Saturday, May 24, 2008

Huff Family Update


Yes, we are all alive! I know I haven't written an update but life has been busy this week. I haven't made it to the computer much. Max is doing really good and yes, I cut his hair. It took 3 days for him to get off Serbian time which was really hard since Kevin and I were so exhausted. He would be up at 1:30am every night ready for food and playtime. He now sleeps from 7:30pm-5am. My other kids are early risers too so although that is a bit early, we are happy to sleep through the night. I was worried Max would not want to be held very much but it is quite the contrary. He loves to be held and often cries when put down. He does play on the floor by himself but prefers if we play with him there. I think it's great. He is commando crawling everywhere and we have to put all the cords up! He definitely knows me and prefers me. We are in spoil mode right now so he knows we won't leave him. He is SO happy and sweet!!!

The hardest part has been the food. He is not really thrilled with most things we give him. He is still 100% on a bottle so we have to grind up stuff and put it in a bottle for lunch and dinner. I am sure everything has a very different flavor than he is used to. He did not like our milk much either. But, after going to the pediatrician, he is now on Pediasure which he likes, thank goodness. However, it is $10.50 for 6 bottles! Hopefully, he won't be on it for long. He weighs 17-6 and is in 6-9 month clothes but he will be on to 9-12 month clothes soon. He has terrible reflux which we are getting a good handle on but he and I still go through a few outfits a day. I tried rice cereal on a spoon today and lets just say, it's going to be a while! It took 8 tries to get one spoonful in. Pretty funny.

We got referrals for all our doctors and have appointments set for the ENT(ear doctor), the eye doctor, the GI doctor for a swallow test to check to see if he is aspirating his food (as we think he is), a hearing screening, an endocrinologist as his thyroid hormone is elevated, the cardiologist just to be 100% sure everything is OK, and the evaluation for therapy services. Is that it? LOL We have the world's best pediatrician so she is covering all the bases for us. He is on breathing treatments and reflux medicine and is doing amazingly well now. He had a pretty bad cough and rattle sound going on before.

So much for laying low for a while. This week Tia had Kindergarten graduation, Tyler had the end of the year Preschool program, we had family in town for my nephew and niece's graduation, and overall life has been busy this week. Max is overwhelmed for sure and we are trying to keep that to a minimum. He just gets super tired and won't sleep because he doesn't want to miss anything. He LOVES being outside. Tia and Tyler are great with him. Tia loves to hold him. Tyler comes in every morning, gets face to face with Max and says, "Hello brother." It is SO sweet. They are not overly interested to the point of annoyance but like him and kiss him and then go on their way. It has been so fun to see how well he fits in our family. I feel like he has been here forever. I guess because he was in our hearts for so long before we brought him home. We really love him!

9 comments:

THE CAMPBELL FAMILY said...

WE ARE SO GLAD EVERYTHING IS GOING GOOD . WE WERE GETTING WORRIED. SHAWNIE ,CAN YOU E-MAIL WHEN YOU GET A MINUTE. I HAVE A FEW ???? JODY

Michelle said...

"Hi Brother"....awwwww. Life sounds wonderful for all of you. It is so nice to come here and see an update, Max is no longer just on the sidebar, a hopeful face, but your SON...the world is a pretty neat place sometimes, huh? :)

Lori & Family said...

Will insurance or WIC help with the pedisure?

Staffords said...

Glad everything is going reasonably well. Good luck with all the Dr. appts. I know that all too well. We are currently trying to get an MRI scheduled for Aspen but that is proving to be more difficult than you would think. Just a side note I thought I would mention that WalMart has a Parent's Choice brand pediasure and it is only around $7 or $8. I haven't tasted it personally but would guess it is the same. Good luck.

Shawnie said...

Lori, Max is not on Long Term Care insurance yet so we can't get help from that. Sunnie, thanks for the tip. I didn't see it when I was there last so I will look harder next time. And a friend has a bunch left over that her daughter didn't use so she is giving it to us. Thank you Wendy!!!
Shawnie

AZmomto7 said...

Oh goodness, I think the food issue is the most stressful when you bring them home! Praying that all teh medical exams show a healthy little man!

Kris

Kelly said...

Hi, Thank you so much for sharing!! I just spent an hour reading your entire story!! Fabulous! I am still trying to talk my husband into adoption of another child. We adopted in 2005 from Russia and also have 3 bios. I love the Serbia program as it is just one trip. I have always wanted to adopt a ds sweetie. I am addicted to the Reeces rainbow site. CONGRATULATIONS on your beautiful new son.

schoolmother said...

Shawnie,
The pictures are great. It is just so cool to see your little guy on YOUR couch with YOUR kids. I can relate to the time change issues.
Joy, RR

Kym said...

YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!! So happy for you guys! Call me if you want to talk about any of this stuff. We went through many of the same things you are going through right now. (feeding, reflux, etc). In a few years, you will look back and it will be a distant memory...only the joy and fun remains! love you guys :)