Friday, April 29, 2011

Heartbeats and Allergies!

This week we only had two appointments (I know, hard to believe!) in addition to SJ's therapies. The first was a trip to the OB to check on Baby S and see whether we need to stick with a doctor or can continue with an RN. For now they would like us to stick with seeing a doctor which is totally fine, whatver is best for baby! So far I am measuring right on target and haven't gained any weight. The baby's heartbeat was in the high 140's which according to some myths could mean it's a boy (hey 50/50 chance isn't bad!)!! We go back in 3 weeks for another heartbeat check and measure, and then on June 8 we get to find out the sex of the baby and then we will tell everyone the name we have picked out!

Our second appointment was to see Scarlette's allergist, and unfortunately was much more disappointing. We were hoping that some of Scarlette's allergies had gone away but instead we gained more! We now know for certain she is allergic to all dairy, soy, eggs, peanuts, and a 75% chance she's still allergic to wheat. She is also allergic to dogs. We forgot to test for shellfish and grass, but the only thing we did test that was negative was dust mites which is great! I am very allergic to dust mites, pollen, grass, all things natural pretty much, and also dogs and cats (but tolerable) but no foods and Mitch is only allergic to cats. We are still holding out hope that she will eventually outgrow some of these allergies. It's not unheard of to outgrow them at 2, 3 or 4 years of age even, so now we just wait and see! Unfortunately this means she needs to remain on the formula she is currently eating, and we can't switch to a shelf stable drink like ensure or vital jr. Just means more mixing bottles for Mommy!

Tomorrow is my cousin's baby shower and we are very excited to go see everyone and celebrate her new baby due in July!

Friday, April 22, 2011

A small accomplishment...

Yesterday we got a call from Scarlette's urologist. Scarlette recently had a VCUG performed, and the test is done to track whether or not her kidney reflux has gone away, stayed the same or gotten worse. The news was great! Her kidney reflux has almost completely resolved, so much so that we get to discontinue her antibiotics that she has been taking since birth! AND we no longer have to see Dr. Cartwright. This is her first specialist that has officially discharged her, and it felt like a small victory to us! She is down to just one oral medication daily, and even that is being weaned off by growth (dose stays the same as she gets bigger). For as many medical problems that she has faced, she is relatively healthy and for that we are SO grateful!

We also met with ENT last week because one of Scarlette's ear tubes had fallen out and because she made it through the winter with virtually no protection and still had no ear infections, they are not going to have to insert a new one! She gets to be tube free in that ear until something indicates that she may need one again. Hopefully not! :0)

I am almost 12 weeks pregnant now with baby #2 and my morning sickness, although still there, is moderately controlled by the Zofran. Scarlette and I got to see the baby last week for the first time and the doctor said that it has a very strong heartbeat and is measuring a week big! It's hard to believe I am almost out of the first trimester already, with Scarlette the first half of the pregnancy went by SO slowly but this one is going TOO fast!

Scarlette is going to be 20 months in approximately 2 1/2 weeks and I just can't even get my mind around that. I know partly it's because she doesn't act like a 20 month old but it's also partly because I just can't believe she's been here that long! Life is literally flying by! Some new milestones of Scarlette's are: reaching up for toys, taking them out of our hands and looking at them/exploring them, sitting unassisted for 30 seconds or more, and sitting with minimal assistance from the Boppy pillow for minutes at a time, saying Dada and a few other words (which DO NOT include Mama :0( ) and grasping toys with both hands. We saw her physical therapist at the hospital who hadn't seen her in approx. six months and she was absolutely FLOORED with her progress. She actually couldn't believe how well SJ was doing!

Other exciting news in our little world is that my cousin Amanda is pregnant with their first baby and it's a (90% sure) GIRL! She is having her baby shower next weekend and I am so glad to be able to go and see her and celebrate the arrival of her and Carl's first baby! She is due in July!

We find out the sex of our little peanut the first week in June which means we have about six weeks left to wait and it seems way too long! But it's definitely worth it!

This weekend we have lots of fun plans to celebrate Easter, and we are so excited because last year we didn't get to do anything! Tonight, we are going to dye easter eggs, tomorrow we have an easter egg hunt/potluck with some work friends and Sunday we are doing a big Easter dinner/egg hunt with all of our neighbors! And the best part is: nothing is happening at my house!!!!! ;0) I get to make lots of yummy goodies all weekend and I am looking forward to dressing Scarlette in some cute Easter outfits!

Have a happy Easter everyone!!!!

Love, the Skrove's