Khloë: 10 months old (44 weeks)

Note: I am wayyyy behind but a lot has happened in the past month that has not allowed me to update regularly!

My baby gets a little older every week:


44 weeks (October 7)

44 weeks (October 7)


Khloë came with Jordan and I to our young adults group at church on Wednesday evening. I was hesitant to go because I wasn’t sure how cranky she would get near bedtime. I can’t leave her in the nursery with the other kids anymore–can’t risk another kid touching her toys and then her putting them in her mouth–so she stayed with Mommy and Daddy during the group. She was happy and chatty and made everyone smile!

Thursday morning we went to Pembroke Hospital to pick up Khloë’s AFOs. They are molded hard plastic braces (with cute butterflies!) that she will wear for 1-2 hours a day for two weeks, as a breaking in period, and then we are to slowly increase that time. The braces are meant to correct the slight curve to her feet.


Minnie Mouse

Sweetness

I ordered two bottles of sambucus (black elderberry extract) from Swanson Vitamins and started giving Khloë 5 ml once a day to boost her immune system. Many SMA kids are given this extract and I decided we should try it out.

At 3 am Saturday morning I woke to the sound of Khloë crying. I checked on her and felt wetness on her shirt. Turning on the mini flashlight we keep by her crib, I saw she was covered in vomit. I called to Jordan that she’d been sick, and as he came into Khloë’s room she started to vomit again (through her nose and mouth). I quickly turned her on her side so she wouldn’t choke and Jordan quickly suctioned out her mouth. Her breathing looked normal, but there was a lot of thick mucous in her vomit. I stripped off her pyjamas and moved her to the change table while Jordan pulled the sheet and mattress cover off the crib and tossed it in the laundry basket. Then I attached the pulse oximeter probe to one of her toes to check her o2 levels. They hovered around 94-96, with heart rate high 140-150s. She ended up puking a few more times. We were concerned enough that we decided to bring her to the ER in town. Once we got there, though, she seemed better. The doctor ordered an x-ray which showed pneumonia was clearing up but wasn’t gone. He was unsure as to what was causing her to vomit because she had no fever or other symptoms. He suggested we stop giving her sambucus for a couple days to see if that was the culprit, and then re-introduce it in smaller amounts. By the time we got home, it was after 7:30 am. We all went back to sleep for two hours. When Khloë woke again, I let her nurse and then did some chest PT. She threw up one more time a little while after that. I kept a close eye on her for the rest of the day, and after a great nap in the afternoon, she seemed back to normal again.


New hooded towel

And then Sunday morning she vomited at the end of her feed! This time it was very yellow and looked like bile. I vaguely remembered reading something about bile in the enteral feeding booklet we were given at CHEO but I couldn’t find the information I was looking for. For the rest of the day she was fine. A couple times, when I vented her G-tube, it looked like bile in the syringe. We ended up going to our friends for turkey dinner and once again Khloë was perfectly fine through her feeds and was in good spirits. We got home around 8:30 pm and I realized I hadn’t yet changed her G-tube dressing. When I unwrapped it, I saw that the tube measured at 6 cm (instead of 10 cm). I slowly pulled it out to 8.5 cm but there was quite a bit of resistance so I left it. I started to think that maybe the vomiting and bile had something to do with tube migration. Jordan called General Surgery at CHEO and spoke with a doctor and the doctor told us to bring Khloë to the Pembroke Hospital to have it checked out. That’s a 30 minute drive and neither of us wanted to bring her back to the ER. We figured we would try once more to pull the tube out to 10 cm, and luckily this time it worked! No more vomiting and no more bile!


Playing the xylophone

Daddy also taught Khloë to “play” her toy xylophone. She loves tapping at the keys!

We received the brand-new suction machine this week, along with a few enteral feeding and suction supplies I had ordered. Our nurse coordinator from CHEO called to check on Khloë and remind us about next Wednesday’s appointment. And we decided to cancel our upcoming weekend trip to Kingston because my mom was still sick.

Third trimester: Weeks 30 – 33

Week 30 (October 7)
Baby shower time! Technically I was 29 weeks for my baby shower on Sunday but for simplicity I will say 30 weeks (since my weeks begin on Mondays). I had a lot of fun and received some pretty amazing gifts from some amazing friends and family! Baby K will definitely not lack in the clothing department, that’s for sure! I will do a separate post about the shower.

This week at Prenatal Nutrition, a public health nurse spoke to us about breastfeeding. We made snack foods and played a questionnaire game. I guess I read too much because I got all the answers correct! I plan to breastfeed Baby K so it’s great to be given these extra resources. The nurse will come every two weeks and speak about a different topic. She’s doing this as a special favour because there aren’t any prenatal classes offered in our little village, and to be honest I don’t want to drive 30-40 minutes to go to one.


Weeks 30-31

Weeks 30-31


Week 31 (October 14)
Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoyed a delicious turkey dinner at a friends’. Unfortunately, Baby Girl takes up so much room that I can only eat small amounts at a time. My eyes definitely wanted more food but I just couldn’t manage more than a little scoop of each dish. I was falling asleep by 8 o’ clock.

Still having a lot of Braxton Hicks and craving celery/carrot sticks.

