Monday, October 27, 2008

Taking Steps

On Saturday 10/25 Zack took 1 step. He would not try again on Sunday. He did not fall or anything but did not try again.
Zack is going to be a biker baby for Halloween and Christopher is going to be Batman. I bought some cowboy boots, that was the closest I could find to biker boots, we will cover most of it with his pants anyway.
Christopher's costume is full on as in covers his shoes and everything. My only concern for him is what he should wear under it, regular clothes or long johns.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Notes To Self

Zack blew a kiss this morning. He asked for "more" for lunch at daycare yesterday.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

All About The Zackaroo

Zack was sick last week. He slept most of the day on Friday, he was also really fussy. I could not take off of work so Mikie took him to the doctor. The poor thing had an ear infection and a cold. His ears were so stopped up they had to clean them before she could even see in there. His ears drain more than any I have ever seen, this was his first ear infection. So my question is how do you clean there ears? Do you indeed use a q-tip? The doctors suggested a while ago to use vinegar and rubbing alcohol mixed together and run thru his ears.
Zack is also almost off the bottle. This weekend he only ate a morning bottle, the rest of the time he drank out of a cup and milk at that. WooHoo no more formula, no more washing bottles. At daycare he ate out of bottles because she did not have a valve in his cup and would spill it everywhere. Yesterday I sent in the valve and he did not eat out of a bottle all day. He still drinks a little bit getting ready for bed, he will take it in a cup also.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Happy Birthday To Christopher!

Christopher's Birthday was last Thursday. We had a dress up party on Saturday. He had a really good day playing with his friends. I did not wish him a Happy Birthday on here like I should have. Bad mommy.

Chistopher's cousin we will call him D was also at the party. D is potty trained now, he will be 3 in two more months. He has not yet learned to poop in the potty. He will sometimes pull down his pants and poop on the floor, or just go in his pants. My sis in law dresses him in boxers. So do you know what happens when a little boy who poops his pants and has boxers on. It falls out onto my floor. He was in Christoher's bedroom. D was in there playing with my friends little boy S. They are about 6 months apart. Mikie walked in the living room and smelted something. He went to the bedroom and found the two kids playing in there and asked them if they had messed their pants. S spoke up and said he did not, but D would not say anything. Then Mikie found the poop in the floor. My sis in law cleaned it up while she was laughing about it. That is not particularly funny, especially in my floor. Christopher never did that at any ones house.

We as in the ladies at the party were talking in the kitchen. This is when I learned of the boxers she puts D in. I put in my two cents and told her that if he will only poop in his pants then she should put regular whitey tidies on him so the poop does not fall out. You would think that would be logical thing to do.
I was dropping Zack off at daycare this morning and he said good bye when he waved at me. We were so excited. He has been waving a little while but that is the first time he has said bye bye.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Butterfly Award

My very first award. Thanks, jillybean. Now I have to pass it along. O what fun. Well lets see...

We Are That Family

Buried With Children

A Mommy Story

Burgh Baby

Hidden Mahala

I so wanted to give it to In The Garden, She has a great blog but does not accept awards. It does have a butterfly on it tho.

I have so many that I read. I spend all my time reading and not posting. I will try to do better.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Hypospadias, Part 2

We were to be at the hospital at 7:00 in the morning. We were there about 6:40. Usually when we go to the doctors office early we get in early. Not so at the hospital. We waited until about 8:30 to get called back. With a very Hungary baby, this is a hard feat. He last ate at 8 the night before. He did really good for a baby who hadn't eaten. We get called back and go into the holding area that holds 4 patients in their beds. This is where you meet the nurses, anesthesiologist, and the doctor so everyone can explain what it is they are about to do to your child, none of which sound appealing. They do have some things that sound kinda interesting, like doing an epidural. It is different than one for a woman in labor. There is a soft tissue spot on the back of a baby that will turn to bone. This spot can be used to add some medicine and numb the area for 6 to 8 hours. They do a little test to make sure there is no blood vessels close to this, since we do not want it getting into the blood stream.

When they took him back we went to the waiting room. The hospital has a really neat feature. When someone is in surgery they have a flat screen tv that scrolls all the patients names on there and the progress, like checked in, in operating room, moved to recovery, and released home. Of course Zacks name was not on this after we came back from the holding area.

They do give updates by phone. She called 1 hour and 15 minutes into the surgery to tell us he was doing well and they should be done in about 15 more minutes. There is a staff person in the waiting room that has all the updates and gets all the calls and looks for whoever is needed. She was very resourceful. After about 20 minutes after the call she told us to go to a consultation room to meet with the doctor.

