Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Keep the Change Rita's

Pete and I took Celia to out local Ritas Water ice on Thursday ( Audrey also had a few tastes). Afterward I sent this email to the company We visited the ritas water ice in downtown @@@@@@@ today and were surprised when my 4 year old found a penny at the bottom of her cup.  We notified one of the employees at the window who told us that it was a tip cup accidently used.  We did not want to cause an issue as their was a long line but really were a bit grossed out by it as money is full of germs. I heard from Ritas today that they were contacting the owner of our local Ritas to respond to me. Celia thankfully did not swallow the penny and so far has suffered no ill effects. Today, the first day of spring, marks free Ritas water ice day. The lines are usually too long however as I passed one I really had no desire to go back anytime soon!! I think we will take our treat business to our local froyo place in town.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Warmer weather

We are so happy that the weather is getting warmer and that means more days spent at Longwood!!  

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

bye bye

Audrey loves the iPad. She especially loves a sign language app in which a baby signs bye bye. She usually signs back. Tonight she signed back and then said "bye bye". First words melt Mommies.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Audrey news

I have not updated on Audrey's stats in awhile.  She has had her 15 month appointment and her first official GI appointment.  Audrey has had reflux since she was 2 months old and we are still not able to wean her from her medication.  She also continues to choke on water at times.  I have noticed that is significantly better in the past week so she is trying to prove us all wrong!!  The drs are actually more concerned over the choking on water then the reflux.  I was surprised but I understand that at 15 months she should likely be able to handle it.  In any case, on Thursday Audrey is scheduled for an Upper GI.  She has to fast for 4 hours prior to the test and then she needs to drink a small amount of barium.  She is not going to be happy at all.   Her test is at 8:00 and by that time of the morning Audrey has typically nursed 2x and had breakfast.  I plan to wake her around 3/3:30 to nurse so she is not so starving.  I really liked her GI dr and I honestly expected to have to argue with him over many things.  I have heard horror stories from Moms who nurse that GI drs tell them to stop, etc.  This dr. said that it was fantastic that she was still nursing, especially while taking the reflux meds.  He said that sadly the reflux meds that she is on can prevent absorption of some nutrients and that nursing certainly offsets that (except for vitamin d, but the girl loves her some whole milk yogurt so she gets above and beyond her vitamin d needs!)   He wants to get her off of the meds as soon as we can.  He thinks that we have actually been undertreating her reflux and have not fixed some irritation.   So we have upped to her meds to match her weight  and in 6 to 8 weeks we see him to start taking her off the medication.  I can try it in a month, depending on the results of her test.  There is still a chance that she will continue to need it for years to come, but he is very hopeful.
I trust the GI dr's weight stats rather then the pediatricians because she threw such a fit for them at the pediatricians office (I had to hold her on the scale and I was leaning on it!).  So she is 2 ft 6 inches tall and weighs about 20 1/2 lbs.  She is not a big girl at all.  She is around the 5% for weight, 25% for height and above the 95% for head.  She has Pete's head genes.  Pete thinks she falls sometimes because her head is so heavy.  Funny thing is that she looks so solid to me! She really can eat too.  On her hungry days she certainly eats more then me.  This morning she had 1/2 of a bagel, a bowl of yogurt, 1/2 a banana, 1/2 a pancake, and a bowl of scrambled eggs.  That was breakfast.  Actually, today she has not stopped eating so maybe she is going to bust out of the 25% in height!!

Teeth, well Audrey is hanging around with her 4 teeth and no real signs of any other ones coming in.  Not abnormal for my side of the family.  She has not gotten any new teeth since December.  She is talking more but we have no real words yet.  She is an amazing signer and can do quite a few signs, more so then Celia ever did.   She says "Da da da" but not really directed at Pete.  She says "Ma ma ma" however that means more or eat.  She makes a few more sounds and we are very glad to hear them!  I would say she is still delayed in speech and we are keeping a watchful eye but she really understands what we say so it is not very concerning at this point.   She can feed herself with a spoon, work the iPad, and continues to use the toilet.  I recently purchased a potty seat for her and she has infrequently been telling me when she has to poop now.  One or two times she has taken my hand to pull her in and handed me the potty seat.  So I am beginning to be a bit hopeful that maybe she will be an early potty trainer like her sister.  Amazingly, Celia started showing signs around 15 months too.  It is nice as I rarely have to deal with poopy diapers!  I have not dealt with many since she was 4 or 5 months old!  In the first picture, I love the little muscle tone on her leg!  She likes to read on the potty.