Saturday, February 28, 2009
In order to check the pressures in the eye, an instrument (it looks sort of like a pen) is placed on the eyeball to measure it. It doesn't hurt and is sort of like having a contact lens placed in (or so I've been told...I've never experienced it). Ryan's old eye doctor (whom I did not care for and eventually switched to this new one a couple years ago and LOVE) used to struggle with Ryan to get the pressures checked. The first time we went to this new doctor (who is much, much better with kids), he told us he would like to do a sedated eye exam on Ryan to get a very good look at his eyes and easily check the pressures and know he was getting an accurate reading. It's a very quick procedure and well worth it. He had his first one two years ago last month. He was supposed to have another one this past April, but we had to reschedule it after Brooke was born and he had it done in July instead. Everything is holding steady so far and looking good. When he gets a little older and more mature, the doctor will be able to do this without having to put him to sleep.
At this appointment, the doctor told us he would like to do another sedated exam in May. He said he didn't see anything that concerned him from his exam in the office, but he wanted to get in there and get a good look. At that time, he'll also check his vision and see if he needs a new prescription or not. The first time Ryan had a sedated exam, he was a MESS when he woke up from the anesthesia. My mom and I had taken him out and we had a heck of a time getting his coat on him to leave and then getting him buckled in to his carseat to get him home. He was just so out of sorts : (. After we finally got him buckled in and on the road, he was sleeping within 5 minutes and was fine once we got home (it's almost an hour's drive). This past July when he had it done, he did GREAT : ). He didn't even go to sleep in the car on the way home! So I'm hoping this time will be just as easy : ).
Brooke passed her eye exam in the NICU with flying colors. We had her with us in July when Ryan went for his sedated exam and I asked the doctor about when she should be seen for the first time and he said at a year old. So we just set her appointment up the same day as Ryan's even though she's not *quite a year old since, like I said, it's almost an hour away. He did the initial exam and then dilated her eyes. He checked her retinas and her vision. Everything looks good! We knew she wasn't having problems seeing, but we wanted to be sure there wasn't anything going on we couldn't see. He said she is farsighted, but just how a "toddler" should be. Whew! (Ryan got his first pair of glasses at 14 months old and it was impossible to get him to keep them on. He didn't start wearing them regularly until he started preschool and now he only takes them off for baths and bed.) So he wants to see her back in 2 years and if everything looks good then, then he'll see her at age 5! We just have to keep an eye out (ha ha...no pun intended) for any drifting or crossing of her eyes or anything like that, but he's not expecting anything to pop up.
Both kids were VERY well-behaved while we were there and we were there for nearly 2 hours! It does not normally take that long, but they were a little backed up that day and then with him dilating Brooke's eyes and having to wait an additional 15-20 minutes....it was just a very long appointment. Afterwards, we went to the mall out there and got lunch and did a little bit of shopping. It was kind of a long day, but the kids were both awesome (even at the mall) and it was fun : ).
I do believe this is probably one of my longest posts ever! Hope I didn't bore anyone ; ).
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Friday, February 27, 2009
Wow....11 months. I am truly in awe that my baby girl is one month away from being a year old. The first year really does go by SO fast.
Brooke had a busy month! She learned to sit up on her own. She learned how to crawl. And she learned how to stand up at things and now stands up at anything and everything she can! She is such a busy little baby, always moving from one thing to the next, now that she's really able to get around. She doesn't spend much time in one place playing with any one thing. She is LOVING her newfound freedom. It's taken a little bit of adjusting and getting used to her being so mobile, but I love watching her explore her environment and how proud she gets when she accomplishes something.
Another new "trick" she learned this month is patting your hand when you say "patty cake". So cute. She hasn't yet got the actual clapping down. I'm excited for that because I think it's adorable when babies clap : ). Another thing she loves to do is "sniff" at you, while smiling this big cheesy green. OMG, I LOVE it. I'll have to try to get it on video (and then hope I can post the link here and get it to work, unlike when I tried to post a video of her crawling).
