More Stollery Adventures!

On Tuesday (February 22) we had an appointment for an MRI at 7 am, so on Monday we made the trek down to Edmonton. We stayed at friend of mine’s whose daughter is in Noah’s birth club, and then on Tuesday at 5:45 am we were on our way.

(I will say one thing, traveling with a newborn is NOT fun. It usually takes about 2.5 hours from Grande Prairie to Whitecourt, and on Monday we left town at 2:30 and it was 6:30 and we weren’t even in Whitecourt yet!)

Anyway, so we managed to get to the MRI department at the Stollery 20 minutes early (GO US!). They finally took him in at about 8 am, and then at around 9 a nurse came out and told us that they had found “some red flags” on his MRI so they were going to keep him overnight for observation.

So of course I had immediate “WTF is going on” thoughts, but we weren’t going to get any answers for awhile, so in the meantime I tried to breastfeed him (FAIL), but then we got taken up to the Pediatric Observation Ward, where I tried to breastfeed him again but he just would NOT cooperate. He did enough to relieve my poor engorged boobs, but not enough to actually drain them.

So then we waited. We got to the room at around 10 am, and the nurse (who was a complete dumbass by the way…..she thought Noah was 12 months old…..seriously?!) told us that the doctor and neurosurgeon would come by to see us “this afternoon” (so, basically she had no idea when they’d be coming).

So 4:30 rolled around and FINALLY the neurosurgeon came and talked to us (side note: the University hospital has TONS of studly doctors, lol) and told us the bad (?) news. Noah has fluid and blood hanging around his brain that wasn’t there for the last MRI. Basically it means that his brain is smaller than his skull capacity, so there’s extra room for fluid to hang out. He said that it’s not serious enough to operate (yet), but we have to keep an eye on how his head grows. Supposedly it’s something like 3 cm in the first 3 months and then 1 cm/2 months? He’s at 42.5 cm from 40 cm at birth, and he’s 2 months old. So he’s basically growing like he’s supposed to.

As a funny side note, I mentioned that he was 40 cm at birth, and the doctor was like 😮 “That’s big!” and I said, “thank you, I was aware of that,” LOL.

So then we had to wait for the pediatrician to come by so we could (hopefully) leave and not actually have to stay overnight.

Tick tock, tick tock….

FINALLY at 7:30 the doctor came in (because they conveniently only come by after their office hours are over) and basically told us to make an appointment with his office for the end of May, and discharged us. Wham bam, thank you ma’am.

We were kind of annoyed that it took literally all day for them to come talk to us, only to tell us what we already knew: that they had no answers, “wait and see”, blah blah blah; and then tell us to go home.

So then we finally were able to leave! But before we could start on the long trek home, we had to return the car seat that we had borrowed to bring Noah home back in December.

Caleb’s sister had printed off Google map directions for us which turned out to be absolutely useless….it brought us to 41st street and 41st avenue, when we needed to be on 76th street and 41st avenue. Way to go, Google. We ended up Mapquesting the directions from my phone, which also kind of failed, but they at least brought us to the right area. So then we used our mad directional skillz and finally found the house.

By that point it was already 11 pm, so we decided to stay at a hotel for the night and then go home in the morning.

The hotel was decent, it was actually the first time Caleb and I have spent the night in a hotel together….and I was all paranoid that we were going to get a noise complaint because of Noah, lol.

But everything turned out fine, the trip home was uneventful, and we arrived home safe and sound in a reasonable amount of time! 🙂

Here are some pictures from the trip!:

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“Grass is Greener” Syndrome

We’ve all heard the saying, “the grass is always greener on the other side”.

People always want what they don’t and can’t have. Tall people want to be short, brown eyed people want to have blue eyes, brunettes want to be blonde…..and usually when they go ahead and change something (for example, hair colour), they immediately hate it and wish they had never done it in the first place.

It has become apparent to me that I am suffering a bit from “grass is greener” syndrome, as I like to call it. It became that much more clear to me tonight.

I went out for my friend’s birthday, and I happened to know a few of the guys that went out with us, all from my younger, wilder days last year. One of them even remembered partying in my dorm, and I had no idea who he was!

It made me think back to how much I liked being single and having no responsibilities; going out all the time, always meeting new people, etc…..it makes me miss it. But then I think back to how lonely and miserable I was, and how much I wanted to find a guy that actually cared about me for more than what I could give him.

There was also a guy that I had a huge crush on since day one of meeting him. I’m not going to lie, it’s still there, although I’d never act on it. And as much as I liked him back in the day, I remember that he said that I was “too young for him” and then turned around and dated my friend who was the same age as me….so he was obviously not really interested.

So as much as I miss all that, I love what I have right now. I love Caleb and Noah and our little family, and I know that all I’ve been through has made me a way better person, and I wouldn’t trade that for anything. 🙂

Happy 2 months, Noah!

I’ve been busy the last few days, so this is a bit late, but whatever. 😛

Noah is now two months old!

This month:

– Noah smiled!

– Noah rolled onto his side!

– Noah started going to mom groups with me!

– Noah was diagnosed with mild hip dysplasia….no word yet on treatment though.