My appointment last Thursday was cancelled due to a birth and rescheduled for this Thursday with Kilmeny. This weeks’ check-up was pretty quick. She explained discharge procedures at the hospital and what items are provided for baby. Blood pressure good, fetal heart rate at 148 bpm, and fundal height at 30 cm. Baby Girl still has her head down and feet in my ribs!

I’ve gained 28.5 lbs total.

Week 32 (October 21)
She is constantly pushing her little leg up so high that I get a big uncomfortable lump on the top of my belly. She’s an active girl, constantly moving around and getting hiccups.

I’m still eating tons of carrots and celery. And chocolate.

At Prenatal Nutrition this week, the public health nurse showed up to speak about comfort measures during childbirth. Most of the measures I’ve already either read about or watched a video. She did, however, give us each a folder full of great pamphlets and booklets that I’m excited to go through!

I’ll be heading to Kingston at the end of the week to visit hubby, as he’s now on course there. Maternity photoshoot on Saturday!!!


Weeks 32-33

Weeks 32-33


Week 33 (October 28)
After 5 days of suffering, I broke down and called my midwife about the severe pelvic pain I’d been experiencing. It started almost the moment I reached Kingston and unloaded my stuff at mom’s and continued all weekend. Even once I returned home it still bothered me. In the morning, my pelvic area is sore but tolerable. By mid-afternoon, the pain gets considerably worse until I can hardly stand or walk. Stairs are almost impossible. At night, turning from my left side to my right side is agony. It feels like my pelvis is splitting apart. Anyway, Suki said it’s most likely symphysis pubis dysfunction (eek?!) and is quite common. She suggested I see an obstetric physiotherapist. I will be seeing Suki in 2 days and will find out for sure if that’s what I should do.

In other news, Jordan and I had maternity photos done with Cole Creations. I’m really excited to see how they turned out!

Upper Canada Village

First off, finally got my hair chopped off! It was way too long and getting hard to manage.


New hair cut (October 2012)


Thanksgiving weekend turned out to be great! The in-laws stayed with us Friday night. I made a delicious teriyaki stir-fry for dinner. And then on Saturday we drove up to Morrisburg to spend the day at Upper Canada Village. The weather started out rainy, gray, and cold, but in the afternoon the sun came out. I brought along only one camera, my Canon 60D, and carried around that heavy thing all day. I’m glad I did because the pictures turned out really well.


Pumpkin Inferno

The church

Purple flower

House

Posing in front of the school house


After hours of walking around the grounds, we had a late lunch at the hotel. You need reservations to eat there. They served a turkey dinner for Thanksgiving. The food was amazing and I’m glad we decided to eat there. After lunch, we finished exploring and by the end of the day (I think the place closes around 5:30 pm) we said goodbye to Jordan’s parents and headed back home. We didn’t stay for the nighttime Pumpkin Inferno event but it was cool to see all the pumpkins during the daylight.

Love is your colour, it makes you shine *

I changed the theme a couple days ago. Yes, it’s a little darker, but I like the look of it. I also like the larger text and that I am able to use my own photo for the header image. It’s a picture I took of Hohensalzburg Fortress in Salzburg, Austria back in 2010. One of my favourite shots.

The leaves on the tree in the neighbour’s yard across the street have turned yellow. It looks beautiful, very autumnal. The tree in our yard is still mostly green with a bit of yellow leaves; it doesn’t look nearly as pretty.

Right now there is a delicious-smelling loaf of chocolate chip banana bread in the oven. I’ve got four days off for Thanksgiving weekend. Jordan is home as well. We are expecting his parents this afternoon. Tomorrow we will be spending the day at Upper Canada Village, weather permitting. Hopefully we’ll have a nice weekend. 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving!

A mish-mash of things

One of my very good friends, Kendra, is due to have her first baby soon. Her due date is October 30th. I’m beyond excited and can’t wait to find out whether the baby will be a boy or a girl. The parents have left that to be a surprize! Last Sunday, my sister, nephew, and I attended the baby shower. 🙂

My sister-in-law, Serena, and her husband are also expecting their first child, a girl due the first week of March.

And to continue on the topic of children, another friend of mine has a little boy J.D. who turned one year old at the end of September. While Michelle was pregnant I worked on a baby themed cross-stitch and I finally completed it and framed it in time to give to her for her son’s first birthday:


Cross-stitch for J.D.


I don’t think I posted that my husband returned from his deployment at the end of September. This is his first full week back at work, though. During his time off we bought a new car, a shimmery white 2011 Kia Forte. So far it’s been great to drive!


Our new car


Thanksgiving this year was spent at mom’s house for dinner. No turkey, but we had make-your-own pizza night, which was a huge hit!


Cappuccino swirl cheesecake bars

Ashe's first Thanksgiving (3 months old)

Make-your-own pizza


We decided that this year we wouldn’t use the oil furnace as it cost way too much money the previous winters. All summer Jordan and his friend Reg have been splitting wood. We have a good pile going outside, and the rest is kept at Reg’s place until we need it. So far I have been pretty terrible at getting the fire going in the wood furnace, but today it seems to have worked. The furnace has been going all day and it only took me a half hour of feeding logs and crumpled paper into the stove in the basement. I can’t imagine how this is going to work this winter, especially early in the morning when we need to get ready for work.

My four-year-old Samsung monitor died last night. So sad. I’ve acquired Jordan’s LG monitor, which is bigger. Since he rarely uses his desktop computer, he hooked up the spare Samsung LCD television to his own.