24 January 2012

ABCD....RSV

What you ask is RSV? Oh it's a highly contagious respiratory virus that affects children aged 2 and under, and while adults are not immune, the symptoms are just lesser. Or so they say. To state that what i have is MILD would be a gross understatement, more like hit by a truck, BUT on the plus side, I have no cough. Sloan on the other hand is not as lucky. If this sounds any bit of coherent, then i feel i have succeeded.

It all started last week when the children from her classroom were dropping like flies. I think on most days there were only two kids there at one time, especially by the afternoon. Her classroom has a max capacity of six, but the sixth kid was scheduled to start this week so technically we have only had five children since Thanksgiving.

It's unfortunate really that the sick policy is so lax. The rule is, fever 102° or higher and the child has to go home and sit out the next day. It's sort of like getting a red card. So it's up to the parent to disclose the previous day's temperature and send the kid back in. What I find upsetting is that multiple children were sent to back to school for a mere few hours only to be sent home again because they just weren't better yet. Why not take some extra precaution, do the morally right thing and have them sit out just one more day to play it safe. Not only is your child at risk of catching other illnesses while their immune system is down but you're additionally exposing everyone, teachers, students and parents alike to the virus.
Riding to the doctor, sloan has learned how to look back at me while i drive.

And my headache doesn't stop here because Sloan was the only one actually tested for RSV. The other kids either didn't get tested or the doctor refused because they were over six months of age. Don't these doctors have an obligation to protect the health of the community and not just the individual? 
leaving the doctors office

Ultimately though, the responsibility falls on the parent. they are the ones sending in sick children who are hacking everywhere, spreading their germs. Babies don't cover their mouths or wash their hands. In fact they spit and drool and mouth EVERYTHING. And to work for a company with such a generous absence policy as to allow UNLIMITED SICK DAYS including FAMILY SICK DAYS, why not take advantage for the sake of your kid, but for the health of the other kids as well. Is that too much to ask?

On Friday afternoon when I picked Sloan up, she literally was the LAST KID STANDING, ok that wasn't literal, it was figurative, as she hasn't quite learned to stand on her own. When I went to get her, they informed me she had a fever (but less than 102°). When we got home and took a bath, I took her temperature again, and it was around 100.5° so I gave her Tylenol and put her to bed. The next day she was her cheerful self and her fever was 99.5° unmedicated. I figured she was fine and whatever her issue from the day before, it was on its way out. Saturday afternoon she started coughing.  At first it sounded like just a tickle nothing too deep but as the night crept in, sounding as though tiny trees rooted themselves into her lungs and her coughs are efforts to clear the debris, hacking away. The next morning it sounded much worse and I spent Sunday holding her and sterilizing her toys. Her fever ranged between 100° and 101.5° but the doctors office wanted me to wait one more day. I guess a typical virus lasts three days. Monday morning Sloans fever was less than 102°, so i could have taken her to school, but I was feeling a wreck by then. Sunday night she kept waking up crying and coughing. So i called the doctors office again and brought her in. Her temperature was 100°. Her breathing sounded fine, but her ears had fluid on them and were red, and her cough was still very gross.  The doctor didn't think it was RSV but tested anyways, so the tech came in and shoved the swab up both nostrils and said it would take ten minutes. Less than one minute passed and the doc came back "There are nine minutes left on the test, but i'll go ahead and tell you it came up positive immediately", so she wrote a script for Amoxicillin and sent us on our merry way. We have our six month "wellness" checkup on Friday, if you can even call it that.
Who said sick can't still be stylish?
Today we stayed home. I have not taken her temperature, but I know she is still sick because she is coughing so intensely that she gags and even dry heaves. I know the feeling kid and it is not a fun place to be. Her appetite has dwindled, and she is refusing to eat solids, but at least she has my milk. I have to use saline spray in her nose and then suction before every feeding so that she can breathe. She used to let me suction her nose, but now that I have done it so often, she is really starting to hate it. She tries to grab it with her hands and if i restrain her arms, she turns her head.  It breaks my heart to see her so ill. I asked the doctor when the responsible time to go back to school would be and she said, once the cough has subsided. So all those parents who brought in their kids with hacking coughs should have kept them home at least one more day. I plan to be the change i wish to see in others, and Sloan will stay home until she is better. The last thing I want is for her to get another illness on top of what she has now. Typically symptoms of RSV last 7-10 days, and today was day 5 if you count the fever from Friday. Plus, another child went home vomiting yesterday, so I'd rather sit that one out. Even if all the students are immune for the remainder of the year (immunity to RSV typically lasts for the year in which it was contracted), it is still better to be safe. Just trying to be the change.
My poor baby!

