Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sedated MRI

Cecilia's diagnosis is bilateral Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder (ANSD).  Some individuals with this diagnosis have damaged auditory nerves, so the ENT ordered an MRI for Cece to take a look at her nerves.  The scheduler called me on Wednesday afternoon and said it had to be done on Thursday in order to get results to Dr Park before our already scheduled appointment next Tuesday.


Luckily, Primary Children's had an opening at the Riverton location, and Greg's dad could play with the big girls.  The charge nurse I spoke with to get all of the instructions said, depending on how Cece did with the sedation, we could plan on being at the hospital upwards of 4 hours.

Cece needed to be fasting for the sedation, so her last milk was at 4:45 a.m.  Then she drank sugar water until 9:30, when we cut off all liquids.  She did pretty well overall, I was pleased with that.

We dropped off the big girls and headed to the hospital.  Greg kept Cece entertained while I got us all checked in.

The other fun instruction was that Cece could have no metal on her clothes, so no snaps or zippers.  My first thought was "have these people seen baby clothes?" but it was really no big deal.  We had a lot more metal-free clothes than I first realized!

After we were checked in, we waited for a couple of minutes in the waiting room and then were taken to the pre-sedation room.

Cutest pouty lip ever!

First up was monitoring Cece's vitals.

We had plenty of time for lots of loves and pictures.

Cece loves to stand!

The hardest part of the day for me was watching the nurses put an IV in Cece.  The nurses were quick, efficient, and competent.  And Cece cried the whole time...

After the IV was in, the nurse took us back to the MRI room.  And I realized, of course there can be no metal anywhere.  The MRI is a giant magnet!

The nurse gave Cece the sedation through her IV and she was asleep in minutes.  She looked so tiny in that giant machine!

Once Cece was fully asleep and all hooked up, it was time for us to leave.

A short 40 minutes later, and Cece was all done!  We had been waiting in the recovery room, and they brought Cece right to us.  After a quick check of her vitals, I was able to hold her and start giving her sugar water.

Cece was a hungry girl!  She drank 5 ounces of sugar water and then almost 3 ounces of formula.  I didn't know her stomach could hold that much.

After about an hour, Greg was ready for a turn.  He worked hard on waking Cece up, since we couldn't leave until she was kind of mostly awake.

We left the hospital after only 3 hours, and went to Greg's parents to pick up the big girls.  Then we did a quick trip to Costco before going home.  Greg headed off to meetings, and my new BFF Brittany brought us some treats.

While we were at Costco, Dr Park's nurse called to say that he had reviewed the MRI and everything looked normal and good.  Great news!

What a silly face!

 When all of the hullabaloo was over, Cece slept soundly!  She woke up often to eat.  It was like she had to make up for her 10 hours of fasting.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Dentist & Doctor Appointments

I thought I was pretty smart, setting up dentist appointments for Ellie and Lynlee back to back with Cecilia's 2 month well-child check.  Until it took much longer than last time at the dentist, and I abandoned Greg and the big girls to run Cece over to the doctor.  And good thing I had that option!

It is so fun to watch the girls' personalities in the appointment.  Ellie is pretty chill and social, talking to everyone and doing everything she is asked without a problem. 

Lynnie and I talked a lot in the days before the appointment about being brave, and I was really proud of how well she did.  She gripped Puppy and the armrest pretty tightly, but she stayed in her chair and did everything she was asked.  She just had the most long-suffering face the whole time.

Lynnie had turned 3 since last time, so she was big enough for x-rays.  She didn't like it much.  But she did it!

Waiting for the dentist.  And waiting.  And waiting some more.

Even watching Frozen wasn't enough to make her totally happy.

When there was 2 minutes until Cece's appointment, I grabbed her and went across the street to the pediatrician. It is definitely harder to take pictures being at the appointment by myself.  I managed to get the classic weight picture and a couple of selfies

After we were done talking with Dr Vargo, and Cece was proclaimed to be in perfect health, Greg and the big girls got there.  Just in time to take pictures of Cece getting her vaccinations.

We got in the car to go home, and Ellie said, "can we go play at the park?"  Of course!  The weather was perfect and Wines Park has a new set of equipment that they have been wanting to try out.  Cece slept off her shots, Lynnie spent most of her time pushing Puppy in the swing, and Ellie made friends and ran all over.

Lynnie said "back and forth" on the swings for a solid 10 minutes :)

 Lynnie was the first one to master this coil-thing. After watching Lynnie a few times, Ellie was ready to give it a try.


Monday, March 24, 2014

Playing Dead

Santa brought Finding Nemo to the girls for Christmas, and Lynnie is slightly obsessed with the idea of playing dead like Nemo.  She does it all of the time, and then says things like, "oh, daughter, are you dead?  {fake cry} That's so sad!"

She was being Nemo while in the hot tub with Greg, and I had to sneak out on the deck and take pictures of her.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

A Good Weekend

We made our weekly trek to the library to check out 2 movies and some books.  Lynnie was so excited to find a couple of backpacks full of Elephant & Piggie books.  Never mind that we already own 4 of the 6 books--they had to check out the backpacks for the other 2 books & the stuffed animals.

Lynnie was a robot.

Lynnie loves to pick out Cece's outfits.  She picked this from head to toe.

Saturday was Grandpa & Daniel's birthday.  And seriously, how cool is it that they share a birthday?  We took over some presents and missed the birthday boys, but had fun hanging out with Grandma and Tammy.  Grandma pulled out a lot of her jewelry and the big girls happily played with it for an hour.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Cecilia is 2 Months Old

Cece was not very excited about her photo shoot with her 2 month sticker.  I did get a couple of darling shots.

But the rest of the shots (albeit also darling!) looked like this:

classic Cece pouty lip

Lynnie tried to come and help...

At 2 months of age, Cece:

~ is wearing size 1 diapers, 0-3 month clothes, and newborn shoes
~ is getting more aware and likes to play on her activity mat and make herself bounce in her bouncer
~ loves the water and taking showers & baths
~ is starting to smile and have "conversations" with us
~ is getting less fussy and has less prolonged periods of crying
~ loves to suck on her hands
~ likes to stand
~ loves to watch ceiling fans on the lowest speed
~ is so sweet and an integral part of our family.  It is already hard to remember life before Cece!  We are so grateful for {R} and adoption and the miracles it brings to our family.


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