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Monday, January 17, 2011
A Random Update
The snow keeps falling in Western New York, and the boys are getting a touch of cabin fever. They do play in the snow, of course, but not when the temperature hovers around 10 degrees with a fierce wind blowing.
Nolan has been blissfully doctor-free, which is a wonderful thing. Here are a few updates:
He is still waking several times during the night, and we haven't noticed a change from his pre-surgery days. This could be due to a number of factors: his reflux could be acting up, he might be waking out of habit, or he might still have apnea. I certainly hope it is simply due to habit.
Nolan is generally ravenously hungry. He is eating very well, and often asks for various snacks throughout the day.
We don't have anything official until the sleep study, but his breathing is quieter now. We don't hear stridor or snoring when he breathes.
Occasionally, Nolan complains of severe stomach pain. Sometimes this is followed by a bout of diarrhea, sometimes it isn't. This seems to be getting worse, which worries me. Last night he was lying behind the couch in a fetal position because his "tummy hurt bad." This might be due to his reflux and motility issues: as long as he's still eating, we'll just watch the situation.
He has happily readjusted to preschool, and loves his teacher. He is working on peer socialization, and his favorite friends are "Daycob (Jacob)" and a boy named "Daisy." It took me quite some time to decipher Daisy's true name (J.C.). I have to fill out a form for universal Pre-K in the near future, along with a form for Kindergarten- I can't believe I will have two children in school every day next year!
Nolan is still doing relatively well. We have frequent accidents, but we also have frequent successes. Due to his tummy trouble, there has been no success with one aspect of toileting, but hopefully that will come in time.
Nolan's speech and language are doing great. He does have strange language holes (couldn't identify which bird was "over" or an object the other day, forgot the words for "belt" and "bottle") but his vocabulary is excellent despite these random word snafus. He is speaking in paragraphs now, usually along the lines of:
"Mom-mom-mommy-mom-mom-mom-mommy I want some crackers. Some crackers with cheese and I want some juice. Not crackers or juice, crackers and juice. I want to play my Mobigo, where is the Mobigo? I want my crackers and juice and Mobigo."
I'm pretty sure he talks more than our five year old son!