Archive for the ‘cade’ Category

Long Overdue Update

Monday, August 9th, 2010

So, life got away from me a little bit.  There have been trips to Maine, Kansas, Michigan and Indiana, and Florida over the last few months since I posted last.  However, that is no excuse!  I will remember from now on to take you all along on the adventure more readily!  Here is a little update of what you have missed with the boy.

First, here is a overview of the first six months with the little man!

First 6 Months

And, here is the little man that we have running (well, low crawling) around our house today!  So many changes over the last seven months.  It sure has been exciting {and a little tiring}!

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I am working on getting some videos edited right now, and I hope to have them up soon.  But, I wanted to get something up quick for everybody.  More pictures to come shortly too!

a tiny problem…

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Well, yesterday, Cade, my mom, and I went to see a wonderful pediatric cardiologist at Walter Reed.  At the last well-baby appointment we had, the doctor heard a small murmur, so they wanted to check it out more carefully.  Joe and I feel very lucky that Cade’s pediatrician was paying attention since none of his other doctors had noticed it.  We will definitely be going back to her!

At the appointment, they did an EKG, took blood pressure, and did an echocardiogram.  What they found was a tiny (the doctor’s word) Patent Ductus Arteriosus, which sounds a little more scary than it is right now.    Cade’s is very tiny, and the doctor stressed that we shouldn’t be overly concerned: he doesn’t really have any of the symptoms to be concerned about and is growing well.  But, the doctor also noted that blood was moving through his aorta a little faster than was normal, so he wants to see him back again for another echo in six months to make sure that his aorta is growing with him the way it should be.

Image borrowed from revolutionhealth.com

Cade was a rock star through the whole appointment, and the staff was great with him.  So, we are really grateful that we are so close to such good medical care for him!  Just wanted you all to have the update, and I will be back with more pictures soon!

Reflux Redux

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

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A couple of weeks ago when the little man had a cold he was wheezing a little, and I wanted to make sure that it was just a cold, so I made an appointment to take him in.  I also had some concerns about how much he was spitting up after he was eating, so I knew that I wanted to talk to the doctor about possible reflux issues.

However, he was gaining weight, so the doctor thought that it was just that he was overeating.  I knew that we had another appointment just a few weeks later, so I cut the length of his feedings back a little and planned to talk to the other doctor at his two month check-up if things weren’t significantly better.

Cutting back on how long he ate really did help with the spitting up, but it was still pretty obvious that the little guy was in pain after feedings, and he wasn’t sleeping very well (naps or at night).  So, I talked to the pediatrician at his two month appointment, and again, I was told that he was gaining weight, so it wasn’t something they would treat.

You might imagine, I was pretty frustrated. However, being the girl that I am, I dug in and did some more research.  When I was pregnant, I met a wonderful doula through one of my brother’s friends, and I contacted her when I remembered that her office was in a chiropractor’s office.  I asked her if reflux was something that the chiropractor could help with, and she said absolutely and gave us a referral that came with two free visits.  Three appointments later and we are believers.

The tiny, gentle adjustments they are doing him almost feel like nothing (they did them on me first), but after that first appointment, things were so much better.  It was obvious that he felt better, was sleeping better, and was eating better.  That in addition to figuring out what I needed to avoid eating (soda was a big one!), and I am happy to report that things are much better for us.

We still have some rough spots, and for those times, we have figured out that gripe water works much better than mylicon.  We are still elevating after we eat, which I figured out early.  And, we now have a wedge in the crib that makes it a little easier for him to sleep.

But, one of the best tricks is one the chiropractor taught us.  She calls it the Russian Nanny Trick.  This involves holding Cade so his back and neck are completely supported and then flipping him upside down and back up again.  Seemed completely counter-intuitive, but it works!

She explained that people have a reflex that allows us to flip upside down and retain all our food (think jungle gym after dinner).  In babies, this reflex is weak, which can cause trouble.  Flipping them helps strengthen this muscle, and in turn keeps their food down.  So, if you see us flipping our baby upside down, no worries…we know what we are doing!

We also wanted to share what a happy Cade looked (and sounded) like now that we found him!  Please know that you don’t have to watch two minutes of baby noises unless you really want to!

Little Man 2-28-10 from Sandy Anderson on Vimeo.

getting bigger and other news

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Well, we had a doctor’s appointment this week because I am neurotic and wanted to make sure that everything was okay with the cold and little cough, etc.  I was also a little worried that Cade might have a little bit of acid reflux going on.

Little Man getting so big

However, when we weighed the little guy, we found out that he wasn’t quite a little as he had been.  He has grown an inch and a half, and he is now 8lbs 8 ozs!  I love that we are getting a little chunk!  And, it turns out that you can overfeed a breast-fed baby because that was likely the cause of some of the reflux type symptoms I was noticing.  Now that we changed our feedings a little, everyone is much happier, and we have much less coming up after each meal.

