Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Good-bye Monitor? - 10/6

Last week we went to the Neonatology Clinic for a check-up. Nothing too exciting happened, which is why I didn’t post about it right away, but I needed an excuse to use this really cute picture of Averi having a moment with her giraffe. (It was lying on the ground next to her and she totally rolled over on her side and stared it in the face for like 15 minutes straight.)
Averi’s monitor has been having brady (low heart rate) alarms lately when she is sleeping. It used to only go off when she was refluxing and couldn’t breathe. The neonatology clinic downloads her monitor so they looked at the recording and said it is probably just because she is getting bigger and has a lower resting heart rate.

She then told me that we probably don’t need the monitor anymore. I was stuck between relief of not having to carry it around anymore and paranoia that she would start refluxing during the night and we would not hear her. Just as I was accepting it, she came back and said that Averi has to keep the monitor until after her surgery but we need to start weaning ourselves off of it.

Now it only has to be on at night, while riding in the car, and when she is unattended. It’s nice not having it on all the time and carrying it around, especially when we go out, but I can still sleep at night.

As far as the rest of the appointment, she is growing like crazy, weighing in at 10 pounds 12 ounces (finally double her birth weight at 5 months), her muscle tone is great, the dietician gave us an updated feeding advancement, she’s being referred for OT and PT, and we’ll go back after the surgery.


Vanessa said...

Good luck weaning yourself. :/ I can't imagine how hard that would be. How did you do it with Kaili??

Lauren in GA said...

I love how you described the way she is looking at her giraffe as, "having a moment"...it looks like it was intense :) That picture is so cute.

I am so afraid to let our monitor go.

Was Kaili on an apnea monitor?

Vicki said...

After reading 'Road Map to Holland' and Lauren's blog, I can imagine how hard it must be to part with the security of the monitor.
Keep posting the cute pic's. Averi sure is adorable.

Tina said...

I don't remember when they are supposed to be double their B.W. Can you remember how much Kaili weighed at 4 or 5 months? Marci's baby is tiny!

Jendy said...

Hey Tiff,
Jen really appreciates your monitoring our blog posts (thanks). Averi's really cute - you and Dan must be professional parents by now (we're just messing around with it). Good luck with surgery in a few days. (-Andy+Jen)