Friday, June 24, 2011

9 Weeks left!

9 weeks from today I will have a baby girl in my arms!  It is really approaching fast and I have so much to do still.

This week I went for a check up.  Other than normal pregnancy pains- back, ribs, pressure everywhere. I am A-OK.  I am measuring right on time.  30 cm up/down belly.  I lost 2 lbs but still up for a month time, so no concerns.  I am currently 158lbs at 30 weeks, mostly baby this time.  I laid of the junk food much of this pregnancy that's for sure, that and Jack keeps me moving.

My next appointment is in 2 weeks, July 5th.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A week later..

Jack is back to normal, still on antibiotics but back to running around and tearing the house apart daily.
We have to wash and keep his hand dry as much as possible, which is tough since he uses his left hand all the time and when feeding it gets messy.  His appetite is back to normal, what a piggy kid he is.

I have to say I just LOVE our doctors and everyone we encountered at Northern Westchester Hospital last weekend.  Our pediatrician made the effort to visit Jack while we were in the hospital at 5:30 am to make sure he was okay.  Our surgeon in Philadelphia called us Monday to follow up as well as give up his personal cellphone number incase anything else happens and we need to reach him.  The plastic surgeon from the hospital called us on Monday also to see if she could help out in anyway since Philly is so far and she offered to work with our doctor there.  Also the pedi-unit at NWH called to check up on us too, I gave rave reviews about the 3 nurses we had during our time there.

We had a nice Father's Day with both our families on Sunday after being released from the hospital, and Jack is back to having baths and loving them!  All is good here:)

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Jack Update!

I set out on the day Thursday.. Jack went back to the doctor because after 4 days on amoxicilin he was still not himself and still running a fever. 
Well the Dr didn't like the way he looked and decided to draw blood and collect urine... oh urine... Well my child would not pee, and has anyone tried to occupy their kid at a dr for 2 hours?  It SUCKS!! So finally they decided to send me driving and come back when full, another hour passed no pee, so I decided to go home, put him for a nap (he also refused to sleep and had woken up at my moms at 6:15am screaming for an hour with her).  
HE PEES!!!  I have car packed up (We were heading to Jersey with Tim once he got off work and I picked him up to stay at his Aunt's house so our drive would be shorter in the morning to Philly.
We get all the way back to the doctor, I get him out of car, start to carry him and feel WET..  THE BAG BURST ALL OVER ME!!!!!  I just started crying, after 5 days of a kid who had not been himself and doing it mostly alone because Tim has been working 24 hours on with 12 off all week and hadn't been home in 2 nights I shut down.  I walked in in tears and said HELP.  
Luckily while there he peed again, and they got what they needed, now we hurried off to Lehman.  CLOSED (FU AGAIN LEHMAN!!) So we wasted time in Target in the Bronx and headed to the firehouse.
At relatives he was fine, chasing the 3 boys around who are way older and loving their 150lb Mastiff.  So we were happy, he stayed up until after 10pm and passed out, we had to get him up before 6am to head to Philly, he woke up fine, no tears and talked the next 2 hours in the car.  
Cast came off around 9am, incision looked gross, he had skin grafting from wrist (which you'd never know it, wrist looks 100%normal).  In between 2 of the fingers it was ***, the surgeon said not to worry, it looks fine. He was happy with the look of fingers and sent us up to a whirlpool bath to soak off bandages.  That person also thought it looked infected, ran down to Dr, who again said it was okay, so we wrapped it up and were sent on our way home.
I didn't get "home" (to my parents) until 4:30, Jack played around and around 7 I went to show my mom his hand and change the bandages.  She immediately thought it looked infected, and had my dad look and then I called Tim's mom who is a nurse to come look at it on her way home.  I also called Jack's pedi who said to go to the ER and most likely will admit him if its infected so off we went.
He was admitted but it took over 6 hours!!!  Jack would fall asleep and then be woken up for IV to be put in, fall asleep and wake up for catheder to check urine, the poor boy has been through a lot, x-rays too.  We got up to the pediartic until at 2am and passed the F out!  I slept until 9 and Tim and Jack were still sleeping when I snuck out to run home to shower and grab stuff since DH hasn't been home since Tuesday and Me since Thursday afternoon.
We'll be in the hospital until at least tomorrow, if not Monday.  When we may be sent back down to Philly. Apparently though the infection is not good, it is not uncommon after these surgeries and grafting procedures.  This is most likely what also had him running a fever for the past week and why he hasn't been himself, including a little appetite.  Poor kid is a trooper though and in between bouts of crankiness, tiredness and sleeping he entertains anyone who will watch. 
I am happy I insisted this week that something was wrong with him and didn't just give up, for a kid who barely has cried in 13 months, has transitioned from formula to milk, bottle to cup and everything else cold turkey and just went with the flow to be like he has been I just knew.   

