The Last Days of Summer

The month since Nate was born has gone by quickly. Along with the usual demands of taking care of a new baby, and Ben’s therapy sessions, the big boys have been home all summer. Even though this year we didn’t really do anything interesting or really fun, we still enjoyed each others’ company. And since I normally work full time, this summer was especially wonderful for me. I rarely have the opportunity to spend this much time with Mark and the kids.

In the last couple of weeks we have had some doctor and dentist visits:

Isaac and Jonny both had their regular dental checkups. We are ever so pleased to report that NEITHER ONE HAD ANY CAVITIES!!! That is especially a relief since Jonny has had FOUR cavities repaired in the last 6 months or so. We were so thrilled!

Then they both had their regular checkups at the pediatrician. They are both growing well and perfectly healthy. Jonny didn’t do too well with his vision screen at the pediatrician’s office. We had his vision checked yesterday at the optometrist and he doesn’t need glasses. Isaac needed a booster on his varicella vaccine, and poor Jonny got FOUR shots in preparation for entering kindergarten. They were both very sad to get shots, but they were troopers. I felt so sorry for them that we got them lots of Pokemon video games as rewards…but that’s another story.

Nate had his one month checkup. He is now gaining weight nicely, and was up to just shy of 10 lbs. He is healthy, and his only issue is a bad case of neonatal acne.

Ben had an audiology checkup to see if his hearing aids are at the right setting. They tried checking his hearing by using his behavioral responses to sound, but that wasn’t too helpful at the lower decibel levels. We therefore have to arrange an ABR under sedation to get a better idea of what he can actually hear. He hasn’t had an ABR since his first year of life, so I’m curious to see if his hearing has improved as he has grown, since this is something that can happen with kids with CdLS.

We also made him an appointment to see the pediatrician to talk about his feeds and some other issues. Ben seems to have gone through a growth spurt this summer! He is now almost 19 lbs, and we know he has grown an inch or two in height. So his tube feeds are going well, but we had been having some awful constipation problems. We are changing his formula to include some fiber, continuing his prune juice, and increasing his water intake, and already we are seeing an improvement.

This weekend we went to the open house for Isaac and Jonny’s school, except that it wasn’t. A teacher hasn’t yet been hired for Isaac’s 2nd grade class, and much to my disappointment, the classroom was locked so we couldn’t even see it. So we headed to the library instead. Ben had a great time getting out of the house – we haven’t been on too many outings this summer. That’s how boring we have been lately.

I am sad that summer is ending and the big kids will be back to school next week. I will miss them.

I do hope that next summer we can do some more interesting things than we did this year!


3 Responses to “The Last Days of Summer”

  1. Heidi @ ggip Says:

    As a family just starting out with hearing aids, I will be really interested in how your second testing goes. I bet it will go a lot faster under sedation. I think it took 3 testing sessions to complete ours, b/c he kept sucking on his tongue (even though he was asleep) and that kept messing up the test. lol.

    I’m all for relaxing summers. I hope your transition back to work goes well.

  2. Sandi Says:

    Karen, that’s a great photo of you and all the boys! I can’t believe summer’s over either (though I’m more of a cool weather gal…so I’m looking forward to Autumn). I think Jessica will be glad to get back to school (they start next week), she gets bored at home. Congrats to Isaac and Jonny on having no cavities! Love the pic of Ben in the stroller with that huge grin!

  3. cdls Says:

    Karen, thanks for the update! I’m sad summer is over, too. Congrats on Jonny having no cavities! Colton is one that often has cavities…..go figure, because I have a heck of a time brushing Baylee’s teeth thoroughly, and she only gets a thorough cleaning every few years under anesthesia, but she never has a cavity! Poor Colton brushes his teeth and get a cleaning every 6 months, and he’s always back in the chair getting a cavity filled. He just had his check up this past week, and sure enough, another cavity. Anyhoo….glad to see Ben has had a growth spurt and everyone else is growing well, too. Your first photo really show you have your hands full, but I’m sure your heart is full, too!

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