I'm also VERY happy to report that she has been sleeping through the night for almost a month straight now : ). She does sometimes wake for her blanket and then goes right back to sleep when I find it for her, but no more waking up and not wanting to go back to sleep and stay asleep for an hour or more : ). It is SO nice!
I had posted last month about moving her up to Level 2 bottle nipples and her drinking about 5-10oz. more per day. That lasted for a couple weeks and then she got a cold and wasn't eating as much. Even once she got over her cold, she still was only taking about 18-20oz. a day. But all of a sudden, several days ago she started eating really well again and has been taking close to 30oz. a day. Another growth spurt maybe? She goes in for her next (and 2nd to last for the season) synagis shot on Wednesday, so we'll see how much she weighs then.
Okay, I could ramble on and on about my little girl, but I don't want to bore you all too much ; ). So with that, I'll just leave you with a few more pictures. She wasn't too happy when I first started...note the tear on her cheek in the first pic. I had to post it because I love the expression on her face.
I think I've said it before, but just in case anyone is wondering, I only use the Boppy pillow in the pictures now for size reference, not because she need sit (obviously, lol).
So proud of herself for standing up like a big girl!
P.S. Next month, I plan on posting all of her "month" pictures in her 12 months/one year post!
Monday, February 23, 2009
A couple days after she got this toy, I said it would be the first thing she ever stood up at on her own...and I was right! This picture was taken on Saturday and it was the first time she ever pulled up to stand at something on her own! She only did it once Saturday, but she did it numerous times (at different things...the gate, her Fisher Price piano, her Hop'n'Pop, etc.) yesterday and today already. As I type, she is standing at the toy box behind me trying to get Ryan's Doodle Pro out, lol. She hasn't yet figured out how to get down without falling, but she has gotten the hang of falling "gracefully" down pretty well..lol...and hasn't gotten any boo boos from it (yet). Here are a few more pictures of her practicing her newest milestone!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
I really, really hope I don't jinx anything by posting this, but she's been sleeping through the night for almost 2 weeks straight now! Most nights she will wake up once, sometimes twice, but I find her blanket for her and give it to her and she goes right back to sleep. So I still count it as sleeping straight through. Definitely better than when she was waking up and not wanting to go to sleep and stay asleep for up to an hour (or more). She is sleeping most nights by 8:30 and wakes up sometime between 7 and 8 am. She doesn't have a set nap schedule...I've tried, but she's too unpredictable. She takes 2-3 naps a day, but never sleeps for more than 2-2 1/2 hours total usually.
Ryan is doing well. He's getting over yet another cold. This one Brooke didn't get. He's off school this whole week for some reason and keeps asking when he can go back to school. LOL. That's my Ryan. He spends his days bouncing between watching cartoons, playing his Gameboy, bowling, playing golf, playing soccer, or drawing on his Doodle Pro. He loves to play the Wii, but doesn't get to play it every day and we kind of use it as leverage with him to get him to stay in bed until 7am (he has a habit of getting up at 5 or 6, which is way too early and results in him being very crabby) and/or eating his dinner without a fight. Our biggest issue with him at the moment is getting him to eat meals without having to nag him to eat the whole way through. If it's something he REALLY loves, then he eats great, but if not then he pokes around a lot and is always the last one done. I'm thinking this is probably fairly typical for his age, though.
I was going to type some more, but it's time for Brooke's midmorning bottle, so that's all for now folks!
Monday, February 16, 2009
Last Saturday (the 7th) I posted saying that Brooke was trying to figure out how to crawl and that I thought by this Saturday she would be. I was right! She was crawling short distances by Thursday and by Saturday was crawling the whole length of a room! She's a little tornado already, getting in to everything she can. LOL. Notice the 2 baby gates in the above pictures - the one on the right is blocking the stairs and the other is blocking the kitchen. We just put those up yesterday. She's also already trying to get to things on the shelves on the entertainment center and we've had to do a bit of rearranging. If there is a cord (like for instance, Ryan's Gameboy charger) around to be found, she will find it...and try to chew on it. Yikes! This little girl is definitely going to keep us on our toes, I can tell already!
