Friday, January 1, 2010

Who Needs a Money Shot?

As soon as I saw the skull of the baby during the ultrasound I knew. It took a few more minutes for the ultrasound tech to make her way down the baby's body during the scan, but...

It's a girl!

Spyder has the same exact skull shape as Penny. I have my fingers crossed that this baby doesn't have Penny's eating and breathing issues. Please, please, please. A part of me wanted another little boy because (1) Ned has such a special place in my heart, (2) that would make Husband's prediction wrong, (3) Penny's medical issues, (4) Penny's clear desire to be an only child, (5) another girl will make it 4-2 girls to boys in the my family's grandchild department. But those are of course silly reasons - I'm thrilled no matter what we have - especially after they said that "everything looked anatomically normal".

Speaking of...Penny learned to walk over Christmas. She had been cruising for about 2 months but now will prefer to get up and walk across the room - just after her 16th month milestone. It is still a "Frankenstein" walk but she is one determined little girl!

I'm Going to Get You!

One disappointment is that after a few weeks of monitoring Penny on the oximeter with about 6x desaturating during the night (below 90%) I spoke with her pulminologist and she is back on O2 to be safe. It's hard to get us all back into the routine. We are going to do an at-home study for two nights next week. The problem is that the pulminologist thinks there may be no reason for it. And some kids do fine on low levels of O2 - but there is no data on brain development/future issues relating to O2. We can't seem to train her to breath through her mouth (even with her pacifier obsession) so she sets the monitor off even with O2 on.

But Penny is eating great - based on Wii scale she is up to 18 lbs! She actually has been eating better than Ned and that is after having 4-5 ounces of her high calorie formula...but only in a bottle. We've tried formula, almond milk and juice but she'll only drink water in a sippy cup. I'd love to break her of bottles before the new baby arrives in June but we'll do whatever we need to in order to keep her growing.

15 comments:

Helen said...

Look at that nugget! Can't wait for the next one! And I love the new header picture of them reading:)

Goddess in Progress said...

Glad the ultrasound went well and congrats on another girl! There's an overabundance of girls in my kids' generation, too. Ah well.

And way to go on the walking and growing, Ms. Penny! Hooray!

Nancy said...

GO PENNY!! That's fantastic. Fingers crossed on the O2 stuff for you guys though.

And congrats on another little girl :)

Cara said...

Congrats on another girl, and hooray for Penny walking! I know EXACTLY what you mean about just wanting to keep giving Penny a bottle to help her keep growing. That's how I felt (feel?) about bottles with my son Finn, who is 28 months and only 21 pounds. We've been giving him Boost 1.5 (even more calorie packed than the regular Boost)...it was a big transition, but definitely the extra calories he needed. Would Penny drink something like that?

Gretchen said...

Go Miss Penny - what a cutie! So glad her eating is up. Big hug from VA-way.

What A Card said...

Way to go, Penny, though I'm sorry to hear about the O2 again. She's absolutely adorable!

And congrats on baby girl :)

Anonymous said...

Loved having you say that Penny would like to be an only child--we used to say that your Mom really wanted to be the only child of a royal family. . .Love to you all, Mimi

Boston Chef said...

Yea for the girl...we're boy heavy, so I always route for little princesses!

LauraC said...

Yay for a healthy baby! And a big YAY for Penny walking!

Nicole said...

I'm so excited for you! It will be fun to see how Penny responds to her little sister : ) And yay for Penny walking - that photo is super cute!

jerseygirl77 said...

I am impressed that you knew based on skull shape. In any case, congrats on the baby girl and mega congrats to Penny on walking!

Heather said...

She's so cute!!! Hang in there. I know we were disappointed when we found out we were having two boys instead of having at least one more girl. Seven months later, I can't picture having anything else.

Shelley said...

Congrats and way to go Penny! Love the picture!

Sarah said...

Congrats on another baby girl! And that is great that Penny is walking.

Momma said...

What a sweetheart, walk on Penny!