20 January 2012

Happy HALF birthday baby girl!

(Posting a day late)
Have six months flown by already?
I am a BIG fan of half birthdays because I only get one every four years. Yep, my "half birthday" is on Leap Day! So I will make sure my children get to celebrate theirs! And this will be the first of many, especially since Sloan will be on summer vacation for her birthday, unless we do year round schooling, but that isn't something we should be concerned with just yet. Today I sang to Sloan for her half birthday. She LOVED it! She smiles so big when i sing to her. Its nice to have a Number one fan!

Sloan is six months old and 16 lbs 12 oz. We will get her other measurements next week at her checkup, but with my tape measure I think she is around 27-28 inches long... Probably 27" because if she were 28" she would be off the charts! After school today we will take our picture with Mr. Bear
Here is our picture with MR BEAR (who i'm sure she will rename once she can talk)  


Sloan can sit alone about a minute now. She does her "airplane" arms to balance.She also does her airplane arms on her stomach and while standing. She loves to stand and will often remain straight-legged when we try to sit her down. Getting her into the high chair is often a challenge.
Sloan can roll over from her stomach to her back, though she most often chooses not to (she has only done it  about 8 times). but she can roll from her stomach to either sides. She can also roll from her back to her side and nearly all the way over but then rolls back. Her daycare teachers state that she is so content to play with her hands or feet or just lie there and blow raspberries, that she is in no rush. They term her a "laid back baby" [there's a little of Daddy's disposition after all!] These are good things. Some babies learn to roll and use it to get places like to a toy or electrical outlet. Sloan drops a toy and decides to chew on her bib. She's just that happy .
She CAN "face scoot" a few inches forward, and she gets up on her knees quite well. I think before long she will be crawling! I think it is time to baby proof the house !
RAWR!

 Baby in a bucket! Sloan has such a cute personality. She is a lot like her mommy. Very happy most of the time, but when she gets upset, she goes from zero to 60 in 3 seconds! Looks like daddy might have another Ferrari on his hands! fortunately I have learned to control myself, and so will Sloan.

Sloan likes to play peek a boo, and will take her burp cloth in both hands and pull it up and down quickly over her face. She likes to sing. She also likes to spit... This is not my favorite thing she does, but when your baby is so cute, its hard to do anything other than laugh and smile. Life is too short.

Cat and Dog
Sloan is really enjoying her solids! tonight we plan to try green beans. Her daddy is also going to try them and smile while doing so. Between her hobby of spitting and eating, dinner time is quite entertaining. I think i might need to start wearing a raincoat!
Currently the sleeping trend is from 745pm-445am! What a relief. We went through a short period where she was waking up between 12 and 2 am to eat, but I think now that we are regularly eating solids, she is no longer doing that. One thing that has helped tremendously is sticking to a routine. I know it is hard to put the baby to bed at 7/730 when i am away from her all day, but when we let her get overly tired and then try to put her to sleep, she doesn't fall asleep as well or stay asleep. It is for her own good. Plus i get to have some "me time" or "us time" in the evenings before going to bed myself.

I am really enjoying every single second with this child and am so grateful that God put her in our lives.

12 January 2012

Catching up on Firsts!

I am so far behind in this blog so i want to catch up a little from Sloan's First Thanksgiving and Christmas to a few other lists of firsts...

First Thanksgiving: November 24. In attendance were Sloan's half sister and brothers (Lindsey, Max and Spencer), Great Aunt Dolores and Uncle Jerry, Second Cousin David, Grammy and Granddad Beeman, and of course her Mom and Dad)


First Turkey Coma


Meeting her GREAT GRANDPARENTS, first we have Great Mamaw, who had just suffered a stroke a week prior to our visit. I would say she looks pretty darn great! Sloan is the FIRST GREAT GRANDDAUGHTER and Mamaw was SO excited to FINALLY get a girl!
 
Next we have Great Grandma Sloan (F.). My Grandpa Sloan died in 1978, and she remarried in the 90s i believe hence the (F.) but she will ALWAYS be Grandma Sloan! 

