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Apr 30 - Hand-Eye Coordination

Xylia was able to move her hands to her mouth today, and she spent many hours exploring this new skill. It's fun to see her attempt to get them into her mouth - mostly one ends up right next to her gaping mouth and she then tries to get her mouth to open even wider to get the hand in. But occassionaly she hits the bullseye.

Apr 26 - Her First Immunizations

Xylia got 3 needles today. Two in one leg, One in the other. We debated for some time about whether she should get these shots or not, but in the end decided that the benefits outwayed the risks. When the first needle went in she let out a shrill scream, which subsided to a sad cry about a minute after the last needle. Afterwhich, she had some milk, smiled a little and fell deep asleep for a few hours. That night she had a mild fever and we gave her some baby Tylenol to be safe.

Apr 17, 2007 - Better Times In Babyville

by Nathania Vishnevsky

We finally have some good news to report from babyville. Just got back from the specialist and he said he's comfortable with a diagnosis of food allergy for Xylia. She still has a very microscopic level of blood in her stool but she doesn't have to have endoscopy! She's still the happy camper she has been throughout this whole ordeal and is now over 11.5 pounds and 23.5 inches.

So it seems like my month off of dairy and my 2 weeks of eating nothing but chicken, turkey, rice, spinach, squash, a small amount of veggies, and apples has paid off. Today I can start to have corn cereal with my rice milk instead of rice cereal with rice milk. If that goes well for the next 3 days with corn then we'll try tomatoes next so I don't have to keep eating plain rice pasta. By the time I finally manage to add all the foods back into my diet she'll probably be old enough to have outgrown all of her allergies! Wheat will be a nice addition because then I could have a quick slice of toast for a
snack instead of having to heat up some rice dish.

It was quite the experience trying to deal with this allergy - she is definitely allergic to milk protein because the specialist wanted to test her on hypoallergenic formula which is a split milk protein. That made us go from the green diarrhea with a little bit of blood we had been having for a few weeks to within two stools a huge amount of blood in her diapers - so of course we freaked and went back and he gave us some super hypoallergenic formula to try - no full protein at all, just the amino acid components - we had her on this for four days and ran out on Sunday of the weekend before this last one - we called everywhere and couldn't get any so the Dr picked some up from the office and Rick picked it up from his house. That was great because even if we could find it it costs $85 for one can which lasts about 3.5 days!

By Sunday it was also apparent that my milk was drying up - I could only get a few drops from pumping. Between sterilizing the bottles, pump and water continuously, feeding the baby, making my stupid food, and Rick and I figuring out all of the logistics of officially leaving work and working out the final offer for his new job (more on that later) I wasn't able to have much time to pump to begin with. Also someone should have told us to rent a hospital pump right away because the hand pump is not strong enough to keep up a milk supply. So on Monday morning it was back to the specialist to get the ok to go back to the breast milk - since Xylia was improving on the formula he said yes.

By Monday evening we were totally freaking out because Xylia was super hungry and she was not taking formula anymore - once she got back onto the breast she absolutely refused the bottle - even though she was happily knocking back the formula the day before. She had this unbelievably sad face - like "mom, why are you doing this to me?" when
I tried to feed her the bottle, I won't ever forget that look. So Tuesday morning it was off to the Pediatrician to get her weighed and get the referral to the lactation consultant, then off to the lactation consultant, where we talked about all of our options. She thought that we would recover if I just let Xylia nurse as much as possible and we weighed the baby before and after a few feedings which made us feel much better about leaving without the hospital grade breast pump we thought we would need to rent. So then it was back home to feed continuously, and back to the lactation consultant the next day to have her weighed again - she hadn't lost any more weight and had gained just a tiny bit so we knew we were starting to get back on track.

By Thursday we were completely stressed out and exhausted but Xylia's stools were looking pretty good, no blood, no green, no mucous, just super runny but a lot less of them (although some of them smelled like pancake syrup from the fenugreek supplement the lactation consultant had me take) and my milk production still was improving. So we decided that a change of scenery would be helpful - to relax and continue to work on getting breastfeeding reestablished somewhere where we wouldn't feel like we had to work on anything else. So we headed up to the Bay Area for a few days of down time. It was great to be able to rest a bit more, introduce Xylia to some our friends and celebrate Dado, Eric and Rick's birthdays together for maybe the last time for quite a while. Xylia even got to go for a walk and breathe some fresh air for the first time in her life! :)

Apr 10, 2006 - Rick Accepts Job Offer In Canada

It was not an easy decision. Rick had the opportunity to lead the development of honey for the movie 'Bees' at Dreamworks, which he was very excited about. But in the end, he chose to accept a position as CG Supervisor as EA in order to have the chance to try something new and to be closer to family. Here is the area we hope to move to: Port Moody Pics1, Port Moody Pics2.

