Friday, September 28, 2007

A story that will move you to tears

How a baby - Kimberly Mueller - born 15 weeks early, at 10 ounces, could survive is beyond my imagination. It is a miracle of a story. Can't imagine what the parents, Petra and Andreas, went through each time they visited their little one in the NICU. She is now six months, weighing 5 1/2 pounds and spanning 17 inches in length. At six months, she's allowed to go home, though she still needs oxygen provided and must be fed artificially.

The world's tiniest baby - meet the 10oz bundle of defiance.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Rashes on baby bottoms and zinc oxide in diaper creams to the rescue

When I had her pediatrician look at the rash on her bottom to make sure Isabella didn't have anything else going on down there, Dr. Martin Garza said that she just had a bad rash. He said that any diaper rash cream with a higher level of zinc oxide in it would help heal the rawness.

I had been using Arbonne's Diaper Cream. I use Arbonne's skin care products. The rash wasn't going away. I just looked at the zinc oxide level in it. It's 12%. Don't know why it wasn't working.

I have been using Dr. Smith's Diaper Ointment, since that's a name Dr. Garza mentioned for having a decent zinc oxide content. It's 10%. The smell of the zinc is much stronger in that than the Arbonne diaper rash cream. I wonder why Isabella's bottom has improved some since I started using Dr. Smith's. Perhaps it was the passing of time, perhaps it was the cream. Not certain.

I had registered for Boudreaux's Butt Paste, back before Isabella was born. A friend from church got us Boudreaux's. The amount of zinc oxide in it is 16%. Perhaps I should try that, too.

When it rains, it pours

Before Isabella completely got over her cold, she caught a viral infection. She started having diarrhea the day before yesterday, some time in the afternoon. Yesterday was not good at all. Though she had an early morning regular stool, she was having little tidbits of diarrhea through out the morning. On top of that, she was feeling crummy. Not her usual playful self. Didn't want anything except for me to hold her. Between 8:45 and noon, she took two naps. For those of you who are acquainted with Isabella's habits, you're aware that she's not a napper, not much of one anyways.

Yesterday I started having diarrhea. Great. In between changing her diapers, I was going to the bathroom, even the poor little princess wanted to be held. Tough morning.

Took her to see her pediatrician, Dr. Martin Garza. With her symptoms: low grade fever, diarrhea, and such, he said she had a virus. Given what he's seen in the office, he expected that she wouldn't start feeling better until the end of the weekend. Wouldn't START feeling better until then? Not good, not good.

For the most part, I've gone down to nursing Isabella once a day. However, last night, I decided to nurse her (which made a second time for the day). If I got what she had, might as well give her my antibodies.

Though the day is still young, she seems a lot better than yesterday. We'll see.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Isabella's 1 year check-up

The day before yesterday, Isabella had her 1-year check-up with her pediatrician.

Her stats.? She weighs 2o pounds and 10 ounces. She's 29 1/4 inches long. Those two stats. puts her in the 50%. Her head circumference is a different story. It's 19 1/4 inches long. Since we already have had tests done on her head and have determined that there's nothing wrong with her head, Dr. Martin Garza wasn't worried. I don't think Dr. Garza realizes just how big her parents' heads are, because we both have full heads of hair covering our gi-normous heads.

The doctor confirmed that Isabella does, in fact, have a cold. Not bad for never having been sick, until she was nearly a year old. She passed the cold on to me and my family (my sister, my niece, my mom, and my dad). So far, Troy and Tim have gotten scott free. Boo boo has nasal congestion, and the congestion has reached her throat. Her cries are thwarted by the muck in her throat. The first few days of her cold, some of which overlapped when family was first here, weren't very exciting for Isabella. She was low energy and frustrated.

In other news, Dr. Garza seemed to think that our feeding attempts are going just fine. She has baby food three times a day. But she's also having some table food, when Mommy deems it to be of nutritional value and not in excess of vices (salt or other sorts of additives). On her birthday, I also introduced cow's milk for the first time. She'll drink some, but it's not grown on her, yet.

But, she loves other dairy products, such as cheese, yogurt, and cottage cheese.

What else is Isabella doing besides eating? Well, she cruises furniture when there's incentive to do so. She claps her hands, waves, raises her hand, shakes my hand (that's a relatively new trick), signs for "more." Got to run. The little one's demanding my attention.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Isabella's tricks


While I was working on host-type stuff, putting away lunch and getting tea ready, Junko was singing a song to Isabella and teaching her the hand gestures for it. Not long after that, not only was Isabella copying Junko, but she was signing ahead of Junko!

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Down to nursing twice a day, well, at least today.

Today, decided to try nursing only twice. Was able to do so without too much protest. Was a bit grumpy in the evening, but I couldn't exactly differentiate whether it was the fact that she skipped her late afternoon / early evening nap or she noticed Mommy took away a nursing session.

Anyways, I've got to prepare a Sunday school lesson and go to bed. Nighty night!

bath big girl style

She's not liked her baths lately. Call it mother's intuition, but I had a feeling she hasn't been enjoying baths, because we've laid her on an incline, and she prefers to sit up. Something about feeling more control of what's happening. So, yesterday, for her bath, I used the feature in the infant tub that would allow her to sit up safely. No crying. She even enjoyed splashing the water.