Thursday, August 15, 2013

Evie at 2 Months!

At 2 months Evie weighed 13 pounds 2 ounces and was 23.5 inches long.

She eats 5-6 ounces every 3-4 hours and is sleeping through the night. Usually around 7-9 hours at a time. We are so thankful!

We started Physical Therapy and we absolutely love our therapist; she is so wonderful and patient and gets excited with even little improvements. I just love her!

We went to the zoo for the first time and Evie slept through most of it but decided to wake up to see the new Sea Lion exhibit - she wasn't impressed and went back to sleep! We also went to Lake Rathbun, Iowa for a camping trip and to go to my dad's side of the family's family reunion.  It was nice to see them all as we haven't gotten to see them in years due to the long distance (springfield, mo to iowa is a haul!) but now that we are back in St. Louis it is far more reasonable! Most of that side of the family had not even met Gavin so it was nice to show him off and for them to see and meet our miracle baby as well! It was a fun time and I am very thankful to my parents and sister for all of their help in caring for the kids because Joe had to stay behind to work his last weekend shift!

Urology: During her appointment with urology to do a check up of her renal ultrasound it was discovered that Evie was not emptying her bladder all the way and has an overactive bladder (see previous post about full details) so we started cath'ing her daily and started her on Ditropan. She tolerates both very well. She is such a trooper!! 

Shunt: It was during Evie's second month of life that our Nuerosurgeon decided it was time to go ahead with the shunt.  Evie's head grew dramatically in a very short period of time. We went in to the Neuro clinic and were admitted that day and the shunt was placed the very next day.  Evie tolerated the surgery very well. I think it was much harder on mommy and daddy than it was on her. I hated to see her hair get shaved off - but hey, at least they kept it for us :) After surgery within 2 days her head already shrunk about 1-2 cm.  You don't want it to shrink up too bad because then the plates will start overlapping and that can be just as dangerous as her head getting too big.  So we are at a good medium now. We are so very thankful for our beyond amazing surgeon.  We couldn't imagine having any other surgeon and we have been soooo soooo happy with his care for her to date!

Side Note: Because Evie had to have her shunt placed sooner than expected there was no choice but to FINALLY flip her over to her back for surgery. This meant mommy and daddy could finally hold our girl for the first time.  It was amazing. I just stared at her and cried.  I can say I really never set her down from the time I could hold her until it was time for daycare.  I would give her up for short amounts of time for family to hold her but that is it! 

During Evie's second month she started breathing very loud. We visited the doctor too many times to count, sometimes in a hurry and once we ended up in the ER.  We now know she has Laringomalacia and we are watching it closely.

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