Hernia, 6-Month Checkups, Fun with Friends

Hey y’all.  Time for another blog update.  It’s been a fun few days with the boys – one of whom is screaming right now as I write this!  Guess who?  Yep, it’s Jacob and his nightly meltdown, as I like to call it.

Jacob went to John Muir at Walnut Creek last Monday for his bi-lateral hernia surgery.  Kristen got him going early, and we had a few appointments for Samuel across the street at almost the same time.  So Stevie escorted Sammy to his appointments while Kristen stayed with Jacob.  I had to work, but took the afternoon off so I could get Stevie and Sammy home, and then I ran back to be with Jacob when he came out of surgery.

Jacob was all smiles before his surgery, in just his diaper and a hospital gown.

Jacob was all smiles before the surgery, despite not eating anything since 4am.  And the surgery was pushed back twice, to start at noon.  So the poor kid went a long time without anything in his tummy.

I managed to get to the hospital in time for him to come out of surgery, and we went back to see him a short-time later.  He was still pretty woozy and knocked out from the anesthesia, but the doctors and nurses said he did great.

After a couple hours, he was able to open his eyes well enough to be transferred back to the Pediatrics area and his own room.  This was just around the corner from the NICU where the boys spent so much time, but we didn’t really get to see our NICU friends.

Kristen stayed with him all afternoon and all night, and the poor kid was pretty uncomfortable for the duration.  Kristen ended up standing a good chunk of the night, holding him to comfort him.  What a great mom she is!

Jacob rests in his “jail cell” crib, as I called it, at John Muir.

Jacob was released the next morning, and it took a few days for him to get back to his normal eating schedule.  And he’s just now getting back to his normal sleeping schedule.  His belly button scab fell off this morning so we know he’s getting better.

Sammy’s checkups went well.  We now need to take him on Friday to see a Ear, Nose and Throat doctor so they can evaluate his vocal chord status, before the Occupational Therapist will work with him on his bottle feeding.  He’s still only getting “dips and tastes” from us once or twice per day.  We think he’s really craving food by mouth, but we don’t want him aspirating into his stomach.

Overall Samuel’s getting to be more smiley and his eye contact is improving.  We’re also seeing some signs that he’s wanting to try and figure out how to roll over.  That won’t be for a while though, since he’s just not strong enough yet.

We also learned his G-Port, or his button as we call it, is too small for him now.  He’s growing like a weed, so they’ve ordered him a new one and will install it in six weeks.  I hope we can get it installed sooner since, if it’s too small now, its only going to get far worse.  He does get pretty cranky when you are hooking up his feedings and you turn or bump the button.  So sooner is better.

This past Sunday we went over to visit with Charles and Laura Seidel, our friends in Walnut Creek who also had triplets.  Their tri-bundle (Xander, Heidi and Luke) came just 9 days before our guys did.  They were also at John Muir for a while.  Anyway, we took the boys over to visit and we traded notes on how things are done, what’s working, what’s not, etc. We also spent part of the time letting Heidi figure out if she’s going to marry Jacob or Samuel.  She’s not sure yet.

Starting in the lower left and working clockwise: Samuel, Jacob, Heidi, Xander and Luke. A fun play date!

Today, Kristen took the boys for their six-month checkup.  Jacob got his 6-month vaccines, while Samuel got his 4-month vaccines.  He’s a few months behind because some of the vaccines couldn’t be given in the hospital, and they need to be properly spaced.  So he needs to get his 6-month shots soon so he’s ready for the flu/RSV season.

Kristen said that Dr. Nash was impressed with both boys’ growth.  Jacob is at an advanced stage for his motor skills.  He’s doing an awesome job rolling over, sitting up on his own for a few seconds, and of course he’s able to stand, with support.  He has strong legs!  Jacob is now 6 months, 19 days old and he weighed 13.75 pounds.  That puts him at the 0.81 percentile for boys his weight and age.  He measured 24.5 inches, which is at the 0.17 percentile, and his head circumference is 16.5 inches, which is well into the normal range at the 7.04 percentile mark.

Samuel impressed in that he’s catching up to a “normal” baby on the growth chart.  Dr. Nash said the fact he’s showing signs with his shoulders of wanting to roll over means he’s not that far behind, considering he was in the hospital all that time.  That’s great news that he’s catching up quickly.  Samuel weighed 14.25 pounds, which puts him at the 1.79 percentile mark for weight to age.  He’s 26 inches long now, which is ate the 12.11 percentile mark and his head is 16.5 inches around, which is the same as Jacob.

Jacob and Sammy hang out at Dr. Nash’s office for their 6-month checkup.

I thought for sure that Jacob’s head was smaller than normal and Samuels’ was bigger than normal.  But they’re the same!

Jacob is ready to start eating solid foods.  Kristen has been getting brave for this step, and I think we may try something this weekend.  We’re going to start with mashed veggies and stay away from sweet stuff for now.  I’m excited for this next phase.  Sammy will get to try some once his doctors clear him to start taking some tastes by mouth.

Some other random things:

  • We’ve learned – the hard way – that Costco #2 diapers just aren’t cutting it.  Jacob has had some blowouts lately, and today he got it all over his bumbo chair, and all over Stevie.  I feel bad she had to go home with Jacob’s poop all over her shirt.  And Kristen says it was covered!  Kristen ran out to Target and picked up Honest company diapers, so we’re back to the more expensive – but reliable – diapers.
  • Jacob is showing signs of crawling now.  He’s definitely shown he can scoot along.  Monday night he was scooting on his play pad, and doing quite well.
  • Sammy has Excema, it seems.  His face is really dry and he’s doing a lot of scratching – especially at night.  We’re using Aquaphor to treat things for now, and Dr. Nash said keep doing that, or if we want to get a hydrocortisone cream we could do that.
  • We’re going through a large Costco-sized can of formula every three days now.  Jacob’s drinking about 180 mL, or about 6-ounces, every feeding.  It won’t be long before we bump that up to 190 or 200 mL.  Sammy’s still drinking 85 mL at 9am, 12pm, 3pm and 6pm, and then he does a continuous feed from 9pm – 6am.


2 thoughts on “Hernia, 6-Month Checkups, Fun with Friends

  1. Love to see pics of the boys & read your detailed updates! So glad Jacob’s surgery went well & hope Sammy gets upgrade button soon!
    Hopefully we’ll have a chance to get together in person sometime this summer! 🙂


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