Friday, October 31, 2008
Josh is feeling better -- as evidenced by the fact that he is hungry, but I don't think he's well enough to go out. A local church is having a "trail of treats" tomorrow night, so if he is better, we might dress up and go do that or go over to Owen Farm (where his class went today) just so we can do something for Halloween.
It stinks, but what can you do? In all honesty, I don't feel up to it either. My meds have made things better, but I'm a ways from 100% yet.
Thanks for the kind comments and prayers headed our way.
Heart contents by Maria at 2:56 PM
However, the other little souvenir I picked up from either Ellie or in Kyrgyzstan I would most definitely like to return. Apparently, the doctor thinks I have giardia -- contracted likely from Ellie. I was started on Flagyl yesterday and I seriously thought I might pass out on the way home from the doctor's office. My cell phone was dead and the charger was in the van so I couldn't even call Kevin to come to get me. It was awful. I have also dropped off The Princess' "samples" at her doctor's office for testing and hope to hear from them today or Monday. My doc indicated that treating me would be worthless unless E. is treated as well.
Now, this morning, Josh has woken up with a stomach virus. I'm suspecting Trick or Treating is out for us unless there is a major recovery around here soon. Our field trip today was a no go as we are all too sick. Maybe it will be a quick virus for Josh and we can still make a trip this weekend over to Owen Farms.
I will admit the Flagyl has checked the trips to the bathroom quite a bit, but they still occur and the side effect headache is about to explode my head.
Ellie, however, seems oblivious to it all. I've sent poor Kevin to bed as he's been on full charge mode for the past two days with very little sleep. Hopefully, all three of them are in the bed asleep right now. The monitor is quiet so I have to think they are.
Sorry, no photos. There might be some on the camera but I'm just not up to figuring it out right now. I might take a nap too.
Heart contents by Maria at 6:55 AM
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Heart contents by Maria at 5:37 PM
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
We weren't sure what today's visit would entail, but Dr. H. visited with us for a while then checked Ellie's ears (good except for some wax in one ear that had to be scraped out -- ouch), throat (while still screaming from the ear wax removal), heart (good), lungs (good), head, tummy, "privates" and looked for scabies (none - yay!!). She was weighed sans clothing this time (12.4 pounds) and measured (24"). The nurse said we should expect rapid growth over the next month. That's pretty good news because I have very few 0-3 month sized clothes and her VERY CUTE Halloween outfit is a 3-6 month and swallowed her so I'm a bit bummed about that. (It's all about the cute factor, isn't it, girls?).
He indicated he was not going to refer us to the early intervention program because developmentally she is doing very well. She showed off how she can sit unassisted for about 5-10 seconds (it's a start, huh?), uses her legs to "jump", and can roll from side to side (but not all the way over yet). She smiled and babbled and giggled while she was there and he said she was "Charming" (which, of course, she is!!). We talked about her fascination with rubbing everything and her love of patterns. He indicated this was a very good thing as it indicated she was interested in exploring and didn't have sensory/touch issues. He indicated that her brain was processing all the new things she was experiencing and that all that her brain was doing was nothing less than miraculous. He indicated the next month would be amazing in her life. I've already seen rapid changes in just a few weeks, so it will be great fun to watch her throughout the rest of 2008 to see how she develops and changes.
We talked about attachment issues and he seemed to think she was doing well in overcoming the things we mentioned.
We talked about food and he wants us to add cereal (oatmeal as he indicates rice can be constipating) and some Stage 2 single food products to her diet twice a day. He wants us to up her formula to 6 ounces every 4-5 hours instead of the 4-5 ounces we've been giving her. I suspect this will also help her sleep. HOWEVER, she is having no trouble sleeping during the day! *smile* We are also adding vitamins each day.
We are going to wait a month to begin immunizations as he wants to give her immune system time to settle in to her new life/routine/diet. We will go this week sometime to have blood drawn to test for things like Hepatitis, HIV, blood count and lead exposure. That should be fun (not!). He will test for TB next month as well.
And, finally, we are doing the "poop samples" to test for parasites. Three poops, two scoops -- sounds a lot like some really bad cereal commercial, doesn't it? Ahhh... the joys of parenthood. I'm "letting" Kevin handle the poop tests.
After our visit to the pediatrician, we stopped off at our church offices. Ellie was sound asleep and never woke up even though several people held her. It was our senior pastor's birthday and we told him we'd brought him a present. *smile* I know he was just as happy for us as we are. He has most certainly prayed for us and counseled us for a long time regarding this little one. We are so glad to be able to share our joy at the fulfillment of God's promises to us with the people who have shared the hard and painful times as well.
