One Year. 365 Days. Where did it all go?
It’s totally cliché to say it goes by so fast, but that’s exactly what I want to say, because it seriously seems like it was just a few weeks ago that I brought him home from the hospital. My little baby is growing up so quickly. Well, he isn’t exactly growing in the sense that everyone else’s babies are growing. Mine has had quite the stall in his growth, which I know many of you are curious to hear about.
I’m going to break it all down with an overload of information, so if you only want to see pictures or skim through this post for updates, look for the bold print to get the footnotes.
For those of you who have been following along, you know that Harrison has had some issues. We started out with just a little bit of eczema in the first part of his life, then it continued to persist over his whole body. By the time he was 6 months, we were seeking dermatological care and treating him with antibiotic oils and creams to combat the itching, and rashes on his poor little body.
Other than the eczema, we thought he was perfectly healthy and thriving. It wasn’t until his 9 month well visit that we began to question his growth and nutritional wellbeing. After meeting with a gastroenterologist around his 9th month birthday he tested positive for food sensitivities. His sensitivities included cow’s whey, eggs, wheat, corn, barley, oats, and peas. His highest triggers were the cow’s whey, wheat and eggs, so we eliminated those foods from both his and my diet – since he’s still breastfed. The doctor gave me 6 sample cans of hypoallergenic formula to begin offering to Harrison in either liquid form or blended inside a smoothie.
At a follow up appointment, I asked the GI doctor why he thought the allergies were responsible for Harrison’s failure to thrive. His response shed light onto my views immediately. If the foods Harrison is sensitive to manifest such a reaction on the outside of his body, imagine what they were doing on the inside. (light bulb moment)
Now, three months later, we’ve eliminated those foods, but we are still not seeing the weight gain that I had hoped. I have since changed pediatricians. Also, we’ve been seeing an allergist and we are currently testing for more food sensitivities, as well as environmental allergies. Additionally, we are running a full celiacs panel to see if he may suffer from that as well. Poor baby has had more needles in his arm recently than I’d care to see ever.
However, and here’s where I want to pull my hair out, if he has so many food sensitivities, why does he not suffer from gastrointestinal distress? Not once has he experienced blood or mucus in his stool, nor has he displayed any signs of discomfort – other than his incessant itching. So even though I’m seeking the professional assistance of the gastroenterologist and the allergist at this time, my next step is going to be visiting an immunologist or an endocrinologist to test whether he has another deficiency that we haven’t previously thought to check.
It’s all very exhausting and draining. One week we will see a vast improvement in his disposition and eating habits, then he takes a step backwards and won’t eat or has a bad day of itching. That’s just the nature of the beast with eczema though. Almost every piece of information that I’ve read about it says that managing a consistent routine of moisturizing and bleach baths is the best way to combat the flare ups due to eczema.
Sooooo….. with all that being laid out before you for a foundation, let’s take a look at his stats for his one year checkup.
Height & Weight: 16 lbs 3 ounces and 28 1/2 inches – If you remember back to earlier posts, he was 17 lbs at his 6 month appointment. At our first gastroenterologist appointment, the doctor said he wasn’t too worried about Harrison because his muscles were developed and he was on track with his development. Of course, we all are waiting to hear what he says tomorrow at his follow up appointment.
Eating: We are offering him three meals a day with snacks in between meals. This is in addition to nursing him 3-4 times a day also. He has not be accepting to the hypoallergenic formula. I’ve made strawberry, peach, and grape smoothies, and he hasn’t taken to any of them. He may drink a few sips, but nothing significant. I’ve also began offering him the formula during meal times instead of water or juice to try to entice him to drink more calories.
Sleeping: Through the night with two naps during the day. Most days he naps once in the morning and again in the afternoon – each time for about an hour. He usually sleeps from 8:30pm to 7:30am most nights and doesn’t wake up much anymore. We do have the occasional late night interruption, but most evenings he sleeps very well.
Clothing: He fits in most of the same clothes he was wearing months ago, but we transitioned him into 12 months just recently for the length.
Health: See Above Excerpt
- Waves hello and bye bye
- Cruising Around Furniture
- Trying to Walk
- Stands up whenever possible
- Says short words like “Mama” “Dada” “Nana” “Papa” “Stella” “Ra-Ra” (short for Rosalyn) “Ball” “Juice” “Thank You”
- His Sister (very much so)
- Bouncy Balls
- Going Shopping
- Being Outdoors
- The Pool
- His Mama
- Music, mainly salsa y merengue.
- Fruit, except bananas, tater tots, spaghetti, cheerios, meatloaf, chicken, carrots, green beans, puffs, juice, bacon.
- Needles Don’t put on latex gloves around him or he’ll go berserk.
- Bananas, baked potatoes, formula, smoothies
- Riding in the car seat
- Being ignored or left unattended.
He is quite the little ham these days. He flirts with the little old ladies at the grocery store and always waves at anyone that looks his way. I’m very proud to call him mine and cannot imagine my world with out him.
We’re grateful for every new emotion and experience that he brings into our lives and we can’t wait to experience the rest.