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Monday, December 31, 2007

December 2007

12/30/2007 10:03:03 AM
More Christmas!
Yesterday was the DeRusha Christmas. We went over to Sherri's for dinner along with the rest of the family. It was nice seeing everyone and meeting baby Lilli! Cole and Aiden didn't really have much interest in playing together. Aiden went to play with Cole once and Cole ran away crying. It was strange. By the end of the night they were looking at the fish tank together and seemed to be ok with being together.
Rylie did really well and wasn't fussy at all. She enjoyed being held by everyone and slept most of the time. She also got to meet Grandpa DeRusha. Cole fell asleep in the car and went right to bed when we got home.

Rylie is still doing really well on her medication. She hasn't been puking and seems to be breathing easier as well. She is even taking 4 ounces at a time now without getting too uncomfortable. She's taking in between 24 and 28 ounces a day so that is perfect for her weight. On December 28th she went 7 hours without eating in the night which is the best she's ever done. Hopefully that will start happening more often!

This week I'm working Monday, Thursday and Friday. Thursday Aunt Liz and Grandpa DeRusha are going to come over after we get home from work.
12/30/2007 9:48:53 AM
Updates while the website was down.
December 26 9:27am

Merry Christmas! We had a very good Christmas this year.

Monday was Christmas Eve so we got up early to get ready to go to the Case’s. As we were getting ready Matt leaned over to pick up the camera and hurt his back. He was in pretty bad shape and could barely walk but after a couple hours we were able to go to the Case’s house as planned. Matt had to take it easy and keep ice on it. We went to church with them and then exchanged presents. Cole loved opening presents this year and actually opened most of his by himself. We hung out there for a while and then went home. Cole went to bed and I unpackaged all of their new toys.
Tuesday (Christmas day) came around and we got up early to find presents from Santa! Cole and Rylie opened their gifts and then Cole gave me a giraffe! He always brings me his toy giraffes so it was a very fitting gift! After that we got ready to go to Great Grandma and Grandpa’s for brunch. While we were there we gave them a photo puzzle with a picture of the kids on it and a framed picture of Cole and Rylie that we’ll update every few months. Then we went to Grandma Score’s so Cole could take a nap. He slept for about 3 hours and then we were off to Sandy’s. We opened tons more presents and then ate some dinner. Cole fell asleep in the car and went right to bed when we got home.
We had a lot of fun this Christmas. Cole and Rylie got more toys than you could imagine and we’re still trying to figure out where to put it all. Cole is loving all this new stuff to play with. We’ve been watching his Blue’s Clues DVD all morning while he plays with his new toys. Rylie is smiley as usual and is doing very well with her new medicine.
Saturday is the DeRusha Christmas. I’m sure Cole will enjoy playing with Aiden and we’ll get to meet baby Lillian!

December 27 7:30 pm

Back to work
Today was my first day back at work which was both happy and sad. It was hard to be away from the kids but nice to be back at work. Cole really likes going to Grandma’s house so he was pretty happy about it. We had to wake him up this morning at 5:45 so I could get to work by 7am. He cried a little but then woke up and was in a good mood. Rylie got up on her own at 5:30 which was perfect timing. They both did well and I had a good first day back at work. I’ll be working Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 7am-4pm. That way I get to spend a couple days a week with the kids.
12/28/2007 7:55:44 AM
Site was down
Sorry for the little outage there. My domain name, "mattderusha.com" expired, and I had some issues with renewing it. Anyway, all is well now! I'm sure Jessa will blog all of her updates soon!
12/17/2007 8:25:38 AM
Still doing well
Rylie has been doing great. She doesn't spit up and seems comfortable most of the time. She still has a few breathing issues. Every now and then she gasps for air, coughs, and holds her head in a funny position to open her airway. Her appointment is on Wednesday so we will see what they say about all that. She seems overall fine. It is such a relief to have her healthy now. :)

This is my last full week of maternity leave. I'll miss it. :( It will be nice to go back to work but I'll miss my babies like crazy. I'm only working Tues, Thurs, Fri from now on so that will be nice. Eventually I'll probably go back to 4 days a week, but for now part time is a better way to go.

12/14/2007 3:01:25 PM
Wish Lists
I updated Cole and Rylie's wish lists. Look under "Fun Stuff" and you can find them. Rylie is harder to find stuff to put on there since she's so little and we already have so many toys. She wears 3 months clothes right now.
12/13/2007 7:02:21 AM
Doing Great!
Yesterday was a great day for Rylie. She didn't throw up even once. She didn't even spit up (which kind of tells me she doesn't have Reflux at all). The doctor called and said her tests were perfect and no problems internally causing it. Matt told him about the breathing problems and he said that they will look further into asthma. Especially since Matt had breathing problems as a baby and my brother had asthma as a baby too.

