Monday, March 3, 2008

Monday, March 3, 2008 - Update

It's nice to be home and not getting shots at the doctor's office.
This is what I think of shots!

Yee-Haw. . .I like my new Bumbo seat.

There is so much to talk about today. Olivia had her 6 month checkup. She weighs 9 lbs 13 oz and is 21.5 inches long. Head circumference is 36.75 cm(I know you probably don't care about that, but writing it on the blog helps us keep track of it.) We were a little disappointed with her weight gain, but her doctor is very pleased with it. I'm sure she'd weigh a little more if it wasn't for the daily vomiting. As far as that goes, her doctor looks at three things concerning her vomiting, (1) Is she gaining weight? (2) Is she aspirating any of it into her lungs? (3) Is it causing her pain? Well, I do believe that she is in some pain over it. He has stopped her Reglan and is going to try her on Prevacid. Olivia also passed her second hearing test today. Overall, he is extremely pleased with Olivia and she was sure to give him a big grin while she was there. She was pretty happy for the first half of the visit. . .the last half was not quite as fun. Most children get 3 shots for their 6 month checkup. . .Olivia had 4 shots (Synagis) and 2 blood draws. They still couldn't get a good vein, so we have to take her into a lab later this week to get her blood drawn again. After they tried to get it out of her hand, they put a bandaid on and stepped out of the room. Her hand started bleeding quite a bit, so Ryan and I had to grab some gauze and put pressure on it. She's such a trooper, though. She knows that when mom or dad pick her up that everything is going to be okay. She did give the nurse some pretty good kicks. . .she is one tough cookie.
We also spoke with her doctor about how much to continue protecting her. It was nice to hear from him that we are not being over-protective or "neurotic." He is still seeing many cases of RSV and advised us not to take her into crowds until June. In April, we will probably take her outside more and introduce her to people a few at a time (if they are healthy.) Honestly, she will probably not be treated like a full term child for the first 2 years of her life. As much as I want to show her off, we must remember that she is not like a full term baby. She is doing extremely well for 23 weeks. . .but she was still born 17 weeks early. Our life just has to be different because of that. Ryan and I decided that we would let Olivia's doctor make the call concerning her exposure to other people and places and we respect his judgement. I am glad that I have this blog, however, to allow other people to get to know my amazing daughter.


Kerry said...

I'm glad you got some much needed confirmation from her doctor that you are doing the exact right thing by keeping Olivia protected. And can I say "ouch" for all those needles? And still she comes home and smiles it up! Talk to you soon!

Heather said...

I'm glad you have the blog also! I just love reading about Olivia. I don't blame you one bit for keeping that little lady protected. Ella wasn't born premature and I still try to keep her protected. We love you guys and can't wait to meet Olivia this summer.

Anonymous said...

I love reading about Olivia is one of my favorite things to do when I'm online,the blog is awesome and your ability to write and keeping the world updated on your baby girl is great! She's something else and an inspiration and testimony of endurance and hope. You and Ryan are great parents.
Is good to read that she's doing so good, the pics are great she's so cute.
God is awesome:)

Anonymous said...

Remember to never put the bumbo seat on anything but the floor. They can tip if the baby arches his\her back and cause head injuries.

Anonymous said...

Hi Guys,
I'm just now getting around to say how I truly enjoy your blog spot and even more - THE PICTURES!
Olivia has soooo many expressions and you guys couldn't do a better job with the headlines under the pictures. Also, Jodi, the poem was truly AWESOME and you could just feel your love - it was quite moving to me. Don't you just know how proud those Great Grandparents are? To have their daughter, granddaughter and great granddaughter with them right there. I'm sure that Olivia was the smallest, but largest in endurance and love. To me, she is still "just a little miracle"! Keep up the good work on keeping all of us posted.
Love to all