Wednesday, February 23, 2011

February update!

February has heralded the arrival of 4 that's right.... count em up 4 new teeth. Technically two of them started to come out in January, but by this months end Baby's little vampire fangs filled in and her top front row of teeth are in place. They look a little bit like piranha teeth as they are slightly spaced apart, they are so cute!!!!.

Leaps and bounds is the best way to describe this months progress, baby has perfected the art of crawling, she has learned to pull herself from her belly into a sitting position, she has learned how to pull herself up on the furniture into a standing position, she has learned how to creep around said furniture, she knows how to walk forward holding onto mommy or daddy's hands, she knows how to say mommy and didi (daddy) and last but not least she has learned how to bounce like a bunny rabbit in her jolly jumper. So much change in such a short period of time..... its both exciting and a bit sad, she is not going to be a baby too much longer, she is working her way into toddler-hood at a rapid pace.

Daddy's girl is how I would best describe Buggito's personality at this time. If you so much as whisper "daddy", it brings about squeals and shrieks of "DIDIDIDIDIDIIIIIIII". Mama "Mo-Mo" only gets called when its time for a good feeding or snuggle nap, the rest of the time its all about Chris. That's okay though he put in allot of time of playing second fiddle to me when she was really little and only wanted the food source to attend to her needs. It warms my heart to see his big smiles when she calls out to him and to watch him scoop her up into his arms singing "sweet little buttercup" to her as they prance around the house:). It was literally a year ago we went up to Halifax for an ultrasound and found out the sex of the baby, as soon as we found out it was a girl he was in a slight state of shock. He was so scared he wouldn't know how to parent a girl and so worried she would be a little fragile porcelain doll easily breakable and hard to handle. He grew into his roll nicely and its nice to see all those fears alleviated today :).

Buggito's baby babble is off the hook, she has lots to say, if only we could understand it all :). One department were having difficulty with is getting baby to eat her rice cereal, because she is a breastfed baby she needs the extra iron that this cereal provides for her. She HATES it!!! I am able to sneak her a few bites in some yogurt some days but over all she is not a fan, if she sees me mixing it she starts making gagging noises in her highchair. We have tried a few different brands and making it more palatable but nothing seems to work. Tomorrow I am going to the dietitian to get some tips and tricks and figure out how to get iron into her diet. On the plus side baby likes some foods, she does like yogurt, peas, prunes, edamame, cheese, crackers, I think she enjoys the novelty of feeding herself small pieces of easily chewed food!

Friday, February 11, 2011

January a month in review...

January 4th 2011, the worst day of my life. I started off my morning doing up some dishes with baby sitting in her highchair just behind me watching mama work. I had just finished up and went to pull Buggito out of her highchair, in order to remove her from her chair you need to pull the tray off completely. I didn't want to put it down on the dirty floor so I turned around to place it on the counter top. Now this highchair has a safety belt and little miss should have been fine sitting there for the 2 seconds I turned my back.....but that was not the case. She had either managed to undo her belt under the tray when I wasn't looking or it had popped open when she leaned forward. However it happened doesn't matter, what happened next happened so fast I'm not sure how I could have intercepted it. I turned around to see her leaning forward to grab at her toes and as I reached my arm out to get her I watched her fall, as soon as the fall began~I screamed, and she landed flat on her little tummy right on the hard kitchen floors.

I rushed to her and scooped her up in my arms and she was quiet for a moment, sucking in the air required for the scream that followed. I had the highchair at its highest setting and for a baby her size it was a HUGE drop. I called up the stairs to Chris, "get your jacket we need to go to the emergency room". He came running down stairs and I began to bundle Buggito up in her snowsuit, she was bawling the entire time. We got into the car and drove up to the hospital. I was so scared she had bumped her head or perhaps broken her ribs or had internal bleeding of some sort. The nurse took us in right away and we waited for a doctor. The baby was so upset and so scared at this point she cried when the doctor came near her, he was able to determine her arms were okay but he had a hard time determining if her legs were hurt. He gave her some infant Tylenol to help with the pain and waited awhile for it to kick in before he came back.

When he did return he tried lightly pulling at her legs, but still couldn't figure out if they were injured or not. I told him she was able to stand on her legs when I held her and so we tried that, I noticed immediately she wouldn't put any weight on her right leg. He decided to send us over for a few x-rays of her leg and her torso. I snuggled her up and we walked over to the waiting area for x-rays, they had a rocking chair and I was able to rock her into a nice relaxed state. Once we made it to the x-ray room however that changed quickly. As soon as she was placed on the hard table and stripped down to her diaper she was screaming bloody murder. I had to hold her little legs and the technician held her arms above her head her little lips were trembling so her screams had a shudder to them. It was hard not to cry seeing how terrified she was and knowing I couldn't just scoop her up and make it stop for her right away.

When the x-ray was over we went back to a quiet room in the E.R to await our results, an hour or so later the doctor came in and said she had a buckle fracture on her right leg. He took us out to look at the x-ray, he decided the best course of action would be to splint her leg right away and have us wait for the pediatrician. We waited for what seemed like another hour and finally the pediatrician came in, he gave her an additional examination to ensure it was only the leg that had been affected, He told us that the babies major bone growth would take about 10 days to heal. We had to leave the splint on her and take her back to the orthopedic specialist in 3 days time for a check up. We were given the green light to go home where we spent our afternoon smothering Buggito with attention.

I was so worried child protective services would investigate us because we came into the hospital with an infant with a fractured leg, for a few weeks I was feeling uneasy and maybe a bit maniacal about keeping the house in order just in case someone came knocking on the door. But to my relief no one came, and a few friends and coworkers shared their stories of babies first accidents and it made me feel a bit better that I wasn't the only "horrible mother" who allowed her child to "get broken" on her watch. I had so much guilt for being so careless and allowing the baby to fall. Chris was my champion and kept telling me kids have accidents, they get hurt and that mistakes happen. He was so understanding, I'm glad if it had to happen it happened on my watch because I don't think I would have been as kind and good to him if the shoe was on the other foot. But I will remember how he comforted me on my screw up so when his turn comes I can support him in the same way.

We went back to the orthopedic specialist who said she seemed to be healing well, he gave us a new bandage and took the bottom part of her splint off. We had to come back in a weeks time to ensure it had healed properly. We went back the following Friday and lo and behold, the splint could come off and she seemed fine. We were initially worried it may delay her crawling and standing, but I think she managed to use her splinted leg as a kickstand to help herself crawl. She went from dragging herself on her belly to full on crawling in a matter of days of having the splint on. Once her leg healed the majority of the excitement for baby in January was that she weighed in at 23 lbs (the same size as a one year old!!!) and she got her top two lateral incisors so she looked a little bit like a little vampire for a few weeks.