Apr 5, 2006 - Tough Times In Babyville

by Nathania Vishnevsky

It's been a rough couple of weeks in babyville. Xylia has been sickwith a stomach virus (maybe) and food allergies (slight possibility) for 2 weeks now - so it's been two weeks of green diarrhea and some stomach aches - plus the one day when she feed for like 40 min and then just spewed up everything in 3 big retches and soaked herself, me and the bed! We've been to the pediatricians office about every 3 days and the first week and a half ended up calling after hours almost every night. I was originally told not to eat dairy, then told to go on the BRAT diet and then told to stop eating wheat and corn. So I'm now basically eating rice, chicken, apples, bananas and some other veggies - it's pretty boring and hard to get enough calories and doesn't seem to be really helping anything, but on the plus side I'm losing more of the baby weight. I did something exciting and added oatmeal to the diet a few days ago - I think barley is a safe grain to, so maybe in a few days I'll splurge....

The up side is that this doesn't seem to be slowing Xylia down in the least! She's still gaining weight like a champ, has started making all sorts of cute baby noises, though crying still is her main form of communication. She has started smiling, loves "reading" her "Black on White" book, and last night I realized she was tracking me with her eyes and head when I was walking around! She's over 10 lbs now so our backs are killing us. The only way you would know she was sick is she's really upset when going to the bathroom and seems to get a stomach ache when she eats too much.

We're going to see a specialist today and have been collecting stool samples for various tests so hopefully we'll find out soon what is going on. Scraping diapers is now my new hobby - we have to tag team the changes now. I really feel like I've officially made it into the Mom's club officially now that most of my conversations revolve around poop!

Apr 4, 2006 - Tracking Her Parents

As Nathania walked to the kitchen, Xylia turned her head to follow for the first time. We quickly discovered that somehow she aquired the ability to track us whereever we go. She even turns her entire head if she needs to see where people are going.

Mar 26, 2006 - All Smiles

Today Xylia smiled for the first time. She looked directly at her daddy and smiled back at him.

Mar 19, 2006 - Xylia Starts Getting Diarrhea

Today we discover that Xylia's poop is starting to look different. It's more frequent, more runny, slightly mucousy, more green, and even slightly bloody.

Mar 18, 2006 - Something Falls Off The Baby

After nearly 3 weeks, Xylia's umbilical cord stump finally falls off. We celebrate by having a bath. She did not enjoy this form of celebration all that much.

Mar 3, 2006 - Baby Comes Home From Hospital

We brought the baby home today and quickly began to realize how absolutely amazing the nurses were at St Joseph's hospital. They brought us everything we needed at the click of a button. Nathania is feeling better every day. It was quite painful for a while there. The worst of it was her shoulder spazms on day 2 after the spinal wore off. She had to take some pain medication for a few days afterwards for the general pains inside her abdomen, but she was up and walking very quickly and the doctor said she is 'ahead of the curve'.

Feb 27, 2006 - We Have A Baby Daughter

She remained in the breech position (feet down) right till her birthday. The doctor scheduled a c-section for us today and discovered that Nathania was 4cm dilated when she came in. He also said that she was beginning to get Toximia which was causing her blood pressure to rise. She had been complaining of feeling nauseous for at least two days before getting to the hospital. So, overall, the doctor picked a pretty good day for her c-section. Leaving it any longer may have caused some big problems. In the end, everything seems to have went well and little Xylia Glumac was born 8:05 am on Monday morning. She was 8 lbs and 13 oz.

Feb 8, 2006 - Still Wrong Away Around

We've even tried burning Moxa Sticks (a chinese herb). Apparently its supposed to work to help get the baby to turn. Rick thinks it did do something, but Nathania is reluctant to continue burning her little toes. We are still continuing to do the inversions three times a day, but so far no luck. Although its very difficult to tell what position she is in, so maybe it has worked. This week, Nathania's belly has actually shrunk a little bit, indicating that maybe the baby has dropped.

Feb 5, 2006 - Baby Shower

Nathania had her baby shower today. We played a couple of games: create a baby out of playdough, and guess which disgusting baby food we're eating. Two things we've learned: baby food is truly disgusting, and pregnant women have an extraordinary sense of taste and smell. Nathania correctly identified 4 out of the 6 foods. And we have pictures to prove it. Thank you to Cindy and Eve for putting this together, and everyone else that brought Petunia such wonderful presents.

Feb 1, 2006 - Baby Positions

Over the last week it seems like Petunia has been in several different positions. We're sure that she must have been head down for a while, but she also seems to have spend a significant amount of time sideways. In any case, by the time we returned to the doctor, she seems to have returned to the head up position.

