Friday, July 15, 2011

Movin' On Up!

This week has been a busy week at the Piatt house. We somehow (more specifically - a miracle) managed to sell our trailer without losing hardly any money on it. We also close on our new house next Friday :) The couple buying our trailer is sweet as can be, and they're purchasing it for their daughter who is 21 and disabled. She'll live in the trailer on their property to give her a little freedom, but they can still be there for her. They're moving the trailer Wednesday, so we're moving out of the tin box this weekend, and into my parent's house. Carter and I moved in last night while Josh was at work, and he'll join us tonight. Carter's got a cute green and pink pack-n-play and he's sleeping in his Uncle Greyson's room! As tiny and confining as it was, I'll be sad to see the trailer go... we've had alot of life changing events in that little tin box. Josh proposed there, I told him we were pregnant there, and it was the first place Carter was brought home to. However, many memories are yet to be made in our new home, and it will definitely provide a larger space for those events :) The yard is massive, so Maverick will definitely be pleased. And there's a screened in back porch that we'll be able to hang out with him in. He's being boarded from Tuesday through Friday, and will have a pampering day while he's there. Please send up prayers for us this coming week - moving is stressful, but we also have appointments at Children's on Monday. We'll be seeing urology and nephrology, to include renal labs and a renal ultrasound. We're trying to work in a stop at PT for a boot stretching... Carter's gained a few pounds in his legs :) so it will be a very long day. Josh may have to work, so my dad will be accompanying me. He's not much for diaper changing or feeding, but Carter loves him and he'll be a big help with driving and hauling stuff. Now that we're on the Carter subject - he is officially 6 months old. We took him this past Saturday to have his pictures made, and boy, did he have fun! He did so well, and we got some great shots. He also rolled over for the first time Sunday! He loves going to school, and gets so excited when he sees his teacher in the morning. He does much better with his feeds at daycare, also... probably because they're more persistent with him. He's down to 4 or 5 bottles a day, and averages about 30 ounces a day.... still a sore spot for me, since nephrology is aiming for 40 ounces for his kidney. I can't wait to see what his renal panels show now that his eating habits have changed. He eats oatmeal and fruit mid-morning, and a vegetable with rice cereal in the evening. I've been making his food myself, and he thoroughly enjoys it. He loves pears, apples, squash, and zucchini.... and sweet potatoes! but those make him a little constipated :-/ We've tried bananas, but avoid them for fear of increased potassium levels.... we're still adding kalexate to his formula to regulate the potassium he gets from his bottles. Hopefully everything will read normal on his bloodwork Monday. Carter was wearing his boots really well for about a month after we had new ones made, but has recently started crying in the middle of the night to have them taken off. We're hoping PT can see us to adjust them so they aren't as tight on his poor chunky legs. And, NEWSFLASH: We've been UTI free for TWO MONTHS! What a blessing!! Our next big step medically is to see about getting referred to Cincinnati Children's colorectal program. We have an appointment with Dr. Harmon, Carter's pediatric surgeon, on August 4th, and will discuss the referral and application then. Please keep us in your prayers as we make big decisions for Carter over the next year, mainly about his colostomy and hips. We are so blessed that he was a full-term, and a rather large baby so we could get all of the immediately necessary surgeries knocked out in his first month of life. He is such a happy boy, and takes everything in stride :)

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