Nine Month Checkup (Hard Reality on Sleeping!)

Will had a wonderful check-up appointment today at Carle with Dr. Malcolm Hill.  He is weighing in at 19lbs 5 3/4 ozs and measures 29in in length.  We reviewed all of the fun milestones/activities happening for Will including his still one solo tooth, army crawling all over God’s creation, pulling himself up and then crying because he doesn’t know what to do with himself, drinking from a cup/sippee cup and eating all kinds of solid foods (about to quit on those baby foods).

We did some follow-up discussion on his eczema care and he also noticed his ears are full of fluid – not enough to be an infection, but enough that it can turn into an infection if still there for awhile.  We will be seeing the doctor in six weeks to check on those ears!

And here is the the hard reality hit for us as parents – we discussed his sleeping habits with the doctor and how they have completely gotten out of whack since the big move.

  • Pre-move: we started the “crying it out” method for a few weeks and it seemed to work getting him all the way through the night.
  • Post-move: new surroundings, growth spurts, and mom wanting more cuddle time (and more sleep) – he is waking every two or three hours wanting a bottle.  We know this has got to stop.  And when we started letting him cry it out again – he pukes everywhere!  It’s quite gut-wrenching on poor old mom.

And as the monkey song ends with “no more monkeys jumping on the bed” – Will’s song ends with “no more bottles in the middle of the night.”

And when I ask what to do about the puking and should I be concerned the doctor responds with boy doesn’t it really stink – just get him cleaned up and back to bed – no bottles!  So that is the hard reality and this will all turn out great in a week or so we hope.  It will be a long week ahead, but the best thing in the long run we know.  It was great when he was sleeping all the way through the night and it will be great to get back to that again – just a mighty bit harder this time around!

Visit to Cardinal Glennon!

Will had his follow-up appointment on Monday with the team of Immunologists (Dr. Bradley Becker) and everything is all clear from the septic hip back in November.  They are not at all concerned anymore about his immune system as his blood tests and body both check out okay by their standards.  This is pretty much a closed case for them and we are thrilled.

On another note, we bent their ears on the most recent issues of Will’s eczema.  Dr. Bradley Becker stated that they are “eczema experts” and are willing to take on his treatment plan for eczema and also monitoring him for any immediate allergies and asthma, which could develop around two years of age.  Will did get a small bucket of blood (or that is what mom thought as she was holding down her son as he is screaming his heart out) drawn while we were there on Monday and they will begin testing for inhaled and food allergies.  We will finally know in a few weeks if it looks like he is allergic to our cats (the big mystery).  They are also recommending we try a new formula and not the soy formula that we just tried for a few weeks.  It was explained to us that both regular and soy formula are all still cow’s milk based and have certain similar proteins that a child can be allergic to.  They are recommending we try Nutramigen – Enfamil product, but not cow’s milk based.  It is described as having extensively broken-down (hydrolyzed) proteins which help manage symptoms due to cow’s milk protein allergy.

Cardinal Glennon continues to provide us with the best possible care for our son and we couldn’t be more thankful.  They could tell me that the sky is yellow at this point and I would believe them.  I trust their care 100 percent.

Weekend of Family Fun Planned!

Will and I are heading down to Troy later this weekend to spend some great quality time with Great Grandma Jean, Uncle Al and Aunt Susan!  Jean has been quite under the weather these days and I think her cure is Will!  Gordy and his brother will be feverishly working away on new house projects while we are away.

Also looking foward to taking Will and Uncle Andy to the Taste of Champaign Urbana tonight.  I could definately come up with a Top Ten reasons to live in Champaign especially during the summer time and this would be on the list!

And on Monday, Gordy and I will be in St. Louis where Will is scheduled for his next doctor’s appointment.  We will be meeting with the team of Immunologists on Monday afternoon and are very anxious to reveiw everything since we have been down there last (seems like forever).  I am hoping they will have some new ideas on why Will’s face breaks out so often and if we are dealing with any other issues of allergies or something else entirely.  They are the best doctors!

I love my daddy!

To My Dad,

You are my hero, Dad

You’re my secure foundation.

When I think of you, I’m filled with love

And fond appreciation.

You make me feel protected;

I’m sheltered by your care.

You’re always my true friend;

When I need you, you’re always there.

You have a place of honor

Deep within my heart.

You’re my superhero, Dad

Right from the very start.

Happy Father’s Day!

Love,

Willpower

Very Busy Will Weekend!

Where should we start with such a fun-filled, packed weekend?

Will is really ready to crawl any day now. He has figured out getting up on all fours, but it’s the moving forward motion that will take some time and some more muscle development I am guessing. And big news from his daycare when we picked him up after work on Friday that he is pulling himself up. Can they really learn to walk before crawling?

Uncle Al & Aunt Susan came to visit for the weekend and helped us get a little more organized in our new house. We worked them like dogs all day Saturday. It started with installing the new closet system in the master bedroom closet. Susan and I probably emptied out close to 40 boxes of stuff and I used her expert organizing techniques while putting things away in there new spots. We also started on the shelving in the garage but that will probably take the rest of the week to cut, assemble, sand, paint and install.

We are very excited to have Uncle Andy (Gordy’s youngest brother) staying with us for the next 10 weeks or so. Al & Susan brought him up when they came up from St. Louis Friday evening. He just completed his freshman year at Saint Louis University with a Pre-Med Major in line. He will be completing some very important (pre-requisite) classes this summer at the University of Illinois. And it will be great to spend some wonderful quality time with Andy since we really haven’t been around him in years.

We all trucked down the neighborhood Saturday evening to attend a wonderful 5th birthday party for Jake Cirks. It is truly going to be awesome to live so close to our best friends and have our boys grow up together. It is so important to have your second family when your own family is not living in the same area.

On a completely separate note, please keep Grandma Jean in your thoughts as she is still recuperating at St. Luke’s hospital after being physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted from these last few weeks. This has all taken its toll on her with Grandpa Paul (no doubt), but we just need to make sure she gets well before she goes back home. Her doctor is treating her for bronchitis and pseudo-gout in both knees. She is also testing anemic and will need to be treated for that before she gets released.