9pm - Bottle
12am - Bottle
3 or 4am - Bottle
7am - Bottle - Good Morning!
Samuel had his 6 month check-up today with his local primary care physician. He weighed 11lbs 3oz! I think the scale at their office is a bit generous....but we will take it! The doctor felt like he was on track developmentally for his adjusted age.
He also got his first flu shot of the season and all of his 6 month vaccinations. I REALLY don't like vaccines. I never have. They creep me out and I always have this nagging feeling like they are dangerous. I know that's the 'uneducated' way to think....but I can't help it. I've almost refused the shots several times but I always end up giving in when I think about how AWFUL I would feel if he did get sick. As you can imagine, Samuel doesn't appreciate the shots either. After the nurses stuck him, he bawled and bawled. When I finally got him calmed down, the nurses began talking to him..."You're ok. Did that hurt?"....and his lip immediately curled down. He began bawling again.
The nurse practitioner at ACH called me today to tell me that they WON'T do surgery on Samuel's hydroceles (unless they are still there in 6 months.) Yay! I also got a call from the ENT doctor and they said that he may outgrow the vocal cord damage. Yay!
For the last week, every time I take the oxygen off Samuel he begins to cry. I'm wondering if the cannula gives him a feeling of security. Maybe he's just used to it? After a few minutes of crying, he is asleep. When he sleeps, he requires more oxygen.....his monitor begins alarming and the predicament begins. Do I try to put the cannula back on him? Because that's sure to wake him up. I can't leave it off him because he keeps desating. I've tried opting for a method called 'blow-by oxygen.' I take off the cannula part of the oxygen tubing, turn up the oxygen as high as it will go on the machine, and then point the tubing in the general direction of his face. It works while he naps so long as he doesn't move around. If he moves, I have to reposition the tubing. I keep thinking that if I force him to keep the cannula off, he will get used to the bare-face-feeling (and hopefully the absence of the pressure will allow his little cheeks to fill in under his eyes.)
I'm trying to decide if I'm going to get Samuel a Halloween outfit. I have two onesies that are appropriate - one with a pumpkin face and one that says "This IS my costume." Part of me wants to go all-out for his first Halloween.....get him all dressed up and take a load of pictures. But what should I dress him as? Then the other part of me is practical - no one is going to see him...he can't even leave the house. Do I really want to spend money on something that he will wear only once and only around the house? I can't decide. Thoughts anyone?
Samuel is all about cooing right now. He's been making a lot of noise the last two days. No consonants...just vowels. He likes to talk to me and he especially likes to talk to the tv. The Baby Einstein episodes I've been playing for him are a big hit. As much as he likes them, I don't let him watch more than 20 minutes or so. I'd like to think that playing with me is more interesting and interactive for him.
This morning Samuel was rolling like a champ - only to one side though. I think that's normal....? He will push all the way up, lean to the left, and then tumble over. Whether it's intentional or accidental, I'm happy.
Sitting is coming along nicely.....