– Noah BREASTFED!

 

This is Noah on his two month birthday:

hahaha ❤

Friday Night Leftovers (Week 3)

– Noah is 8 weeks old!

– He is 11lbs 7oz, up from 10lbs 14oz last week….that’s almost a whole pound! 😮

– He is 22″ long and his head is 42 cm, up from 20.5″ and 40 cm at birth!

– I think he hates “The Duck Song”…..

This is his facial expression.

– We are going to Edmonton for an MRI on Tuesday. I am already annoyed by the whole ordeal because 1) they don’t do MRIs on the weekend, and 2) they don’t tell you what time the MRI is at until the day before. How inconvenient is that?! Especially since we live 6 hours away, and we have to fast him….it’d be great to know what time we have to bring him in ahead of time!

– I found out that I am NOT the oldest one in my teen mom group!

– I have been diagnosed with postpartum depression. I have an appointment with my doctor next week, and at that point I may be given drugs. We’ll see.

– I went out with my friend Kristen tonight…..we had a few drinks, had some appies…..it was great to have some much-needed girl time.

– Since I have yet to post a picture, here are a couple shots from my 20th birthday last Friday:

First shots of the night!

More shots!

Caleb and I playing beer pong!

At the bar.....I am obviously shitfaced.

It was a good night……no death threats, so a noticeable improvement over last year!

– Last Saturday I took advantage of the fact that my mom had the baby all weekend, and I went out again (no drinking this time though, lol).

Out with the girls ❤

That was also a good night, except for how packed the bar was. I’m no stranger to the bar scene, but I hate feeling like a sardine!

 

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EEG

Today we had an EEG done at the hospital. I’m glad that we didn’t have to go to Edmonton for that….it is such a pain that Grande Prairie doesn’t have all the resources we need, and we have to travel to get the correct medical care (i.e. an MRI).

There’s nothing much to report, the technician couldn’t tell me anything except for that he has no seizure activity. We have to wait a few weeks for the results.

Here’s some pictures!

Noah in his snazzy pink EEG hat 😛

Shot of the screen....I have no idea what it means though, lol.

Another screen shot.

We have an MRI scheduled for Tuesday, in Edmonton. I am not looking forward to that trip, lol.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Caleb took this with my phone while I was sleeping and set it as my background, lol. 🙂

My snazzy photoshop skillz 😛

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>> i know i don’t tell you nearly enough,
that i couldn’t live one day without your love . . .

. . . baby, you save me ♡

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c(”)(”) .

Adventures in Breastfeeding! (Part 4)

When I last wrote almost 2 weeks ago, I had said that the nipple shield was going well.

Welllll…..that’s kind of here nor there. It’s been really inconsistent with how reliable Noah is about using it. The last week has been fairly good, but the last couple of days prior to the weekend were terrible. He was just beyond fussy and would not cooperate at all.

He got shipped off to his Grandma’s for the weekend, so when we brought him home tonight I had low expectations.

Well the sneaky little bugger surprised me (of course). He took the nipple shield fairly well, and then a little while later he started fussing again. Caleb was holding him, I was putting the kettle on for his bottle, and Noah just wouldn’t take his soother. So Caleb randomly decided to see if Noah would go on my naked boob, and HE DID. 😮 As soon as he latched we just looked at each other in shock, lol. I couldn’t believe it! That was on the left one, which he is usually good with (babies are weird….they have preferences as to which side they like more haha), so for shits and giggles I decided to try the right one…AND HE TOOK THAT ONE TOO! More shock!

It was likely just a fluke, but it’s a nice indicator that he will probably be able to exclusively breastfeed the way it’s supposed to be, without any fancy tools (i.e. the nipple shield). 🙂

We’ll see how he is tomorrow….but I bet that he’s going to be stubborn and not take it at all, haha. Tease! 😛

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Read Part 1 here, Part 2 here, and Part 3 here.

Friday Night Leftovers (Week 2)

This week’s edition is going to be pretty short….it’s my 20th birthday today! 🙂
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This week:

Noah was originally quite a bit further away from Caleb, facing me (I'm sitting next to the bed, on the left). He wiggled himself over to get closer to his daddy! AWE! (Feb 6)

– Noah gave his first smile! (February 7)

First smile! (Feb 7)

This sneaky smile is for Mommy on her birthday! 🙂 (Feb 11)

– Caleb’s FB status from February 7 was so cute, I just had to post it here:

“The Noah-monster takes forever to devour it’s prey; the bottle is a docile creature living in fridges and cupboards, and once the Noah-monster gets one in his mouth he’ll often suck on it then stop to burp then suck on it more. It’s a hard life for bottle, but the circle of life isn’t always fair. Noah is king of this jungle and he’s not afraid to show the bottle who’s boss.” 😀

– Lady Gaga released her new song, “Born This Way” this morning! You can download it here!

– Noah went to stay at my parents’ house for the weekend since it is my 20TH BIRTHDAY today….I am SO looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow!! 🙂

Grandma taking Noah for the weekend! (Feb 11)

– Noah got his X-rays done (finally), and they say that he has mild hip displacia. However, the doctor said that that’s easily fixable! 🙂

 

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