In other news, it has been a busy few weeks since we last checked in.  We have had some great company, including Miss Lily, my best friend’s newest addition.  Lily is just three and a half months older than Cade, so while it is a big difference now, it will definitely not be in just a little while.  Just look at all the personality this little one exudes already!

Miss Lily

And, we have had a huge amount of snow, including this image of our latest blizzard.  We think we have heard that we got almost 30 inches.  Cade and I decided not to go play in the snow.  We like watching from the nice warm inside!

2010 Blizzard

But, we have been enjoying some family time too!  This is a common scene around our house, as the animals still aren’t sure where this little human has come from or why he seems to be getting so much attention.

typical scene at our house

And, we have also been enjoying some wonderful time with family!

Nana, Cade, and Me

Things are going well in our neck of the woods, and we will check back in soon!  Hope that everyone is safe and warm out there.

recognizing the test…

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

This week has been an adventure!  Some rough days, but mostly because I am not feeling good.  However, through all of it, I recognized the advice I give my students about college.

For those of you who don’t know, Joe has a black belt in Karate.  And, he has a video tape of the test he took to earn his belt.  On the tape, which I won’t watch (don’t need to see my husband get hurt!), he is in a ring with five guys.  What I realized about this experience is that his teachers didn’t expect him to win this fight in order to pass the test.  Instead, they expected him not to give up.

College is much the same way!  Teachers don’t buycbdproducts you to win with every test or assignment; you just can’t give up.  And, this week, I realized that motherhood is the same way!  There will be good days and bad days.  I just need to keep moving forward and understand that it most likely it will change tomorrow in good and bad ways.

So, that was my lesson for this week. But, because I know that you all are really just after the pictures, I thought that I would show you the many faces of Cade I see throughout the day!  I took all these pictures with my iPhone, which is sadly the camera I most often have with me.  And, using the awesome app that Lisa Leonard talked about on her blog yesterday, they are all like old school polariods!  Love it!  Easily my favorite app!

The many faces of Cade

one month old today…

Friday, January 15th, 2010

One Month Old

So, the little guy is one month old today!  I can’t believe how big he is getting, particularly in the last few days.  Seems like there have been a few pounds added in the last twenty four hours!  And, I can’t tell you how happy I am about this little growth spurt.

As for the weekly update, our routine is still working, and Cade seems to be getting enough sleep and chance to play throughout the day, so that is wonderful.  And, things are still going pretty well at night too.

All dressed up and no where to go!

This is one of Cade’s favorite places to hang out after he eats.  Gives his food a chance to digest before we try to change him, and this is when I get the most smiles throughout the day.

Our favorite feet-ure so far!

I also thought that I would share one of our very favorite feet-ure (sorry, I couldn’t help myself).  We can’t get enough of Cade’s feet.  He has some big feet for such a little guy!

Until next week, hope that everyone is doing well!

Coming to the end of week four…

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Hard to believe that the little guy will be a month old next week.  And, it is equally hard to believe that his due date was just a week ago.  Time does really fly.  It is one of those things that you don’t believe because the first few days seem to drag on, partially because they are wonderful and hard at the same time. But, I thought that I would start using this space to capture a few things, so I don’t forget them.   And, I have had lots of requests for new pictures, so I will try to oblige that as well.

This week had a lot of firsts for us.  We had our first bath on the first of the year.

Still not sure about this!

I think I love this picture so much because this is a face we often get when Cade isn’t sure about what we are doing to him.  The bath started off just fine, but he wasn’t sure as we moved on and started getting him really wet!  You can see the whole event here.

We also had our first check-up this week.    Cade is back up to his birth weight plus a few ounces, so the little thing is slowly gaining weight.  I keep telling people that I really never thought that Joe and I would have to worry about having a little baby, but that is the way that it worked out.  Other than that we didn’t really find out much.  So, I guess no news is good news.  Cade is still a little yellowish from the jaundice that he had right after he was born, but we are still working on working all that nasty bilirubin out of his system.  I will definitely be happy when that is all done!

We are also working on getting on a schedule, and although I am scared that I am going to jinx myself, it seems to be going pretty well.  I think we figured out that the fussy baby that we were experiencing was actually overstimulated baby, so the last few days we have been a little more low-key with him, and he is sleeping better and is much happier.

So happy in fact, that we got our first hint of a smile yesterday, and I was lucky enough to have my camera out to capture it!  He isn’t looking at me in the one that I got, but this morning I got a full on both-sides-of-the-mouth smile that was pretty amazing!

Hints of smiles

This has been an awesome week, and I will keep posting pictures to the flickr site and recap them here each week!