A lot has happened these past few days! Starting from where I left off...
Last Friday we went to the pulmonologist at Phoenix Children's Hospital. For some odd reason they did not get any background about Whitney from her Pediatrician! The Pulmonologist, Dr. G. had a dietitian/nutritionist come in to evaluate Whitney because she was not gaining much weight. So they got us in (finally!) for a swallow study.
All ready to go! She pulled her headband down! Ha ha!
Aunt Brianna came from Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher!
On Saturday, My Cousin Alanna got married! My husband and I were invited to her Temple sealing. It was absolutely beautiful! I got all teary eyed, remembering when I was sealed to my husband for time and all eternity. Thomas's parents came over to the house to watch Whitney. We are so grateful for that. That night we went to her reception out in Litchfield. That was fun & they had tons of food!
Also Saturday, October 23, Whitney laughed! for the first time ever! it was so beautiful it made me cry! My dad was tickling her legs/thighs and say ticky ticky tooo! Then she let out a tiny little giggle! She makes happy noises and smiles all the time but this was the first time she went and octave higher. She actually did it twice! Only me, dad, Thomas, & Clayton were there.
Sunday was awesome. I love going to church! The primary children are so precious when they sung and talked. Great lessons about the Priesthood and about raising children. Thanks to dad, Thomas & I were both able to go to church. I'll stay home this Sunday. We don't go out trick or treating on Sunday because we try to keep the Sabbath Day Holy. But we will not deny our community of coming to our house for candy.
Monday, we (me, my mom, and Whitney) went to the pediatrician. She seemed to have forgotten some things about Whitney which was not very good in my point of view. Like that she was on a 24 cal diet! She's the one who is suppose to be taking care of that! Whitney weighs 10 pounds 5 ounces which is the 8th percentile. She has been doing worse eating and apparently lost some weight. So sad and nobody could help me try new techniques.
Tuesday, we got to go to the feeding clinic at Phoenix Children's Hospital for Whitney's swallow eval. All she did was listen to her eating. My mom had to feed Whitney because she likes to be rocked and swayed. So the speech pathologist recommended a swallow x-ray and a reflux x-ray. She tells that to DR. G. and now they have to tell that to DR. K (pedi) so that she can write the prescription. Very long process apparently. I feel like so many people are involved and trying to help but yet feel like no one is helping us!
Wednesday was My Birthday! Yes, I will tell you all that I am 24 years old! The day went pretty well, just struggling getting Whitney to eat. I had a little party with my fam and Thomas's fam. We were so glad they came and especially Ikaika (cool name huh?) Thomas's brother. We had pizza, when I was pregnant I hated pizza! The smell the taste! So now the only pizza I will eat is Papa John's BBQ Chicken Bacon (BBQ sauce instead on tomato). We played a game, Jessica came, I opened presents, yay! I still get presents! Thanks everyone! Then of course had some cheesecake and ice cream. Very very fun. Whitney had to stay upstairs because of the crowds.
Me & my baby. My first birthday together! I love my baby & hubby!
AND now Today! Thursday. DR offices finally calling back. The pediatrician wants to see us tomorrow to discuss the feeding clinic results before she will refer us for the x-rays. The physical therapist came and also the speech pathologist! Yay! HUGE thanks to her because she is the only one who gave me advice for how to feed Whitney and so far it is working!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Everyone else says just keep doing what your doing! It's probably medical. But they/ everyone thinks she might have reflux anyway. But THANK YOU Tina!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mostly though I thanked my Father in Heaven for answering my pray. So far Whitney loves this new technique!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! done it twice now and will again at 9pm.
Also.....Whitney laughed again! Twice. I did a funny, low voice and she thought that was pretty funny. I love it!