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Speaking of which…

My last post was about the start of cold/flu/RSV season. Since then, Little Miss Minion has been fighting off a cold that has turned into a sinus infection. Lovely. We took her to the pediatrician yesterday and they gave her some antibiotics to help clear the sinus infection that might turn into an ear infection. The average kid should be getting better by now, with as long as she’s had this, but since she’s a preemie, it takes her a little longer to fight things like this, especially given her weakened lungs. 

We did get some new stats on her though! She is 17 months old, 14 months adjusted, and weighs 19 pounds 8 ounces! We are almost at 20 pounds, ladies and gents! 

In other news, we got her orthotics and new shoes for her, since she’s in the big kid class at daycare. I also scored an entire winter wardrobe for her over the weekend for about forty bucks. She’s in 9 month clothes now, so I bought 9 months and 12 months. The organization that holds the sale has several a year, and the next one is in the spring. I’ll take stock of where she is then, in terms of sizing. One thing is for sure: we definitely get our money’s worth out of clothes for her! Growing out of a size every week? Psssh, not with a preemie in the house! I guess when she’s like 80 and looks 40, she won’t mind as much lol. 

Welcome to Cold/Flu/RSV season! 

It’s October, and you know what that means! Cooler temps, pumpkin spice everything, and the onset of cold/flu/RSV season! If you haven’t scheduled your yearly flu shot, you really should, especially if you have contact with young children or the elderly. Herd immunity is so important to protect our most vulnerable populations. As you should know if you are a reader of this blog, preemies in particular are incredibly susceptible to illness, but especially RSV. Most babies get RSV by the time they are two years old and it manifests as a bad cold. Not so for preemies. RSV can cause pneumonia, bronchiolitis, even death. 

This year will be Little Miss Minion’s second Cold/flu/RSV season, and her first without the monthly Synagis shots. In case you’ve forgotten, Synagis is a shot of antibodies given to the most vulnerable preemies to try and boost their immune systems to fight off RSV. LMM doesn’t qualify for the shots anymore, so she will be facing this season on her own. That means that the Minion household will be extra vigilant about germs–not that we aren’t already. 

This concludes my annual plea to get yourself and your family a flu shot this year. Help protect babies like Little Miss Minion, who can get severely ill from something as simple as the flu. Stay home if you are sick. Wash your hands. Cover your mouth when you cough. Keep your germs to yourself!

7 months adjusted

Little Miss Minion got her (probably) last synagis shot the other day. It’s a bad season for rsv so they aren’t sure if there will be one more shot this year. We got a new weight for her too: 15 pounds,  1.2 ounces! That’s a little over 8 times her birth weight, in case you were wondering.

She’s got the tiniest little spot of a tooth coming in on the top. It seems to be taking its time to come in, but it’s not bothering her.

She’s a rolling champion and a really good sitter. She sits mostly by herself now, for about 10 minutes at a time. She loves playing with her stackable cups and dolls. She loves to “talk” with us, making noises and then we talk back to her.

She’s so so close to crawling. She can pivot using her hands and arms, but she can’t move forward just yet. Soon…and then she’ll really be mobile and we’ll have to baby proof!

Are we there yet?

Two more months until we can start bringing Little Miss Minion around other people. It’s going to be so strange to be able to go grocery shopping without putting it on a calendar, or being able to run into the store for something without having to plan on someone watching her.

I know she’ll probably be sick all summer from being out among the general population. We will still do our best to prevent that since her lungs won’t have caught up yet, but her immune system will be so much stronger than it was that time last year.

I’m looking forward to showing her off. Hey everyone, look at my warrior baby and see how big and strong she is! See her shunts and know what she has been through. Receive a smile and know that you witness a miracle. Try to touch her and I will rain hell fire down upon you. 🙂  No reason to tempt fate.

Attention: Milestones ahead

This has been a good week so far for milestones. Little Miss Minion rolled from stomach and back over her left arm the other day, and tonight she rolled from her back to her stomach! Theoretically, she could roll around the house now, if she wanted to. She’s also gotten really fussy with her bottles in the last couple of days, and since her fontanel feels fine, we are thinking that she needs the next size up in bottle nipples. The pediatrician told us in December that we could start her with a sippy cup, but she hasn’t really been ready for it until now. So this weekend, I’ll be buying size 3 bottle nipples and some sippy cups!

We’re still working with her on consonants. I sing the Star Wars theme to her with all B sounds, and she likes to hear it but she won’t repeat it yet. 

It is Appointment Central over here. She has an MRI and neurosurgeon follow up (the first one we will have made it to, since she kept having shunt issues). She has her Synagis shot. She’s got her six month follow up NICU visit. She gets physical therapy once a week. Sometime soon, she needs to see her pediatric opthomologist, an audiologist, her pediatric neurologist (different from her neurosurgeon), and she’s got another pediatrician check up in there somewhere. 

It’s a good thing I have such a good memory. 🙂 

Trusting the Groundhog

According to the Groundhog, spring is coming early this year. This is the first year of my life that I’ve been excited to say goodbye to winter, mostly because the end of winter means the end of cold/flu/RSV season. It’s a little closer to the day when we can finally take Little Miss Minion out into the world for something besides a shot or a doctor’s appointment. Come on, spring, hurry up!

Our physical therapist is going to be so excited tomorrow when she finds out that LMM has been rolling over both arms. She had only been rolling over her right arm, and it looks like all her hard work has made a difference!

Seven months!

Today is Little Miss Minion’s seven month birthday! She also had a pediatrician check up this morning, so I have lots of fun new stats for you. She is 23 inches long, and a whopping 12 pounds, 10 ounces! Her percentiles are: 50th percentile among very low birthweight girls, 25th percentile among low birthweight girls, and 3.77th percentile of full term babies, unadjusted for prematurity. That last one sounds bad, but she hasn’t ever really been “on the chart” before, so this is fantastic. Her head circumference is perfect, which is an important thing to look at with her hydrocephalus. Overall, it was a very good visit. 

She’s rolled over a couple more times this week. She has started spinning a toy on her bouncer, which shows that she’s starting to understand cause and effect. She likes it when I play peekaboo with her and she loves kisses and smiles. So far, she’s eaten rice cereal, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, apples, pears, and peas. She was holding a spoon while we fed her the other day and she shoved it in her mouth. She gets oatmeal in the morning, half a container of food at lunch, and a full one (if we’re sure she won’t have a reaction) for dinner. She’s also eating 4 ounces of breastmilk every couple hours still, since that is where most of the calories should come from for several more months. 

She likes to chat with us, especially in the mornings. She coos, we talk back to her, she coos again. Sometimes she gets really excited and squeals and screams. Her pediatrician and her physical therapist both say that she’s very social and a very happy baby. 

Synagis shot #2 is tomorrow. This is the RSV antibody injection that she will get once a month during RSV season. A new study I read about said that by the age of three, something like 95% of all babies will have gotten RSV. For full term babies, it usually presents as a cold, possibly requiring the use of a nebulizer–picture an oxygen mask with aerosoled medicine. For preemies, it usually presents as difficulty breathing, extreme lethargy, high fever, and blue-tinted lips and nails due to oxygen deprivation. Obviously, RSV is a big deal for preemies. Treatment involves admission to the hospital, being given oxygen, being put on a ventilator if the lungs are too weakened to work properly, and medication for inflamed and irritated airways and lungs. Secondary infections can include bronchiolitis and pneumonia, both of which are very bad news for a preemie with already-weakened lung function like LMM. 

The upshot of this: isolation is good. No people, no germs, no illness, and no hospital admissions.