I hope you've learned by now that a long silence from our end, doesn't mean something has gone terribly wrong...believe me, WE'D WRITE! Instead, we're completely swamped by the new adventure of being a family of four and simply haven't had a free moment in weeks. We all came down with a nasty cold on Christmas Eve, and Elizabeth got an ear infection on top of that. As a result, she wakes herself up every morning with with a hacking cough and a vomit...ugh. After almost 2 weeks of antibiotics and prescription decongestants, she's improving, but still throws up every morning. Obviously this is stressful for all of us, so we'd appreciate your prayers for her complete recovery and our continued health. We also need wisdom as to where to take her in public during this winter...everywhere we go people have colds, and while we don't want to be isolationist, we live so close to the edge already, so a simple cold is a major hurdle.
Aside from her cold, Elizabeth is doing beautifully. She continues to thrive on her formula diet, and in hindsight, we're considering it a bit of mercy that she went back to being tube-fed before Ruby arrived. While it does complicate some things, it also simplifies our life in other ways. In the middle of figuring out what to do with a newborn (remember, we didn't bring Elizabeth home until she was 8 weeks old) and trying to recover from almost 6 months of sleep deprivation, to have to start all over and train Elizabeth to eat by mouth right now might have sent me over the edge. As it is, she's gaining weight like a champ, growing stronger every day and her GI system seems to have fully recovered from the multiple attacks last fall. At this point, we're hoping to teach the girls to eat together...maybe Ruby will be a good influence on Elizabeth! :)
We have a follow up appointment with Elizabeth's Gastroenterologist on the 26th, and hopefully will hear the plan for her next endoscopy to assess her verices. By then, the blood pressure medication will have had a good long while to work, and she'll be close to 10 lbs heaver! We'll keep you posted.
Finally, the best news of the season...Elizabeth is finally starting to walk consistently! I know we announced her first steps back in August, but because of her hospitalization and her underlying low muscle tone and loose joints, it's taken her a long time to master this skill. As I described it to a friend: crawling is easier and takes less work on her part, so walking is a "trick" for her, much like jumping or hopping would be for a typical toddler. Trying to coax her to walk for extended periods of time is like trying to coax a typical toddler to hop everywhere instead of walking. They'd tire quickly and go back to walking. Well, Elizabeth resorts to crawling after a few steps and as a result, it's taken a while to master it. But she has! She loves the praise she receives when she toddles around, and is especially excited to walk if we bribe her with hand lotion. :)