Sunday, May 31, 2015
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Today he is officially over 10 pounds! At the dr this morning he was measured at 23.75 inches long, with a 15 inch head circumference. Although he is still very small he is still proportionate to himself. He is way below the growth chart, but now he is following the curve so that eventually he will be on the percentile chart. Rydon is wearing size 1 diapers, and his 0-3 month clothes are still big on him. His acid reflux is still pretty bad as far as barfing goes, but the pain is a lot less which makes him more comfortable. The last several days he has eaten a lot more than usual which is sooooo good. I know his increased appetite has helped his weight gain a lot. This little man loves to smile at me. He loves kisses on the cheeks, raspberries on his neck, and he is starting to think being tickled is amusing. I say amusing because I haven't gotten him to fully laugh while being tickled. He does this half-chuckle thing. He rolls over from tummy to back often. Yesterday I noticed he was on his side trying to roll from his back to his tummy.
Monday, May 25, 2015
Now that birthday fun is over, the next task for this cute girl is potty training. When we get back from Shriner's it is the priority on the list of summer activities. Woohoo.
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Saturday, May 23, 2015
We had a really low key party for Ayla this morning at the splash park. The Wilsons and the Heddens joined us. Ayla and the other little kids loved playing in the water and running around. She was given a fairy dress up set complete with shoes, bubbles, a kitty bag, and a kitty that plays peekaboo. She thinks it is hilarious when the kitty hides its eyes. Thank you, friends, for coming to play with us!
Friday, May 22, 2015
Ayla loves fire trucks, garbage trucks, super heros, lady bugs, taking a bath, anything with the "Frozen" characters, babies, giraffes, elephants, dogs, horses, and her special pig lovey. She loves to eat strawberries, cold chicken nuggets, cheese, and carrots. When she sleeps she has to have her Ana, giraffe, flower, and baby quilt blankets all on her....no matter how hot it is. Her vocabulary is exploding (finally!!), and she is becoming quite the imitator.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Monday, May 11, 2015
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Brady gave me a Mother's necklace. It's something I have been wanting since we started having kids ten years ago, but it was unrealistic to purchase such a piece of jewelery until our family was complete. This is perhaps the most unique styles I have ever seen. I love it so much!
The older boys made these in Primary today. I just loved reading their answers.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Monday, May 4, 2015
Dr. Menezes is supposed to be the best plastic surgeon in the valley. He is the only one here that does cleft lip and palate repairs. And he screwed up Rydon's lip, royally. It looked like he put in only one stitch, but there may have been two put in the bottom of his upper lip. The rest of the skin was super glued together all the way to his nose. Sometime Saturday during the night he pulled the stitch out. Because there was no longer anything to hold the tension of the skin and glue together to heal it began coming undone. By Sunday night it was very obvious. I called the on-call dr in Menezes' office. He told me not to worry because babies tear their stitches out all the time and so they will just fix it later at his next surgery in June. The next morning I made an appointment and firmly requested to be first in line after lunch so I could get home in time for kids to get home from school. I had to get a babysitter for Ayla at the last minute and ask a neighbor to also take Gideon to school. Talk about HIGHLY INCONVENIENT!! I am so very thankful for a wonderful neighbor who home schools her kids so that her daughter could come over and she had time to take Gideon to school.
Dr. Menezes told me Monday that this situation happens often...when after the surgery he said it rarely happens. He said he will repair the whole lip in June instead of just touching up was was done on Friday and then working on his nostril formation and a couple of other things. Both Brady and I asked him THREE times about getting arm restraints for him because we were both concerned about Rydon ripping his stitches out since he has his hand in his mouth all the time. The dr said it wasn't necessary all three times because babies rarely tear their stitches out.
(This is being written on the 14th, a full two weeks after the surgery)
My dad called me later in the week, I can't remember if it was Tuesday or Wednesday and told me I need to stick up for my kid because the doctor works for me, not the other way around. Everything he said echoed in my mind to what I had already been thinking through this whole ordeal. Talking to him that morning made me mad all over again and I started bawling like a baby. I was so embarrassed to be crying on the phone to my dad. I am sure he didn't mind though. I remember feeling like I wanted to punch the doctor in the face and make him fix Rydon immediately. Brady still wants to submit a bill to the doctor for his lost wages on Friday because he had to take the entire day off, which was his overtime day...the one day a week that makes the whole job in Primm worth it. In any case, I am not sure if we can sue the doctor and win....so since we cannot afford to pay for a lawyer if we lose, we are not going to follow through with that idea. On Friday, June 5th we are driving to LA to see a cleft plastic surgeon at Shriner's Hospital. From the suggestions I have had from people all over the pace about this issue, most of them have told us to go check out Shriner's. The other option we have is Primary Children's in SLC.
Friday, May 1, 2015
Today was Rydon's first cleft lip surgery. It is stage one, meaning the lip muscles and skin tissue were sewn together. This helps the the second stage not be under so much strain and risk tissue tearing. We reported to the day surgery department at 6am. He went off with the nurses to surgery about 8am and by 8:40 Dr. Menezes was back, telling us it went great and we can see him soon. We left the hospital a little before 10am. In the photo below we were still in the waiting room and Rydon was hungry, so Brady asked me to take this picture and posted the caption on facebook: Two grumpy dudes who don't get breakfast. It was soooo funny!
It is so cute that he is holding Brady's thumb while having his first bottle since 11pm last night.
I love that his hair color is almost the same strawberry blonde color as mine. It's about time we had a kid with my hair! We are also hoping his eyes stay blue like Brady's...because we need one kid with those too :)
His pain will only last a couple of days. He has surgical super glue on his outer upper lip tissue, and a couple of dissolvable stitches in his lip.