Thursday, April 24, 2008

Six months old!

Well, our little girl is officially six months old! She's come a long way baby! We celebrated the occasion by playing peek-a-boo with the couch cover. Or she was going to sneak under the couch - she wouldn't tell me which.

Myla's occupational/physical therapist came to see her today too. She was so amazed by the strength that she has in her neck and upper body. She said she was looking really good and that we have done good so far. She wasn't concerned with Myla favoring the right side of her head because she has really good range of motion. In other words, she can move her head from her shoulder on the right side all the way to her shoulder on her left side. She gave us a few things that we can do to continue to strengthen the muscles, but all in all, she thought that she looked really good for a 3 month old (adjusted) baby. Myla also had another overnight oxygen test on Tuesday. Crazy little bug - they had the alarm set way low so I never heard it go off and when I got up in the morning, there she was SIDEWAYS in her crib. Needless to say the monitor was not on her foot. Hopefully they got a good enough reading and will give us the results on Monday.

Dad had his six month review with his boss yesterday and he is doing so good that they gave him a $1000 a year raise! Yeah Johnny! He said he was doing really well and he was very happy with his decision to give Johnny the job. And we are very happy that he has it too!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Six-month check up.

We awoke this morning like most others with Myla laying in her crib, cooing and shouting, no doubt for mom or dad to come change and feed her. I snuck up on her with the video camera to catch a few syllables on tape, then, she saw me with the camera and promptly clammed up. Her steel blue eyes were fixed on the camera while her brows showed a quizzical expression. The morning started out well, we both ate, she napped, then on to her pediatrician's office. Myla now weighs in at a healthy 11 1/2 pounds, 22 inches long and almost 40 centimeters worth of fuzzy head.
The worst part of the visit were the 5 shots. My heart just about broke for her, the pain caused her face to redden, tighten up and for a brief moment she couldn't even cry. But it didn't last long, she was in the car seat on the way home and fast asleep. I guess that's how a lot of babies deal with discomfort, sleep. The doctor will order another oxygen test soon and hopefully Myla will be cordless soon. She didn't do much after we got home, ate, slept, ate slept, and in that order too. During naps I was able to eat too, then clean a little here and there. Believe it or not it is snowing this evening and I had a lot of wood for our deck outside that needed to get out of the moisture. Haley-dog will just have to share her dog house/shed with 2x6's for a while. We bought a snuggli baby carrier, hopefully the weather brightens up soon so Myla can come on walks with us and see much more than the top and sides of her stroller.

March for Babies!

This year, in honor of our little girl, we will be participating in the March of Dimes March for Babies. The one we will be doing is in Grand Junction on May 31st. This is a cause that is very near and dear to our hearts, as you can imagine. The March of Dimes champions the needs of moms and babies in our community and across the nation. The money we raise for March for Babies will support lifesaving research, services, education and advocacy that help babies get a healthy start. Please help us by sponsoring us on this mission. Just click on the banner to your left and it will take you through the steps! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Test #2

Well, Myla had her overnight oxygen test on Thursday. They brought a machine here and we strapped it to her little foot for about six hours while she slept. Every time I checked it, which was a lot, she was a 91-92. But apparently, while we were trying to get some sleep, there was a three minute stretch where she hovered around 88. So, because it was such a long stretch, the doctor advised that we stick with the Tin Man for three more weeks and we'll try again around her six month check up.

She's really started to smile at people a lot now and has discovered her hands. She loves to suck on them (and while her hands are up there, pluck the canula right out of her nose) and even tries to eat through her sleeves sometimes to get to them. She's eating more and more and growing like nothing else. I'm sure she's over 11 pounds now. Maybe we'll have to figure out a way to get her on the scale before her doctor's appointments.

There have been some really nice days and we go for little walks around the yard together. I point out the flowers and trees and such and she just stares and takes it all in. She likes to look out the front door too, at nothing in particular, just looking. Her dad is going to build a deck this spring so when summer comes we can sit out there and watch her Haley dog chase squirrels. How much fun will that be!