May 31, 2007

Kenna Update

Kenna's three-month birthday was Sunday. She now weighs 12 pounds, 2 ounces, almost two full pounds more than she did at her two-month check up. I know how much she weighs because I had to take her to the pediatrician today for thrush. We noticed the whiteness on her tongue a couple of days ago, and after it didn't go away, we looked it up and decided she must have thrush. The pharmacist at Walgreen's did not want to give us the over-the-counter remedy because she's still so small, so we called and were able to get her in today.

This morning I had also noticed a redness in Kenna's diaper area. It was much worse than last night, when it was looking a bit red and tender. I had put A&D ointment on it (my mom's old standby), but when I looked this morning, there were tiny red bumps in addition to the redness. Since I had read about thrush, I wondered if this was related, and sure enough, it is. So now we have quite the regimen to go through, but it's fairly easy: 4 doses of oral medication each day, one kind of cream at every diaper change, and another type of cream 4 times a day. Poor li'l pumpkin. She's been a real trooper. Hopefully we'll see things clear up very soon.

On the positive side, Kenna has been doing great at night, sleeping anywhere from 7-10 hours without waking up. I've put her on more of a 3 1/2 hour schedule now rather than feeding her every 3 hours, and she's doing great. I try to keep her awake for about 1 1/2 hours, and she's been doing well with a 2-hour nap after the feeding and wake time. We're flexible, of course; we have to be! But I'm thankful that I figured out she was ready to stretch out her feedings a bit. It's nice to not feel like I'm nursing ALL the time! And I'm definitely thankful for being able to sleep at night. I tease Ted that he managed to come home from his deployment right about the time she was getting consistent during the night!

Kenna's personality is starting to shine through. She is a very happy baby and loves to be smiled at and played with. She'll coo to anyone who will listen and has "conversations," returning coos for verbal responses from whoever is "talking" with her. This melts the hearts of her big brothers and sister, who are convinced that she is talking just to them! She also likes to stick out her tongue...she was doing this even before the thrush, so I don't think it's just because of the junk on her tongue!

Kenna is now at the batting stage. We got her a great little plush toy from Babies R Us (part of a large gift card purchase) that has different textures and colors, and she just loves it. She was batting at it non-stop while we were at the doctor's today. She stares so intently at the little toys we put in front of her. It won't be long now before she's starting to roll over and sit up. Sigh...where is the time going??


Megan said...

I hope the thrush goes away quickly! Do you have it, too? I know it can make the rounds, even via laundry. Yeast is evil!!!

Bob & Claire said...

Ah yes, the old "thrush/yeast diaper rash" cycle--we've been on that ride a few times! Anna had both several times (so much that when she wouldn't nurse back in September, that is what I assumed she had, never dreaming it was actually something happening with ME that was the problem!) I hope it all clears up quickly.

I just lOVE the cooing stages--so sweet! And your schedule sounds wonderful. I was laughing about how Ted got home right when it all smoothed out--how convenient! : ) You're still my hero for doing the hard part all by yourself!