Friday, July 16, 2010

9 weeks old/1 week adjusted age

Babies had appointment with nurse practioner today. Weights were 7-3, 7-0, and 5-1. All of them are starting on Zantac for reflux. Errol has to get an abdominal ultrasound to check for pyloric stenosis. He is getting that on wednesday before his MRI. We can start letting Avery sleep through the night if she will now. We have to wake Errol every four because he isn't gaining as much as her. Layla can go from every three to every four if we can get her to take 3.5 oz instead of 3. Really hope this med will help them. Layla had been crying through her feedings, Errol projectile vomits, and Avery gags a few minutes after her feedings. Lots of messes around here these days.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Marks of Love

Don't think I've ever mentioned it here, but all of our babies have a few birthmarks. Some common, some odd. They all have stork bites on their necks like Adam and jozey. Avery has a reddened area on one of her eyelids. Layla has a hemangioma above her right nipple. A hemangioma is a collection of blood vessels that form outside of the body. It started as a tiny red dot and grows everyday. Now it is about the size of a dime. It's bright red and very raised. From what I've read, they are present at birth and grow aggressively for about a year, remain the same for about another yr, and then begin to shrink a few yrs later. The vast majority are gone without a trace by 5 yrs old and the others by age 10. Errol has a spotty one on the outside of his right thigh. He also has a small bump between his eyebrows, which brings me to the point of this odd post :) He had an appointment with a head and neck specialist today to see what they thought it was. He thinks it is probably just a boney prominence (bump on the bone), but it could also be an encephalocele. This is kind of freaky but the bump is where two of the skull bones meet and it's possible that what is protruding is part of his brain matter. His exam was perfect and it isn't causing him any discomfort, but to be safe he is getting an MRI with sedation at Childrens on July 21st. We go to dr a couple weeks later to get the results. If it is an encephalocele, the treatment is surgery with the head and neck specialist and a neurosurgeon to put everything back in place. God has done an amazing job protecting our babies so far and we know he will continue to do so.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

8 weeks/40 weeks gestation

Things have been quite busy around here so haven't had a chance to post a blog. The babies will be eight weeks old tomorrow and my due date wouldve been this thursday. We are adjusting well to having all of the babies home. Adam is off work this week so that helps. The days aret bad just busy. The nights are exhausting. They still wake up every three hours. Hoping we can increase that soon. Dr said we can let Errol and Avery sleep four hrs but it's kind of silly when we have to wake Layla every three for now anyway. At last check they weighed 6-7, 6-1, and 4-3. They have opthamologist appointments tomorrow, Errol has a head and neck specialist appt thurs (to get the small bony bump between his eyebrows checked), and they all have a weight check next Friday. The people from "Help Me Grow" will be coming for their first assessment soon. They are an early intervention service sponsored my
Montgomery County whose job is to catch developmental delays early and set us up with the right people. It is free until age three. The Similac representative at our pediatricians office has been wonderful and is supplying us with the special preemie formula for now, which helps tremendously especially with me being off work. I go back Sunday. Excited and nervous. Gonna start out with one twelve hr night shift and go from there.

Well it's Adam's night to get up and my night to sleep so I better take advantage of it. Will post more tomorrow hopefully.