Wednesday, December 17, 2008

28 days later

I had to take Kale in for his Synagis shot which is this RSV vaccine type thing he has to have every 28 days, November thru April/May until he's two-years-old. Anyway, it's kind of cool (for me, anyway) because he gets weighed each time. The dosage he gets is dependent on his weight. The last time Kale went in for this shot was on the 19th of November and he weighed 11 lbs., 5 oz. Five days later he had his two month check up and weighed 11 lbs., 10 oz. Yeah. That's right. Five ounces in five days.
And now...he weighs THIRTEEN POUNDS!!!

Can I grow 'em or can I grow 'em?

I just got a call from this lady whose name I cannot remember even though she just called . She is the lactation consultant from Sacred Heart hospital and I think she works with a lot of different programs, including Early Steps. Anyway.

She has called me once or twice before just to "check on things" which I always think is really checking to see if I'm breastfeeding or still pumping. To which I am doing neither. So after asking a bunch of questions about Kale and how he's doing, the dreadful "So are you breastfeeding?" question came up. I told her no, that I had been pumping but I've had to stop and that it just wasn't working for us as a family (I really didn't feel like explaining anything just to have her--or anyone--lecture me on how if I really wanted to stick to it, I could). Surprisingly, she was very understanding. She said she knew we had a lot going on and that things have probably been very difficult for us. I didn't agree or disagree with her, I just told her we were fine and that it just works better for us to formula feed as much as I didn't want to.

One thing she did ask in regards to Kale sticks out for me, though. She asked if he'd been fitted for prosthetics yet. I told her he wasn't even scheduled to see Dr. Redmond (the local PO) until April but that we have him going to see another PO in March over at UAB.

I just can't help but wonder if Kale is missing out on something. I was told by the technician at UAB that they won't see Kale until he's six months old because that's the age that babies who are not vision impaired start to really focus with their eyes. So it would be useless for them to look at his eyes any earlier. But I'm just scared that his face or his eye sockets aren't going to grow correctly. Right now he looks fine, but I can't help but wonder.

I don't know. The closer it gets to March, the more anxious and scared I get.


Blair said...

Congrats on pumping as long you did. I bet Kale benefited greatly from it. I pumped exclusively for a few weeks when I was having some bfing problems and it was REALLY hard. Mainly it was a hassle, but trying to do it + care for a newborn + having just given birth and having no sleep is just crazy-making. I don't think I could have done it indefinitely.

Heather said...

I've heard of children as old as 3 before they start the pros.
We didn't start Acer on them because he was 29 month when he came home and his micro eyes are really pretty big
Heather BT