We sat there for what seemed like forever, and it smelt like pee. I think they needed to clean it. He came in and told us what he had done and that he did really good with the antestic. What they did was straighten his penis, did the circusim and used the skin to make a new tube for him to pee out of. They cut all the way around the top of his pee pee and down the bottom side all the way to the base. They used disolving stitches. The only problem that may arise is if it should sping a leak along the bottom of his penis where the stitches were. We were sent back to the waiting room to wait until he wakes up so we can see him.

They finally called us back there. They have some people that escort you back to where they are. He was awake and holding two bottles of apple juice. He only drinks about 4oz. of apple juice a day. The bottles were 4oz each and he had already had one before the two he was holding. We stayed here about 30 minutes.

We then went back to the holding area but to a private room. I held him until he was done eating and he took small cat naps. I then gave him to Mikie and let the two of them sit in the rocker. Zack threw up all over the place. We get the nurse and get cleaned up. Then he goes to sleep. He slept for like an hour and a half. Finally the nurse comes back to put his iv back in because he has not been drinking. He finally wakes up and we feed him a bottle of formula this time and he was so hungary. We changed his diaper. He had two diapers on, the one on the bottom has a hole cut in it so his pee pee can stick threw it. He has his pee pee all wrapped up like a freaking Christmas present with a tube sticking out of it that allows the pee to go to the outside diaper. He also had more blood than the nurse expected to see so she called for the doctor to look at it. The doctors helper or maybe intern came to look at it and started pulling out clots. Zack was very calm during this. He still had the epidural so he was kicked back and didn't care what was going on. She pulled out alot and then said it should not bleed anymore.
Any child that has the stint (baby sized catheter) put in has to stay at least 2 hours after surgery. With his throwing up and the bleeding we had to stay a lot longer. His epidural started wearing off about 6 hours after his surgery. To say he was fussy is a understatement. He screamed and screamed, finally the nurse asked the doc for some pain killers. While we were waiting for the medicine we were walking him up and down the hallways. It seemed to help a little bit. While I was walking him down the hall we found some ride on toys. I put him in one and pushed him around. He really enjoyed it. The intern came back to check on his bleeding. It was still bleeding some. She called for the doctor and he told her to wrap it with gauze to keep it tight. While she was in the process of doing this the doctor came in to help with it. Zack was screaming and moving around. He was not a happy guy.

When the medicine finally came he did not want to take it but we could tell it made him fell better and I think he went back to sleep. Of course with all the crying I'm sure he was wore out. They finally let us go home about 4:00. We packed up in the car and headed for our pharmacy to fill his meds. We were gonna need them.

Friday, October 3, 2008

3 Part Series On Zack's Hypospadias & Hydrocels, Part 1

I wanted to do a series about finding out about the byposadias and hyrocele so if some mother had just been told that her child has one of these maybe she will find my blog and know what to expect.
About 2 weeks before Zack was born, I check out at the doctors office with the ultra sound lady. She said she wanted to check to make sure she had the sex correct. Said she had one born the other day she was wrong on. She took a very long time I thought to let me know he was still a boy. The next week when I saw my doctor he said the baby had a hydrocele. It wasn't a big deal but just tell his doctor about it. I started freaking out about it. I asked everyone I knew about it and no one had heard about it. I was not blogging or reading blogs back then so I didn't get help there either. I did not know how to spell it so when I tried Web MD I could not find it. I finally called the doctor's office and he called me around 8.:30 or 9 that night to talk to me about it. He told me that it was fluid built up around the testicles. Usually wasn't anything to be worried about, should go away on its own if not they could do a small surgery to fix it. I felt alot better about it afterwards. Our doctor is a real down to earth kinda guy, of course he is quiting and we have to find a new doctor now.
The next week I had my C-section. He came out and his hydrocele was the biggest any of them had ever seen. They took him over cleaned him up and then I got to hold him a minute. Then they took him off to the nursery. I make Mikie stay with him. They noticed he also had a hypospadias. His scrotum was so large they took a light up to it to see if they could see his testicles. They could not. The fluid looked rather red. So they decided to do an ultrasound on them to make sure his testicles were ok.The specialist told Mikie that if his testicles were tangles it would kill him. All this right after I got my tubes tied. So I kinda freaked out about this to. They did the ultra sound and said everything was fine. The doctor came in to tell us about it and then to let us know about the hypospadias. Hypospadias is where the tube that carries your urine out of the body is somewhere along the bottom part of the penis instead of at the tip. Zack's was not really bad, it was just below the head. Since the tube come out lower than where it's suppose to it makes the penis bend down at the tip. They would fix all of this at Vanderbilt.
I wanted to give you some stats on the amount of babies born with these conditions. Hydroceles occur in 1 or 2 out of 100 births. Hypospadias occur 1 out of 250 births.