Friday, March 18, 2011

Noah's Recovery

Well we have passed the two week mark for Noah's surgery. It was a tough recovery the first week. There was nothing that the doctor didn't warn us of, but I don't think you can ever prepare for how your child will respond. Noah was such a trooper, but after over ten days of no sleep in our house and our poor baby being in pain it can wear on any parent! To date, he is now finally eating and drinking (to catch up on all the days he missed!), has a new found love for ice cream (good luck to me on breaking that one!) and is sleeping well. We always take for granted how important air and sleep is. But, now for the first time I have a child who is sleeping through the night without a peep and is sleeping in to 7:30-8:00am! Noah has also started his medication for Acid Reflux, so I am not sure whether I should thank those meds, the surgery or the combination. But that is okay with me, whatever works! We will be heading back to the doctor on April 4th to see how his progress is with the reflux. I am still hearing some 'snorting' in his breathing and am praying that this will all disappear soon. I am so thankful for the advancement in technology and the wonderful doctors that we have so that my little man doesn't have to suffer!

75 Degrees + March + St. Patricks Day

What is one to do with such a beautiful day here in Alabama? PLAY! Not only was is St. Patricks Day but the weather was awesome!! Noah and I headed downtown to Big Spring Park for the morning to feed the ducks & fish. We also packed a picnic and had a little date. I love dates like this where both the company and weather are fantastic!!

Craft Time

Noah loves craft time. His favorite thing to do is paint. He doesn't like mommy to help him. As you can see from the pictures, Noah has it all figured out and does a good job. For this craft time he decided to make binoculars for bird watching in the back yard and for bear hunts. And, he made a guitar to rock out. It was a lot of fun!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

6 Months

I think that recently I have had a growth spurt! Peanut is getting so big!! Here baby belly is at 23 weeks. It is going by so fast!

Fresh Air

Noah having reading time

Riding his bike

Well after 10 days of being housebound from Noah's surgery and having many days of being fussy, we thought we would get some fresh air today. It was a beautiful day so we went to the park down the street from our house. I think it was a great distraction and we all felt relaxed afterwards!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Noah's Surgery

Getting Noah prepped for surgery

Napping with Daddy after surgery

After some apple juice, a Popsicle, and two cups of Ice cream

Noah was scheduled for his first surgery this morning at 8:45am. He had his tonsils and adenoids taken out. I think the process was more devastating to me than him. Though he was not happy that he was not able to eat or drink anything for breakfast. The surgery itself was about 30 min and they did a great job of taking care of him. Interesting enough, I found that my mother's instinct was again correct. The ENT said that he was surprised to see that Noah's esophagus was swollen and red. He came out after surgery and asked me if Noah had reflux. I explained to him that I was convinced that Noah had it as a baby and had to BEG his doctors to treat him. However, after 6 months (when most babies would outgrow it) they stopped treatment and that was that. It turns out that Noah did have it and he is one of the few that didn't outgrow it. My poor boy. So, they are starting treatment for that and will be watching him to see if it begins to go away. If not, we will start heading towards a specialist to get that resolved. It made me feel good to know that all that research and fighting was for something. As for the huge tonsils and adenoids that Noah had, they were easily removed and we are now on the road to recovery. He is sore and not feeling great as expected, but is doing well. He is loving the fact that he gets to eat ice cream. Right after the surgery he inhaled two bowls! That said, we were able to leave recovery early--he was eating and drinking fine. Now we just pray the next 14 days of recovery will fly by with little discomfort. This was quite an experience and we are so proud of our little trooper!

Peanut's first trip to L&D

The other day while outside playing with Noah he ran down a hill in our front yard to a ditch. As I followed, my feet quickly lost grip and moved out from under me. Before I knew it, I was on my bum at the bottom of the ditch. In shock I look up to see Noah laughing and asking for me to "do it again!" Since it was almost 5pm I called my OBGYN just to make sure that I knew what to look for. They suggested that I go to L&D and have the baby monitored and check the heart rate. So, assuming it would be a quick trip, I loaded the boys up and headed to the hospital. Oh, how wrong was I! After an hour wait I was placed in a room and hooked up to check for contractions and fetal movement. Everything came out fine for the baby. It looked as if I was just going to walk away with a bruised tail bone! However, in order to be released the on call doctor had to see me. The problem was that she kept getting called into deliveries! So after 4 hours and some convincing that I didn't need to stay overnight, I was released. The ironic thing to me is that part of the reason we went in was that I was not feeling our baby move, but once they got me all settled in, the baby kicked like crazy! Noah and Daddy had fun walking the hospital and Noah loved playing with all the buttons on my bed...including the call button!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Breakfast time at the parkers

Noah loves to be my big helper, especially when it comes to cooking. He wants his ladder pulled over to the counter so he can help. I love it! This past week we have been working on mixing/stirring ingredients together. So, now he has it mastered. He will hold the bowl with one hand and mix with the other. It is so cute! His favorite thing to make is Waffles. It is so much fun to have a buddy while cooking!