Hi ladies -
I'm not on MDC anymore, and don't even have access to my computer most of the time. So it took me a while to respond to your PM, Onemore.
We're doing well. Ezri is (and has been for a while) crawling, cruising, and climbing. We've managed to keep her on EBM thus far, and I still have quite a bit in the freezer and more coming in. She has 4 teeth, all in the last 6 weeks. She's in 12 month clothing, and is looking to be a tall slender kiddo, just like her big brother.
We had a follow-up with cardiology back in December. Everything is looking perfect, and they don't need to see her again until June. At that point we'll be having both kids scanned, just to make sure there's nothing undetected going on with Avery. They're following her at this point to make sure that her repair grows as she grows. If it starts building up scar tissue, it can prevent it from growing properly, but so far so good. And even if it does happen, it can usually be repaired with a balloon catheter, and would not require another extensive surgery.
Home health comes by periodically to check on her. They were by last week. The Occupational Therapist came with the nurse to assess her, and said that there's really nothing for her to do here. She is ahead of the curve physically, since she was happy to show off her skills to such an attentive audience. She is slightly speech "delayed", in that the noises she's making now are the coos and trills that most babies make around 5 months. But that's a wait and see issue, to determine if it's just a normal variation, or if she sustained some damage from the ventilator.
Other than the scar, she is a perfectly normal, happy baby. She is just a content little one. She is a thumb-sucker and in the middle of the night I can hear her sucking away at that thing. It's hilarious when she starts blowing raspberries with her thumb in her mouth. Funniest thing ever. Overall she's just not a whiny/crying babe. Not like her brother, who was super fussy at times. Although I do have to say that I love my swing. I don't know how I would have managed without it. She's happy to hang out in it for hours every day.
I'm at the point of having to follow Avery around and make sure he doesn't drop any choking hazards. It's not easy, since he's in a destructive, take everything apart into it's smallest pieces phase. He started preschool back in September, so for a good chunk of the day it's just me and Ezri.
She enjoys eating, but we're still at the beginning. She's eating banana and chicken so far. I have some avocado that I've been waiting to get ripe, so she'll be trying that today or tomorrow finally. And I have some sweet potato in the fridge for her to try also.
Jynx - unless you've had him tested, you can try just removing wheat until after his first birthday, or even 18 mos. Babies don't have the ability to digest grains until then, so you may be seeing his body reacting to the undigested grains, rather than what would be considered a "true" allergy down the road. That being said, removing wheat from your diet is actually a very good thing for all of your health, and I admire your fortitude. I've tried many times, and so far have not been able to sustain that removal.
Oh, and I guess I could share about me, too, huh?
I'm okay. Sleep deprivation comes and goes. I'm currently weighing as much as I did at 9 mos pregnant with Ezri, which is my highest weight ever. Not a good thing. And yet I can fit into my pre-pg clothes. I just finished my 2nd pp AF. Something is definitely going on with my body right now, and I need to go see a doctor about it. I need to have hormone panels done, but I need to actually have a list of what I want him to order so that we can make sure all the bases are covered. Between not making any milk and this weight gain, that's saying something is out of whack with my body, and has been for a while.
So if anyone has any information on this kind of stuff, I'm happy for the info. I know I need to have my thyroid tested, but it's not just the TSH I want done (what was that other test called, Maryam?). I need to have pituitary and adrenals tested, but there's more than one test there also, I believe. And then I think I need my insulin levels tested, but it's over time - does the A1C test insulin or blood sugar, Jynx? I hate looking this stuff up.
Oh, and while I was in here fooling around on the computer, Ezri put herself down for her nap. Wonder if I could get her to do that every day.
Edited by cristeen - 2/4/13 at 10:32am