Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Tummies Time

This is the week for tummy news! Tummies, that is.

We're excited to report that in the month of January, our family lost a combined weight of 21.5 lbs. Unfortunately, the 1/2 lb was Bridgette's, and she shouldn't be losing weight at all. But the rest of us did it on purpose! We're very excited, and our tummies are slightly slimmer. Even Chewy and Piper have been put on diet food, and they account for 5 lbs of the family fat-loss.

In addition, Bridgette did real "Tummy-Time" for the first time in 6 months. It only lasted about 15 minutes, but that's so much better than the 5 seconds we're used to. There's a picture down south. It looks like she's moon-walking while looking at the moon. In reality, she would only do a version of tummy-time that was more like side-time-with-head-back-to-look-at-Dad. We'll take it!

We chose to use a different ileostomy bag a few weeks ago that is larger in size and has a gas vent. It's helped prevent the constant leaks, and we've been back to 72-hour changes. Sadly, her skin turned raw again over the weekend for unknown reasons, and we had to change multiple leaky wafers. The picture of her crying below was the first raw skin day. I didn't know what was wrong, only that she was cranky all day. In the evening when we did a bag change, it became pretty obvious why she was in pain. Poor babs.

In the fourth and final tummy news, Bridgette danced! I was whistling, and she wiggled her whole body around her belly and in perfect time to the music. It was so amusing that I literally couldn't stop laughing which got her laughing which got me laughing, repeat. I laughed not only because she was blasted cute, but because the tune I was whistling was ABBA's Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight). Now really. How can you not laugh at THAT?

Alright. For readers of the blog who, by now, are thoroughly convinced I hate the cold, allow me to share a snow-fairy moment. One evening last week, I looked out the window and the sun was shining through the ice on the trees in my backyard and melting everything into this pure glittering golden crystal world, and it was truly beautiful. I admit it. I took a picture that doesn't do it any justice. Multiply this beauty by 15 then add special effects.

Jeff took Bridgette for a walk on Saturday while I attempted to do school work. She started out all bundled up like this...

And came home all tuckered out like this...

Jeff took her out of the stroller, and she was utterly adorable like this...
And then we lifted her cute hat and she immediately smiled at us like this...
Moon-walking Moon-watching Babby
(Otherwise Known as Tummy Time)

Sad, Raw Skin, Cranky, Hurting Babby

And some really cool videos:

1) Dressing up.

2) Going out to see the world. (See? I was serious about Jeff wearing sandals, socks, shorts, and winter coat. He does this all the time.)

3) Coming back asleep. (The shadows are deep, and our little camera couldn't handle it. You'll just have to imagine. Or, refer to sleeping stroller photo above.)


Heidi said...

Very cute pictures!

Heidi said...

Whoops! I forgot to say good job on the weight loss. :S How rewarding!

Anonymous said...

"Smile for the camera, Bridgette." Her response, while pathetic, made me laugh out loud. I don't do that very often. Poor baby.

I am sorry to hear about baby's weight loss (for everyone else's losses, hooray!). Hopefully measures can be taken and solutions found to help her get the nutrition that she needs in a form that she can digest. She really may need to be on breast milk for a lifetime!

I am also excited to see Bridgette do a little (emphasis on little) tummy time. Even if it was her first real experience with it, she appears to have the rolling over from front-to-back nearly figured out. She was halfway there! Perhaps if she'll allow more tummy time, she'll start rolling over like a champ. And, once she learns front-to-back, back-to-front can't be too far behind.

Kelly, I can see in this blog entry how Bridgette is coming to become "a person" more than "the baby." I love it when that happens. While I love babies, my favorite ages are from 10 months old to...oh...whenever they behave obstreperously. (I don't love them any less when they are obstreperous, but I do find it harder to get along with them, thereby they lose "favorite age" status.) I love it when babies begin to show their personalities and respond to the world around them. Like...dancing to ABBA, for instance. By the way, I like her taste in music. ABBA is my favorite music for traveling in a car (I always skip "Gimme, Gimme, Gimme," though). Sounds like she has her own method of "traveling" to ABBA. Gotta love it!

And I love all of you!

Jacqueline Miller said...

I'm glad you're back to the 72-hour bag changes, though too bad about the raw skin. It's amazing to me that someone hasn't invented a better system, especially for little ones who wiggle and squirm. I remember the 2 a.m. changes, after discovering a leaky bag in the middle of the night. You'll never hear me complain about a dirty diaper!!

123 checkoutourfamily said...

Congrats on the tummy news. I need to slim some tummy off.

She is so CUTE! I really just wanna squeeze those cheeks.

Hey, I think ta'll should move to Texas where it's not so cold. :)Of course I'd love o live in Utah in the Summer.

Lisa Merkley said...

Congtats on the slimming of the tummy. At leat to you. Bri...well.

Also, about the clothes. We've had SO MANY people give us girl clothes that I think we've got her clothed until she's 18 months old. My friend is a baby clothing designer for Nordstroms and she has given me LOTS of stuff that is brand new! Thanks for the offer though.

Angela said...

Good for you on the weight loss. I hope Bridgette learns to gain her weight back real soon though.
I loved the video of her getting dressed. She really didn't want to smile for you.
And you r husband is so funny with those socks and shorts. He looks like a tourist at Disney World. (us Orlandoers make fun of 'those people'.)
And oh my word, would it be spectacular to live with that type of view. Ice melting in the sun and then mountains in my front yard. Oh, you definitely can't get that in Orlando, not even at Disney.

Kelly said...

Love the pictures of Bridgette! We can't wait until everyone is healthy so we can see you guys. Tyler says hello. Great job on the weight loss!!