Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Joshua had his first vomiting flu today. He woke up as usual and we had breakfast. He really didn't want to eat though. It was definiely a challenge. Then, we were in the car driving to view a rental property and he started to look very lethargic. He also was complaining and pointing to his mouth. It crossed my mind that he may be feeling sick, but then again, he didn't have a fever and I figured he may just be having some mild reflux. It's a good thing I did notice this out of the ordinary behavior though, because it saved me from a great embarrassement! While we were inside the rental property, Joshua came up to me whining and wanted me to pick him up. This struck me as odd too because he is usually very independent and never wants to be held. So I picked him up and less than 2 minutes later he started getting the barf look on his face, lol. I knew immediately that he was going to throw up. I ran as fast as I could out the front door and the second my feet him the porch he let it go. I still had to make it down two flights of stairs as he kept on vomiting and vomiting. By the time we reached the car we were both covered in it from chest to knees. His little Nike's were even ruined. I felt so bad for him because this is the first time he has vomited from a sickness. I had always wondered what it was going to be like and now I knew. We ended up going home right away, but we had a 30 minute drive. Of course the car ride didn't help any and he continued vomiting the whole way. It was so bad we literally had to throw his car seat away. When we did get home Joshua snuggled with me and was so sweet. Every time he needed to vomit again he would sit up and look for the bowl. He was such a good sport. When his stomach settled a little bit he was able to fall soundly asleep and he slept for about 5 hours. Talk about resiliency... when he woke up, he acted as if it had never happened and he was back to being his active and excited 2 year old self.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Joshua did the strangest thing today. Nick and I have noticed in the past that he seems to remember the NICU. We only noticed this because we were going through a bunch of old home videos and literally every time a clip of the NICU came on Joshua would start to cry. Well today, I was going to change his diaper on his bedroom floor. The way I happened to lay him down was directly in view of a matted picture of us with him in the NICU. It was actually the picture and matted frame that was at my baby shower and everyone there signed it. Anyway, I was going about my business and Joshua was saying, "ouch." He said it a couple times and he was also pointing. So I looked behind me and he was pointing to this picture on the wall. I thought it could not be possible that he was remembering that setting and that it was painful. So I told him to show me what he meant. He then climbed up on his bead to get closer to this picture and stood on his tippy toes to point to it. Then he told me, "broke," over and over. I was beside myself. Joshua typically uses the word broke for a range of things including pain, accident, broken, taken-apart, and disturbed, etc. I could not believe it and just wanted to hug my sweet and smart kid! :)
Joshua is finally saying a two letter phrase! He learned to say "Help Me." Of course it is not completley recognizable to everyone, but mom and dad know exactly what he is saying. At our house, you can expect to hear these precious two words all day long! We love it!
Friday, February 5, 2010
This kid is eating... and eating and eating!! Finally, we have advanced enough to tolerate the textures of Pastina and Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal. This is a HUGE step for Joshua. He is still unable to chew with his teeth, but these new textures are helping his mouth and tongue get more of the muscle exercise and strength they need to do all things oral, including speaking. It helps that he should start gaining some weight too!!
I was picking toys up with my toes again today, as usual, and Joshua decided to copy me. It was so funny! He kept trying to get them with his toes but he just couldn't accomplish the task. I guess his feet are just too small for that kind of lazy skill, lol. When he couldn't get it to work he resorted to picking them up with his hands and throwing them everywhere. Yep, sounds about right... the life of a sensory child, ha :)
Feeling a little relief today... my little booger is sitting here feeding himself like a grown up. He keeps dropping food on his belly, scooping it back up and eating it. Ha ha. Seems like we are headed in the right direction, ready to defeat this sensory nonsense.
Posted by Micro Preemie Mom at 2:00 PM