Friday, March 20, 2009

Pedi visit

I think the pedi expected Rhys to be showing rib bones from the way Cody and I express our concern over his unwillingness to eat. She is great though, dubbing him a "punk preemie" (which I thought was funny), and is sympathetic to our concerns. She said his weight is awesome at 12lbs 2.5oz, and if you plot it on the growth curve it has shot upward significantly, vs. the slow right hand slope, as compared to the first time she saw us. She checked him out and said he looked great so that made me happy that I wasn't accidentally missing some sign that Rhys was getting sick or something else was wrong.

Turns out that there was a misunderstanding and we shouldn't need a second swallow study unless they missed something important with the first one. Rhys has had plenty of radiation in his sort life so we don't want to add to it if unnecessary (and fry his thyroid and man parts... I added that last bit, it seems I am always concerned about his man parts). She wants us to see the speech therapist at the hospital for help with eating. I really do think this will be useful with spoon feeding and eating solids, but Rhys really can and does take his bottle well when he wants to. He is not an on-demand eater and pitches a huge fit if he is finished and you try to make him eat more. He ate well last night and all day today, even having the nerve to throw a big fit when his bottle wasn't ready fast enough for his liking. He is trying to be a big boy and sleep through most of the night and only take 4-5 bottles a day, but he just doesn't take the volume he needs to make this a total success. We're working on it. I've heard it from a million people that all kids have days where they won't eat, but if you're not a mother of a preemie it's hard to understand that it is totally different. If my child was 4 months old and weighed 16 pounds I wouldn't give a fig if they missed a bottle, but when you fight really hard to get the pounds on you don't want to watch your hard work melt away a few ounces a time. Anywho, all was good today and hopefully his bottle strike was short-lived and we'll be good for another few weeks until he stages another protest!

Today I am: 8 months and 4 days old
Adjusted I am: 4 months, 1 week and 5 days old


Chris and Machel said...

I'm so glad you had a good pedi visit!! Yeah "punk preemie" Rhys!!

On a side note, we actually won't see the MRI results until we come back for the follow up next year. I agree though, regardless of the results she will become whatever she wants to and do whatever she and the Lord want her to do. They also don't have a lot of experience or references for babies, let alone preemies, so whatever they say is more or less a guess. Anyway, thanks for your advice and thoughts on the subject!!

Jessica Kirkland said...

What a sweet miracle. Those pics really take me back to my own triplets born 9 weeks early. Enjoyed your blog.