So, I'm off to sleep. If I can sleep from 4:30 - 9:30, then I can stay up tonight and just nap if/when Ellie does. I'm finding it's a great time to do laundry, dishes and paperwork.
I'll post a couple of photos from the doctor's office a bit later this evening.
Heart contents by Maria at 3:01 PM
Sleep for two hours, get up for two hours, begin process again.
Parents should clean house, prepare bottles, do laundry, make phone calls, volunteer at school, put in 8 hours of work, mow the lawn, feed the pets, wash the dishes and get a full 8 hours of sleep during this 2 hour sleep process. *snicker* Yeah, right!!
Heart contents by Maria at 2:02 AM
Monday, October 27, 2008
Of course, you've read of my mother-in-law's spread on Friday night. Then on Saturday, Iris brought over chili, crackers, sodas and brownies. This was followed on Sunday by Lisa and Makayla who brought a chicken pot pie casserole, pumpkin bread and a caramel apple pie. Sunday also brought by our friend Dawn who brought BBQ, mac n' cheese, green beans, chips and a caramel pie (just like O'Charleys!!). Our friends Stephanie and Madison stopped by with chocolate chip cookies for Josh and a breakfast loaf of pumpkin bread.
We are simply in heaven with all the good food to pick from at each meal!! We are so incredibly appreciative of all our friends and family who are taking such good care of us. It's a good thing too because I'm simply too tired to cook good food right now -- assuming there were groceries in the house, which I'm still not certain because I've not had to look for food to cook yet!!
I'm off to eat dinner!!
Heart contents by Maria at 5:25 PM
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Sunday, October 26, 2008
Infant tylenol -- used every four hours for teething - a must have. Check with your doctor about dosage as I didn't and had to email fellow PAP Dr. Suzanne to find out I wasn't giving enough.
Hyland's teething tablets - Even if you aren't "into" homeopathic remedies, go out on a limb and get them and use them. We combined this with Baby orajel and Tylenol to alleviate some horrible teething symptoms
Baby orajel - Take 2 or 3 tubes. We went through a tube the first week
Teething Ring (gel-filled) - We did not take a teething ring and BOY should we have. M, another PAP did send us one and it was very helpful. Take the gel filled so you can get it good and cold
Mylicon drops - Ellie had terrible gas. We aren't sure if we need to change formula from our present Enfamil to something else but we will talk with her doctor about it Tuesday. We gave these pretty much with every feeding.
Antibiotic - I'm convinced that Ellie had an ear infection early on. Once we began the antibiotics, she was able to sleep laying down
Diaper cream - Ellie didn't have a bad diaper rash; just some redness in the folds of her legs -- still invaluable. If you can squeeze it in, the orphanage has a hard time getting this (the kind with zinc oxide), so take extra tubes to donate
Sleepers - While I felt the "Princess" needed some really kicking outfits to sport around town in, truth was we didn't "sport" too much after we got her and she was in a sling all the time we were out, so no one would have seen those "kicking" outfits anyway. I should have taken many more sleepers -- especially since there were lots of "poo" issues. Take at least one for every day. More if you can fit them in.
Coat and hat - I had a large coat "thing" with a hat and gloves built in. It was too big. I wish, terribly, I'd had just a simple coat and a hat that fit. The hat I took was too big for her little head so we ended up using a sweater with a built-in hat.
Thin blankets - Ellie is a sweater. She seems to stay hot. However, she loves to rub blankets on her face. I took three blankets; two were too thick. I wish I had taken several thin blankets.
Huggies wash clothes - Save yourself the trouble of bath items and just take a few of the Huggies wash clothes with the soap already built in. Add water and viola' you have a clean baby and less room taken up in your luggage.
Burp clothes - Take several
Bibs - Can double as burb clothes; take several
Finger nail clippers (infant) - By mid-week after we got her, Ellie's nails had grown so much she was clawing us
Vaseline - We didn't take this and I wished I had. Ellie's teething made her mouth drool and we got a face rash. It would have been good to have some vaseline to form a barrier
Prune juice - I'm certain you could buy it there, but in the middle of the night when your baby is constipated, you don't really want to have to find it. We took a couple of baby-sized jars of prune/apple juice and apple/pear juice. Thank goodness as Ellie did have a bout of constipation.
Washcloths - There are no washclothes that I could find in our hotel in Kyrg. We were glad to have them.
