Wednesday, March 31, 2010
No wonder he's ashamed to go out in public! He insists on taking his walks at night, when darkness can mask his embarassment.
I actually had to trick him to get him to look at the camera. He kept trying to look away and hide his face when the camera came out. He kept mouthing something... sort of looked like he was trying to say "not that damn blog again..."
He has asked us to look into getting a prescription for doggie Rogaine. We are doing our best to oblige. In the meantime, I'll keep slathering his behind with SPF 50 when he goes out in the sun.
Monday, March 29, 2010
I am clearly straining to palm this basketball for the photo. Can you imagine how HUGE Cart is going to be?!?!
Sunday, March 28, 2010
After a few minutes, the smart kids stylist gave Luke her spray bottle full of water. He made no sounds other than giggles for the remainder of his hair cut! Her apron and seat were soaked, but that is beside the point!
We weren't sure how Will was going to be able to get his hair cut at a salon, because he is unable to sit up in their seats. But thankfully, I married an engineer. He figured out that Will's Kid Kart seat could be taken off its base and placed safely in the stylist's seat. Although he was comfortably seated, he wasn't happy with what was happening to him.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Unfortunately, as the afternoon wore on yesterday, I started having contractions. They were unlike the on and off contractions I have had for several weeks - they were occuring every couple of minutes. The doctor felt it was best that I come in and double check that I wasn't in labor.
Given my history, we don't want to take any chances. And even though Cart is thisclose to being full term, he isn't quite there yet. So Nate stayed home with the boys and I drove to UNC. A huge thank you to Crissy, Chris and Jenn, who were on-call for us in the case that Nate needed to join me at the hospital!
I was strapped in to a contraction and a fetal monitor. Cart was doing remarkably well despite my contractions coming regularly at 3-4 minutes. They monitored me for 4 hours - in a room without a TV! I was sad to hear from a nurse that Syracuse lost to Butler.
Thankfully, after about 4 hours, my contractions slowed to non-existent and I was not dilated. I was sent home with strict orders to continue bedrest, drink lots of fluids, and come back if anything changed. Damn Braxton-Hicks contractions... I felt kind of silly going in, only to be sent home... but of course it was the right thing to do. Plus I got to spend 4 hours listening to Cart's heartbeat, which was kind of cool.
I received my last progesterone shot last night. My thought is that as this coming week nears it end on Thursday April 1, this type of instance is going to become more the norm. As it stands now, we have a c-section scheduled for April 20... hopefully we get to that date!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Around 7a this morning, Nate set up his iPod with Guns n Roses and we all rocked to 'Paradise City' and 'Sweet Child of Mine' while getting the boys ready for school. They both enjoyed the music and were especially excited when Nate pulled out some new t-shirts that he got for the boys.
I think that the t-shirts rounded out a great morning. I am not quite sure of what Luke's teachers are going to think of his shirt, but hey, you gotta do what you gotta do to keep the family happy right? Next we'll get Luke a bandana and teach him how to sway like Axl Rose and teach Will how to play guitar like Slash just to round out the look (without the obligatory cigarette, of course)...
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
He went in for a checkup, where they did x-rays of the knee. To the orthopedic surgeon's surprise, one of the screws that she used to attach a metal plate to Otis' bone went through the first bone and into the second bone of his lower leg. It was only supposed to go through the first bone. And because these two bones typically operate independently of each other, them being held together by a screw was probably pretty painful for Otis. Ouch, poor guy.
So Otis is going back to the vet tomorrow morning, and will be placed under general anesthesia so that the surgeon can remove the screw. Because Otis' bones are completely healed from surgery now, the screw isn't really required to stay in his leg.
They tell us that he'll be under anesthesia for less than an hour, and will be home tomorrow night. We shouldn't have the tough time with recovery like we had back in January! He should actually feel immediate relief where they remove the screw from his leg.
We just hope this time they don't go overboard with shaving his fur this time! He's finally willing to show himself in public again! Wish us luck tomorrow - we just want our pup to feel better and for this ordeal to be over.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Will and Nate left for the hospital. Will was in a good mood, but he was a hungry little boy! Because he'll be undergoing general anesthesia today for his adenoidectomy, we had to stop his overnight feeding pump at 4a. It usually runs until 6a, and then he gets a feed by mouth around 8:30a each morning. So lets hope that the surgery team is running ahead of schedule today, for both Will and Nate's sake! Nate needs to check Will in around 9:45a today, then he'll have a meeting with the ENT and the anesthesiologist, and Will will go into the OR around 11:45a.
Good news! The surgery team IS running ahead of schedule today! Nate just called to tell me that they had already met with the ENT and the anesthesiologist, and had already taken Will back to prep him for surgery. A full hour ahead of schedule - amazing! As long as they are only doing the adenoid removal, the whole procedure should last less than 45 minutes. If the tonsils look like they need to come out, then the procedure would last longer.