Jan 25, 2006 - A Unique Little Baby

Petunia is already distinguishing herself as quite a unique little individual. We went to visit the doctor and had a quick ultrasound. It turns out that she is breached, which at 33 weeks occurs in about 5% of pregnancies. She is also in the top 1% of babies in terms of her size (already almost 6.5 pounds). Both of these factors increase our likelihood of Cesarean delivery, but we are staying positive and going to spend the next week trying to get in positions in which she has room to maneuver herself into the proper position.

Jan 19, 2006 - We Found A New Doctor!

The Doula and one of the couples from the birth class last night recommended a doctor. We went to visit him today and he says that our birth plan is 'great'. He's personable, funny, not rushed, has no Botox ads in his office, and there was only a 10 minute wait to see him. He's been delivering babies for 30 years, over 20000 in all, and he specializes in high-risk pregnancies. We have found a new doctor! Better late than never :) We called Dr. Evil's office to send over our records. They said 'no, not until we're paid!". Ha ha. She's nuts. Hopefully the insurance will be quick about it and we won't have to deal with her again.

Jan 18, 2006 - We Are Taking More Birth Classes

We already took 5 weeks of Hynobabies classes, but in an effort to accumulate as much knowledge as our brains can absorb, we will now be taking Birth Classes at the hospital. First class was a lot of fun. The teacher is a doula that is down with natural births and she's very funny.

Jan 14, 2006 - Sore Fingers

Nathania is waking up in the mornings with sore and weak fingers and puffy hands. It turns out that carpal tunnel occurs in 25% of pregnancies... so no knitting as an early labor project for Nathania and Rick may have to do more of the tasks requiring dexterity such as diapering.

Jan 10, 2006 - Dr. Evil, Inc. Shoots Down The Birth Plan

As expected, our doctor reacted badly to our birth plan. With each request she did her best to make us feel stupid and scared. With our request to have no IV she even threatened that a nurse might have to stab Nathania in the neck to put in an IV. Also, it turns out that Dr. Evil is not actually a human being, but a corporation. An evil corporation... like Walmart. The search for a new doctor begins.

Jan 3, 2006 - We Got Married!

Nathania and I went to the west coast of Vancouver Island to the Long Beach Lodge Resort. We hope to have a wedding celebration in the future in which we will invite friends and family, but for the time being we decided it would be romantic to celebrate our wedding together, just the two of us (and Petunia). It was an incredibly wonderful experience. We stayed in a luxurious beachside room with big soaker tub from which we could watch the sunset over the ocean. We got married in a big room with waves crashing on the beach in the background, had an incredible dinner and a little wedding cake of our own.

Dec 25, 2005 - Christmas In Canada

Petunia takes her first international trip and celebrates Christmas in Canada with her many grandparents and aunt and uncles.

Dec 10, 2005 - We Have a Birth Plan

Today we came up with a birth plan, which we will be sharing with the doctor within the next couple weeks. The doctor's reaction will allow us to judge whether to switch doctors in the new year.

Dec 5, 2005 - Rick Nominated for Annie Award

It's not really baby-specific news, but its still exciting. Today, Rick was nomimated for an Annie Award for individual achievement in animated effects.

Nov 28, 2005 - The Search For A Doula

The search for a doula in LA that is into natural birth is about as hard as finding a good doctor into natural birth. We thought we found someone we liked but she for some reason backed out. So the search continues.

Nov 21, 2005 - Listening To The Heartbeat

So, we're thinking of changing doctors because she doesn't seem too receptive to our our crazy idea of having a natural birth. But its hard to find a doctor in LA that is into this sort of thing. I guess the brochures in her office about plastic surgery should have tipped us off earlier. She also got quite upset that we called her on the weekend with a concern. Well, at least we got to hear the baby's heartbeat again today. Click above.

Nov 16, 2005 - Hypnobabies Classes !

For the next few weeks we'll be learning about how to hypnotize ourselves to a pain free and relaxing birth.

Nov 5, 2005 - Nathania's Birthday

For Nathania's post-birthday weekend we drove up to San Francisco to visit our similarly pregnant friends.

Nov 3, 2005 - We Start Baby Classes

It turns out there's a lot of things you need to know to properly take care of a baby. Tonight and next Thursday we'll learn the important skills of swaddling, changing, feeding, and more.

Nov 2, 2005 - Rick Feels First Kick

Today, Rick felt the baby kick for the first time. It happened during the 2nd period of the hockey game between the Vancouver Canucks and Minnesota Wild. Vancouver won the game.

Oct 30, 2005 - Nathania Feels First Kick

Today, Nathania felt the baby kick for the first time. There were 3 distinct kicks felt while watching the final scene of the movie "Good Luck and Good Night".

Oct 3, 2005 - It's A Girl

Today Nathania had her Amnio. During the ultrasound, the doctor turned to us and asked if we'd like to know the sex. We were kind of caught off guard and looked at each other, laughed and said 'ok'. It's a girl.