Yesterday was a tough day for poor Kaitlyn.
It started out with a 9 am visit to her Pediatrician, where Kaitlyn had her 12 month check- up AND….vaccinations! No fun, poor baby!
Then we rushed to San Francisco (feeding tube and vomit in the car on the way) for a Physical Therapy appointment (she actually seems to like PT – it’s more like playing with a lot of toys).
While we were at the hospital, Kaitlyn had to have her blood drawn (for some 12 month check up stuff as well as allergy testing). I’ve been dreading this blood draw for a while, and held off doing it until I could have it done at the hospital, assuming that they’d have experienced infant techs. It was horrible!!!!! When I got there I asked the tech if he had experience with infants, he said yes. I’ve never seen poor Miss Kaitlyn as upset. Not only could he not find strong enough veins, he had to do it 2 times. She was thrashing, crying and carrying on so, we had to get some one else to help hold her down (oh, it’s bringing the pain of it all back to me as I write this). When the other woman was there helping hold her for the 2nd draw, she said, here let me do it and the guy (who tried the first time) said, “I have to learn sometime!” I about flipped out right there! I was livid, and said, I didn’t’ want him to do it and for her to do it, he said no, and continued, It’s paining me thinking about it again!
Oh it was terrible!
Then I rushed my crying baby to my doctors appointment nearby – I can’t get rid of my cough and I think it’s gone into a sinus infection of something so I got some antibiotics…What a day.
Today, the flu shot she got yesterday seems to have turned into a bit of a cold for her, and she slept on and off most of the day.
Kaitlyn Medical Update:
Her smiling has stopped. For a week or so we had on and off smiles, and now she seems to be back to her “normal.” Which means “Serious” Kaitlyn. She doesn’t acknowledge me - STILL! At this point (9 months) a baby should be interacting in some ways, and Kaitlyn really isn’t . It’s so hard. She does interact with toys and loves to play with them, but as far as socially – it’s not really existent. K’s Pedi said she continues to be concerned about her lack of social interaction. I asked her PT about it, whether this could be early signs of autism or something…she said she didn’t know, but she was concerned also. Oh great.
She weighed in at 16 pounds 5 ounces, 24 inches – 12 months old (9 months adjusted). She continues to vomit all the time. Her feeding specialist is trying to get her to play with her food, or at least put things in her mouth. I try to feed her once a day, some days she’ll put the teething biscuits into her mouth, other days, forget it. And if anything chips off, she makes the most horrible face and typically gags/vomits immediately. We have a LONG way to go.
Her physical development is still showing delays, but doing really well. She’s rolling all over the place, still not holding herself up on her arms much (which is required in order to start crawling), but she’s getting closer to doing so.
Kaitlyn's birthday picinic a week ago Sunday was wonderful. The weather had chilled down a bit, but it was so nice to see so many friends come out to celebrate Kaitlyn's big day. We all had a fabulous time - thank you all for coming, and I'm sorry I'm so late on thank you cards!!
Here are some pictures from Kaitlyn's birthday picnic:
For her party, I had asked the bakery to make some little angel wings in honor of Corinne in the corner of the cake.
Kaitlyn seems quite interested in her cake!
She did go for the frosting, but I kept her fingers limited to the flowers, so the guests could eat some cake!
Kaitlyn and Ehtyn flirting with each other out of the NICU - see I told you they look like twins! (remember that Ethyn too lost his twin brother, so now K and E are twins!)
Kaitlyn is very interested in Ethyn!
Nana Corinne came to town for Kaitlyn's big birthday party! My mom really threw us the party for Katilyn and I coudn't have done it without her! Thank you Nana!!!
My dad flew up for the big day - he hasn't seen Kaitlyn in quite some time - he was shocked how big she's gotten.
Kaitlyn's first time wearing shoes!
Sleeping babies are the best!
And in black and white!
We've been trying a nebulizer treatment with Katilyn to see if it might cut-down on her vomiting (due to excess secretions) It didn't work, but here is a few funny pictures of Kaitlyn helping herself to the smoke! You can see the whisps coming out... She acutally liked to put her mouth on it - it was quite funny!
I gave her a breathing treatment tonight (not this picture), hoping that it would help prevent the cold she seems to have gotten from the flu shot from going into her lungs
In honor of both Kaitlyn's Grandmas! - back to serious Katilyn again.
Kaitlyn opening her birthday card from Aunt Elissa!
This was Kaitlyn and Corinne's birthday cake on their actual birthday (last wednesday). This was for just Brian, Kaitlyn and myself.
Now this time we let Katilyn go to town on the cake! She really liked mushing the frosting and smearing it all over the place, but alas, nothing to the mouth.
The cake on her mouth here was due to me - I put my finger up to her to see if she might be interetsed in the sweetness of the frosting - nothing doing! Nice face -she's saying, "I'm not very interested!"