Monday, February 23, 2009

Tipping the Scales

We made another trip out of the house today back to the pediatrician clinic for another weigh-in. Prior weighed in at 5 pounds 11 ounces (up 4 oz in 3 days) and Mason weighed in at 5 pounds 12 1/2 ounces (up 2 1/2 oz in 3 days). The doctor was very impressed and said they didn't need to come back until April for their 2 month well baby check up! She said 1/2 to 1 oz per day is what they would like to see. The doctor did think Mason's leg still looked infected and possibly a bit worse so she wanted us to see the plastic surgeon right away. She mentioned the word "readmission" and I had a mini-meltdown right there in the clinic. Luckily Ben recognizes that "a few" meltdowns are to be expected! Dr. Van Beek (the plastic surgeon) looked at Mason's leg and thought it was going through it's normal healing process and that it wasn't infected. We are still watching it very closely and will go back to see him in a week unless something changes. He still is not sure how big the scar will be but I asked Mason and he doesn't plan to be a leg model so he's OK with a scar on his leg and so am I! I am sure these boys will follow after their dad and grandpa and play lots of ball so it will go nicely with a scar from sliding.

Our trip to see Dr. Van Beek was the first time the boys were apart. I was a little sad about that but there was not any reason to take Prior out and about so he stayed with Grandma and was a very good boy.

Otherwise all is well. We have gained some efficiencies with the feeding routine and have shaved it down to about an hour and fifteen minutes. Not having to supplement the feedings with bottles has helped. They do get their vitamins (poly-vi-sol with iron) in a bottle with milk once per day. That stuff smells horrible but the boys don't seem to mind it. So it is not a lot of sleep at a time but it is around 2 hours so that is better than nothing and I'm able to fall asleep right away.

For you accountants out there..."segment reporting" has taken on a dual meaning in our household. Ben was on a call today with work about segment reporting but it also has a meaning here in baby-land. We used to use the terms "day" and "night" but we now use the term "segments". A segment is the period of time in between feedings.  With feedings every 2-3 hours there are 8-12 segments in a day. Unlike segment accounting there unfortunately is no such thing as "aggregation". There is also reporting that happens with each segment. Each boy has a chart for each day by hour so we can keep track of what is going in and what is coming out. This may sound crazy but believe me - once you change a diaper you forget within 30 seconds (or 2 seconds if it's a night feeding) what was in that diaper and whose bottom it was on. This way we know if someone is acting sick what has been going on.

Seriously Mom - can we turn the heat down in this place? Dad said it's only this hot one other place - Great Grandma Schultes' house! Mason is on the left...Prior on the right.

Mason is chillin' on his boppy pillow

Is this jail? Nope - just my new life as third favorite.

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