Thursday, November 02, 2006

A Day in the Life of Mr. Carson

This past Monday we visited good ole Dr. Sin for a follow-up appointment. Carson continues to push the limits of waistline expansion, he weighed in at 11 lbs 11 oz, which puts him in the 97th percentile for his weight. And I am rather confident that he has now surpassed the 12 lb mark...the boy likes to eat. After a bloodtest to determine the level of phenobarb in his system, the doctor took him off phenobarb altogether because the level in his bloodstream dropped to a level that was no longer impacting him. Couple that reading with the fact that we have not seen any of the seizure like episodesthat we saw the first night and he has now been phenobard free for 4 days now! Trish and I were extremely pleased that he is no longer on the pheno, now we just have to wait for a follow-up cranial ultrasound next Wednesday and as long as that comes out fine, he will be taken off the supplemental oxygen as well. The oxygen is really only an inconvenience, but the adhesive that keeps the tubes on his face have created quite a bit of baby acne....he looks like a teen going through puberty, yuk.

Like most newborns, Carson spends his day demonstrating his array of bodily functions, but it is his sleeping patterns that have drawn our attention the most over the past few nights. Carson has decided that he needs about a two-three hour transition time before he truly falls off to sleep for the night. So, we have started his bedtime around 10ish, but it's not until about 1:30 AM that he really konks out for the evening. He tricks you the entire time between 11 and 1, he falls asleep for about 10 minutes and then wakes up crying like no other time during the day. He may be experiencing little baby nightmares. Once he finally does fall asleep, he does quite well. For example, last night he slept from 1:30 to 8:30 with two feedings in the middle....not bad. Trish and I are strategizing to see if we can move his sleep time up a little, but we are realizing that we have no control over the insurgent.

I head back to work on Monday with a renewed desire to win the lottery. It's not that I don't like working, it's just that not working is more fun! Oh well, it has to be done. Trish will face the biggest adjustment as she goes through adult withdrawal, although I am not sure I always provide enough balance for her anyway.

Oh yeah, make sure you get your flu shot. Carson can't get one, so people that come in contact with newborns should make sure that they have one so that we can insulate the little dude from the flu season.

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