Saturday, February 26, 2011

Teething Woes

For about 16 teeth or so, Karsie has done a fairly good job with teething. There have been a few times here and there that she has fussed, but those times were quickly fixed with a bobby (pacifier) or a little Tylenol. Not anymore! Karsie's molars are coming in, and the last three or four nights have been quite horrible. She is currently asleep at a time when she is usually at her most playful because she's so tired from last night. Why, then, are we so happy about last night?Because it was actually better than the previous nights.

Other than teething, Karsie has been growing like a normal child. She's starting to copy our sounds (and when all else fails she says "goggy"); she's been running around, trying to climb things even without her abdominal muscles (getting out of reclining chairs is interesting), and generally just being a fun little kid. We are having so much fun with her as she is starting to show quite the personality (sometimes that "personality" gets her into trouble though).

G-tube is looking wonderful lately, ever since we switched to the .8 cm button. It has been leaking slightly lately because we've been burning off her granulation tissue with silver nitrate. But it's been much better, and we're hoping to get everything under control when the tissue is burned off.

The one thing that she has stepped back on has been her eating and drinking. Granted, drinking has been decent, but she's again lost interest in eating. She still asks for food and puts it in her mouth, which is good, but she doesn't do it with any gusto. Ah, if only we had that problem.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Walking and Talking

Karsie is doing very well, especially in the area of talking. All of a sudden, she has exploded with words. She is copying pretty much everything we say now, and it sounds like the words we say. Before it was just mumbling, but she has started now to really mimic. She is saying small sentences and is just a blast to be around. Every day is something new.

Another area that is doing very well is her drinking. She is drinking lots of water each day and seems to enjoy it. Eating still is not great, but we have some good days here and there.

We've had quite the issue with her G-tube. She has been leaking everywhere lately, and we have been fighting yeast around her site, which then brings on her scratching and digging at it, which makes it even worse with bleeding and creating sores. The digging then makes it leak more which creates more yeast...and so on and so forth. However, we seem to have fixed it. She has been the owner of a 1 cm button for over a year now and we continued to ask for a .8 cm button, which would fit more snugly (in our opinion) thus making it harder to leak. The doctors said that the 1 cm button fit well, so we never changed it. Alas, we got a hold of a .8 cm button from a medical supply store, and have been using it for a week now. So far, leaking is WAY down! Take that.

Moral of the story...common sense sometimes outweighs everything else.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

January Catch-Up

We finally worked out the picture problems... so here are some catch-up pics from January!
Lots of fun things going on for us to start off the new year.

Enjoying story time with Auntie Kelli and Uncle Dave. She LOVES guest readers!

Showing friend Owen the finer points of Yo Gabba Gabba!

Trying to figure out her new bathtime toys from Nana... They splash all on their own!

Loving bath time!!

We all went out to see Uncle Todd do an awesome job in the Cyclo-Cross race at Hart Park.

Cheering on Uncle Todd!!!

Snuggles with Nana after watching Uncle Todd. Time for a nap!

Rocking on her awesome Winnie-the-Pooh rocking bear... she LOVES to rock, and really pushes the limit of how far she can rock!

Reading with Grandma... learning all her animals! She now knows how to say "zebra" (bebeba), the noise for an elephant and lion! She can also point out all the animals on the back of the book!