Wednesday, September 30, 2009

7 Months Adjusted
















Nicholas is now 7 months adjusted, well he was on Sept. 25 but I didn't post. This week he had a check up with the neurosurgeon. That is the easiest doctor to go to for a check up. They just measure and feel around his head and ask us questions that would signal a shunt problem. His shunt is fine and he will go back in 3 months for another check up.

He had PT the same day as his doctor appointment so it didn't go too well. He didn't get his morning nap so he was tired and not wanting to work. His therapist still sees improvement each week. We can really tell a difference too. If he is awake and laying down he will move his head all around or leave it mid line. He used to turn it to the right all the time if he was awake or asleep. It is still turned to the right when he is sleeping but that is ok. He has also started to roll both left and right. He was only going to the right but now he does PT on his own and rolls from side to side.

His early interventionist is still looking for an occupational therapist for him. OT works on fine motor skills while PT works on gross motor skills. OT will help him with grabbing and holding objects. It will also help him use both hands equally. He favors his right hand and arm right now. He has no problem moving his left arm but he doesn't use it nearly as much as the right. He also turns it outward when he brings it to his face so his palm is facing out. We encourage him to use it and we turn it the other direction. He will put it in his mouth and use his right hand to hold it in place.

I scheduled our flu shots. We couldn't get in until Oct. 24. Nicholas will get the shot and I'm going to get the nasal mist since I'm a chicken when it comes to needles. Mark can get a flu shot free from work so he will do that.

Next week we have the CT scan to look for the cochlear nerve to make sure he can get an implant.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Physical Therapy












Not much is going on this week, only a PT session. Nicholas' therapist said he continues to improve each week. She said him not being able to hear effects his head control because he can't use sounds to balance his head. He has gotten better holding his head up during tummy time too.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Savannah
















We went on our first over night trip last weekend. Nicholas' pediatrician gave us permission to stay at a hotel if we brought the pack n play and sanitized everything. We stayed in a suite so we had a fridge and microwave, that helped with bottles. We had a good time but needed a 3 day weekend because we ran out of time to do everything we wanted to do. It was also amazing how much stuff we had just for one night. First we stopped in Hilton Head Island to go to the outlet mall. We tried Nicholas in the stroller without the car seat to keep him cooler. He kept turning his head all the way up and to the side so he went back in the car seat. He seemed comfortable with his head like that but it didn't look very comfortable. He had a poopy accident there. I took him out of the stroller and his bottom was wet, I thought it was a pee accident until I took his shorts off and there was poop all over. That was really gross and we were changing him in the back of the Jeep so it wasn't very easy.

After the outlets we went to Savannah. That is our favorite place to go for a weekend. It is such a beautiful and historic city, we love it. We forgot to bring the baby carrier that you can wear and Savannah is not stroller friendly. There are a lot of cobblestone roads and sidewalks. We had to go down a big hill of cobblestone to get to the river front. Mark carried Nicholas while I tried to get the stroller down the hill. It wasn't very easy but we got there. We snuck through a hotel to avoid going up the cobblestone hill on the way back to our hotel. While we were getting dinner we had a screaming baby in a restaurant. Mark thought it was funny because we were that family for the first time. There weren't many people in there so it was fine. We went on a ghost tour and Nicholas did good for about half of it and then got fussy so I carried him during the tour. Little man is getting heavy! We tried to watch some of the Carolina game at an outside restaurant after the tour but Nicholas had other plans so we watched it at our hotel. The next morning Mark let Nicholas try some yogurt and he loved it. I bought some Yo Baby Yogurt and he has eaten just about the whole container each time. Overall, we had a good trip. It is a lot different traveling with a baby.

Nicholas went to the pulmonologist today. His lungs sound great but he is going to keep him on Flovent through RSV season. He gets his first Synagis shot next month and will get one each month until RSV season is over. He weighed 16 pounds today. Still no teeth!

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Teething
















We took Nicholas to the pediatrician yesterday because of his weird poop thing. He has been going like 5 times a day and it is a lot looser than his normal 1 time a day. The doctor said it is from teething and saw 2 teeth coming in on the top. His bad diaper rash has caused a yeast infection so she gave us a prescription cream to use twice a day and said to use Aquaphor at each diaper change. We have bought more butt stuff in the past 2 weeks than we will ever need! At least we will be prepared when he gets more teeth along with the weird poop. He weighed 15 lb. 9 oz.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

10 Months Old





Physical Therapy






















Nicholas is ten months old today. I can't believe he is going to be a year before we know it. He has an appointment at the pediatrician tomorrow because he has had a weird poop thing for about 2 weeks. He isn't acting sick and doesn't' have a fever but we would feel better getting him checked out. He still has bad diaper rash because of all the poop so I hope they can give us prescription strength cream. They told me to get an anti fungal cream like Lotrimin to use in the mean time. We should also give him butt soaks in water with baking soda 3 times a day. His physical therapist came today and she said his neck control is slowly improving. We are to focus on rolling and supported sitting.




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Friday, September 4, 2009

Pictures and Videos
















We got our new computer! We sure didn't take as many pictures as we should have but we will try to make up for it. Here are some pics and video from the past few weeks when we couldn't upload.

Not much news with Nicholas. His physical therapist did a few new exercises to strengthen his core muscles. The biggest thing he needs to work on is still his neck and head control. He will get there when he is ready. Just like everything else, it will happen in Nicholas time.

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