Saturday, February 19, 2011

Guess My Age?

If you didn't already know that Cooper was a few months shy of being 3, would you not think that this little boy was closer to 5? My little bitty baby is not longer a baby. He is looking more and more grown up! I love it and hate it all at the same time. I can totally picture in my mind what his kindergarten picture is going to look like! It is absolutely crazy how these past years have just flown by! I wish I could just bottle him up and keep him this age forever! He is the most affectionate little guy in the whole world. We went out to eat tonight, and as we were standing in line he was kissing me all over my face. He would say, "No, Mommy, I want to kiss you right here." He would kiss me on my nose and my eyes and my cheeks and my lips! I wonder when he is going to realize that it's totally not cool to love all over your mommy in public...i'm hoping not any time soon!!!

Friday, February 18, 2011

5 months!

Whitt's 5 month birthday started out with a bang! RSV is the pits and he got to spend his first official day as a 5 month old being discharged from the hospital! But, he survived! We just got back from the doctor for his follow up appt., and he still has quite a bit of junk in his chest. So breathing treatments for 5 more days every 4-6 hours. We're hoping that by the end of next week this yuck is over with! We also got news today that he is going to get to wear a head band!!! The x-rays showed that his head wasn't flat enough to receive intervention. But when we went in today, I asked his doctor to actually look at his head and not the xray report and after a 2 second look he agreed that he was going to definitely need a band to help correct it! So, I'm waiting on a call from the nurse to make our first appointment in Dallas! It's going to be a beating going back and forth to Dallas so often, but at least we will get to see Josh's family and our sweet niece Charli (who should be here any day) more often!!! ; ) I'm sure Gabby and Grumps will like that!
So, what has Whitten been up to (other than being sick)?

-We have backed off of rice cereal because it stopped you up so much. I'm going to start oatmeal today, so hopefully you can digest that a little bit better.

-I'm pretty sure we are going to have to start adding in baby food soon! You are a hungry little guy!

-Nursing?!?!? You have decided it's just not for you! After much frustration and begging and pleading and even a little crying, you just are not a fan....except for in the middle of the night. This totally breaks my heart into a million pieces, but I just don't want to fight it any more! I've been pumping in the morning and at night and am getting enough to get you to 6 months. You will also take formula....Enfamil only!!! I've tried others, but you gag on them! The prices of formula make me want to gag, but I've tried everything...even starving you! I should have never introduced the bottle....coulda', shoulda', woulda'!

-Being sick has kind of messed up your sleeping habits. For the most part you go down between 8 and 9. Wake up for a feed between 4 and 5 and go right back down until 8. Last night you slept from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m.

-We still swaddle you from the waist down

-You still don't have a set nap schedule. However, you can handle being up for about 2 hours and then you need to go down. Naps last anywhere from 30 min. to 2 hours. The 2 hour nap doesn't happen often!

-You can put yourself to sleep about 50% of the time with just a little bit of fussing! You don't like your bouncy seat very much anymore and prefer to be walked around with your booty patted until you get sleepy enough to go to bed. If we sit down with you, you wake right up!!!! When you get over this yucky sickness, it's time for you to cry it out!!

-You are still wearing a size 2 diaper

-You are wearing 6-9 month clothing (but 6 month is getting a bit snug)

-You are soooo close to rolling over. If I put you in a certain position, you can throw your leg over and roll. Shouldn't be too long!

-You are totally fascinated by your big brother!! You can be completely grumpy or upset and if you see Cooper, your whole face lights up!

-You are still super chatty and have the cutest dimpled smile in the whole world!

-Your daddy can always make you laugh.

-You started taking a paci right before you got sick for about 2 days, but have since decided it's poison again.

-Still no teeth

-You're so amazing!!

's Coop at 5 months!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Happy Valentines day from the Hospital!

