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Saturday, September 19, 2009

A Girls Worst Enemy....The Scale!

Saturday, September 19, 2009
Kennedy is just like every other girl out there - she dreads the scale!! So, we have been battling the dreaded scale. Kennedy is having a lot of weight issues - in particular gaining weight (to bad Mommy didn't have this problem)! So, I initially attributed her lack of weight gain to her 5 week long hospital stay back in May, however, as of today, she weights less then she did 3 1/2 months ago. Her current weight is 16lbs 1oz - that of an average 4 - 6 month old. It is times like these that I doubt my decision to stop looking for a diagnosis for Kennedy. But then again, I come to the same realization - that even with a diagnosis there is no guarantee that anyone would even know or could explain what is going on with Kennedy.

We have seen Dr. Yanni (GI) more then both parties would like to see one another. Kennedy is having a lot of problems keeping her formula down. We have had to drastically change Kennedy's feeding regime. Currently we are feeding Kennedy continuously for 17 hours. From 5pm to 10pm she eats 50ml/hr. Then we lower the rate for her 10pm to 10am feeding to 40ml/hr. All-in-all she gets 730ml/day which is a little more then 24 ounces in a 24 hour period. Just a quick flash back - in May Kennedy was able to tolerate all of her feeding via bolus. She could tolerate 120ml/hr. This is one of the hardest things for her doctors to wrap there heads around. In the blink of an eye she has gone from eating from a bottle to not, from sucking a pacifier to not, from moving her limbs to moving nothing, from tolerating her feedings to not tolerating them at all. It is completely baffling if you ask me. It really makes it hard to get a routine going when her norms seem to be continuously changing.

We have had to switch Kennedy over to prescription formula. We are currently using Elecare, however, it does not seem to be working! Kennedy is still throwing up several times as day. However, the most bizarre part of it all is if I feed her pedialyte only she is perfect. She is able to handle the liquid and won't even as much a spit up - go figure. There are days when I wish I could just feed her Pedialyte all the time. I will give Kennedy a couple more days on this formula before I call Dr. Yanni and see what he wants to do. We have discussed a GJ tube and Nissen, however, he does not think she is a good candidate for a Nissen procedure. So now we wait and see. We have become experts at the waiting game.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

1 Year in the Making

Saturday, August 15, 2009
So Brian and I decided around late June that we wanted to through Kennedy a huge 1st Birthday Celebration. Not only for her, but for us too! I mean this was a huge moment for our family. We made it - I mean we beat the odds (well the odds all the doctors gave us)! I decided on a beach type theme seeing as it was summer and all and I hand made Kennedy's flip flop invitations. We had the party at my Aunt Donna's (Thank you) because my parents house was still under construction. All of Kennedy's best friends showed up - Ashlyn, Brandon, Samantha, Sophie, Fiona, Avery, Darby, Kaiti, Madison, and Antonio!!!

It was a great party!!!! We had a taco guy come in and cater everything so that Brian and I were not stuck behind a grill and we were able to enjoy every minute of Kennedy's celebration. She received some amazing presents. We even got some sensory type presents for her, which are amazing. All in all it was an amazing day! It goes to show how much support we have. We as a family are very blessed to have so many family and friends behind us in this journey.

Now to start planning birthday celebration #2 - LOL!

(Above: Kennedy's 1st Birthday invitations - which I had made)

(Above: Kennedy's candy bar)