Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Post-dinner Family Time

Our post-dinner family time tonight consisted of Addie reading to little Luke, while her brother James, "whacked the guys" on the Wii.  :) Love it!!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Dr. Brown's - miracle bottle!!!!

To start off with, thank you all for your immediate prayers!  Last week was a bit emotional.  When we went in for his 4 month check-up, he hadn't really gained any weight in the past month.  I immediately knew we were in for another round of tests or something. 

Luke was weighed again last week, but had only gained 2 ounces in 5 days.  Our doctor called that evening and explained that she was putting in a referral to see the endocrinologist over at SLP.  They then put in for more blood work.  This time they need 5 test tubes worth!!!!  This means 3 different blood draws.  We went in for our first blood draw on Friday and had success on the first poke! Hallelujah!! I told the lab tech, Anna, that we would call and specifically ask for her next time!

Our doctor called this morning and said that the first round of tests came back normal.  They were testing his thyroid, glucose, and hormone levels.  I'm not exactly sure what all is a part of the next round of tests, but we are happy that the first ones came back fine.

As far as eating is concerned, my mom's friend Barb (who is a nurse down at Children's), recommended Dr. Brown's bottles.  So far, it's been a miracle bottle!  He can down 4 ounces in a record time of around 15 minutes.  This process use to take 45 minutes at least and he would never finish a bottle.  At the moment, we are mixing formula and breast milk together to make a higher calorie bottle.  Time to bulk up Lukey Poo!!

God has really answered our specific prayers, for Luke to start eating well.  Meal time is much more enjoyable for all us, as he happily sucks down his bottle!  We have our endocrinology appointment next Wednesday and we will also weigh Luke at this time.  His last weight was 8 lbs. 6 oz.  At this pace, he'll be able to stay in his infant car seat until he is 2!!  :)

Everyone, thank you again for your prayers for strength!  We are constantly reminded of God's love and the love of our friends and family around us.  Thank you!

The MN Juliens