Friday, October 31, 2008

Matthew's Upper GI

Matthew had his upper GI and small bowel follow through test yesterday and he did such a fantastic job. They put strawberry Quik in the barium to entice him to drink it and he did a good job of drinking most of it. He was there for almost 4 hours and did not fuss one time. They did not find anything during the tests, the esophagus has no damage from the Reflux, the valve between the esophagus and stomach is working perfectly, the muscle between the stomach and the intestine is looking good and there are no blockages in the intestinal structure. All very good, however he still struggles with eating and sleeping. So he has a follow up appointment next week with the doctor to see what the next steps are. We will keep everyone posted and thank you for all of your prayers.

Matthew and his parents

Monday, October 27, 2008

5 Months Old

Hi everyone,

We cannot believe that the boys are now 5 months old!!! How time flies. The boys are doing well, though Matthew still really struggles. He can eat better now, but now cannot sleep on his back at all. Therefore, we are now holding him the entire night every night. He is actually going to the hospital on Thursday for an Upper GI to determine what is going on. We hope we can get some answers to how bad his Reflux is or if this is another issue. We will keep you posted on that.

On other items, both boys have now discovered that they have legs and enjoy pulling the legs up to their chests (of course Matthew is better at doing this since Thomas' legs are a bit chubbier :-) ). We are now waiting for the feet to enter the mouth! It is so much fun watching them discover new things all of the time. They love being read to and seem amazed by the stories (and they love Thidwick, the Big-Hearted Moose from Aunt Sara--thank you so very much).

The boy's Great Uncle Gerry and Great Aunt Sara stopped by yesterday which was such a treat. Thank you for stopping in and the boys really enjoyed meeting more of the family.

I am posting a picture of each one below "sitting" by themselves. Thomas is on the left and Matthew is on the right.


Reed, Sue, Matthew and Thomas

Monday, October 20, 2008

Matthew--the master of Rolling Over

Hello everyone,

So we have now witnessed Matthew rolling over from his back to his stomach (though Day Care has been saying that he has been doing that, we had yet to see him do it) and he is a master at it. You lay him on the floor to play and he just rolls over and keeps on going.

Matthew is still struggling with Reflux pretty badly. The doctors switched his medication last week (he had gained about a pound over the two week period since his 4 month check up and weighed in at 14 pounds 11.5 ounces) and they have scheduled him for an Upper GI on the 30th of the month to rule out any physical cause to the problems that he is having. We of course are not looking forward to him being put through that test.

Thomas is now getting over his 3rd head cold and he had to have antibiotics with this one. So when I took him in to the Dr. last week they weighed him and he had gained over a pound since his 4 month check up (he weighed in at 16 pounds 12 ounces). He actually rolled over in his crib last night and slept part of the night on his stomach. Which the doctors tell us is still a no-no. So we will have to watch that as best as we can.

Both boys enjoyed wearing some Halloween outfits lately and I will try to post some of the pics below. They both also seemed to enjoy laying with each other on the floor this weekend.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Thomas rolls from Back to Front

Hi everyone,

Another milestone weekend!! Thomas rolled from his back to his stomach twice today. Matthew has not done this yet but he is very close as well. Both are doing very well eating their cereal with a spoon. Matthew is still struggling a lot with the reflux, now requiring to be held upright most of the time. This is not easy on us, but hopefully he will grow out of it soon (esp. for his sake because hearing him cry out in pain is breaking our hearts).

I thought I would try to upload some new picutres, they both love playing with each other on the mat and enjoy watching each other.

Reed, Sue, Thomas, and Matthew