Thursday, April 18, 2013

G-button woes.

So, I know that being extremely busy is no excuse for not blogging, right? ;)  Well, life has been getting in the way of me keeping up with this writing thing.  I've finally gotten a big sigh of relief where I can sit down and catch everyone up on what has been going on with us.  I think it might be easier for me to start with the most recent and work my way backwards.  Here we go:

In the past week, Landon has come down with this mystery cold that no one else caught.  He had a fever (with the shakes that almost landed us in the ER), runny nose, and a cough.  I took him to the doctor where she seemed to think it could be his ears and gave me some stuff to clean them out with.  His scary fever happened the next night.  He woke up around midnight shivering and shaking in his bed, but the thermometer read around 102.  I'm always weary about wrapping him up in a blanket because I've seen his fever get to super scary levels before, but Braydon trumped my decision and wrapped him up.  Around 3am it finally broke and Braydon and I could finally get some sleep.  He's doing much better now, and hopefully we won't have to do that again anytime soon!

Yesterday we went to see Dr. Zapata for a check-up/follow-up.  As much as I would like to say it was a good visit, it wasn't that great.  There isn't any wonderful news that came from it.  He actually told me that Landon wasn't growing as fast as he should be and was actually staying the same as he had been before.  On a growth chart, this doesn't pan out well.  He's supposed to be moving with the growth curve, and right now he's staying the same as the growth chart is showing that he should be moving up.  No bueno.  So, I got a call today from the dietitian in his office that we needed to up his calories by 300 a day!  So, that's an extra 6 ounces of formula a day.  Right now, he's getting 14 ounces of formula and now he'll be receiving 20.  That's a drastic increase.  I have to say that I was a little worried when Dr. Zapata was showing me the growth charts. I kept it to myself, but I have noticed that Landon still fits into his 4T clothes almost perfectly when he is getting closer to being 6 years old.  Apparently his lack of nutrition has affected his growth.  A lot.

Don't I feel like a jerk.  Once again, I've been so driven to get my kid off of this g-button, that I've been a little blinded by the fact that he is very much dependent on it.  Most of his nutrition comes from it.  He does eat meals, but he doesn't eat enough or as productive as he should for a kid his age.  To give you an idea, he eats about as much as Sydney does right now, sometimes less.  And he doesn't drink hardly anything.  He'll drink an ounce or two from his cup at dinner, but that's after me and Braydon have a war with him about it.  I guess right now he just doesn't understand the importance of it.  So, I guess I've come to the realization that this is going to be a longer road than I expected.  It's not a quick or easy fix.  I've gotta step back.  It's more important to me that my son is healthy and growing the way he should, than getting a g-button out.  I've gotta learn to look at the big picture.  Just because he has to have more formula right now, doesn't mean that in a year from now he will.  Big picture, Dawn, big picture.

So, although I didn't have any really good news in this post, at least I have cute pictures to show.  That really makes up for it, right? ;)

Landon's teacher gave him a dice "game" for him to learn how to add.  He LOVES it!  He really likes dry erase markers right now.  I don't know.  Sometimes the most random things make him happy. :)  Sydney loves her tutu right now.  She doesn't like to take it off.  She calls it her "ballerina".  I don't think these kids could be any cuter!

1 comment:

REENblack said...

You have such a strong head on your shoulders, I don't now how you do it. <3