Friday, February 19, 2016

Baby Drew - 9 days old

Christina Rae Photography - January 24, 2016

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Inguinal Hernia

On Thursday,  I was changing Drew's diaper around 12:30 and noticed a knot in his groin area.  I knew immediately that it didn't look or feel right.  I had Bryn bring me my phone to take a picture of it, then googled it and thought it might be a hernia.  I called Chris and then our pediatrician's office. We were able to get right in to see Dr. Averitt at 1:30.  I fed him, then we jumped in the car.

Dr. Averitt agreed and said it was an Inguinal Hernia.
"As a male fetus grows and matures during pregnancy, the testicles develop in the abdomen and then move down into the scrotum through an area called the inguinal canal. Shortly after the baby is born, the inguinal canal closes, preventing the testicles from moving back into the abdomen. If this area does not close off completely, a loop of intestine can move into the inguinal canal through the weakened area of the lower abdominal wall, causing a hernia."

He had a fluid pocket coming out, and you can hear it squish when you press on it.  She instructed us to massage it back in when we notice it out (like every diaper change).  And if it's hard and won't go back in, then that's when it turns into an emergency.  That could be a sign of his intestine or bowel sticking through his muscle.  

She referred us to Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock for surgery.  We are now waiting for a phone call from them to schedule a time.  :(

Monday, February 15, 2016

Drew: 1 Month Old

February 15, 2016
Drew is 1 month old today! 
  • He weighed 11 pounds, 7 ounces before his bath this morning (Up 2 lbs, 1 oz since birth)
  • 23 inches long! 
  • 0-3 month clothes (for the length), but can still wear a few newborn sleepers
  • Size 1 diaper at around 3 weeks
  • Sleeping 5-6 hours at night, waking up only once.   
  • Slept 9:30-5am at 4 weeks, 2 days. 
  • Is breastfeeding really well!  He eats every 2 hours during the day. 
  • Currently spitting up a lot after eating.  He is a very aggressive, fast eater.  I'm still trying to get adjusted to him sleeping longer at night, so I'm often engorged in the mornings.  So he's getting too much too fast. 
  • Umbilical cord fell off in 19 days
  • Just started loving bath time! He had diaper rash at first, because he pooped constantly.  That has cleared up, so it probably doesn't hurt to be in the water.  I have also started leaving the water running a little bit.  
  • His eyes are still blue with a pretty line around them.
  • Hair is TBD.   Looks really strawberry blonde (RED) in some lighting, and really light brown in others. 
  • Loves being in his car seat carrier.  If we have anywhere to go,  I will feed him right before we need to leave, put him in his carrier, and he will often last 3 hours! 
  • Since there's so much sickness going around (RSV, Flu etc.).  We don't take him out very often.  Chris is taking the girls to school in the mornings, but I am picking them up.  

Will update more when I get more time... for now, here are some pictures! :)