The doctor doesn't think the Zantac was causing the vomiting, but we are still thinking it was. She has been so happy, comfortable, and puke free... it is hard to not think it was the Zantac causing all the problems. Last night was one of the best ever for me. I went to bed around 10 and she woke up around 1:30 and then kind of squirmed around at 4:30 so I fed her. She went right back to sleep without even spitting up. (Coughing and chest rattling was her only issue.) It is 7am and she is still sleeping in her crib. She is now like a normal healthy newborn. I got more sleep than I have in months. Needless to say I'm really relieved and happy!

The doctor wants to see her again next week unless she goes back to having trouble eating. She also has her 2 month check up that week so hopefully I can combine them into one trip. I'm a little sick of doctor visits!
12/11/2007 11:55:27 AM
Barium Swallow
They moved up Rylie's barium swallow to today since she was vomiting so much over the weekend. She was losing pretty much every other feeding. She only takes in 3 oz and was vomiting around 2 oz each time. She went to the doctor yesterday and she still hasn't gained any weight. She had the barium swallow done at Children's this morning and it didn't show any problems. There is no blockage and it didn't even show any reflux during that feeding. This doesn't mean that she doesn't have reflux, but she didn't have it at that feeding.

Her vomiting has slowed down considerably and she seems more comfortable. Her runny nose and cough are much better too. We are trying a day without the Zantac to see if that is what is causing the vomiting. The little boy that I babysat last year was on Zantac until they realized it was causing his vomiting. Maybe that is the case with Rylie. Right now we just have to keep trying things until something works. I'll also talk to the doctor about getting a different medication for the reflux if the vomiting continues.
12/7/2007 11:39:40 AM
Little Miss High Maintenance
I took Rylie to the doctor today because she has still been vomiting and her cough is getting much worse. The doctor first shrugged it off as Reflux, but he looked at her weight and noticed that she hasn't gained enough since last Wednesday when she was in. She only gained 2 oz and she should be gaining an ounce a day. She should have gained around 8 or 9 oz by now. They scheduled something called a barium swallow at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis for Wednesday so they can make sure that it is just Reflux and not a blockage or anything. If it is Reflux, then they can change her medication so she can keep her food in better. They want to make sure that reflux is the only cause of the symptoms before giving her a stronger medicine since she's so small.
12/6/2007 2:43:15 AM
Very very frustrated
A nurse finally called me back on Tuesday and told me to keep using the Nystatin. We went back to using it, and after a few treatments, she was back to vomiting. They say it isn't a reaction to the nystatin because she isn't vomiting every time. We know that it actually is from Nystatin though and are just going to stop giving it to her. I am on my third pair of pajamas tonight because of it and so is Rylie! We are DONE with it. I will wait for the Thrush to clear up on its own. I think I'll just start washing her mouth out with water every couple hours.
As for the reflux, the doctor didn't think changing her medication would help. I think I'm going to call and see if I can get a second opinion. There are drugs out there for reflux such as Prevacid that actually block the acid from being produced which would further help her reflux. It is just frustrating that the doctors keep shrugging off what I am saying as if I don't know what I'm talking about. I am the one with her 24 hours a day. The Zantac doesn't seem to be doing much for her so I'd like to try something else. Is that too much to ask??
12/4/2007 9:01:07 AM
We may have figured it out now...
We started realizing that Rylie throws up with the bottle after she gets her Nystatin treatment for Thrush. The vomiting started around the time that she started the thrush medication, so we think that might be why! I researched it online and found that many people have the same problem. The pharmacist tells them to squirt the medicine into the mouth and swab the mouth with a qtip. This shouldn't actually be done for newborns because they swallow too much of it and get an upset stomach. If you just dip the qtip in the med and swab it is supposed to be easier on their stomachs. We started doing this 2 nights ago but the nystatin is still making her uncomfortable. She cries whenever I give it to her and seems very uncomfortable. The doctor is supposed to call me today and tell me if I can switch medications. For now, I'm not giving her anything for the thrush. She didn't puke at all yesterday though. :) Between the Reflux treatments and no more Nystatin, things seem to be getting better for Rylie- FINALLY.
She still has reflux symptoms and coughs quite a bit in the night keeping her awake. We can deal with that though. It is minor compared to projectile vomiting!
12/1/2007 11:29:12 PM
Something is still not right...
Rylie is still having trouble. The changes we made seem to have stopped her breathing problem while eating and even reduced the amount she spits up. The concern that I have though is that she's still vomiting up large amounts at a time every day. Sometimes she clears a couple feet with it. Today we were in the car and she puked all over the place. This forceful vomiting isn't normal so I'm going to bring her back to the doctor as soon as I can. I'll call Monday and let them know that the vomiting hasn't stopped. Luckily, it only happens once or twice a day, but it is very hard to deal with. The next step the doctor will take is to do xrays and find out if there is an abdominal blockage. If that is the case she could be facing surgery so hopefully that isn't the problem. She also still has thrush after 2 full weeks of treatment and now has a yeast infection in her diaper area as well. I feel so bad for her. She's so tiny and has so many troubles. You can tell that she is uncomfortable. She still makes us hold her pretty much all day. I get a few hours break when she is napping from time to time, but usually I even have to hold her while she sleeps. :/