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

13 Months!

13 months old already and 21 lbs.
He is a walking, climbing, babbling busy boy!

He still has his cast on until Friday and then it will be off.  I cannot wait to see what his hand is like now and what he does.  I have to call the county about early intervention for Occupational Therapy (fine motor skills) for his hand once the cast is off.

He got his first fever and ear-ache/infection.  I think lasting 13 months is great, he was pitiful, clingy, crying and wanted to be held, it is really sad to watch.

No more bottles!!  No more formula!!

Plays pretend.  I got him a big Laugh n Learn kitchen for his room and then he has his Laugh n Learn chair, so it's set up like a house in his room now.  He turns on the pretend water and sizzles the frying pan.

He will play in his corner for hours, sitting on his alligator, making it talk, talking back at it.

Plays with puzzles, he will take the pieces out and try to get them back in the spaces.  Doesn't always succeed but tries.  He loves Melissa & Doug puzzles with jumbo knobs.  I have been finding them used for a fraction of the cost, plus since they are big and chunky he can't break them.

Everyday is something new, and I am loving being home to see it.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Bye-bye Bottles and Formula

Cold turkey I stopped bottles all together, as soon as we got home from surgery weekend, May 31st to be exact.  We had been intermixing sippy cups by Munchkin and Tommee Tippee for over two months and trying them out.   I had put in water and formula to get him used to them.  Styles we have used:
Tommee Tippee BPA Free First Cup - Lil Sippee - Blue - Tommee Tippee  - Babies"R"UsTommee Tippee BPA Free Lil Sippee Sport Straw - 2 Pack - Green/Orange - Tommee Tippee  - Babies"R"UsTommee Tippee Closer to Nature First Sips Weaning Cup - 4m+ - 5 oz. - Blue - Tommee Tippee  - Babies"R"Us

Munchkin Boy's BPA Free Mighty Grip Trainer Cups 2-Pack - 8 oz. (Colors Vary) - Munchkin  - Babies"R"Us  
The Munchkin cups have been the easiest for him because of the hand cast.  We have 4 that we rotate because for now the other ones are bigger, but without a cast he is able to manage any of them.

Milk only:  So then on the 1st I decided I would try whole milk, starting with 75% formula 25% milk.  I did this for his morning and bed cup and during the day he had formula.  We did this for 3 days, by day 4 he was SOLEY on milk.  Too easy!!!  Next up hard spouts and straws cups.  I keep telling him once he can use a straw he'll get his first Starbucks drink (milk!!) 

It was bittersweet to put away all the bottles, then again the break will only be for a few months.

Monday, June 6, 2011


Jack has hit a few lately.  He has been making us prouder each and every day.

  • He started walking 3-5 steps alone April 19th
  • He started walking/making laps around things alone May 19th at Chuck E Cheese chasing his friends
  • Stopped using bottles all at once.  We are day 6 (Tuesday) of using sippy cups.  
    • Next up hard spouts and straws
  • Drinking 2- 50/50 whole milk/formula cups a day and 2 formula only a day
    • Next up all whole milk
  • Steady bedtime of 8:30pm 6 nights a week waking at 8 out of crib by 9 most mornings
  • Eats a lot of "people" food.  Discovered pretzel sticks at a party this past weekend, must have ate 1/2 the bowl.  It was so cute how he'd take small bites using his front teeth.
  • Waves bye-bye.  We are still working on blowing kisses and more words.
  • Understands the word NO.  Turns his lip, pouts and cries/screams.  Does pull your hand if you are blocking him from something (stairs, cabinets, computer, phone)

27 Weeks.

I went on Friday for my 27 week apartment.  I am currently up to 160lbs and +21 since the start.  I go back in 3 weeks and then every 2 and every 1 towards the end.  Only 12 weeks left!!  I still need to buy a crib, bedding and set up.  I have an idea of what I am doing just need to make the purchase.
Her heartbeat was 145 bpm at the appointment also.
Saturday I felt fine, we went to a family party for Tim's cousin's graduation.  Sunday I started feeling crappy but needed to get so much around the house done.  So I pushed myself all day, taking a nap after dinner at my parents house while waiting for Tim to come over.
Later in the night my throat was really bothering me, I went to doctors today (Monday) and have a severe sinus infection and lost my voice too.  I am on Amoxicilin and nasal spray and Tim is on meds too.
For someone who barely got sick before having kids, I am sick all the time now, both pregnancies, I won't miss this.