Monday, July 7, 2008

My daughter, the head case!

LOL! I have a head case on my hands! Seriously! Ok, let me explain. Gabi & Ian were both born w/ some head molding issues meaning that their heads weren't really round. Gabi's was really bad. So bad that her ears were off by at least an inch! Poor dear had 1 side of her face protruding further than the other. Also, 1 side of the back of her head was pushed in a bit & made it look like she had a very square head. Well, at the 2 mth well baby exam, Dr. Nguyen noticed how bad it was & wrote us a referral to see a specialist. At the time, she also said we needed to start laying her on the left side to see if we could get her head to start changing shape. So that is what we have been doing. We got new sleep positioners that really hold the babies in place on their sides. They are made by The First Years & can be found at Walmart ($10)& Babies R Us ($13). Anywho...for the last month, we have been putting Gabi, Sofi & Ian on their sides & the results are amazing! I had to take Gabi in to the dr b/c she was projectile vomiting her formula bottle in the evening for a whole week & when she saw her, she said that this was the 1st time she had seen such a drastic change in a short amount of time. WOOT! We still had the appt w/ the specialist on the 3rd but I was now confident we wouldn't need a helmet.

First, the appt was at a different office & I went to the one that the nurse told me to go to BUT it ended up being the WRONG ONE! I had to go to a totally different location & when I got there, I went to the office they told me to but again it was the wrong one. I was on a wild goose chase! Finally we found the right office but they wanted to reschedule me. HA! I told them no way b/c it was just too difficult to get out there & arrange for someone to watch the other 2 kiddos. We did get seen & the specialist told me that she had only a mild case of head molding & torticollis. You can read more about torticollis here...

We have to do some basic exercises to stretch out Gabi's neck & continue to put her on her left side to sleep. The dr said her head shape will resolve itself. Thank God! One less thing we have to worry about!

Oh, the 2nd part of the 1st dr visit was about Gabi projectile vomiting her formula bottle. Since they only get 1 bottle a day of formula, we decided to go ahead & switch to Enfamil A.R. So far so good! Otherwise, Gabi is doing very well & is on the regular growth chart weighing in at a heafty 11 lb 6 oz (this was a week ago). When we went to the specialist 2 days later, she weighed 11 lb 14 oz! I don't think we have any growth problems! She is also 23 1/4 inches long!

We go back on the 31st for their 4 month well baby & I am curious to see how well the babies are doing then. I know they are all at around 12 lbs each which is just incredible. I took out some of their preemie clothes & remember when it was too big for them. They are growing up way too fast!

Here are some pictures that I tweeked. Enjoy!

Sofi in her bikini.

Ian w/ my Bear-Bear.

Gabi sitting in the bumbo chair.


Brittanie said...

So, I haven't read your blog in a while, and decided I needed to catch up!!

I'm glad your babies are doing so wonderfully. And only waking up once a night, that's AWESOME. I'm glad Gabi's head shape is taking care of itself.

Astrid, you are officially my hero. I remember how exhausted I was after Erin was born, and I just had one. You are such an amazing woman and mommy.

And those babies just keep getting cuter!!

jhp1421 said...

Wow, a lot has happened since I checked in last. The kiddos are so cute and I'm so happy to hear all is well. I hope the AR works great for Gabi, I know it did wonders for our son Timmy. I just wanted to tell you how cute your hair looks in your profile picture, is that a new cut? Way cute! Keep up the great work with the babes and the blog!

Jennifer (from TC and the crazy girl who sent the bottle proppers)

Surviving Triplets said...

Hey Jennifer! Thank you so much for the bottle proppers (again & again & again). I wish my hair was like that in the picture! It has grown out & I need to cut it.

Leslie said...

I love the pictures! Look at Gabi sitting up like a big girl!