Wednesday, July 13, 2011

three weeks old



A lot has happened in just one week!

But, first, the main news: The pediatrician today called regarding Amelia's heart murmur.

(To recap: He had detected the heart murmur last Thursday. She had a heart ultrasound/cardoechogram done on Friday, which was then sent to the U of M for analysis. We have been waiting (impatiently, mostly) for the results since.)

The pediatrician called today to say that, overall, Amelia is healthy and doing well.

However, the doctors did find that she has a patent foramen ovale (PFO), which is basically a hole in her heart between the left and right chambers. It is something that, in utero, babies have that should close on its own at birth. Amelia's heart is among those that did not. It is relatively common and is not alarming; there is no cause for concern. Usually they close on their own by 1-2 years of age.

From the Mayo's website, which can explain it much better than me:

"A patent foramen ovale (PFO) is a hole in the heart that didn't close the way it should after birth. The condition is relatively common.

"During fetal development, a small flap-like opening — the foramen ovale (foh-RAY-mun oh-VAY-lee) — is usually present between the right and left upper chambers of the heart. It normally closes within the first or second year of life. When the foramen ovale doesn't close, it's called a patent foramen ovale.

"Most people with a patent foramen ovale never know they have it. A patent foramen ovale is often discovered during tests for other problems. Learning that you have a patent foramen ovale is understandably worrisome, but most people never need treatment for this condition."

So we are happy with the results.

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Amelia continues to amaze us daily. She is now consistently holding her head up and is lengthening her periods of awakefullness. She does not play yet, of course, but she is taking an active interest in seeing brightly colored items and is intently focusing on our facial expressions.

Sleepwise, she is getting more difficult, but I blame myself and Ray for just lazy parenting probably.

She went from sleeping in her crib and bassinette to sleeping in her swing and bouncer chair. Which was OK ... but she became a little too dependent on her nuk and was waking up every 5-10 minutes overnights because she would lose her nuk and cry. This came to a head Monday night, when I slept, literally, on the floor at her feet so I could put her nuk in in a matter of seconds every so often.

That ended last night. When I basically just forced her to sleep without her nuk at all. After just a few minutes of rocking, I got her to sleep (sadly, again, in her bouncer chair) without her nuk - and she thanked me with a four-hour stretch of sleeptime. Yay!

Today, though, she returned to the basinette for naps. And I really, really hope to continue that into the overnight tonight...



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Her most favorite activity continues to be skin-to-skin time - and she is fighting for it on an almost hourly basis. She cries until you pick her up and then she immediately snuggles her face into your neck and goes to sleep in a matter of miliseconds.

It takes all the strength I have to pull her away and try to get her to sleep in her bassinette. Espeically since, now, she moans a little bit when I peel her off of me, as if to say, "Oh, Mommy, please let me stay."

Too sweet.

- Bethany :)

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