Happy 5 Months Will!

I can’t believe Will is officially 5 months old today. Then it will be 6 months, 9 months and then before we know it we will be celebrating his first birthday. Time flies for sure with a little one. Just within the last week, Will has many milestones to add to the baby book or what I refer to as our blog. He has started eating cereal on a regular basis at school. His breakfast and lunch have the added rice cereal in a bowl along with his bottled formula. And drum roll please…Will had his first real food last night. Sweet Potatoes! I was on cloud nine last night feeding Will his first food. It is just amazing to think how babies learn first to drink from a bottle and then to transition to a bowl and spoon. We realized his need for more than just formula on our trip out to Arizona where we couldn’t get enough formula down him and have it last more than 2 hours. He was doing around 8 6oz bottles or more a day there.

These new things that we are experiencing start out as the big unknown – how do we start this, how much, how do you mix it, when to do it, will he react and so on. Then I get smart and talk with all of my wonderful friends who have already been through all this and they say oh yeah – this is how we did it! And then I get my extra tips from the internet: Gerber is a great site. I really appreciate my free 24/7 parenting hot line (Teresa, Jill, Karen). Thank you!

I can’t wait for the next few months and all of the milestones we will achieve then!

Immunity Update

Will’s new pediatrican – Dr. Malcom Hill – called today to update us on the lab results from all the tests Will 0.4 has had done over the past few weeks.  First, his digestive tract infection is completely cleared up.

Second, the tests of his immune system after his four-month immunizations are all normal, which means that all indications are that Willpower’s immune system is completely healthy and developing normally.  Dr. Hill suggested that these results mean that the original E.Coli infection from November was probably just a fluke occurrance, and that we’ll never really have a good idea of what caused it.  But we don’t care – because his immune system appears to be fine, and that was really our last major concern in the aftermath of all these infections.   It’s such a huge relief to know.

We’re going to keep him on the happy holistic little bacteria supplement for a while, as he’s really beginning to eat solid foods and we’d like to keep his plumbing humming, so to speak.

I’ve put up more pictures from Phoenix.   Here’s another favorite from a great trip and a great visit.

It’s going to be nice to sleep tonight without worrying too much.

Comfort and Peace

I am writing this morning because I am hoping that our family and those close to Carol and Jon Sparks can find comfort and peace today and everyday following.  My heart was torn being away this weekend from those that I love and who were saddened by the news from Carol and Jon.  My heart is also torn for my Grandpa Paul who is very sick with pneumonia in the nursing home.  Please keep your thoughts and prayers for all those who need them the most right now.

O love the Lord, all ye his saints: for the Lord preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer. Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord. (Ps 31.23-24)

Phoenix Sunshine

Will 0.4 has had a great weekend in Phoenix.  He’s really felt well, and has discovered his voice to a stunning degree, squealing and laughing and shouting for up to an hour at a time, several times per day.

He’s also eating like a pig, devouring eight six-ounce bottles yesterday.  He’s clearly ready for solid food, and since we’ve gotten his digestive tract mostly fixed (with the aid of some holistic happy bacteria supplement), we will start him on it again when we return home.

The weather was gorgeous today, so we went for a little walk this afternoon, and got Will his first real sunshine since he was born.  We’re flying home tomorrow, and return to rain and snow and sleet.

Today, though, Will looked fantastic in his safari hat.


Pam, Will 0.4 and I arrived in Phoenix this morning after flying out of St. Louis on an early flight.  Even though we were delayed a bit, Will was great on the flight, napping a few times, eating during takeoff and landing, and playing a lot.  Thanks so much to Susan for getting us to the airport at 5:30 this morning, and for the lovely Valentine’s Day celebration Thursday night.

It’s about 55 and raining in Phoenix right now, but supposed to be beautiful this weekend.

Will Back At School

Will had a pretty good weekend. His final stool culture came back negative, and his eyes seemed to have cleared up nicely. He’s still on the oral antibiotic for C-Diff, and will be until at least Thursday, when we see the pediatrician again.

As is so often the case with Will, it’s feast or famine when it comes to pooping. After more than a week of diarrhea, now he hasn’t pooped since Saturday.

We’re hoping that he has a good week at school so that we can fly to Phoenix on Friday morning. And then we’re hoping for more good weeks and good months after that, so that he can get busy with the important work of growing and learning and keeping all of us so very happy.

Maybe I’ll even be able to spend some time on here writing about things other than Will’s latest illness, rather than treating this as an online version of his medical history.


Another Infection

The pediatrician got the test results back from the stool samples we’ve been collecting from Will over the past few days, and he’s got yet another infection, this one in his digestive tract that’s been giving him the diarrhea. They’ve identified the bacteria as Clostridium difficile, and it’s fairly common. Thye’ve prescribed an oral antibiotic (Metronidazole, also prescribed for me for the past few years as an ointment for rosacea) which we’ll have to give him for a week or ten days. In addition, Will had some blood drawn this morning for previously scheduled tests with our immunologists at Cardinal Glennon, so hopefully we’ll get some insight in whether his immune system is developing, and how well.

We have a follow-up visit with Dr. Hill, our new pediatrician, next Thursday before we head to Phoenix. Grandma Lois drove up this morning to help us out by watching Will today and tomorrow, so he won’t have to go back to school until Monday. Will seems to be slowly improving, so hopefully he’ll be fine by then.