So I snapped a pic between cast 4 and 5 and WOW…this foot is looking STRAIGHT! Yay! Here is the before any casts…
and here is the NOW picture!
That ankle…wow! It’s red because of the swelling, but that is normal. Doc is really happy with how it’s turned and he says only 1 more cast (#6) and 1 more trip down to Marshfield. Woohoo! This momma is happy considering it could have been 8 casts. At her visit next time she will get her heel clipped (not sure how that all works yet) and get trained on the boots and bar (her brace). That will be another whole adventure with diaper changes and clothing!
Also we got her weighed today (it’s been hard to get her weight since she has the cast on) and she is 8 lbs 12 oz! She gained over 2 lbs in 2 weeks! It’s crazy how she is the size the boys were when they were born!
We are making progress!
Miss Catherine Jane is doing so well! She has been a REALLY great sleeper which makes mama happy and sane. Normally she is up once a night between 11pm and 7am. Can’t ask for much more from a newborn! She loooooves to be held especially when she’s going to sleep. Now that our company is gone I’ve obviously had to put her down more for her naps and she lets us know she’s not very happy about that. Literally the moment we pick her up she sighs and falls asleep. It’s pretty cute.
The crossed eyes are pretty normal at this stage so we are told. They don’t usually worry about eye exams until they are 6 months, so hopefully those eye muscles develop and stay straight!
This last one reminds me of the tango or something. I keep hearing “La Cucaracha” in my head! Maybe she’ll be a dancer! :)
These last 2 weeks we’ve gotten a break from the hour drive to Marshfield and the pediatric orthopedist came to us. Yay! We saw him at the hospital here last week and he was happy with the way her foot is turning!
Her poor little leg is all flaky even though I rubbed her down with coconut oil. Her skin hasn’t had time to adjust to being out of water literally since it went into the cast 3 days after birth! You can see how her ankle is swollen due to the turning which is normal.
This week (week 4) was unbelievably significant. We were both so surprised at how different her foot looked (in a good way)! Of course, I totally forgot to take a picture of it so you will have to wait for week 5’s installment! Her cast this week though actually looks like a normal casted foot.
He looks surprised at how big his leg is next to hers!!!
What a memory we have here. Two matching full leg casts on our kids. Oy!
Sometimes it takes discipline to enjoy your days. It may seem odd to say that when the joy of a new baby is here and all is well with our family. But I’ve realized over the years and as the baby stage has come and gone that this time, I’m choosing to enjoy it more than I have in the past. Don’t get me wrong. I have enjoyed each of the kids at this stage, but there really is something to the discipline of slowing down, letting the small stuff pass, and embracing each couch snuggle and lazy afternoon and late night feeding. There is this temptation to let my mind revert back to desiring a full nights sleep and my own schedule not dictated by a 2 week old’s cries for milk. That line of thinking only leads to discontentment.
So all that to say, man, I am enjoying this little girl! Those lips!
Sometimes if I’m feeling tired and down, I remember this. I get a PERSON. This thought came into my head when our whole neighborhood was at a Halloween party that I slept through. It occurred to me…everyone else had fun at this great Halloween party, BUT…I got a PERSON! Who else can say that?! It sounds ridiculous I know, but it’s helped me get perspective on a number of situations and feeling like I’m “missing out”…it reminds me that, all this missing out is SO worth it!
We drove an hour south to a pediatric orthopedist for Catherine’s first cast. If you’re behind on the storyline, click here.
The doc said her foot was moderately clubbed. He had seen worse and seen better, but nothing was unusual about it and there were no other anomalies. Only her right foot is affected. He thought with 6 casts (1 per week) it would be corrected and then she would go into a brace until she can stand. Here’s what it looked like before it was casted.
The casting process wasn’t painful at all, but she did cry because it’s cold being all naked on a table for 15 minutes! He uses a soft cast material and molds it to her foot turning it to it’s furthest range of motion outward (the direction it’s supposed to be turned). Here is her first purple cast!
It goes up to her thigh so it stays on her skinny little legs and down to her toes. She wears socks over it to prevent rubbing / blisters on her other foot which she likes to cross at the ankle. This week we got an orange cast and the doctor said it was turning nicely. I can’t really see a difference but I guess that’s why he’s the doctor and I’m the mom. :)
I love this part of the hospital stay. It’s the adrenaline rush/excitement of birth, then the wonder and calm of inspecting this new stranger who is your child, then the crew comes to meet her for the first time! Here they are and they were SO excited! Jeremiah apparently ran out of the elevator down to Room 265!
Notice Jon is not thrilled in any of these pics. He told us he didn’t really know how it was going to go since his first sister doesn’t listen very well. Hoping things turn around for him! Charlotte on the other hand is ecstatic and extremely motherly. She wanted to know if baby Catherine talked. I think she was disappointed to realize that she wouldn’t have a talking buddy for awhile. And thanks Gram for these cute shirts!!!
I can’t believe how fast this last week has gone! What a whirlwind of activity and sleep and emotions! Coming home from the hospital, as always for me, was sad. I told my dad it is like planning a wedding for 9 months and then all of a sudden it’s over! I know many people dread hospital stays, but I love love love our birthing center here and we know many of the nurses and the doctors through church and through having had a few babies there! (perks of a small town)
For the first time EVER, Patrick made it through the birth and was not sick or hospitalized during our stay! He got to have this celebratory dinner with me! We had shrimp scampi and chicken alfredo with chocolate truffle cake! It was delicious!
And here we’re ready to take our 7 lb’er home!!
Catherine’s first few days were a little difficult because she didn’t want to cooperate with feedings. She slept for 14 hours straight, which you’d think would be good for us all, but actually it was stressful! She lost almost a pound, which isn’t good when you’re only 7 lbs to begin with! After that though she seemed to perk up and figure out this whole nursing thing and as of yesterday she is almost back to her birth weight.
Keep it up girl!