 My personal favorite (sorry Gmas), this is my Papaw. Sloan's only biological Great Grandfather! He is GREAT with her!  (added two pics from Xmas as well)




Sloan Violet's second cousin Cadence DeLaine K. They are about four months apart, and my cousin Charlies first of many we hope! This was taken in September and I meant to get a pic of them together at Xmas but it was sleepy time and i never go around to it though they did play together a bit. I expect them to be buddies next Christmas.

   
 Sloan's first hair piece. Granddad B. would be so proud (and jealous). Backstory, Don wore a hair piece since the 60s ( i think if not sooner) and i asked him if he would quit wearing it when rick and i started having kids. He agreed and shortly after, (3 months to be exact) we got pregnant! And I LOVE the change in him.
BEFORE
AFTER

Sloan's First Christmas in her first chair!



Are you looking at me?

Baby in a stocking!

Cute, but... GET ME DOWN!
 Sloan's first Christmas MESS! Look at all those toys!!!


Sloan's first SLOAN FAMILY Christmas! 
can you believe there are at least 11 people missing!?


11 January 2012

a SOLID start to the New Year!

Baby Sloan has shown a lot of interest in eating real food. She doesn't ignore us anymore, in fact, she stares us down with those intense blue eyes of hers and watches, smacking her lips and opening her mouth, waiting for her turn. I guess you could say she is literally Chomping at the Bit.

To start with, i invested in a pack of nice spoons from Baby Beaba. Holy Cow talk about expensive, these spoons cost $20/pack which means $5 a spoon. I had a gift card and free shipping so i went for it. Only the best for my baby girl and when i misplaced one the other day I, nearly  sort of, flipped out. Of course it was just misplaced in the diaper bag since that is how it traveled to play at Grandpa Sloan and Mimi's house for Christmas, nonetheless, i do not wish to lose her spoons.Beaba Soft Spoons, Set of 4
Over Christmas Break, Sloan was given her spoon to play with. I had posted pics of this in our Top Ten Toy countdown. Once we returned from our holiday, we decided to try Sloan with some Avocado. I plan to make all of her baby food from organic foods. This is the only way i know that she is getting real and fresh ingredients. Yes i'm sure its illegal for food makers to put things in food not on the label, but did you hear about the recalled , BAD FORMULA?  I would be LIVID if my child drank something that killed her. No, livid would not even begin to express how i would feel about it. I would probably go postal, ape shi* crazy, .nevermind... I don't even want to entertain that thought.

While the AAP doesn't recommend starting solids until baby is six months of age, we waited a pretty long time. And i really WANTED to wait until her 6 month birthday BUT i also wanted to do this at a time convenient for us.  So I took an avocado, mashed it up with a fork, and put it in a bowl. Her first face was so funny to watch, I do not have pics but we do have it on film which eventually will make it to youtube or something. She gagged. At first i was alarmed but - duh, she's been drinking nothing but milk for the past 6 months, texture and consistency are not part of her diet. But alas, she ate the avocado and loved it. The next time we tried avocado, I added some breast milk which was actually interesting because I didn't have any freshly expressed milk handy but some ladies had told me how you should add it to the food to thin it out to help with the consistency thing. (oooooooh), and my inlaws were in town, so i had to run up to my bedroom with a little bowl and hand express there. No Big Deal. If the things we dedicated mothers did could be caught on film, it would be quite entertaining to say the least!

When introducing new foods, it is important to practice the rule of four, meaning, wait until the fourth day before trying a new food. This is important in the event your child is allergic to something. You can quickly identify the culprit rather than trying to pick them apart, one by one.

On January 4th, I made homemade rice cereal from organic brown rice. She didn't LOVE it at all, and probably wore more than she ate. I made it very runny to see if that would help but i don't think it mattered. This picture is classic, "baby food" right? See the rice in her "hair"?
rice cereal attempt number one
the next night i tried Avocado mixed with Rice Cereal and had much success. I have these little Tupperware containers that were quite useless to me over the past 4 years and suddenly i have the Aha! moment! You know, where you realize that you have the perfect thing for the job of storing One Tablespoon Servings of baby food at a time. 
avocado with rice cereal
Last night i tried butternut squash. She loved it! Despite the faces you are seeing here, she really did enjoy all of the food! So far she is proving to be a good eater. I think next we will try Green Beans. Maybe her daddy will also learn to eat them! So far he has worked his way up to 1/4 cup of vegetables at dinner. At this rate, Sloan will be a much better eater than daddy. At least we hope so!

03 January 2012

Happy New Year!

From our Family to Yours, 
we are looking forward to a wonderful new year and all that 2012 has in store!