Friday, January 16, 2009

A good laugh (or two!)

Here are a few cute videos of the kids from this week. Those sweet belly laughs can cure any bad day!

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Here's gavin playing with aunt Loren's new iphone.

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Here's Teagee laughing at Gav...

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Cardiology Update

Teagan had a cardiology appointment on wednesday, the first checkup in 2 months! I'm always a little nervous before our visits and this time was no different. No matter how good she looks or how happy she is, that thought of something being wrong always seems to creep in! They performed an echo first which was interesting. The older Teag gets, the more of an opinion she has about whats being done and this was no exception. The tech was able to get the images she needed though despite Teag's acrobatics and everything looked pretty good! Dr. Herndon said that her overall heart function looks good and that her tri-cuspid regurgitation is still there but for now is pretty mild. He said that its pretty common to have that until the Fontan, and then sometimes even afterwards. The Dr. was so pleased with Teagan that he said we don't need to come back for 3 months!!!

Teag's biggest issue right now is her weight. After having the flu and throwing up for almost a week she lost close to 1/2 a pound. I was heartbroken to hear that after all of our hard work over the last few months. She weighed in around 14 1/2 lbs and is currently 9 1/2 months old. I think that puts her around the 0% for her weight/age. The good news is that since recovering from that bug last week, she's really turned a corner in what she can eat now without gagging. We're doing solids 2-3 times a day now plus 4 daytime bottles and 2 at night. (yes, I'm still feeding her twice at night!) Teag all out refuses baby food most of the time lately so I've just been giving her part of what we're eating. Her latest favs are chunks of avocado, banana, sweet potato, nutrigrain bars, and lots of crackers and cereal. We've also started introducing some yogurt and bites of cheese and she's handling it really well. (I was worried after her issues with breastmilk and needing hypoallergenic formula) She's not too fond of juice but loves her water in a sippy cup at meal time. We're hoping she starts putting that weight back on soon!
Here she is with a mouth full of pasta, so happy!
Sporting her 'yo-baby' mustache
Gavin entertaining us with his 'funny jokers' at dinner
Teag was supposed to receive her 2nd round of synagis shots on friday, but after arriving at the clinic we found out that our insurance company never shipped the medicine. She has to get it within 28-30 days of her last dose or she is no longer immune to RSV so we're headed back on monday to try again.
We've been spending alot of family time together at home lately trying to get everyone healthy and tonight we had a little family pizza party. Gav loves when we order pizza and Teag enjoyed chewing on her breadstick while she watched Gavin entertain. Then it was bathtime, stories, and bed!
Gav loves to climb inside T's little baby tub when they're in the bath together!



Saturday, January 3, 2009

Our Christmas

Christmas this year was so great! We celebrated here at home and then in Twisp with Trent's family. My family survived their 30+ hour car ride from St. Louis and were here to spend the holiday with us for the first time ever! There was snow, gingerbread house making, cookies for santa, tons of presents, and lots of family time! Here are some (well alot) of pictures from the last 2 weeks:
Here's Teagan with Grandpa & Grandma
Here's Gav opening his favorite present, the look says it all!
Seeing this happy face on Christmas was such a gift!
Teagan with Uncle Brian
Teag with Grandma
We thought it would be fun to take Gavin iceskating for the first time this year, and he loved it! He stayed out there the entire 1 1/2 hours we were there (Trent and I took turns sitting inside with Teag) and cried when we had to leave. We ended up going back the next day for more!

Teag has had a few issues these last couple weeks but luckily none of them have been heart related. The week before Christmas she was battling a pretty yucky cold and she finished up a 10 day course of antibiotics just after Christmas for her first ear infection. Now she's fighting some sort of flu bug (or possibly rotavirus) that she started showing signs of on our way home from Twisp. She's been throwing up off and on since last sunday and today is the first day of no 'sickies'! We went to the dr. yesterday to make sure everything was ok and he basically said to just keep her hydrated and get her through it. She has definitely lost her appetite though, and there's talk of the ng tube making an appearance in a few days if she doesn't start eating more. We've tried pedialyte, gatorade, and pediasure (my fav) but she's not interested in any of them! I think because she's had to eat such awful formula for so long, she has no idea what good taste is! We'll see what the next few days hold.... oh, and here's a pic of her latest accomplishment: Her first tooth!