Well, Julianne is 17 months old today! I can't believe how time flies by. Julianne weighs more than 25lbs. Its funny to me that she's been wearing the same size clothes since August. She's really just grown taller, not wider, so her clothes are slowly becoming the correct length.
Julianne is crawling, standing and beginning to cruise at our ottomans! She's getting around so well that we have to put her feeding pump in her little backpack on her back so that she doesn't get tangled in the tubing and pull it out! She calls it her "bat pat." She can throw a ball to you (see the video below)...a big ball or a small one. She LOVES that game. Julianne can put most of her shape puzzle pieces into place and can stack all the rings on her stacker. She loves to turn the lights on and off, knock with our door knocker and touch any trees or leaves that we pass.
Julianne continues to do well in the speech department. She can count to ten now (when she feels like it), although three sounds like "free" and seven sounds like "befen." She has a musical, toy Maracca that counts in English and Spanish. Today, she was playing with it counting in English and looked at me and said, "enno?" Silly mommy thought she was saying "yellow" which usually sounds like "yenno," so I said, "yes, its yellow." Julianne went back to playing, then looked back up at me and said, as clear as day, "uno, dos?" Obviously, she wanted it to count in Spanish, not English. So, I switched it to Spanish. This girl cracks us up! She likes to say "whaaaaaaat?" and "good boy" and is so sweet when she says "I nuf you daddy, I nuf you mommy" (translation "I love you"). God has brought so much joy to our lives through Julianne. Its hard to remember what it was like without her.
As I mentioned before she's drinking about 3 oz a day and eating some sour cream. Julianne also likes to "brush" her teeth. We really just use it for oral stimulation at this point, but its great that she's putting the toothbrush in her mouth on her own! She won't put much in her mouth besides her fingers.
The Neurologist appointment this week went well. She said overall Julianne looks great. Her left side seemed to have slightly lower tone than the right, but definitely not an amount to be concerned over. She'll have another appointment in 6 months.
The Opthalmologist appointment was a little disappointing. Julianne's astigmatism hasn't gone away. The good thing is that it hasn't gotten any worse! She does have a significant astigmatism, according to the doctor, and she is recommending that Julianne get glasses. She said we could wait 6 months to a year if we want without causing any permanant damage. The doctor told us that Julianne has 3.00 dioptres of astigmatism. You may be wondering, how in the world does a doctor know what Julianne sees. Apparently, with the pupils dialated, the doctor can actually look into Julianne's eye and see that the shape of her cornea is different (causing astigmatism). We are, however, going to get a second opinion. Its not that we don't believe this doctor, its just that Julianne is already treated for so many things that we want to make absolutely sure we're not treating something that doesn't need treatment...does that make sense? Anyway, we are expecting that she probably will need glasses and will get them within the next 6 months. Wating a year would put it pretty close to her Fontan and we don't want too much change going on at once. I'll update about this after we get the second opinion.
Julianne did get her button changed today. It was heartbreaking! I don't ever want to go back to the Bard (the button she had) because it was so traumatic to remove. They had to pull pretty hard to get it out of her (with no sedation or anasthetic) and it bled a lot (I won't go into the details of how they have to get it out). Julianne has been sore all day and slept for 2 hours after the procedure. A MAJOR point of frustration today was that Julianne was SUPPOSED to get a Mic-Key button. This is what we'd researched and planned for and what we told the nurse we wanted when we made the appointment. Well, when we got there I wanted to confirm that she was getting a Mic-Key. Nope. They don't use those. Julianne got something called a Nutriport (which I had no time to research), which they told me is just like the Mic-Key (its not). It has little feet which keep it raised from her skin to help prevent moisture from getting trapped under the button. It's also EXTREMELY difficult to connect and disconnect to and from her feedings! Julianne is so sore from the Bard removal that connecting and disconnecting has been painful for her today...she was screaming, I was crying and the whole time I'm thinking I'm going to accidentally pull this thing out with all this pushing and pulling! It was so bad that we resorted to just feeding her by mouth for the rest of the day (which is basically an ounce here and there) and putting her on continuous feeding tonight for 10 hours! We're stressed about this...can you tell? I am praying that nothing goes wrong over night and that tomorrow she will be more comfortable. The nurse says the port will never get looser...it will remain a tight fit like it is now. We'll see how it goes. If it continues to be a problem we'll have to get a different button, but changing it shouldn't be NEARLY as big of an ordeal. Please, if you keep Julianne in your prayers, remember this issue.
Thanks for checking in on our baby boo! Thank you, as always for your prayers and sweet words. Its awesome to know that there are so many people who care about and pray for our little girl.