Thursday, January 24, 2008

3 month anniversary

Today was the three month anniversary of Myla's birthday. She's so big compared to then! We had a good little family day to commemorate the occasion. Myla went for her first walk with the dog - don't worry grandmas, she was good and bundled - she got a bath and we took a brief pause to snap this picture of her without the oxygen in her nose. She is so cute!

Next week is the doctor rounds. It will be another test for the oxygen levels, another eye exam and another morning of everyone saying how cute she is. Ah, darn. ;o) Cross your fingers with us that the eyes are starting to really resolve and - no offense Tin Man - that the oxygen is gone. We had some more tanks delivered today, just in case though.

Right now, our little girl is snuggling up to her dad after a little late dinner. She loves to snuggle and be held. Johnny and I were playing a game tonight and she sat right there on my lap and just watched. She's so much more alert and awake. She's been home almost a month now and time has really flown. We think of the first nine weeks a lot and are so thankful with each passing day that she was such a fighter and that she continues to amaze.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Myla reaches zero!

Today is Myla's due date, she is officially zero now. Ok, so she's actually three months, but in terms of her development, this is the zero point. I'm sure she will start doing things so fast we won't be able to keep up with her. Good thing we got that video camera last night.

Myla's week of doctor's appointments went good. She looks great (so says the doctor) and weighed 6 pounds 3/4 ounces on Thursday. We also measured her at 18 1/4 inches. Her eyes are stable, which means even though they aren't getting better, they aren't getting worse either. That doctor said that in most cases, at about 45 or 50 weeks, it just suddenly goes away and the baby is fine. Its hard to imagine we have to wait another 5 or 10 weeks, but if that's what we have to do...

So, we go back to both doctors in two weeks. This week, Myla gets to rest and grow. She is still attached to the Tin Man. In fact, they almost bumped her up after the first test to an 1/8 of a liter, but after the second test decided to keep it at 1/16. But she looks great and is really a little growing machine. We are having so much fun watching her grow and change. She's such a little miracle and we are so thankful every day for this bundle of joy.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Getting in the swing of things.

This week Myla weighed in at a whopping five pounds, ten and a half ounces! That's six and a half ounces in one week, so she's got a pretty good average going on so far. She's starting to make more noises lately, different sounds than the grunting and snorting we're used to. It's all very cute though, no matter what it sounds like. We've been enjoying our time being parents to such a wonderful little baby, yah, we lose a little sleep every night but I think it could be a lot worse. I'm sure teething will be a blast!.....

Everything elese seems diminished next to caring for and loving Myla-bug. We're cleaning and putting all the baby stuff somewhere, really, I don't know where it all goes. This week I get to be home during the day with Myla since I'm doing overnight inventory at work for a couple days, I'll have to try and sneak in some sleep but we'll see how that goes. This week is also the first week Kara works part time to spend more of it with our baby girl so we'll have to see how that goes too, but I'm sure it will be fine.

A big week planned for Myla too, she has two doctor's appointments on Thurday, hopefully they both go well. It's expected to fine but being parents we just worry a little 'cause we love her. Hope everybody likes the blog eventhough it's not a daily thing anymore, there's just not enough time but we will update the big events especially.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Enjoying ourselves

We've become such slackers on this blog huh? I won't lie to you, its because we are so enjoying our little girl home with us that we just haven't even turned on the computer! Myla is doing great. She's getting bigger - we can see it. We've been doing some good tummy time with her to help her build muscles in her neck and shoulders. She's doing pretty good at it too. Its crazy to think that she shouldn't even be here yet and here she is stretching her neck and lifting her head.

This week is pretty quiet - next week is all the doctors appointments. She does get another round of RSV vaccine this Saturday. Its a shot once a month for the whole RSV season, which is until about April. Up until now, all the shots have been done in the hospital when we were not around, so I don't know how I'll do with this. I know she's going to scream, how could she not!? I guess I'll just have to bring her home and love her. Ah, nuts. ;o)

Friday, January 4, 2008

Hanging out

Myla got the neatest chair from her Uncle Scott for Christmas. Its a baby papasan and it is so soft. It vibrates and sings songs to her - she really likes it. She just sits there and hangs out and takes in the world. Sometimes, it makes her eyes heavy too. She's got room to grow into it, which is good and soon she will be batting the little bunny that hangs above her. And gazing at that adorable little face in the mirror.

Myla's other favorite place to be is napping with her dad in the mornings after breakfast. They look so cute together, and she still looks so tiny next to him. We went to the doctor today for a weight check, anemia check and oxygen test. She tips the scale now at 5 pounds 4 ounces and the doctor thought that was excellent. She looks good too he says. We will still have the oxygen tank for another two weeks at least. But that's okay, we're getting used to lugging it with us. I think Myla's getting tired of the things up her nose though - she loves to grab onto it while she's sleeping. But we're also getting good at trapping her hands in the blanket when we swaddle her so she can't. See, its all part of the plan...

Thursday, January 3, 2008

One week

Its been a week since Myla came home and I think she is thriving. She hasn't had any problems making the transition from NICU sounds to Washburn house sound and doesn't even flinch when Haley barks. She's only had a few rough times during the night - and during the day for that matter - but she continues to mostly sleep and eat and grow.

The eye doctor went well yesterday. She still has ROP stage one in the left eye, but that is stable and hasn't gotten worse. She also still has stage two in the right eye, but he saw signs of it beginning to resolve itself. She has a follow-up in another two weeks. I think the worst part was the screaming when they put in the tool that they use to keep her eye open. But it was over pretty fast and she calmed right down. Dad has to take her for her next appointment. One of the nurses told me that dads have a harder time than moms. I don't know if its the screaming or the tool, but I told him up front its not fun. Myla's little eyes look great today and I get to play with her again!