A Long, Hard Road

Hello, friends! I hope all of you are well. Joshua is now 9 weeks old! I can’t believe how fast time is flying by. It doesn’t seem like it went this fast when Mikey was a newborn.

Josh has been having some issues with his health. He had started spitting up excessively and not gaining enough weight around 2 weeks old. After a couple of weeks, his doctor said we needed to repeat his newborn screening because one of the tests came back abnormal. It took a well four the results to come back. Before they got the results, they told us that the test was for an organic acid disorder, which basically meant that the body lacked the enzymes needed to break down proteins. Since his spitting up was getting worse and he wasn’t gaining weight, they sent us to Arkansas Children’s Hospital. We went up on St. Patrick’s Day and they did a battery of tests on him. Everything came back normal, but they suspected acid reflux so they started him on Zantac twice a day. We got released from Children’s on March 19th. Josh had a follow up appointment with Dr. Zabakolas 10 days later. He had not gained any weight since getting released, and so we decided to have me stop giving Josh breast milk and switch to formula only for the next week to make sure he was getting enough calories. One week later, Josh had only gained a couple of ounces. He should be gaining about an ounce a day, so Dr. Aclin, Dr. King, and Dr. Zabakolas wanted to admit us to Sparks for a couple of days for testing and observation. They drew lots of blood for labs, as well as an abdominal ultrasound to rule out pyloric stenosis. The ultrasound came back that the pyloric muscle was elongated slightly and thickened, which is how PS presents. To rule it out completely, we did a barium swallow study. Again, all the labs and tests came back normal. The doctors decided to change his formula and that seemed to help. We stayed in the hospital from Tuesday until Thursday.

Now that we are home, have to feed Josh 2oz of formula every 2 hours, stopping after an ounce to burp him, keep him upright after his feedings for at least 45 minutes, have him sleep on an incline, preferably on his tummy (as long as are monitoring him), and continue the Zantac twice a day. We go back on Wednesday to make sure that he hasn’t lost any of the weight that he gained in the hospital.

Ok, so now that you’re all caught up on Josh, lets talk about Mikey! My beautiful firstborn son is two years and three months old. He talks all the time now. He recently started talking about rabbit trees. I have no idea where he came up with them, but every tree he sees is a rabbit tree. A couple off days ago, he climbed into our top loader washing machine and informed me that he was a monkey. 🙂 Dr. Zabakolas told me at Mikey’s 2 year check up that he was very advanced for his age. He knows all his animals, including ones like elephants, koalas, kangaroos, penguins, etc., all of his colors, speaking in complete sentences and carrying on conversations, and can count to four in order. He helps pick up his toys, books, etc., and gets diapers, pacis, burp rags, and blankets for Josh.

My friend Jaqi got married Saturday. I was her maid of honor. Mikey got to be the “petal boy” since Jaqi didn’t have a flower girl. He loved it, but refused to dump the flowers out! Jaqi made a beautiful bride! I am so glad that everything went smoothly after months of planning!

It’s very late, I’m tired, and its time for Josh to eat again, so it’s time for this Momma to get off of here!

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