Thursday, January 29, 2009

Poor Girl

Tristyn has a nasty bladder infection. She was just miserable last night, fever, chills, tummy pain. She started some meds last night & they seemed to help, she felt better this morning. I hope that this infection goes away fast. Guess I'll have to stock up on Cranberry juice.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Daycare blues!!

We had the perfect person watching Maddy for the last 6 months, her family attends our church, so we know her quite well, she was a part-time nurse, and therefore certified in infant/child CPR, and she was just a great match, Maddy loved her. About a month ago her husband lost his job & she had to take more nursing hours. So, we adjusted Maddy's schedule & made it work with hers. So on Monday, she called me and said she was offered full time & had to take it because they really need the benefits & money, (she has 3 kids of her own) So we have been scrambling to find daycare & it's not easy!! I understand why she had to stop daycare & she was upset about it also. I also feel for the other parents, she watched 4-5 other children. We really need to find someone quick, we are wearing out our welcome at the grandparents! Please pray that we can find a good Christian home to watch her.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Great Appointment

Madilyn's apt went great today. It started with the EKG which only took 15 min!! This is because she had 2 wonderful nurses who really seemed to know how to entertain her. The first nurse made a game of putting all the stickers on and the second held Maddy's hands & talked to her & kept her attention the whole time, Maddy was just fascinated by her and just laid calmly & listened to her. They only had to restart the test once, because Maddy decided something the nurse said was funny & giggled.

More good news, because her EKG looked so beautiful, Dr. Dyke decided she didn't need an echo today, and she probably won't need one until she is 3 or 4 yrs old, unless a problem is detected by the EKG. If she needs an echo before this age she will probably need to be sedated.

Her heart mummer has gotten softer, so that means her heart is adjusting well. I did bring up one concern: Her arms & legs tend to turn blueish very easy, especially when sleeping. You can notice it a little in the picture at the top of the blog, but sometimes they are even more blue. He reassured me that is normal in the first year of life. He called it "some kind" of cyanosis, I can't remember the name and said that it happens even with babies whose heart is perfect. He said he would be concerned if her lips, tongue, or torso became blueish, or if her hands & feet didn't pink up when she started moving around.

So, Maddy is doing GREAT! She is up to 16 pounds 4 oz & is 27 3/4 inches long. And we don't have to go back for a visit for another 6 months now.

Next Monday she sees her regular Ped. & I'm sure that apt. will go well also! She'll be happy to see that Maddy is finally starting to gain some weight!

Thursday, January 22, 2009


Got to work this morning only to find that our pipes were frozen, good thing I went potty before leaving the house, LOL! Some of the other ladies weren't so lucky, they had been drinking coffee already. Luckily our City Water Works is practially our neighbor & they came right over to thaw us out, so were only without water for an hour or so. Now we have to leave a faucet running until spring, or we might freeze up again. This happens to us almost every year, so no suprise really.

The thing I don't understand is why this didn't happen during our deep freeze. In the beginning out Jan we had 10 days strait where our high didn't reach above zero and the average low was -35 below. So today, its 20 above & now the pipes decide to freeze - go figure. This weekend is going to dip down again, but not as bad, it will be around 4 degrees. It's almost Feb. so hopefully the worst of winter is over. I love winter, snowmobiling, sledding, etc, but it's no fun when it's too cold to enjoy it.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Cardio appointment

Maddy has a big cardio apt coming up on Monday. She's scheduled for a Echo & EKG. I'm not nervous that they will find anything wrong, because she has been doing great, its just that these apts always last so long. The she had these same tests at 4 months old and the EKG took 45 min, the Echo took 1.5 hrs & the Doctor visit took 1/2 hr, ad all that up with the wait time in between & we were there over 3 hrs. The reason the tests take so long is that the machines are very sensitive & we have to try to keep Maddy still & keep her from pulling the stickers off. We resorted to feeding her during the tests, kind of holding the bottle in front of her & letting her drink, we couldn't hold her because that would mess up the readings also. Now that she's almost 9 mo old I don't know how we are going to keep her still, maybe the docs have some tricks? We'll see.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Sitting Pretty!!

Maddy is finally starting to get the hang of sitting. She sat up for almost 5 minutes last night. I did have her Boppy pillow behind her just in case. She teetered a couple of times but kept her balance. I could tell she was starting to get tired after about 5 min, but that's not bad, after all she is using new muscles that are not used to being worked. If we keep doing 5 minutes a night, maybe by the weekend she'll be up to 10 minutes! Way to go Maddy!

Mark your calendar: Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day is Feb. 14, 2009. I'll try to gather up some interesting facts on CHD's & post them throughout the month of Feb.

Monday, January 5, 2009

What's that strange noise?

Yesterday Maddy was sitting in my lap playing with her favorite butterfly rattle and I heard this strange, soft, grinding noise. I know her rattle doesn't make noise. I hear it again, it sounds like Maddy is grinding her teeth. OK, how can she grind her teeth when she only has 2 and they are both on the bottom. So, I look in her mouth and sure enough, 3 more teeth popped in on top. She was a little fussy over the weekend, but I though that was because of her sinus infection that is finally getting better. So we are up to 5 teeth, way to go girl!

Tristyn went for a snowmobile ride with Tony. She loves riding with him, and was asking to go all weekend. They only stayed out for about 45 min because the temp started dropping, a cold front moved through last night, when I got up this morning it was -20 without the windchill (Burrrr).


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