Introduction of Ear Tubes

I’m about a month (exactly) late on posting this but better late than never, right? After having his 2nd ear infection in less than 2 months, I found myself sitting in the pediatrician’s office yet again wondering if my once sleeping through the night baby turned waking every 2-3 hours demanding to nurse and needing a lot of upright cuddles had yet another ear infection, which making it his 3rd in less than 2 months.  Along with that, I had a few other concerns.  His babbling had become few and far between and he no longer responded to his name when we talked to him.  We got back to the room and the pediatrician had to practically put our strong little 6 month old in a straight jacket in order to see in his ears.  He said, “He definitely has fluid in his left ear but neither of which are infected.” Well great I thought but lets be honest doc, with his runny nose and productive cough, by Sunday we’ll have a full fledge ear infection and I will just be back here looking for yet another round of antibiotics that aren’t obviously doing anything.  I inquired about tubes and he said since we were coming out of flu season we should take the good ol’ “wait and see approach” and quite frankly I wasn’t all about that suggestion and I felt like we were just delaying the inevitable.  Since getting RSV in February, every time Brady got sick, he also got an ear infection.  So to say I left the pediatrician’s office frustrated was an understatement.  Knowing we didn’t need a referral, Brian and I decided it would be a good idea to get a second opinion from an ENT specialist.  I got a list of ENT’s in the area and made an appointment.  Unfortunately, the first doc I called had a wait of 3 weeks but I took the appointment anyway and hoped that he could stay ear infection free for the time being.

Fast forward to the next afternoon,  I received a call on my way to pick Brady and Makenzie up from daycare from one of Brady’s teachers saying he had a fever.  Bingo I thought.  He has another freaking ear infection I mumbled to myself when I got off the phone, it actually wasn’t so PC but I’ll refrain from that for now.  As soon as I got to daycare, I took out my phone and gave another ENT doc a call to see if he could get Brady in earlier than the other could.  They had a spot open Monday morning and I snagged it right up.

Brady had a horrific weekend of sleep that weekend I knew very well, he probably had another ear infection, just like I knew was going to happen on Thursday after we had left his pediatrician’s office.  We got to the ENT’s office bright and early and we were taken back within minutes of sitting in the waiting room.  The ENT checked both ears and said, “He’s got a double ear infection.  The right one looks much worse than the left.”  From there, Brady had a hearing test done and they also tested the pressure in his ears.  Both tests came back pretty poor.  They said he completely failed his hearing test, his right ear was flat and his left was just OK.  They also said the pressure in his ears was very high and without skipping a beat the ENT said he would highly recommend tubes.  I left the office finally feeling good that Brady would have some relief to his constant discomfort very soon.  The ENT’s scheduler called me later that day and we were able to schedule his surgery exactly a week later.

Surgery itself went fine.  It was less than five minutes and he was an angry little dragon when he woke up from the anesthesia.  It took a good 45 minutes to get him to calm down and even then the ride home was rough for everyone involved.  He was back to new the next day and I am happy to report he has started vocalizing much more, although he still isn’t saying Da, Ma, Ba, Ya, etc but he is responding to his name.  The same week of surgery he also decided that pulling up to standing is a fun thing to do and army crawling all over the place has it’s perks as well.

I’m very glad we went ahead with the surgery.  I know it can be scary when your itty bitty baby is put under general anesthesia that young but when Brian and I talked it over, we understood it was a very routine surgery and that the benefits outweighed the potential negatives. Since then, Brady has been back to his old sleeping self.  He has an early bedtime, usually between 6 and 6:30p depending on how his last nap was and when it ended and he still has his rough nights here and there but he’s still a baby and overall, it’s better.  He can hear again and he is comfortable which is great for everyone!
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Months 5 and 6- Brady

So… I am a slacker these days.  I just can’t find the time to write a blog but I am making myself do it right here, right now.

Months 5 and 6 were eventful ones as far as milestones go for Brady.  He started rolling from back to belly and belly to back and became a belly sleeper.  Those first few nights of us transitioning out of the swaddle were rough because he also decided to start flipping on his belly as well.  He would freak out once on his belly and I would go in and flip him back over.  Repeat one hundred times a night… Not really but it sure felt like it.  It took him about 1-2 nights of this and then he just realized, hey! I like sleeping on my belly and now he goes between his back, belly, and on his side.  He likes his new found freedom.  Just seeing him swaddled when he was 4.5 months old made me feel claustrophobic.

He also began sitting up by himself for short periods of time around 5 months and definitely liked to be able to see what was going on around him.  He thinks his big sister is hilarious and loves watching her and she loves putting on shows for him to make him giggle.  He only gained 1 oz between months 4 and 5 and I think that was largely due to him having an ear infection and bronchiolitis in February.  Well, he sure made up for it starting in the middle of March.  He gained 2 lbs. between month 5 and month 6 and went from sleeping 12 hours straight to waking up 1x per night, generally around 3 or 4a to eat.  He would nurse for about 20 minutes and then go back to sleep until about 6:30 or 7a.  He gets three 5 oz bottles at daycare as well as 2 oz of fruit for breakfast and 2 oz of veggies for lunch.  He also nurses right away when he wakes up in the morning and right before bed around 6p and will also have a fruit and veggie for dinner around 5:15p.