Toys - Seems obvious, but I took quite a few and she was probably bored with most of them before we got home because it was all she had to play with. We also took a couple of books, but she wasn't so interested in those, so in retrospect, I would have packed a few more toys in their place.
Sling - I took a Maya wrap and two Peanut Shell slings. We finally, toward the end, discovered that we liked the Peanut Shell fleece best as it doubled as a coat, was cozy and fit best. I plan to get a Peanut Shell in a cotton fabric now that I'm home. The one I had in cotton was a "S" and I needed a "M", which is what the fleece one was. It literally saved my back as I could carry her, have hands free and she could sleep in it as well. She always fell asleep on the way to lunch so it provided a way for me to eat lunch and not disturb her.
Sweaters - It was good to be able to layer her if it were cold/hot. We were told numerous times we didn't have her dressed warmly enough and that she should be in a coat. *sigh*
Baby lotion - After her bath, Ellie enjoyed a massage and it helped her to sleep better
Slow and fast nipples for your bottles - Days 1 and 2, Ellie couldn't/wouldn't drink from the slow nipples. By day 3, she was drowning in the fast nipple and we switched her to slow. It allowed her more time to enjoy her bottle. When we switched to a new formula, she preferred her bottles as room temp although I know she got them hot in the orphanage.
Pacifier - Thank goodness for Andrea whose daughter had a preference for a pacifier and she gave them to me because all the pacifiers I took struck out with Ellie. She likes a Gerber brand, the Gerber soft center brand
Pacifier clip - Girl likes to spit her pacifier at you, let me tell you, the clip saved us a lot of trouble
Single serving formula - If you are changing formula in country and your brand makes travel sized pouches of formula, they are very handy to have in the car or on the plane.
White noise machine - I didn't take one, but I'm certain it would have helped. Ellie likes noise to go to sleep, we have discovered. Fortunately, her bouncy seat has a built in "noise maker" and it has helped a lot.
Eddie Bauer travel bed - We took this thinking she would sleep in it - haha -- she did use it to lay in to kick and play and since it has a flexible bar over the top, we were able to attach her toys to it to play. She liked that a lot.
Rubber pants - We were advised to take these on the plane, but we never used them.
Chamomile tea - I had planned to take some to soak a rag in to let her suck on for her teeth. I forgot it and then couldn't find it in country.
Poopy bags - We took small bags as well as ziploc bags to put them in so that we had a place to put them in the hotel and on the plane -- a must have.
Heart contents by Maria at 5:35 PM
My friend Susan and her daughter Katie waiting for us to arrive. Katie was a faithful prayer warrior while we waited for Ellie. She also made us an Easy Bake oven cake and a sign to welcome Ellie home.
Bless my mom's heart, she was crying when I came down the escalator -- just like she did when Josh was born. I think she was just as happy to see me as she was to see Ellie judging from the way she hugged me. They also had roses to give me and gave Jennifer some too. Kevin has put them all in water for me and I'm enjoying all of them!!
We are all glad to be home!!
Heart contents by Maria at 8:16 AM
She is in a very good mood, talking and laughing and smiling. Inteesting facts we've learned about her include that she can be made mad at the drop of a hat -- ie, not putting in her pacifier quickly enough; she loves patterns and fabric and rubs everything she sees; she likes music and will kick her feet along with the music; she likes to be kissed and will giggle if you kiss her on the lips; she is ticklish in her tummy and under her chin. She is happy most of the time. She likes to sleep with a pillow under her head and some part of her touching another person -- preferably, at this point, her mama. She can put both of her feet together, flat footed together -- it's amazing -- no one else in our house can, we've tried. Jennifer says she's going to be a gymnast. Speaking of Jennifer, no, I haven't talked to her yet. I'm hopeful she is sleeping!!
In her Bumbo seat - checking it out
Adding her tray and toys has been a bonus -- she loves to sit there and play and talk to them.
And, last, but not least, the balloons and butterfly that she got at the airport last night from Andrea and AP. She loves them!!
Josh stayed up until midnight -- I think he was both waiting for her to get up again so he could play with her and had missed me so much he wanted to be up with me. Either way, we enjoyed the time together. We have all decided not to go to church tomorrow as we are still in a crazy place right now -- not just Ellie but all of us. I, however, have found brownies that my friend Iris brought, so I'm not nearly as crazy as everyone else. *smile* Thank goodness for my 13 hour nap today or I'd be sinking fast now.
I am so incredibly happy to be home with this little princess!
Heart contents by Maria at 12:27 AM
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Mountains on the way from Bishkek to Almaty.
Heart contents by Maria at 9:17 PM