Julianne has successfully transitioned from Neocate, an elemental, "pre-digested" formula to regular 'ol Enfamil formula! She had no problems other than needing a little stool softener. Now she's one step closer to eating like a "regular" baby her age.
Julianne had labs drawn again to check her Amiodorone level. If it was low, she was to be taken off of Amiodorone and started on Propranorol. Her level was low and the new med was started. She had to get the first dose in the cardiologist's office. They checked her heart rate and blood pressure every 15 minutes for an hour just to make sure that we didn't see any affects such as what happened when she received Esmelol WAY back when she was a few weeks old. While Amiodorone was a life-saver for Julianne and others with life-threatening arrhythmias, the reasons for ending it were: 1.) the thyroid problems were more than likely being caused by this med (we'll find out next week), 2.) long term use of Amiodorone can cause lung damage, and 3.) she doesn't seem to need such a strong drug anymore. So, if she doesn't need it, we'll gladly switch to something else.
Julianne is really doing well in catching up on her motor skills. She's still rolling over. She's sitting up GREAT with just a few topples here and there. She hasn't yet put herself in the sitting up position, but Physical Therapy starts tomorrow, so hopefully we'll see even more progress in the gross motor skills department. Julianne is now saying, "Hi", "Mama" and "Dada". We're not convinced that she knows what the words mean, but its still exciting! She's really enjoying playing with toys, beating on things, laughing and studying our mouths as we talk or chew. Julianne is always a hit when out in public. People stop and talk to her, play with her and comment on her enormous cheeks. :) A spanish speaking lady called her "gordita" yesterday...it means, chubby or little chubby one. Our little gordita...
This past weekend, Kent, Julianne and I traveled to Fort Worth, TX to see Kent's brother, his wife and kids. We had a great time and I think Julianne enjoyed meeting her cousins. Unfortunately, Kent and I failed to take many pictures. We do have some being emailed to us though and I'll post those as soon as I can.
Until then, here are some new pictures and videos of our chubby one!
This video is from a couple of weeks ago. Julianne was hamming it up for the camera! She loves that camera...
This was the night we got home from Fort Worth. She's SUPPOSED to be getting ready for bed, but thought that mommy shaking her head and panting like a dog was HILARIOUS and preferred to stay up and laugh!
Thanks for checking in on us. Julianne amazes us on a regular basis! Each day is a gift and we're so very thankful for it! God has given us more than we could've ever hoped for!