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+ 0 - 0 | § Upcoming dates

Alex has an appointment with PT on Thursday the 21st as well as an appointment with the feeding clinic and his GI doc at Hershey. 

The next dilation is schedule for April 25th.

On the 26th, he has an appointment with his pediatrician for his last Synagis (RSV vaccination) and the third polio shot.

The movers are coming on the 27th, and we will be leaving either that night or on the 28th to stay in NJ with Dan's parents until the movers get our stuff to the new house.

+ 0 - 0 | § A bolus here, a bolus there...

We got permission from Alex's GI doc on Thursday to try some bolus feeds.  (Bolus feeds are like meals spaced every couple of hours, much like we normal people eat.  Alex usually is fed continuously, at about 45 mL/hour.  It is dripped in through a tube using a pump.)  Bolus feeds are a big step towards getting Alex to eat more normally, so it's exciting.  So far, it's going well, but he is in need of a dilation (scheduled for tomorrow), so we're hoping that it will continue to go well after his esophagus is opened back up. 

Other than that, we're just getting ready for the big move and trying to give Dan enough time to finish his thesis.  The biggest thing we had to do, which was to tear down the fish tank, was done yesterday.  It took about 8 hours, but it's done.  We gave our fish to a new local pet store...they were very appreciative, and seemed to really like the fish.  They even gave us some cat food in return.   We may not be writing again for a while, but I will try to update whenever we can!!  Wish us luck!

+ 0 - 0 | § Weight Update

To add one more entry for the night...

Alex was last weighed on April 14th, at 13 lbs.  That's a 1-lb. gain from his appointment two weeks previous to that!

+ 0 - 0 | § As a side note...

...I meant no offense to those who read this from NY.  To explain, I am a born and bred Pennsylvanian, and grew up with the NY-is-a-nice-place-to-visit mentality.  Of course, this means NYC mainly, and where we are moving is pretty similar to a good portion of PA, but...the idea is still there.  In all honesty, I think that Dan, Alex, and I will really like it up there.  It'll be a grand adventure that I'm very much looking forward to...

+ 0 - 0 | § It's getting hot in here!

So, we are now entering what will hopefully be the last stretch of extreme busy-ness.  As you can see from the Upcoming Dates section, we are going to be a bit crazy in the next week or two between the doctor's appointments and the moving.  Dan is also pretty crazy with trying to write that little 150 or 200 page thing called his thesis. 

Alex is doing very well these days.  As Dan said, we're trying to get outside as much as possible to do some "normal" baby things, like go to the park or out on errands.  We are still restricted from taking him to any crowded places (for another two weeks), but it's been great to get him outside.  It's making me realize that I'm really going to miss living around here, though it should be fun trying to find new places to play.  Oh, and I agree with Natasha's comment...I'm not so sure about Alex being a New Yorker, and I certainly don't want license plates that say New York on my car.  What will Dad's neighbors think???  I know what I think when I see those plates...

Hopefully, one of us will get around to posting our latest pictures and another video (of Alex laughing at my feet)...until then, here we go!!

+ 0 - 0 | § Busy days

Things have been mighty busy around here lately, as usual, but we've been managing to stay sane nonetheless. We took Alex to a duck pond last week, and apparently according to Alex, ducks are just about the funniest thing in the world. The ducks would chase each other around, and this was apparently hysterical. We took him to Susquehanock State Park this afternoon, which has a really nice overlook of the Susquehanna river, and then decided to go for a little hike on one of the trails with Alex in the stroller. The trail was a bit steeper and rockier than we thought it might be, but everything turned out ok, as the stroller performed amazingly. We have some pictures of the event that I'll get around to posting pretty soon.
We've got a really busy schedule coming up next week. A esophagael dilation on Monday, a pediatrician appointment on Tuesday, the movers come on wednesday and thursday, and we close on the new house in Niskayuna on Friday. And to top it off, I'm attempting to finish up writing my thesis, as we speak. But, everything will get done, because it has to get done. :)