We also introduced oatmeal around the 5.5 month mark and I started making all of his baby food.  I made Makenzie’s baby food and enjoyed doing it so I was excited to start for this little guy.  He wasn’t too sure about it at first and he is a little stinker for me, apparently he thinks I’m the milk factory only and will not always eat great for me.  Which is a problem when Daddy is traveling unless he can teach himself how to pick up a spoon and feed himself. Makenzie does well feeding him too so that’s always an option if I need it.

Likes
Oatmeal
Sweet Peas
Squash w/ cinnamon
Sweet Potatoes w/ cinnamon
Carrots w/ cinnamon
Pears
Peaches
Applesauce

Dislikes
Green Beans

Normal Eating Schedule During the Week

6:30a- Nurse
8a- 2 oz fruits
9:45a- 5 oz bottle (daycare)
11a- 2 oz veggies
12:45p- 5 oz bottle (daycare)
3:45/4p- 4 oz bottle (daycare
5:15p- 1 oz fruit and 1 oz veggie
6p- Nurse to sleep
3/4a- Night feeding

I started making combinations for him the other day too.  Sweet potatoes with carrots and chicken pureed with garlic powder, basil, and thyme (sounds and looks gross but is pretty good) and chicken w/ carrots pureed with the same spices above.  He is just an eating machine these days.

It seems like he turned a corner within the last few weeks with his sitting. He has been sitting up, with help, since about 5 months old but just the last few weeks he can sit and just play on his own.  He goes from the sitting position and does a nose dive onto his belly to get into the crawling position.  He doesn’t crawl yet but he is scooting and spinning in circles and trying really hard to get those legs up when he can.

He also got his two bottom teeth which surprised the heck out of me.  Makenzie’s first tooth popped in at 8 months and her second closely followed around 8.5.  He did really well with them and I’m hoping he is an easy teether like his sister was.

He is a feisty one that’s for sure.  He doesn’t have his sister’s laid back attitude and that’s ok.  It’s just fun to watch him and notice the differences between the two kids.  With Makenzie we didn’t have to baby proof at all.  I mean, we put outlet covers all over the house but we never had to take stuff off of tables or put locks on cabinet doors, she just left everything alone.  Mr. Brady on the other hand I foresee being a different story.  He wants to play with every toy, everything goes in his mouth, screeches at me when I’m not whipping out my boob fast enough for him to nurse… It will be so interesting and fun to see the differences between a little boy and a little girl.  🙂

He loves eating his toes and he watches my every move.  My sister long ago told me how much little boys love their mommy’s.  Makenzie is very much a daddy’s girl and has been since she was about 6 months old but I can tell Brady may be a mommy’s boy.  Any of you mommy’s out there with little boys can probably relate.  Brian can be holding him and I’ll look up and he is just watching me, seeing what I am going to do next, smiling and drooling waiting for me to come and pick him up.

Sleeping.  I really can’t complain, he’s been a great sleeper since literally 14 days old.  He has his moments where some nights are rough for him if he is sick or has an ear infection, which we are currently on our 2nd one in two months but for the most part he goes down at 6:15/6:30 and wakes up once to eat and that back down to bed.  The other night though, he was like a raging lunatic.  He was put on steroids for his crackling lungs and let me tell you he was a straight up roid raging psychopath.  He went to sleep fine but within 4 hours he was up and SCREAMING! I tried nursing him which always gets him to calm down.  Nope.  I tried rocking, bouncing, walking, singing.  Nope, nope, nope, and nope.  Finally, after an hour, I just had to let him cry for a bit.  I put him back in his crib and let him cry to see if he could work it out on his own.  Nope.  So I went back into his room, gave him some Motrin because I wasn’t sure if he was in some sort of pain and he literally fell asleep within 10 minutes of me rubbing his back.  I went back to my bed and fell asleep until I heard him up, wailing like a crazy person again around 2:30.  I nursed him again, he ate and then went back to sleep until 5:15a.  This time it was a big NOPE from me.  I left him in his crib to talk and fuss for an hour when I finally gave up and got him up for the day.  He was crabby pants by 8a and fell asleep in the car on the way to daycare.  Long story short, I called the doctor and asked him to be taking off of his steroid so we went in for a quick check and they were ok with it based on how his lungs sounded.

Naps.  He is on 3 naps a day.  I’d love to say they are “solid” in how long they are but we are still working on that.  He’s a cat napper.  I was hoping by now he would have figured it out but he still struggles with it.  The first nap is generally 35-40 minutes.  The second nap, when he is home, is usually about an hour and 20 minutes but that’s ONLY because Brian goes up and extends it when he wakes up after 45 minutes.  And then the 3rd nap is anywhere from 30 min to an hour.  Here is to hoping that once he is on two naps he’ll figure it out….

All in all, it’s been a very good couple of months and it’s hard for me to believe that Brady is almost 6.5 months old.  The second time around goes so much faster than the first.  Maybe because you know what to expect and nothing comes to you as such a shock like it does the first time around.