Our 5 month started with a trip to a GI Dr to discuss Lyla & Nixon's acid reflux. We were able to get their measurements at this vist:
Head Circ: 45.1 cm/ 17.76 in (99%)
Head Circ: 43.4 cm/ 17.09in (93%)
|Ready for our Dr appt|
|Lyla ready for her GI appt|
|Nixon posing for the camera|
|Nixon already messing with Big Sister!!|
|Papa posing at the Dr with Lyla.|
|Nixon bored by her Dr appt.|
|Playing at the YMCA kids center while Mommy works out|
We weren't scheduled for a Pediatrician appointment until 6 months, but I had noticed Lyla's soft spot being slightly raised, so I called Dr Terwelp before we left to go out of town. Sweet Lyla has always had a big head, she takes after her Momma in that sense. There isn't a hat that fits my head unless it's either specially made or an adjustable cap. This was different, though. The soft spot seemed like it was bulging a little. I had been monitoring it for a few weeks and while I didn't think it was getting a lot worse, it wasn't getting better, either. I called the doctor and he wanted to see her before we left time "just to make sure."
At the appointment, he took a measurement of her head and decided that at the fast rate it was growing, PLUS the soft spot bulge, that it would be safest to have a head ultrasound to rule out hydrocephalus or a brain tumor. After hearing those 3 words HYDROCEPHALUS, BRAIN TUMOR.. it was if our world was stopping all over again. Trae and I got wide eyed and were silently panicking as Dr Terwelp told us not to leave town until we had the ultrasound results and that we should go to the doctor closest to Dell Childrens Hospital "just in case". WHAT?!
Lyla was completely oblivious, obviously.. giggling as she bounced on my knee. Our car was packed, we were on our way to the beach with Milton and Sharon already there waiting for us and we were having visions of our little girl being admitted to the hospital.
To make matters worse, the ultrasound tech was running behind and we couldn't get in for a couple hours. My Mama Bear hat went on and I told Trae to drive directly over to the ultrasound place.. I would handle this. We arrived at SFC (Specially for Children) Neurology.. the same Doctor's office we went to when getting a consult on the boys' head scan (ENTER PTSD MOMENT). I walked to the receptionist while Trae sat down with the girls and calmly told her about the last time Trae and I stepped foot in their office and why it was imperative for us to be seen immediately.
The receptionist got us back in 10 minutes. Thank GOD.
|Lyla during her head ultrasound|
We changed the girls diapers and headed to the car to drive around the parking lot to put the girls' to sleep until we heard from the doctor. As we were loading the car, we got the call from our nurse stating that everything was clear- nothing but a big 'ol healthy head for our girl!
AMEN!!! Trae and I shed happy tears as our girls nodded to sleep and we hit the road to Port Aransas.
|SO glad to be healthy, happy and on our way to the beach!|
The drive there (and back) were the longest road trips the girls had taken to date and they did great! I had to sit in the back with them almost the whole way to keep them company/play games/sing to them/ feed them, but we only stopped once for gas and the girls stayed in their car seats the entire time. Nixon got pretty impatient towards the end of our trip, when I learned that "I am Henry the 8th I am" calmed her down quickly. A random song that works well... and gets old after the "18th verse, same as the 1st!"
We had a great time. Milton and Sharon rented a condo next to the one we rented from Trae's Uncle and Aunt, which meant we had extra hands so everyone could get a little relaxation in while on our trip while toting the girls around with us.
We took the girls into the pool the first day in shaded pool floats to protect them from the sun. They liked kicking their feet in the water and leaning back in the warm water, but the sun was SO hot and tired them out quickly. The second day we took the girls to the beach. I was so worried the girls would get sunburned, so we had 2 beach umbrellas, the girls in an inflatable baby pool with sun visor and the girls slathered in sunscreen with sun hats on. This mama was NOT letting her babies burn!
The girls liked sitting in the ocean - the water was so warm we think it might have been like bath water and they LOVE bath time! We let them stand in the sand and Nixon got super excited feeling the wet sand between her toes- she flapped her arms and squealed. It was fun to watch.
|Sweet Papa and Nixon moment at the beach condo|
|playtime pictures after our dr appt|
|Summer time chillin'|
|My happy girl!|
|Nixon trying an orange at the beach- YUM!|
|Trae and I getting a night out in Port A while Nana and Poppy babysat|