Monday, February 23, 2009

Pray for Lauren & Josh

Lauren & Josh were pregnant with Quads and tragically lost all four of their babies due to delivery at 22 weeks. I cannot even begin to imagine the pain they are feeling right now. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Here is a link to Lauren's blog.

more bath time fun!

Coy absolutely loves to take baths. I think this summer he's definitely going to turn into a fish! Here are some cute smiles from tonight.

I think it's funny to eat my bath toys!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

ST/OT/First word!

This week, in addition to Speech Therapy, Coy was evaluated by an Occupational Therapist. She was so sweet and I really feel she will be a big help. We are going to see her once per week to see if we can make some strides in Coy's eating/sensory needs. He has been doing 99% better the past week as far as sitting in his high chair and actually finishing all his meal. The therapists thought it was best to back down from 'table food' and go back to purees (which he does great on). So, along with puffs on his tray, he will finish all the baby food I can get in him! I am very optimistic that we will get him on the right track quickly. Despite his eating woes, he is hanging around 19 lbs (which isn't huge, but we'll take it all things considered). We are trying different sippy cups and straws to help with the transition from the bottle as well. Please continue to pray for Coy's eating to develop and mature!

On a good note, he's been sleeping in his bed for the past few weeks! Now, we still have the occasional bad night where he'll wake up several times, but lately, it's been pure sleeping bliss for the 3 of us! Coy is in bed by 9 and doesn't make a peep until 7:30am! Woohoo!

Coy is maturing before our eyes. Chris will come home some days and say "he's grown up since I left this morning!" For the first time last night, he started pushing his walking toy! He was so proud of himself and just grinned at us as he pushed it by. He's still figuring it out and is still unsteady when taking steps, but it was a first!

Another first we had this week was he said his first word: 'bye-bye'. We were leaving my parents' house on Sunday and my mom said 'bye-bye Coy'. He looked at her and said 'bye-bye'. After we got home, he said it several more times, and on Monday morning when I picked him up out of his crib, he said it again! It was really cute!

On pregnancy news, I had my cerclage placed yesterday morning. It wasn't nearly as bad as I anticipated. The only bad thing about it (I guess depending on how you look at it) is that they put you under all the way. Before I knew it, they were waking me up after everything was done. I've been taking it easy since and will continue to do so for the next few days. Thank goodness for Grandma's! =)

I don't really have any good pictures to upload this week. I took a photography class last weekend, and I thought I learned something, but really I just got more confused!

Here are some pictures of Coy eating a dog bone (don't worry, it wasn't for longer than a few seconds)! We try to keep the bones/food out of his reach, but it never fails that he finds something he shouldn't have! Our dogs love people food/Coy's toys, and our he loves dog toys/bones/food. Go figure! =)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

feeling better!

I'm so thankful that Coy is feeling better! We returned to the Pediatrician yesterday for a follow up/ synagis shot and she said his ears & lungs were clear! We also can stop the albuterol treatments, and only do them as needed! Thanks so much for all your prayers!

Tuesday we had Coy's second Speech Therapy appointment (we missed last week). He is struggling a bit with the food department lately. Our therapist recommended he be evaluated by an Occupational Therapist for possible sensory issues Coy is having. It seems, at times, he is willing to put anything into his mouth, except food. Although, the past few days, he has been much better. Please pray for Coy to overcome any issues he's having with eating and for us to help him with these. I am really thankful we have these professionals to help get us through! When your child doesn't eat, and there's not obvious reason, it can become frustrating!

Today I had two appointments: one with my OBGYN and another with a MFM (Maternal Fetal Medicine). At the second appointment, we had a super-duper high powered ultrasound and got to see the baby in great detail! It was awesome! Baby #2 was bouncing all over the place, waving arms and legs, and kicking everywhere. Everything looked great and we heard Baby's heartbeat loud and clear! During the ultrasound, the doctor zoomed in on Baby's tiny hand; she said, "Look, he's doing Hook 'em Horns." If you've followed Coy's story from when he was born, you've probably seen this picture of Coy doing the same exact hand motion back when he was a few weeks old....

We later said Coy was telling us "I love you". I just smiled, and thought, this is no coincidence that Baby #2 is telling us the same thing. =) (They printed an U/S pic of Baby #2 doing this, but I can't upload it!)

Here are some pics from this week...

(BTW, the reason the books on the coffee table look like such a mess is because Coy pulls them off the shelf at least 3 times daily! I have stopped making them look pretty and just throw them back when he's doing playing!)

Thursday, February 5, 2009

sick update/ pictures

I have taken some pictures of Coy the past day or so. By looking at them, you'd never know he was sick. He is still active and his usual energetic self. He does have a junky cough today and his nose is still flowing with snot! We are doing albuterol nebulizer treatments every 4 hours while he's awake and he is not liking those too much! Surprisingly, he has slept through the night for 2 nights in a row (and in his crib!) and is still satting great according to our pulse ox. I can tell he has 'lost' his voice and only hear these squeaks when he's trying to say something. I'm so thankful that he's doing as well as he is. I think my heart sank into my stomach yesterday when the Pedi told me she suspected he had RSV. It was always stressed to us how contracting RSV can land him back on a ventilator in the hospital. I guess the doctor could read my face because she told me over and over "don't freak out, he's going to be okay." Thanks for all the prayers & support, we are so appreciative!

Love baths! (He almost splashes all the water out of the tub!)

His new favorite thing to do...
"catching" the water...

Daddy & "mini-me"

Look at that face! So sad! =(

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Prayer Request--RSV & ear infection

We learned today that Coy has come down with a 'mild' form of RSV and has a double ear infection. He started having some congestion on Sunday, however, it was mild and he wasn't coughing or acting sick by any means. We went to our scheduled Pulmonary check up on Monday and the doctor said he looked great, his lungs and ears were "clear as a whistle." Last night I noticed his breathing was more labored than usual, so we hooked him up to the pulse ox and he was sating 97-98%. This morning I thought he sounded wheezy so I brought him into the Pedi for a check. After listening to him, she said she thinks he has a mild form of RSV and his Synagis shots have kept it from becoming worse. She also discovered his double ear infection. Poor baby. He was more fussy than usual yesterday, but being that we were just at the doctor 24 hrs before, I thought no way he is sick. I guess I was wrong. We are at home and have a nebulizer machine to do albuterol treatments every 4 hours and have an antibiotic for his ear infection. Although he is sick, he is still playing and active. However, when sleeping he is definitely breathing harder. We still have oxygen in the house if needed, however, he's still sating good on our monitor. Please pray for him to fight this RSV infection quickly and for it to leave no damage to his respiratory abilities. I am frustrated that although we take so many precautions to keep him well, he still came down with the one thing we were trying so hard to avoid. I am very thankful for the Synagis shot and now know why we get those every month! Thanks for your prayers!