Will's surgery is already complete! This is really unbelievable - Nate and I are so used to shunt and g-tube surgeries, which last for a couple of hours. This was like no time at all.
The ENT said that they removed only Will's adenoids (no tonsils). He did indicate that Will's adenoids were very large, which really explains why he's been having the sinus draining issues that he's been having. He also took some cultures from Will's sinuses and nasal cavities to determine if he's harboring some kind of resistent bacteria in there.
So Nate hasn't been able to see Will yet, but once they have him all set up in recovery, Nate will stay with him while he wakes up. They told us to expect 1-2 hours in recovery before they are discharged. They could be home by 1p or 2p this afternoon!
They're home! Will is uncomfortable - to be expected at this point. We gave him a dose of Tylenol and a couple of ounces of Pediasure through his g-tube to quiet his grumbly tummy. He's content now to lay in his bed and suck on his pacifier. Hopefully he'll nod off soon! Its really cute though, with Will quietly resting in his bed and Nate fast asleep in Luke's bed!
Will took a good nap and is now playing with a toy in his wheelchair! Aside from a couple of intermittent whines, he seems to be doing very well! Yay! What a trooper.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Will has taken to his big boy bed like a fish to water. He's had no issues falling asleep in it, and Nate enjoys that he can now snuggle into Will's bed to wake him up after nap time. That kid beams the biggest smile when he is nose to nose with Daddy!
Luke's having a hard time controlling himself with this new found freedom. In his crib and even his toddler bed, he fell asleep easily and never seemed to get out to play when it was time to sleep. For the past two days, he hasn't been able to nap in his new bed because he just cannot be still! Getting him to sleep Friday and Saturday nights was a bit of a challenge. Thankfully this evening, the novelty has worn off just enough to allow him to sleep quickly and soundly in his new bed!
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Though Will cannot really tolerate eating cake yet, he did get in on the action with the Elmo and Big Bird cars that graced the top of the cake
And once Nate and Luke cut their pieces, I was able to enjoy some cake for me and Cart. Happy birthday, boys! You know how Mommy loves cake... definitely worth sitting up for a few minutes to enjoy!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
As expected, Will was approved for services - placement will be in a full day multi-need classroom. Though we don't know the exact school placement yet, we do know that Will will be in a classroom with 3 teachers and 5-7 other children with multiple needs. He'll be picked up each day in the morning by school transportation, spend just under 7 hours at school working with teachers and therapists, and be dropped off at home by school transportation. We don't have an exact start date for this transition yet, but think this is going to be a wonderful step for Will. During the review yesterday, all of the evaluating therapists could talk about was how bright Will is and how they think he just needs the correct atmosphere to really push him to his full potential. We couldn't agree more!
The unexpected results were with Luke's evaluation. We were somewhat prepared for them to tell us that Luke did not qualify for services. But what they told us is that they found that Luke still has some developmental delays, particularly in the areas of speech and language comprehension. They recommended him for a partial day, developmental delay program. So for 10 hours a week, Luke will go to a special needs pre-school program with a focus on language development, and will then be transported to his current day care center for the rest of the day. This came as a bit of a shock to us, but we want to address these gaps now so that Luke will be fully prepared for kindergarten in 2 years! We don't have his school placement yet, either, but know that Luke and Will are going to be at different schools at least for the next year.
We're happy to have the evaluation result meeting out of the way, and concentrating on the next step of finding the best fitting classrooms and teachers for the boys!
Happily, tomorrow, March 11 is the boys' 3rd birthday! We're planning on celebrating at home with an Elmo cake and some gifts. The boys are receiving twin sized beds for their big gift, as we need one of their cribs for brother Cart's impending arrival! How did 3 years pass so quickly?!?!
Monday, March 8, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Its a rare occasion when I open a forward. But strangely, shortly after Will and Luke were born, I got a forward that talked about the meaning of time. I opened it, and though I didn't keep it, the forward still sticks in my head. Maybe you've seen it, its the one that discusses the meaning of decreasing units of time by relating them to a mother who has either had a premature infant or lost a child. If you want to know the meaning of a day, ask a mother who has...
Well if you want to know the meaning of 4 weeks, ask me!
Cart is now 33 weeks gestation. Woo hoo! Sometime between 33 and 34 weeks, baby lungs become fully developed. This means that if Cart were born in the next week, he would not need any breathing assistance.
Will and Luke were born at 29 weeks gestation. I know that 4 weeks doesn't seem like a long time. But the lung development that occurs in those 4 weeks is the difference between breathing assistance and the whole slew of risks associated with it, and breathing like a full term baby.