Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Buddy Walk

The Buddy Walk was this past weekend. The first hour was great and then as soon as we started walking, it rained. Oh well. Thanks to everyone for walking with Gabe. He had a great time...even if he was asleep by the end of it.

Last night I went out to dinner with the northern KY mom's group. It was so much fun. It's nice to talk to other mom's who have been through it or are going through it, especially when you feel like you're kinda in a rut. We laughed alot and it was a great night to be outside having drink and eat yummy food.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Buddy Walk Saturday

Gabe loves the laundry basket.

We have had a busy 2 weeks around here. Last week, Gabe started refluxing really bad. We had changed to a new formula the week before and he had been doing fine up to that point. He was heaving and b/c of his Nissen, he can't throw up. He started sounding really congested and his eyes were watering and he would cry in his sleep. I had even called the pediatrician to get Pedialyte instructions while I was waiting for the GI RN to call me back. After 3 days, it magically disappeared. I think it ended up just being a stomach bug. He's back to his old self and eating great. I've started pureeing what we eat for dinner and giving it to him. Gabe loves spaghetti and mac and cheese. Our speech therapist was watching him eat and determined that what looks like tongue thrusting is actually not. Gabe has control of the back half of his tongue and swallows well. The front half is just really weak. You can sometimes even see the tip shaking like muscles do when they are exhausted and have been worked out. We will continue to do exercises to make Gabe's tongue muscle and jaw stronger. That's the good thing...it's about strength and coordinating movements....we don't have to correct a wrong behavior as would have been the case if he was tongue thrusting. He's back up to about 16 Tbsp a day, but he is now taking pureed or stage 3 baby food. He's actually starting to look a little chunky. Hopefully when we go back to GI in Oct we can back off some of the tube feed.

Gabe has also been very clingy to mommy lately. Don't get me wrong, it's awesome being #1, but he screams for babysitters and won't let others hold him. He just looks around the room for mom and dad and starts sobbing and signing "mom". He just gets so worked up. Even when I come home, he won't let me leave the room b/c he thinks I'm going to leave again. I know it's a phase and the Pediatrician even said that it is a good sign for later in life that he won't be a kid who runs off in a crowd, not caring where mom and dad are....at least that's what I'm telling myself.

The Buddy Walk is Saturday...hopefully it doesn't rain.