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Archive for August, 2009

Hide and Seek?

Simon has found a new interest in crawling between the couch and love seat.  He likes to hide behind the table and if possible – play with papa’s guitar that Dad has borrowed.

And one more since he’s so darn adorable without oxygen!

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I never thought we’d see this day for a long time to come.

It started last night.  I put Simon to bed and as he began to drift off to sleep, I put on his pulse oximeter.  On 1/8 L, he had an oxygen saturation of 97%.  I dropped him down to 1/16 L and waited.  After twenty minutes, Simon was still around 96%.  Again, I dropped him, this time to 1/32L.

Twenty minutes passed and Simon was still in the mid-90’s, fluctuating between 94 and 95%.  By morning he was maintaining well and as he took a short nap this morning, I checked his saturations again:  94%.

As of this moment in time, Simon is running around WITHOUT oxygen!  I know that he’ll be back on it shortly, but for now, he’s free.  Free from hoses, limitations in distance and free from pastic irritating the inside of his nose.

I can’t express how amazing it is watching Simon go without added support, even if temporarily!

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To Bumbo or Not?

It seems with every new child brought into the world, more products are created that could clutter and fill a home to the brim.  Some products scream fad more than others.  Today’s question:  To Bumbo or Not.

The Bumbo Baby Seat is a snug and cozy environment for your baby. This revolutionary infant chair is uniquely designed according to the baby’s posture. The Bumbo enables babies to sit upright all by themselves! Bumbo Baby Seats are suitable for babies from as soon as they can support their own heads unaided until they can get out of the seat on their own.

Benefits:

  • Lightweight
  • Supports infant’s trunk
  • Provides space for play/eating
  • Encourages individualized play
  • Easily transported from room to room or traveling
  • Provides a transitional seat before high chair
  • Takes up little space

Downfalls:

  • Infant’s skin can stick to surface
  • Textured surface can be difficult to clean
  • With enough force, child can tip backwards in chair

The benefits and possibilities for using the Bumbo seat far outweigh the downfalls, especially if you follow the written warnings and keep your child within sight.  Should you decide to run with the current trend and pick up a Bumbo seat, they can be found locally at Wal-Mart and Target between $30-$50.

Happy Sitting!

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A Spectacle!

Simon had his six-month follow up this morning with Dr. Arnold of Northern Colorado Eye Center.  At his appointment in January, everything was looking great from the surgery.  Today, his ROP treatment is still looking great.  The blood vessels have continued to grow in a good pattern without becoming monsterous at all.  All news we wanted to hear!

The only concern I had when walking into his appointment was an apparent depth perception issue, as noted when he reaches for toys and misses, his hand landing in front of them.  As we discussed this, Dr. Arnold checked Simon’s eyes – and noted quite the extreme near-sightedness in his left eye.  The culprit of the near sightedness.

Simon will be wearing glasses all too soon.  I took him into a local shop this afternoon and ordered a pair of Julbo Looping frames, green and Blue, of course!  They will pull out the tinted lenses and replace them with prescription lenses instead.  They should arrive in about a week.

We will follow up with Dr. Arnold on October 29.  As long as Simon is utilizing both eyes well and progress can be seen at that time, we will be cleared to go.  If Simon is still having an issue using his left eye, we will need to use a patch over his right eye to encourage use of the left.

All in all, I couldn’t complain about our appointment.  Simon did fantastically in my lap while Dr. Arnold checked his eyes.  I was thrilled!!

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