Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Matthew William ~ 10 months

This post is a little different than the previous monthly posts because Matt has a fractured femur. I fell down the stairs when we were visiting family in Atlanta and we ended up in the children's hospital. It was the worst expereince of our lives so far and we're grateful that it's only his leg and everything will heal and he'll be back to crawling and walking in no time! 

Weight/length: Matt weighed 26 pounds at the hospital and he's still about 31 inches long. With his cast he's close to 30 pounds - so heavy!
Sleep: Quote from the 9 month post "We're planning on doing some sleep training when we get back from visiting family in Atlanta." So much for that, you can't sleep train a baby with a fractured femur :( We're back to newborn sleep 3-4 hours at a time. However, prior to the accident we were getting longer stretches and I think we were pretty close to Matt sleeping through the night after he gets his cast off - crossing our fingers!
Health: We've had such good luck so far. I'm so sad that Matt has already had a broken bone at such a young age. No fever yet, but a fractured femur. I would take a fever!
 Clothes: Still in 18-24 month tops and closer to the 2T now in both pants and shirts. With the Spica cast Matt can't wear normal pants or shorts, so my Mom made some special pants for Matt with velcro to go around the bar between his legs.
 Baby Gear/Accessories:  Matt loves anything that makes noises, especially his musical toys...a tambourine and drum his Grandma gave him. We got him a new playmat at Ikea that is really cute so that he could work on crawling on a soft surface. Matt's favorite sippy cup that he's getting really good at using is called the, Zo-li Straw sippy cup.

Spica cast. I hate to say it but this is a very large accessory in our life right now. I'm going to right a blog all about the spica casts and my experience dealing with the yucky thing. I hope I can give some tips to other parents out there who are dealing with the same thing. 

Development: This is the hardest part for me to write right now :( Before the accident Matt was hours away from crawling. He did a few crawls the night before I fell and was pushing his butt up in a downward dog position - it was so cute. He was also pulling himself up {almost} and rolling everywhere. We're crossing our fingers that he'll remember where he left off and pick right up on April 1 when he gets his cast off. Matt's mastered feeding himself and loves picking up food and putting it in his mouth. 
 Matt has 3 teeth on top and the 4th is about the break through and two on the bottom.
Eating: Matt is eating EVERYTHING and loving it. Last month we started turkey and chicken and he loves it. Right before he turned 10 months I started adding more finger foods - eggs, salmon, broccoli, corn, rice...he's loving it all! Eating hasn't been a problem even though he's in the cast. We're lucky he fits in his Stokke high chair even with the cast and can enjoy meal time.
 Crying: There's definitely been a lot more crying since the accident. He's had more separation anxiety than before and it's gotten worse since he's not sleeping well and fussy in the cast. I'm hoping it will get better soon. 
 Adventures:  February was a fun month for our little family. We spent almost two weeks in Santa Cruz relaxing on the beach. Matt loved hanging out with his Nonnie and Papa and enjoyed being on the coast.
The end of February we went to Atlanta to visit family and had a wonderful trip up until the end when I fell. We got to meet Matt's new baby cousin, Josie. She's so little compared to Matt and the sweetest little baby - we love her! We got to spend extra time with Matt's older cousins because they had two snow days while we were visiting. We went to the largest Aquarium in the world and saw the whale sharks. We spent the last two days in the children's hospital, but we were lucky that it's one of the best in the US. Matt got to hangout with his uncle Glenny when we got back from Atlanta, which was really special and the timing was perfect. 

 Postpartum/Mommy feeling: The past 11 days have been something unforgettable. They've probably been the hardest 11 days of my life so far. I've had every emotion imaginable - sadness, guilt, anger, and a true test of patience. I cried for almost 24 hours while we watched our little smiley boy cry in pain, have muscle spasms, and struggle to sleep...I never thought I could feel the pain of someone else like I did for Matthew. It really hit me when I was crying and he looked at me and started crying more because I was crying, I realized I needed to be strong for him and he was feeling my emotions. We've gotten through the hardest part and now it's just staying positive, sharing lots of smiles, laughs, and counting the days until we say bye bye to the ugly spica cast... 20 days to go - yes, I'm counting!

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