Thursday, January 21, 2010

Failure to Thrive...

Yesterday at Lil' squishy face's weight check, he was diagnosed with "Failure to Thrive". Even though he was up 4 ounces he was still only 6 lbs 15 oz at almost five weeks, which is still 4 ounces from his birth weight. When a baby doesn't regain his birth weight by a month protocol is automatic admission to Primary Children's Medical Center. I was devastated!!! My Doctor said because of my crazy life of being basically a single mom during the week, instead of making the arrangements and sending him up right away, she would give me some time to talk with Hunter Dan and figure out what would be best for our family. The time spent at the Children's hospital would be two weight checks daily, complete caloric intake, multiple testing above and beyond all we have already done, and at least 2 to 4 days there. I was so heart-broken, but arrangements were made with my parents, they would head down within a few hours, Hunter Dan would be here shortly, and I was mentally preparing to spend some days and nights with my little guy in the hospital. A place I've been before, and had hoped I wouldn't spend another night there again. Don't get me wrong this hospital is amazing!!! I called the Doctor to let her know she could get him admitted within just a few hours. After she called the hospital though there were no single bed rooms available, and she wasn't willing to risk the baby getting sick by sharing a room with even a non-sick patient. My Doctor said,"Your baby is little and young, we can't risk him getting RSV right now." Believe me I know, after Ashie was there with it for nine days at three weeks old, we decided not to take lil squishy anywhere except to the Dr. I'm getting a little stir crazy.
So now the plan according to my Doctor is FEED HIM LIKE CRAZY this weekend, and weight check on Monday, if there isn't a significant change, he will be admitted. Talk about an emotional roller coaster!! I will be saying many prayers for the next few days for sure. But that brings me to something I haven't done forever, and it is time to get back....
1. I am sooo thankful to a wonderful Doctor.
2. I am sooo thankful that I will be able to spend Lexlee's birthday with her tomorrow instead of being at the hospital.(that was breaking my heart!)
3. I am sooo thankful that I have parents who were willing to drop everything to drive to Utah.
4. I am sooo thankful that Hunter Dan was able to arrange to work in town next week...just in case...
5. I am sooo thankful to Beto's Mexican food, where I just treated myself to a veggie burrito. Super YUM!!! I think I deserved it.:)
Hope everyone is having a wonderful Thursday, I will be busy for the next few days trying to stuff my baby with calories!:)

33 comments:

Desert Rose said...

Awww, eat up little squishy! No yucky hospital trips!

Brandy said...

I'm so sorry. I hope that he eats lots for you by monday!

Sheila said...

Oh my goodness you poor thing! I will keep squishy face in my prayers! He is just SO precious! Hold on tight and always remember - GOD WILL NEVER GIVE YOU MORE THAN YOU CAN HANDLE!

MiChElLe said...

OHHHHHH!! I want a veggie burrito? Would you like to bring me on please!!! I hope that he eats like crazy and he is up on Monday! take care and call me at any hour. Bob's your uncle!

shortmama said...

Eat lots sweet baby! Praying for you and your family Tanielle!

kimert said...

He is so precious!
Prayers for you and your family during this time! I hope he gains this weekend and you can avoid that precious boy from being admitted! ((hugs))

Lisa Anne said...

I hope he eats a lot of food and gets bigger! I'm sorry I will pray for you all. He's so cute!

sitting on the mood swing at the playground said...

Sending good vibes to all of you that Lil' squishy face packs on the weight this weekend. And happy birthday wishes to Lexlee.

Cardell Family said...

Oh, I'm sorry things are so rough! I hope he eats and eats and gains and gains!

Myya said...

Stuff away!!! You get that lil guy eating & hope that he starts to gain gain gain!!! Happy Birthday Lexlee - Hope you enjoy the day with her :)
I'll join in on your Totaly Thankful Thursday... Thankful that a mommy to a cutie little squishy face can keep it together to maintain sanity with all that is going on around her... to feed her lil one like crazy so that he will start the plumping up process, she will get to spend her lil ladies Birthday with her & that she treated herself to a veggie burrito that was VERY much deserved!!! Hoping to hear great news about squishy face after the next few days. Good luck!!!

B said...

I'll be sure to keep you all in our prayers! And I hope you guys have fun celebrating a birthday too!

Heather @ Sugar N Spice Mostly Nice said...

Hope Lexi has a very happy birthday!

I'll be saying lots of prayers for your sweet little one.

Annikke said...

Praying for you all!!

Amy said...

Good luck with everything. He is such a cutie..

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

Oh squishy come on we KNOW you can gain weight!!

We are just going to pray him and you and your family through this!!

Kimi said...

I pray he eats well! He is so adorable. Sorry I haven't been commenting lately!

J.J. said...

Praying for some ounces to find their way on his little self and make him squishy squishy!!! Eat lots and lots little one!!!

Enjoy the birthday party!!!

MiMi said...

Well, you kept barfing and he learned to not gain weight! Just kidding, he will be fine. Are they having you supplement formula too??

Mrs Montoya said...

Come on sweet boy - thrive, thrive, thrive!!! I'm praying for your family, Tanielle. Hang in there!

Connie said...

It's good to have a buffer (the weekend) before admitting him in the hospital! You'll be busy feeding him like crazy but it will be worth it if he can stay home!
Good luck. Our prayers are with you.

Dawn said...

I'll be thinking of you-I had one that was failure to thrive but she was older not a newborn. I'm glad you were able to get everything all set and will be hoping you don't have to go on Monday.

Vicki said...

My thoughts are prayers are with you my friend... I know once you said you were close to Logan or your husband worked in Logan... if there is anything... I mean anything I can do... please let me know I would be more than happy to do whatever you might need. Huggies!

Cherie said...

He is such a cute little thing - I am sorry that he his having some problems but thank goodness for a good hospital and good doctors!! Lots of blessings!!!

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

Oh sweetie, you are in my prayers. I know a little of what you're going through. My Kameryn was premature and had such problems putting weight on in the beginning. Daily weigh-ins left me a wreck as I watched her lose ounce by ounce. Sending you hugs, and praying for peace.

Bonnie said...

Tanielle, I haven't commented in awhile but I have been reading your posts. Happy birthday to your daughter. Birthdays are wonderful, aren't they? And I am thinking about you and your littlest one. I'll be praying for a great weigh in on Monday.

ham1299 said...

I'll be praying for your sweet little guy! (((Hugs)))

Braley Mama said...

I pray that he will gain weight this weekend and he will not have to go to the hospital.I am so sorry for all you have had to go thru. You still have that sweet thankful heart, Praise God!

Gwen said...

:( That is very sad! I will be praying for him to gain some weight! Did they say to try a little bit of cereal in his bottle? Anyway, I'm sure you'll do all you can. I'll be thinking of you!

jennykate77 said...

Great things to be thankful for! Praying for lil' squishy! Glad you get to spend Lexlee's birthday with her. Hope little guy gains weight this weekend!!

kado! said...

oh...I hope he is gaining like crazy!! he is TOO cute!

MMMmmm...on the Veggie burrito...you totally deserve it!!!

Vivienne said...

OK, I'm definitely keeping your whole family, especially Squishy in my prayers.
xoxo

kanishk said...

I hope that he eats lots for you by monday!

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GRAMEE said...

I hope all is going better with the baby,

I have been away from blogging for a while and didn't even know he was here

Congratulations!
good luck and My prayers are with your family