4 weeks

December 30th, 2010 by Stacie

This month is a total blur.  I figured I better go ahead and do an update or there is no chance of me remembering any of it!  Sophie will be 4 weeks old tomorrow.  She’s doing great.  Breastfeeding is going pretty well- easier than Gavin in many ways but I’m still supplementing a little with formula which I would love to stop doing.  But then again, I remember how liberating it was to be able to give Gavin that formula and still nurse him as well.  Best of both worlds.  So who knows, I may end up following that same pattern again.  I’m just trying not to stress about it too much because that makes the whole thing that much harder.  She goes back to the pediatrician on Monday for a weight check.  I think she’s gaining- she seems a little fluffier to me anyway :-)   And I know she’s getting taller because she’s already outgrown her newborn outfits and moved into 0-3 mos.  Her little belly button still hasn’t fallen off yet and I’m getting tired of waiting!  She can’t wear a lot of her cute outfits b/c the pants would hurt that belly button.  Maybe the doc will have some advice for us on Monday.

Speaking of the doctor… we have had more visits than I would have liked.  Not for Sophie, but for Gavin!  First of all, he had a terrible runny nose so I took him along for Sophie’s last visit.  This was a stupid idea, by the way.  Even though my mom came along to help, it is just too hard to have 1 sick kid and 1 well kid and try to get them both checked out but keep them apart.  I won’t try that one again.  Anyway, runny nose had caused an ear infection so we started antibiotics.  I figured that would be the end of it.  Wrong again…

About 5 days later, we noticed Gavin was limping.  I couldn’t see anything wrong and he didn’t seem bothered by it, so we sent him to school.  But I called to check on him a few hours later and his teacher said it was worse and he was actually stumbling.  Uh oh.  So my mom and Kim had to come to the rescue and we took him to Childrens.  They did x-rays and couldn’t find anything so just called it a sprain and said to have him take it easy.  Yeah right.  So he couldn’t go to school.  Great.  Then I had Bryan take him back to the pediatrician a couple days later and they diagnosed him with Toxic Synovitis.  Yeah, I had never heard of it either.  Basically, it’s the body’s reaction to some sort of virus/infection.  So the ear infection from the week before had caused inflammation in his hip and now he could barely walk!  Oh, and the ear infection was still there so we had to start a new antibiotic.  So my poor boy was limping for Christmas.  It was so sad!  It has been 10 days now and the limp is almost gone but not completely.  Leave it to Gavin to get some of the weirdest illnesses ever imagined. 

So Christmas was a blur.  I don’t even think we took any pictures :-(   We have just been in survival mode.  This includes potty training.  There was really no way Gavin could go potty last week when he couldn’t even walk, so we had to go back to Pull Ups.  I’m pretty discouraged at the moment b/c this is a MAJOR regression.  He was almost totally potty trained before Sophie was born and now we are just using Pull Ups all the time again.  I’m pretty sad.  I really hope that he can get back to daycare next week and get back into his routine and maybe they can help us sort this out. 

Well, I guess that’s all.  I know I’m forgetting a ton of stuff but that’s life at the moment.  Happy New Year to everyone!

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