Friday, August 10, 2012

No Strings Attached

August 3rd was the last day of Michael wearing his heart monitor! We're able to mail it back to Children's and continue with his regular follow ups. WOO HOO! So Happy! Michael is doing great. I took his monitor off the Saturday before for a bath and put on new clean stickers and that Monday he had spit up so much that his top right sticker began coming off. When I peeled it off I found weeping blisters underneath. I cleaned them and let them dry and scab and was so afraid to put the stickers back on. No way was I putting new stickers on open sores or scabs. I got a message the next day that the 3rd was his last day on his monitor and to send it back. YAY!

We've been showing him off to everybody and he's starting to show his playful personality. He loves laughing at Zoey and she loves making him. These two were definitely paired together for a reason. Yesterday he was sitting in his reflux seat that the therapist is having him use, Zoey went and grabbed the bumbo and sat in it right next to him. Her legs actually still fit in it. Skinny but Tall. She is so good at keeping him company that she reminds him constantly that he is sleeping too much. She does not like when he falls asleep during her favorite show so she wakes him up again to finish watching it. It's funny watching the two playing off of each other already. They're already great friends.

Taking him out is sometimes hard. He only lasts in the stroller for about 15min before he starts to get upset and walking him upright for too long affects his circulation and his hands and feet start turning purple. It's scary but the cardiologist has assured me that it's nothing to be concerned about.

Zoey's starting to grow up so much faster. She is such a big helper. She loves to kiss his hands and feet and use the same paci that Michael is using. I just stopped that the other day because Michael has been congested and I can't let it get worse. The pediatrician told me to just keep doing what I'm doing, which is the normal stuff for congested babies. I still feel like it's not enough so I'm washing things left and right.

She has also stopped sleeping. Not altogether but naps aren't happening anymore. That's a huge change for me. I miss her nap time/my alone time. She'll fall asleep at 7 some nights and wake up at midnight wide awake asking for food. She also stayed up until 11 the other night because at 10:30 she decided to have a tea party. We had fun and she slept great after she was done with her tea. I got the crack down on it though. I just got her room cleaned and her bed made and got her new sheets and a Minnie Mouse pillow case she is so proud of. She fell asleep at 9 last night and slept in her own bed half the night. Michael slept in his crib. It's so hard not having him in the room with me but I slept better which his cardiologist told me was most important. He told me that it's time to stop treating him like a cardiac baby and to start getting him (and us) back into a normal lifestyle. I didn't realize how hard it was going to be for me to stop treating him like a cardiac baby. Am I always going to be treating him different or will I get used to it and come to terms with it? He's growing wonderfully so his dietician said to stop counting cc's during his feeds and just let him take what he wants. He's now 4months - 12lbs 13ounces - 25inches long And - he rolled over for the first time! He's done it twice since!

This month on the 19th is our 6 year wedding anniversary.  I am so thankful to have Jaron in my life. He makes everything better. He has given me so much and I feel that he is my equal. I need him more than I can sometimes admit. I like to show my strengths but sometimes my weaknesses shine brighter. He's always been there for the hard moments to pick me up. He has given me the greatest kids and helps me remember that sometimes it's ok for me to still act like one as well. He brings meaning to my life every day. I love my sweets. Happy anniversary babe.