurses we know where there so we could say hello. Unfortunately, they were not. So, I just want to say hello to Digi, Jamie, Sherri and even lactation expert, Martha if any of you are reading this. Though I am happy we are done with the NICU, I still miss seeing you guys. You were the light of my days there sometimes. I can't wait until Rachel is bigger and I can introduce her to you and she can say "Thank you" for herself for all that you did.
***It's really hard to get any pictures of Rachel smiling. She hates the camera. As soon as she sees it, she stops talking or smiling and just stares at it or looks away. One of these days we'll have to sneak some pics of some smiles as one of us holds her and talks to her because that is all she does most of the day. Since she stared feeling better, she talks to us constantly!
March 1, 2010
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7 Interesting Facts
1. I hate being in the rain and cold. You want to see me really upset? Make me run errands in that crap.
2. I have more plants than I do people and pets in my house. Let's hope the plants never come alive or else we are done for.
3. I'm addicted to the video baby monitor. It's Rachel TV and it's always on!
4. I like Jay Leno. I think I may be the only person left on this planet, besides my dad, who likes him.
5. My husband and I met on Match.com
6. I get motion sick really easily. Boats and I are not friends.
7. Except for poop on a cracker, I pretty much like and will try any kind of food at least once.
7 Great Blogs (I'm not including the ones who nominated me but they would be on this list.)