"I love you and want for you all things that make you happiest; and I guess you, not I, are the one who knows best what those things are."

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

John's Crawling

Watch out! Here he comes! John is up and on the move. He's only going about 6 ft at a time, but he's up on his knees! John prefers to move his entire hips (much like he's salsa dancing on the floor) instead of picking his knees up off the floor. So far today he has crawled to Dad and managed to chase down a cell phone that Aunt Lizzy kept moving farther and farther away. John also successfully got into his diaper bag, retrieved his Gerber snacks, opened the container, dumped them on the floor and indulged in a few handfuls of the sweet corn snacks. (I guess that's a sign it's time to start baby-proofing?) Hopefully we'll have video to share shortly!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Pearly Whites

John is now up to 4 teeth. The top two broke through this week amid a bit of fussiness. We're happy to have 2 new chompers---but realizing that gone are the days of letting John chew on our fingers for comfort. It's quite possible that there is at least one more tooth (or two) trying to come in too. Although both of the teeth have fully cut through John is still chewing on everything in sight and we can see some stretched gums next to the two new ones that popped in this week. Only time will tell...

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Twinkle Toes

John has been on the move for about a week now. While he hasn't officially learned to crawl, he has mastered scooting all around the room with nothing but his arms and his teeny toes. It's actually quite reminiscent of Fred Flinstone bowling. He bends at the hip, pushes up on his toes and basically 'plows' around the room in pursuit of whichever toy has evaded him. It's been hard to catch a good picture of Twinkle Toes in action, so you'll have to do with this image instead...

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Heme/Onc Update!

Great news! Dr. Bednarski released John indefinitely from the Heme/Onc clinic at Children's Hospital. We still don't have a full diagnosis but the working diagnosis (which will probably never be confirmed) is that at birth I passed antibodies to John. For whatever reason John's body was trying to fight off the antibodies and that was causing the problems. It's also a result of John recieving antibodies through my breastmilk (explaining why things seem to get better now that we have stopped breastfeeding). No real concerns for future pregnancies other than the need to make sure that the doctors are aware of John's conditions and monitor any other child's hemoglobin very closely for the first couple months of life. I'll also probably end up having amniocentisis for future preganancies so that we can determine if my antibodies will mesh with the babies.

Nonetheless, it's great to feel like we're past all this. We're excited to quit having blood drawn and looking forward to not having to wrestle John to get medicine in his mouth.

We celebrated with a joint victory/Father's Day/Matt's birthday gift last night.

Monday, June 1, 2009