Friday, June 5, 2009

EMMIE'S CHECKUP

We took Emily for her 2 month check up today. She is doing great!! She weighs 10lbs, 1oz & is
22" long. When Emily was born we were told that her growth would be tracked on a chart for children with Down Syndrome. Because she is growing so well, she will be tracked on a chart for typical chilren, at least for now. :) A small victory!! :)

Emily got her first round of immuziations today. We talked to the doctor about an alternative schedule for Emily & she was very supportive. Emily got 2 shots instead of 6 today. Emily will get all of her immunizations, just a little more spread out. We are following the immuization schedule that is presented by Dr. Sears. We didn't feel comfortable bombarding Emily's little body with all of those chemicals. We feel very good about our decision & are grateful that Emmie's doctor is so supportive & accomodating. Emily will get more shots at 3 months & then at 4 months.

During our visit, we talked about illnesses/conditions that are common in children with Down Syndrome: respiratory infections, hypothyroidism, cataracts, celiac disease, diabetes, leukemia. It is overwhelming & frightening. It's hard to look at Emily & think that she could develop one of those conditions. The focus right now is that she is perfectly healthy. We don't know what the future will bring, so we focus on today.

We are off to Mema's for the weekend for Austin's 4th birthday party! Emily will be hanging out with the boys! :)

2 comments:

  1. Hi! I found your blog link off facebook. We just adopted a little boy with DS who is also 2 months old! He has an AV canal defect and will have heart surgery this summer. Glad to see Emily is doing great, and look forward to following your blog :)

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  2. Hey Lacey,

    I am so glad that you have chosen to share such personal thoughts, feelings and experiences with people. I think this blog will help so many who are unsure of what to do, how to feel and what to ask....I will enjoy following you and Emily through this journey....Hopefully Aidan will enjoy this as he grows up too, and Emily will feel very special and loved! They are lucky kids! The BEST to you and Eric!

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