Whitt got to spend his very first Valentines Day and his 5 month birthday in the hospital!
The last few days have been a whirlwind to say the least! Hoping to make this somewhat short, but there are a lot of details, so feel free to skip on down to the cute dimpled boy at the bottom of the post!
Whitt got his 4 month shots a week ago from last Wednesday! Thursday he had a slight fever and was a little congested! I thought the fever was from the shots and the congestion was just something related to the weather! Considering it was 8 degrees last week and 86 degrees today, it could have been a possibility! Friday morning he was even more congested but didn't have a fever! I made an appt. with the doctor for later that afternoon, but ended up canceling it because he seemed fine. Nothing more than a little snot and maybe a little cough. Saturday morning, he still wasn't feverish but was getting more congested and his breathing seemed a little labored. He would have coughing fits where it would take a little bit to recover and we were sucking lots of snot out of his nose. I was going to call our pedi's office and leave a message so that someone on-call could call us back and I could ask them some questions, but his office was actually open! I didn't know it was open on Sat, so I had Josh go ahead and take him in because he seemed to be getting worse! He tested positive for RSV and sent home! We were told to come back Monday for a recheck. I don't think they like to give breathing treatments to little bitties, so we were just hoping he would recover on his own! Cooper got RSV at about 6 1/2 months and recovered without any treatment, so I wasn't too concerned. Well, I was concerned, but Josh wasn' I tried to just act like everything was ok. He was about the same on Sunday. Josh took Coop to church and we stayed home. He was still having tons of coughing fits. It was like he was trying to cough up mucus, but it just wasn't productive. He would cough so hard and so long that he would turn a lovely shade of purple! Still tons of snot. He was sleeping through the night with his normal one feed somewhere between 4 and 6. (I was up checking on him or looking at the monitor probably 85 times a night...I'm not exaggerating!). As I was watching him Sunday night, his chest was really pulling in as he was breathing. He was struggling. He woke up at 1:00, 300 and 6:00. I called the pedi office to make our recheck appt. and was disappointed that I was given such a hard time because I hadn't called at 8:00 that morning. They had to fit us in and the receptionist was not a happy camper. Sorry, I was just doing what I was told to do. Nobody told me to call at 8:00. I think it was 9:05 when I called because that's when we woke up. Anyway, I almost told her to forget it and to just schedule us for the next day, but she "sweetly" told us to just come in at 1:00. So, we did. When Dr. N came in and listened to his chest, he was immediately concerned. He said it was super tight and he was really struggling. Whitten was so incredibly agitated and screaming bloody murder...which is how he had been for the last few days. This concerned the doctor as well! So, we did a breathing treatment in the office!
Ater the treatment, he still didn't sound any better, so Dr. N said we needed to be admitted. I was scared, but relieved at the same time because I knew things were on a decline. So, I headed home, heart racing out of my chest, and grabbed a few things before heading up to the hospital. Thank the Lord we live in the same town as my parents because my mom was able to take Coop home with her for the rest of the day and night. Josh was still at work and didn't get off until 5, so I was on my own for the first part of this journey! We got admitted around 2:30. They had to draw labs and get an iv of fluids stared because he was so dehydrated. They only had to poke him one time to get blood....but had to dig around for a little over 5 minutes in order to find his vein. More horrifying screaming, but once it was done I got to hold him and he seemed to calm down. Next up...chest x rays! At this point, he's crazy tired, hadn't eaten in over 5 hours, and obviously didn't feel good. When they left they told me they wouldn't come back unless they need to get another pic and.....they needed to get another pic!!!!!! They were back within 20 min. and I had just gotten him to sleep. Back to the torture chamber!! He was so tired, he didn't put up too much a fight the second time! Now for the absolute worst possible part! It was time for the iv so they could get his fluids going. I'll spare you a lot of details. He got poked a total of 9 times....arms, hands and feet. I was doing my best to hold him down and comfort him, but I was getting nauseous. I hadn't slept in about 4 nights, and I had maybe 30 minutes of sleep the night before so I was exhausted, starving, and absolutely devastated for my baby boy. He was so miserable. At this point he was really dehydrated, and they just couldn't get a vein. I texted Josh and told him he needed to hurry because I needed to breathe for a second. Whitt was so tired that between each poke, he would fall asleep. Saddest thing ever. On about the 7th or 8th poke, Josh came in the door....and just a few minutes later Dr. N came to the rescue!! He totally took over and I was so thankful! Not that the nurses weren't doing the best they could, but I was ready for the torture to be over. They decided that they weren't going to be able to find a vein and he was going to have to get a pic line in his femoral artery (I think that's what it is called). They took him to an exam room and Josh and I couldn't be in there....not that I wanted to watch, but it's hard having your baby in someone else's hands when you can't see what's going on. About 5 minutes later....success!!!! Thanks to Dr. N!!! He really is amazing!

Before all of the action began. He does not snuggle!! He obviously didn't feel well if he was asleep on me!
Some of the battle wounds from trying to find a vein

Pic line in groin

Finally eating!
Worn out little boy

So, after all of the mass chaos, things began to settle down. Whitten was beyond worn out. They finally started breathing treatments that he just slept through because of all of the trauma. Because I hadn't slept in days, I went home while Josh stayed for a while! Did I sleep at should have just stayed up there! I got back up there around 4 a.m. and let Josh go home so he could sleep because he had to go in to work at 1:00 p.m.. He said Whitt did just fine without his mommy! I took up some frozen breast milk so that Josh could feed him during the night. So thankful for a sweet hubby!!!! Fast forward...Dr. N came in the next morning around 7:30 and said he sounded great. We were discharged around 9:30 and were happy to be home!
Whitt right before being discharged!

