Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year

I hope everybody has a happy and healthy new year. I can't believe it is already going to be 2010. 2009 went by very quickly. I enjoyed spending most of it at home with Brandon. Going back to work was not as hard as I thought it would be. Brandon is doing great at the babysitter and enjoys seeing the other kids there. He has changed so much in the last year. He is such a fun baby to be around and has such a sense of humor.

Our friends Sommer and Bob and their daughter Sydney, who turned two in November, came over tonight. We ordered dinner in and Brandon and Sydney had fun playing together and the adults had fun hanging out. You know your life has changed when it is 8:30 and your friends are leaving for the night because they need to go home to put their child to bed and you need to put your child to bed. I wouldn't change it for the world.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

2009: A Pictoral Review













Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Cousin Visit

Brandon's cousins, Zack and Ben, and Aunt Debbie and Uncle Rich came to visit today. Brandon was napping when they got here. When he woke up I brought him into the living room where they were all hanging out. Brandon first did peek a boo to them, then clapped his hands, and then walked and laid his head in Ben's lap. When Brandon likes something he lies his head down on it like he does with Hershey. Brandon had a lot of fun playing with his cousins, aunt, and uncle.

Brandon has a new word. He says Elmo. It sounds like ah-mo and is so cute. He really loves Elmo. He also says "mi" for his milk and goes to the refrigerator when he wants it if he doesn't see it out.

Brandon is also cutting several teeth. The points of his molars finally cut through and his incisors are right there too.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas Day and the Weekend

We continued our yearly tradition this year of having my parents and Stu's parents over for dinner on Christmas Day. I made a turkey and an appetizer and my mother-in-law and mom made the rest of the food- corn pudding, garlic mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, dessert, stuffed mushrooms, and pepperoni mini pizzas. Brandon helped Stu put together his new radio flyer wagon from grandma and grandpa Newman in the morning. We can't wait until it is warmer outside so he can go for a wagon ride. We usually go to my friend Becky's parents' house every year for Christmas Eve but Brandon was still recovering from his ear infection. There were going to be other babies there and I didn't want to take a chance of them getting sick.

He is finally better for the first time in almost a month. No runny nose and still a slight cough but not often. And the past few nights he is finally sleeping better. He is still getting up a few times within the first 2 hours of going to sleep but then sleeping a long stretch until the morning. Last night he was only up once at 11:20 and what a difference that made. Other than that one time he slept from 8:30-6:30. He probably would have gone to sleep earlier but he fell asleep in the car at 4:30 on the way home from my parents house and slept until 5:10 so he wasn't ready before then to go to sleep.

We spent the day hanging around the house on Saturday. Stu was out until 2:00 am because of a structure fire on Christmas night and it was pouring all day. A good day to just stay in. Grandma and Grandpa Newman came over to order Chinese food with us for dinner on Saturday.

Yesterday we went to my parents' house to watch the Steelers game. They won but it was a very close game. Brandon had fun climbing the steps at their house and trying to pet their cat Reggie.

Brandon's favorite thing is to give Hershey hugs and lie on him. He especially loves his tail. Thank goodness Hershey is so good with him.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Yet Another Ear Infection and Speech

Brandon now has his 4th ear infection in two months. Last Wednesday was the last day I gave him xopenex in his nebulizer because his cough was almost gone. He was still coughing on occassion but nothing like he had been and his nose was not runny anymore and he wasn't wheezing anymore. I still have to give him the pulmicort once a day until he goes to the pulminologist in the beginning of January for his next RSV shot. I have a feeling he will tell us to continue one time a day until the end of RSV season. Brandon was okay on Thursday and Friday but on Saturday his nose started to run again and I noticed him coughing a little more than he had been, but he wasn't wheezing. On Sunday he continued to have a runny nose all day and a more frequent cough and same with yesterday. He also has been up a LOT throughout the night. The problem is I have to go into his room each time he is up because he starts crying and coughing really bad when he is crying. I decided to call the pediatrician yesterday to tell him that Brandon seemed to be getting worse again. He said it sounded all upper to him and to bring him in again. We went in yesterday at 5:30 and saw Dr. Brunetto. I had only seen her one other time awhile ago but she was great. She really took the time to talk to me and go over what has been going on with Brandon the past few months. She listened to him and his lungs sound clear. She said the pulmicort seems to be doing his job but if I notice him start to wheeze then I should do the xopenex two times a day until the cough is almost gone. Hopefully it won't come to that because he really does not like the nebulizer. She checked his ears and sure enough he has another ear infection. I don't think the last one even cleared up. He had 8 doses out of 10 of the omnicef which was the latest antibiotic he was on. Today was going to be the last dose. The pediatrician switched him to augmentin since the omnicef has not been working. She also suggested I call an ENT which I actually had already done. The soonest they could get us in is January 26th. I am glad I took him because by the time I got home from work yesterday he had a fever of 101. He was not a happy camper. Last night was rough but hopefully once the new antibiotic kicks in he will feel better and sleep better.

