Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Another trip to the pediatrician!

First of all Marley is 11 weeks old today!  I took her to the doctor this afternoon for a little check-up.  For the past several weeks she has had a red, rashy looking mask under her eyes.  She has also been breaking out on her forehead after being bathed or wiped down in the evenings.  Thankfully our pediatrician thinks the redness is hormone related and she should grow out of that soon.  As far as the breaking out, she suggested we switch detergents and see if that helps.  We have always used Tide Free and haven't had any issues up until recently.  So we will now being washing Marley's clothes separately in Dreft.  Yeah, more loads of laundry!  But if it helps I'm all for that.  On the downside, if the breakouts and rashy looking bumps don't go away in a couple of weeks we are to go back to the doctor to try to figure it out...

I also spoke to Dr. Macklem about Lily's stuttering.  This has been an issue since around the time Marley was born.  At first we thought it was just an attention thing due to the new baby in the house.  We mentioned it to the doctor at one of Marley's check ups and she said that as long as she didn't have any secondary symptoms we should be fine.  Then a couple of weeks ago she began rolling her eyes and opening her mouth really wide when she tried to talk.  I immediately got worried and called the doctor.  She advised us to seek a speech therapist.  We ended up just keeping an eye on it and when we went to the dr today I showed her a video I was able to record of Lily's episode. 

She immediately said we needed to have her evaluated.  She said we would be able to have a speech therapist come to the house for a visit to have it checked out.  She also advised we show the video to them as a tool.  Hopefully this is just a phase and that she will grow out of it soon.  But if not, at least we can try to get it under control before it gets out of hand.  Generally speaking, Lily is a very clear talker and knows lots and lots of words!  Will keep you updated on that...

On a happy note, Marley gained a little over a pound in 2 1/2 weeks!  She is now at 10 lbs 15 oz.  She is talking more and more every day and really wants to laugh but just can't do it yet.  She is really aware of where you are in the room and seems to let you know quickly that she doesn't care for when you aren't paying attention to her or leave the room.  She also loves to chew on her hands if her binky isn't close by.  We avoided Lily sucking her thumb and hopefully we can do the same with Marley. 

              11 weeks old!  Marley surprised me when I put this rattle in her hand...I turned around for a split second and she had brought it up to her mouth and was chewing on it.  What a big girl!

I survived my first weekend back at work.  It is definitely a lot harder to get up at 4:15 am though.  On the plus side, the day seems to go much faster than it did working nights.  By 6 pm I am so ready to get home to see my babies.  I think Friday night and Saturday night I held Marley almost the entire time up until she went to bed.  I just couldn't get enough of her.  She missed her mama! 
The night before I went back to work...

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