Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Random news

Hi, All,

I have gotten quite behind in posting, so I will just update many things at once-

Luca is almost 4 months old now, and is laughing, cooing and grabbing at toys and bringing them to his mouth. It is amazing how quickly he is changing! It is really neat to see his hand-eye coordination get better every day and as the day goes on. He is pretty spastic in the mornings, but by the afternoon, he has pretty good control.

He has his 4 month booster shots tomorrow, which I am not looking forward to. If you remember my post in August when he had his last shots, you will remember that this was not a happy time for either of us. Luckily for me, my wonderful sister-in-law, Jacquie has gracefully volunteered to hold Luca while they stab him instead of me. This takes a huge weight off my shoulders, as I have been getting knots in my stomach every time I see that giant green reminder sticker on my calendar. Some may think that I am a baby, but I think that I just know my limitations and I know that having me anxious about it will only make Luca more upset and that is not good for either of us. So, that is tomorrow morning.

Chris had a really bad cold (along with others on both sides of the family) for about the last week or so. So far, I have been safe (knock on wood) but Luca seems to have caught it. He has had a runny nose and is sneezing a lot. I think that his throat is sore, too because his cry is a little hoarse. Unfortunately, he is crying because it hurts, but crying makes it hurt. But try using that logic with a 4 month old. Haha! I ended up sleeping on the floor in his room last night becasue he was awake so often. Everytime he would roll onto his back (he was sleeping on his side) he couldn't breathe very well because his nose was plugged, so he would wake up. Partly this was for my own peace of mind, being there beside him and not having to wonder how he was doing, but also because after the 10th or so time of getting up and tucking him back in, it was just easier to be in his room with him.

In other Luca news...About 6 or 7 weeks ago, I noticed a lump on Luca's chest sort of between his nipples. At first I thought that it was a mosquito bite or something, but it grew. The doctor sent him for an ultrasound (which he didn't get an appointment until last week, so we were waiting since the second last week of September). He was so good during the ultrasound, laughing and smiling at the tech. The radiologist came in and examined him also, and had a look around at all of his organs because he said that it is so rare to get such a good, young baby, that he wanted to have a look. He said that it is much easier to see things on a baby than on an adult, so it was pretty interesting. Something to do with fat/muscle ratios I think he said.

Anyway, we are seeing our family doctor in the morning to get the info. We already know that he is seeing some sort of specialist (a Pediatrician, I think, but the appointment lady didn't specify. I will find out tomorrow for sure). He has an appointment at the U of A next Tuesday, the 31st. The radiologist said that it looks to be mainly fluid with a few solid masses inside if it, and will probably just need to be drained, but possibly removed. We will know more next week I guess. I would really like to know what it is and where it came from, but maybe I will never know that. I will be sure to keep you all posted as we know more about this. I have told you all I know for now. But I do know that this will more than likely mean more needles....oh boy.

There is not much exciting going on with the rest of the members of the Graham family. We are just getting our house ready for the winter- raking leaves, "winterizing" our windows, etc. Chris did get the hot tub up and running again (it has been sitting empty waiting to be cleaned since just before Luca was born) so I am very much looking forward to a relaxing soak once all this other "stuff" is through. We are also gearing up to finish the renos in our upstairs bathroom. Chris put a tub-surround and shower up in July, so now we are ready to redo the counter top and tile and to paint. Hopefully that will happen this coming weekend. All the supplies are purchased, it is just a matter of finding the time. For now, though, we will be keeping the purple tub and toilet! :) (Our neice, Kaelynn would be happy to hear that- she gets quite a kick out of Auntie Jan's purple tub!)

Chris and I went on our first post-baby date last Friday. We went for dinner and 2 short games of bowling in Ponoka. We were only gone for 2 hours, but it was a great break. I was a little apprehensive at first, but after a little while, I relaxed and knew that Luca was in the very capable and loving hands of his Nona. It was nice to be with my husband for a while and not have to worry about doing things for Luca for a short time.

Well, that is about it- I hope you enjoyed my short novel, now those of you at work better get back to it! :)


Mike and Tor said...

Hi Janice,
Thanks for the update. Please keep up posted on how Luca's doctor appointments go. We'll be praying for him....and his mom.

Karyn/Mom said...

Such a lot of things happening! and along with wondering and trying not to worry about your baby's mysterious bump. How'd the "shots" go?
You know, usually it is more comfortable to sleep sitting up in your "big chair" with baby on your chest than it is to sleep on the floor - that way, you don't wake up with a sore back.

Vinj&Kath said...

Jan, it's good to hear the ins and outs of your life a bit.

Just liek every one else said, will be looking for the update on the lumo and doctors appointment. Hope every thing goes well!

vinj & Kath

The Grahams said...

Thanks for the thoughts and well wishes. I know that everything will be fine, but it is just a bit scary when something unusual happens.

I actually was quite comfy sleeping on the floor- I put a bunch of blankets down so it was quite soft, and I think that Luca slept better in his own bed anyway.

Rob and the Girls said...

First time parents....lol.

You went for your FIRST date in 4 months? And you were worried. Thanks I needed a good laugh. =)

The Grahams said...

I don't get it, Rob.....What's so funny?

Rob and the Girls said...

You'll understand when you have more kids. After Sophie was born we were off doing things WAY before 4 months. But with Emma we were like you. Don't worry, it just reminded me of a different time. =)