We were also given the go ahead to start cereal by spoon (as suggested by Sarah's occupational therapist). Sarah has been getting cereal in her bottle since her reflux diagnosis more than three months ago so it's really just a change in delivery.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
No one should have to experience that. Ever. No one should have to wait 19 days to hold their child because of all the wires and tubes. No one should have to decide whether to tend to their responsibilities at home or to spend the day in the NICU with their baby. No one should have to worry that their baby might not survive.
The March of Dimes supports research and therapies that will one day make prematurity a thing of the past. I can't wait until that day comes! In the meantime, we have to continue the fight. Saturday, April 24th is the March of Dimes annual March for Babies - there will be walk locations all over the country, but Team Sarah Francis will be walking in Birmingham. We would love, love, LOVE to have you all join our team and walk with us - visit http://www.marchforbabies.com/ and search for "Team Sarah Francis" to sign up. If you can't walk with us, please considering donating to our team - you can donate via by using either the link above or the MofD badge on the righthand side of the page. And remember, every penny counts!
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Thankfully, tomorrow and Thursday should be quiet for us before our pediatrician appointment on Friday.
Here's Sarah, ready for CiCi's vet appointment this afternoon:
And how we found Frankie when we got home:
"Tearing up my bed?! Who?! ME??" - Frankie
Monday, January 11, 2010
So, since Sarah has gained weight consistently since her last visit, and since her reflux has continued to improve (without an increase in her meds to compensate for her weight gain) we're hopeful that this mess will soon be a thing of the past. Per Dr. M, many babies outgrow the reflux by six months - Sarah will be six months old (chronologically) on the 21st but she won't be six months old (adjusted) until April. He wants us to get thru flu/RSV season first (because reflux is sometimes aggrivated by sinus/respiratory problems and vice versa) and toward the end of March we'll wean Sarah off her Zantac. That plan may change in the meantime, and we may find that she still needs the meds, but it's nice to see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel! Two of the four meds she takes multiple times a day are reflux related (the other two being a vitamin and a probiotic) so it will be nice to drop those entirely.
One January doctor's appointment down, three more to go!
Oh and I finished Sarah's new diaper bag last night just in time for our busy month:
Sadly, I started this bag before Sarah was even discharged from the hospital but in honor of UA's 13th National Championship, I decided to get off my tail and finish it up! Roll Tide!!
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Sarah and Frankie...you may remember him better as her official carseat tester. And let me assure you...Sarah IS all that!
Friday, January 8, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
And look! You can see that her hair is starting to come back in up top! Now the back of her head...that's another story...