Brandon qualified for speech in the beginning of November through early intervention. He was actually borderline qualifying but they tweaked the numbers so he would qualify. He had his first session this afternoon although today was really more of a question session for the parents. The person who will be working with him is named Jessica. It turns out she taught the preschool disabled class last year at the school where I teach. I didn't know her since I was out on maternity leave and she had a baby in July so she isn't there now because of that. It is a small world.

Brandon has started to clap his hands finally. He is so cute when he does it. He has one hand flat like you would have your hand when clapping and he hits the back of his other hand with it. When I start singing If You're Happy and You Know It he starts clapping and he also claps when I say yeah. Brandon also fake coughs all of the time. It is the cutest thing.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Playing in the Snow

It has been snowing all day. We only had a few inches when Brandon woke up from his nap today but there is probably at least a foot now and it is still coming down hard. After Brandon woke up from his nap this afternoon I bundled him up to take him outside. He looked really cute in his snowpants, jacket, hats, mittens, and boots but he couldn't move. I sat him down in the snow and he fell onto his stomach right away. He finally managed to sit in the snow and loved watching Hershey run around in the snow.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Hanukkah, Santa Visit, and Another Ear Infection

We had a busy weekend. On Friday night I went out to dinner with some preemie moms. All of their babies were in the same NICU as Brandon was but they were there after Brandon was discharged. I met one of them last December at the NICU when we brought Brandon for a visit and she is also part of the preemie message board that I am a part of. I met a preemie mom that she knew at the NICU walk this year and that preemie mom set up our first preemie mom night out last month. We met again this month for dinner and will continue to get together a lot during RSV season. They are a really nice group of moms and we all get along really well.

Yesterday we went to my parents house for Hanukkah. Brandon enjoyed seeing Uncle Brian and Aunt Laura there and walking around my parents house exploring everything. He also had fun climbing up and down their stairs. Brian and Laura had their dog with them and Brandon went right up to him to give him a kiss.

This morning Santa came to our house to visit with Stu's fire department. Brandon got a Wonder Pets DVD from Santa and a stuffed Ming Ming. Our friends Sommer and Bob and their daughter Sydney, and our friends Dina and Andy and their kids Tommy and Abby, all came over to see Santa. We had a good time hanging out with everyone.

I brought Brandon back to the pediatrician at 11:45 today. His cough seemed to be getting worse instead of better even though he has been on the nebulizer for more than a week. I am glad I brought him back because he has another ear infection. It is his third in less than 2 months. He is on another antibiotic. The doctor said his cough and runny nose are from post nasal drip due to the ear infection. She said his ear was really gross looking and bulging.

Monday, December 7, 2009


We had to bring Brandon to the pediatrician yesterday because before he went to sleep on Saturday he had a 100.9 fever. I gave him tylenol and did his breathing treatment and then put him down for the night. Six hours later he woke up. I saw him sit up in his crib and thought he was reaching for a pacifier but then I heard a sound that sounded like a splat on his mattress. I woke up Stu and told him I thought Brandon had thrown up. We went into his room and he hadn't thrown up, he had spit up a lot of mucus. And he was sitting in his crib making a noise in his throat like he was trying to get up more mucus. I picked Brandon up and he felt really hot. He was also breathing rapidly. I took his temperature and it was 102.2. I called the pediatrician and she called back within a few minutes. She said to give him tylenol and to do a breathing treatment and to bring him to the office in the morning. We went in yesterday and saw Dr. O'Brien. He looked in Brandon's ear and saw some fluid but said it was clear fluid and he still didn't have an ear infection. He thinks that Brandon has a virus. They did check to see if he has the flu which he didn't. He has had both the seasonal flu shots and H1N1 shots so I would have been surprised if he had it. We just have to continue the xopenex until the cough is gone and then continue the pulmicort until Brandon goes back to the pulminologist in January.

Brandon has learned how to "talk" on the phone. It is really cute.