In an effort to jump-start Jill's blog, Jill has graciously allowed me (her husband) to update all of you on the goings on in our household. Jill has not written at all because she has been so busy (and tired).I promised her that I would not turn this into a sports blog. However, if any of you want to post any thoughts concerning off-season moves the Cincinnati Reds should make in order for them to return to their former glory, please feel free to comment. I myself could write, talk, think, mull, etc. about why the Reds are terrible and what they need to do to improve for more hours than my wife would want to know about. (For nonsports fans, the Reds are the oldest and some (myself) would say the greatest professional baseball team in the world).
Now, on to important news. As many of you know, Jill and I adopted a daughter, Sophia, in late July. Since that time we have had many ups and downs, but the good news is that we are all doing well. Sophia is a wonderful baby and she is changing everyday. We are thrilled that she is a member of our family. I have to also say that she is a very cute baby. I am sure that Jill will post some pictures in the near future.
As Jill indicated in her last post, Sophia was born with some health problems. In short, her urinary system does not drain properly and she will require corrective surgery soon. She has a tube in her abdomen to empty the excess urine. Although we have had a few stressful days in the emergency room because her tube almost came out (twice), by far the most stressful part of our new parenting life has been Sophia's eating.
Sophia has never been a good eater and this was compounded by an acid reflux condition that took the doctors over a month to treat. There was a period of time during which it was very difficult to get Sophia to eat because she was so uncomfortable. Getting her to eat required perfect timing. As soon as a feeding would begin, Sophia would scream for up to an hour. Eventually, she would become exhausted and start drifting off to sleep. The feeding would have to continue while she was drifting off but before she was in a deep sleep. If you tried to feed her too early, the screaming would begin again. Feed her too late, and she was too drowsy to finish her bottle. Needless to say, it was quite stressful and we seriously began to worry if we could get her to keep gaining weight. (By the way, so you all know, Jill was basically a cool customer during all this. Most of my references to stress, worry, etc. apply to me.)
Eventually, after many visits to doctors, nutritionists, and an occupational therapist, Sophia was properly diagnosed and put on baby Previcid. She was also placed on a special formula (Emfamil A-R) that contains rice starch so that it thickens in the stomach and does not come back up easily. Since her diagnosis, she has been improving slowly but surely. Her eating has improved, she is gaining weight, and she is getting quite long (90th percentile). She also has become a very smiley baby. She loves to smile at her mom and at me and she loves seeing relatives and meeting new people. She also loves to look at books, look at her Winnie the Pooh mobile, and most of all, take a bath. She is growing and changing all the time. She loves to be held (she really can't stand not being held).
There is much more to talk about, but I will let Jill fill you in on everything. We feel very blessed by Sophia. We have learned that parenting is challenging, but it is also rewarding.