Wednesday, July 7, 2010

First Pediatrician Appointment

Owen was kind of a chick magnet at his first doctor's appointment.  All of the nurses were mesmerized by his thick head of hair.  He did very well for the doctor.  He weighed 5 pounds and 9 ounces and was 19 and 1/4 inches.  He is showing progress, so that is great.  It must have something to do with him improving on his feedings... I guess our hard work is paying off :)   The doctor said his NG tube would not be able to come out until Owen consistently (for a week or more) takes down all of his milk by bottle.  He said it is better to leave it in longer, just in case he were to backtrack on his progress.  I would agree since I would be the one putting it back in if he needed it again.  I asked about when Owen would be able to be around other kids and the general public and the doctor told me this:  If Owen developed a fever over 100.4 F in the two months following surgery, he would be automatically admitted to the hospital again.  He would have another IV inserted in his arm for fluids and blood draws.  A spinal tap would be done to check for meningitis and a catheter would be reinserted.  He would be monitored for some time just to make sure the fever was not related to an infection at his surgery site.  This does not sound like a good time for any of us, so for now the visitor list for Owen is strictly limited to healthy adults that wash their hands before they touch the little guy.

Last night, Grandma Pat took the night shift for Andy and me.  It was nice to have a helping hand 2 nights in a row.  Andy still can't manage to get a good nights rest and is considering taking up coffee drinking... even though he can't stand the taste.  Any other suggestions for him?  Andy and I were used to a solid 9 hours of sleep a night, pre-Owen, so I think we have some serious adjusting to do.

We have learned very quickly that Owen always needs a cloth over his pee-pee during diaper changes.  He enjoys peeing on doctors and Grandma Pat the most.  We are learning new things every day!  Owen is showing a bit of his personality.  I swear he was giggling today while smiling!  It made me laugh pretty hard.  It's those moments that make it pretty tough to get upset at the little guy when he is up during the night crying nonstop.  Hope everyone is doing well!  Until next time....

11 comments:

  1. Happy to hear that the Dursch Family is doing well. Grandma Pat has it been that long since you have changed a "baby boy's" diaper?? lol
    Tre used to "spray" me all the time!!
    Kris & Andy -
    Thanks for the postings & updated pictures, we have been enjoying them :)
    Glad to hear that you have been getting some sleep. Best Wishes!!
    - Travis, Colleen, & Tre

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  2. We had "pee pee t-pee's" for Augie!

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  3. I may have to look into the pee pee t-pee's :)

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  4. I am so glad to hear all the good things about Owen. Maybe Andy should go sleep at Grandma Pat's house when Grandma Pat is with you. No sleep is hard! Keep us posted! Love to you all.

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  5. Glad to hear things are going well. Love reading about his progress. You get used to no sleep pretty fast.

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  6. Thereis always Mountain Dew (maybe we have lived in Tennessee too long.) Hooray for Owen's continued progress! Love, Aunt Margaret

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  7. I am so glad to hear the little guy is growing ,eating, smiling and giggling!! Happy like his momma!! Love his pictures and the posts! :) hugs to both grandmas and family!! jayte

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  8. What an awesome picture! I can see why the nurses were so taken with Owen. Sounds like he is doing great with the feedings, growing, and making everyone he meets fall for him! Good luck to you all as you try to get a routine down. I'm so glad the grandmas are there to help out these first days home.

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  9. CONGRATS on the homecoming! So glad to hear Owen - and you guys are settling into life with newborn AT HOME!! You'll be out and about before you know it - perfect time for fall!
    The Bachman's (Rizzo's neighbors)

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  10. I will have to admit after Bailey I had to resort to coffee...and still do. I hated the taste as well...get a good flavor and add so much stuff that it doesn't look like coffee anymore...and then put it on ice. That's what I do:) Pepsi didn't cut it anymore. Glad to hear all the great progress!

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  11. So glad Owen is doing so well. With his wonderful parents and great family help I know he will continue to do so. Can't wait to meet him. Aunt Donna,Uncle Gary

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