Finally home!!!

So, we have 5 days of saline breathing treatments every 4-6 hours. He's still not 100%, but he's feeling better. We go back in for a recheck on Friday. To be honest, this whole situation could have been kind of a routine thing. Baby gets RSV, baby goes to hospital for treatment, baby goes home the next day. But the whole not being able to find a vein...getting a pic line thing totally sucked....bad!!!!!! Yes, we had a very sick baby boy, and it was scary having to be in the hospital, but that other episode is something I could have totally lived without! gives me nightmares. However, it definitely gave me a little bit of perspective. I know there are mommies and daddies that have very sick babies that don't get to go home....and that tears my heart up inside.
On an up note! Here's my sweet little dimpled boy hanging out in his brother's swing in the 80 degree weather today!!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

4 month (3 week) Stats, RSV and Helmet news

We finally made it in for Whitten's 4 month check up and I am absolutely shocked at his stats! I was for sure he was going to be at least 18 pounds...if not 2o! But I guess he's not as big as I thought he was! I happen to have Cooper's 5 month stats, so I figured since Whitt is just a week shy of that, I would compare them! He's not much bigger than Coop at all! Crazy!

Weight: 16 lbs. 3 oz (60 %)
Height: 26 1/4 in. (75 %)
Head: 16 1/2 (25 %)

Weight: 15 lbs. 4 oz (50 %)
Height: 26 in (85 %)...the percentages don't make sense to me. Whitt is longer and he's younger, but his %age is lower! Who knows!
Head: I don't have his 5 month. But at NINE months his head circumference was 16 3/4 inches and in the 5th %!

Whitten's vaccinations went well. The first one just took his breath away. The second one made him scream but only for a second! New research says to not give your babies tylenol before vaccinations and only afterward if they run a fever over 100. However, Whitt did not do well with his 2 month shots, so I cheated this time and gave him a little anyway! It made the rest of the day much better! ; ) BUT....along came a little bug known as RSV. The day after his shots he started getting super congested with a little cough and a slight fever. I was going to take him in Friday, but he ended up acting like he felt ok, so I thought it was just a little reaction from his shots. But today, Saturday, he got worse! Lucky for us, our pediatrician's office is open on Saturday, so Josh had the pleasure of taking him in and waiting 2 1/2 hours to get the positive test. I was happy to rule out the flu. So now we have a really cranky baby who is sleeping in his bouncy seat again because he can't sleep flat on his back or he will choke on his mucus. Which brings me to his flat head! We had his head x-rayed Thursday to see if he was going to need a helmet. You see the reason his head is most likely flat on one side is because he is so dependent on his bouncy seat. He slept in it for 2 months after his aspiration scare and also uses it to fall asleep before being transferred to his bed because he will not let me rock him. Well, we got the results and as of right now his head is not flat enough to wear the super cool helmet. If you could see his head, you would think the x-rays were wrong....his head is pretty crooked and it makes me nervous that we got turned down. These next few months are the prime time fix this's a short window...and if you miss it, you miss it and your baby has a misshaped head forever. So, we were going to put Whitten through bouncy seat detox and do everything in our power to keep him off of his head. Our pedi told us to use the "positioning" technique! Ha! Whitten detests being held, he can't sit up yet, he will do tummy time but he can only do that for so long. I wear him in my sling, but I can only do that for so long before my sweet Coop needs me to go play soccer...or my back starts to give out! But now that Whitten has RSV, he can't sleep on his he's back in the bouncy seat. I would totally hold him all night long if he would let me, but our little Mr. Independent would never let that happen. So here we are crossing our fingers, that this is the last night in the bouncy seat and we can put him through bouncy seat boot camp....tomorrow....or the next day!

On another note, Whitt started taking a paci again....for 2 days! Oh man! It was the best thing ever! He had a way to soothe himself! RSV hit and he gave it up. Crossing my fingers he decides to like it again! For all those mommas that think paci's are bad news....try having a baby that NEEDS to suck sooooo bad, but won't take one! So frustrating for baby and mommy! So Cooper decided to share his frog....before he realized that Whitt was really enjoying it, and it was promptly ripped out of Whitten's mouth! Look closely!!! Whitt found the frog's toes....Coop's favorite part! Maybe Whitt's going to be a fabric sucker like his big bro!

And just because i'm in love with this picture!

Saturday, February 5, 2011