Last night we were playing a game of darts in the dining room (yes, we have a dart board...it's fun!) and we took the gate at the stairs down to give Brooke more room so she could play on the floor near us so we could keep an eye on her. She figured out how to climb up on the first step.
That was the first time she ever stood up at something (besides holding on to someone's hands and pulling herself up), so I'm sure it won't be long before she's standing up at anything she can. I'm now worried she's going to figure out how to walk soon since she learned how to crawl so quickly. I am SO not ready for that. LOL. Ryan didn't walk until he was 25 months old. I know she won't take that long, but I'll be totally fine if she waits a few more months before walking.
You'll also notice in the picture of her on the stairs that she got a boo boo yesterday. Ryan was playing bowling on the Wii and Brooke sat up right in front of him right as he swung the remote : (. She had an instant goose egg. This was the FIRST time he has played where she wasn't contained in either her Hop'n'Pop or activity chair...and look what happened. I feel terrible : (. From now on, we'll be extra careful that she is nowhere around, and safely contained, when he is playing.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Five years ago today was one of the happiest days of my life. After 6 long, grueling months in the NICU, we FINALLY got to bring our tiny little miracle home. And yes, it was Friday the 13th...now a LUCKY day for us ; ). It was a much happier day than the day of Ryan's birth because on that day, we didn't know if he would live to go home one day. Ryan weighed 1lb. 6oz. when he was born on August 20th at 23 weeks 5 days gestation. His due date was not until December 12th. Due to an ileostomy he got at one month of age because of a bowel obstruction, he struggled to gain sufficient weight and was only up to 6lbs. 4oz. when he came home at 6 months actual/2 months adjusted age. They couldn't send him home with the ileostomy due to him not being able to absorb sufficient nutrition, so we had to wait until he weighed enough for the surgery to reconnect him and that didn't happen until January 22nd. Other obstacles he battled during his NICU stay included numerous infections, on the vent until he was almost full term, heart surgery to close his PDA, and Stage II R.O.P. (eyes) and 2 laser surgeries to help correct it, which then lead to his right retina starting to detach. Surgery to try to repair it was not very successful and he is now most likely legally blind in his right eye (sounds bad, but things could be so much worse for him, vision-wise). His NICU stay was definitely a roller coaster of ups and downs and we thought we were even going to lose him at one point, when he was one month old. But he's here! And he's healthy! And he's thriving! And he's...just amazing :*).
Here's some pictures and highlights (good AND bad) of Ryan's 6 month NICU stay.
One of my very favorite pictures of Ryan because I think he looks like an adorable baby monkey. LOL! He was sitting up getting chest PT (to help with any lung secretions) from our favorite nurse, Carmen.
Seeing his sweet face for the very first time without any tubes or tape obstructing our view! He had extubated himself from the ventilator and they tried him on CPAP, but he pooped out after 40 minutes.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
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Tuesday, February 10, 2009
I'll post some cute pics I took of her this morning : ).
Monday, February 9, 2009
Her newest thing is blowing raspberries. That's what I woke up to yesterday morning at 7am : ). She was laying in her crib, just blowing away. LOL. As I type this, she is on the floor behind me playing, blowing raspberries.
Not crawling yet, but she has really mastered sitting up on her own! She is also constantly getting up on her knees at things. It's made it so nice the last couple of days now that she can get up at some of her toys instead of laying there pitching a fit for you to help her up. LOL. Yes, she used to do that alllll the time!
She has a "toy corner" in the living room where all her toys "live". (Ryan's things are mostly in the dining room....yes, our downstairs looks like Toys'R'Us, lol.) Yesterday she managed to dump her toy basket.
And yes, she thought it was funny and was very pleased with herself! ; )
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Not so thrilling is the fact that she has a yeast diaper rash : P. Last Monday, I think it was, she woke up with a poopy diaper and had a terrible diaper rash. It was sooo red. It was mostly cleared up a couple days later and even now is just about completely gone, except she has some red dots on her "girly parts" that won't go away. So the physician's assistant prescribed Nystatin cream for her. Hopefully that will clear it up quickly!