Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

For Halloween this year, we decided to order two costumes for Sophie.   The day before Halloween, we dressed her up as a ladybug, and for Halloween night we dressed her up as a duck.  The following are some pictures:
Daddy and his ladybug

Nonnie :)

In front of the tree which was recently planted in honor of Sophie

She found a pumpkin just her size
Feeling the pumpkin she helped carve
Ready to get some candy!
Ready to go trick or treating

Never to be ignored...Bella would prefer to be the center of attention, though she knows who is in charge

Thursday, October 20, 2011

7 Months Old!

On October 12th, Sophie turned 7 months old!  It's amazing how much she changes month to month...though her strength is slowly decreasing, her mind is advancing rapidly!  Sophie knows that she is 'in charge' and lets us know in her own way if she wants something.  At the same time, she does this in the sweetest way possible:)

For Sophie's 7 month birthday, we celebrated by going to a pumpkin patch.  Though it isn't Halloween yet, we decided to dress her up anyways.

She's ready to go!

Biggest pumpkin ever?

Sophie picked a good pumpkin to bring home

Checking out the animals

Sophie may have been a little scared of this guy

And she's out after a short trip to the pumpkin patch!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

NG Tube

Sophie is nearing her seven month birthday, and she has begun to lose more strength over the last few weeks (which is often seen with babies with SMA in the 6-7 month timeframe).  Not only is Sophie's strength declining, but also her ability to efficiently eat (suck/swallow).

On Friday, October 7th, we decided to have a nasal gastric ("NG") tube put in for Sophie.  An NG tube is basically a small plastic tube which leads from the nose to the stomach, which allows us to give Sophie food directly into her stomach.   The few weeks prior to the NG tube placement, eating had become more and more difficult for Sophie and she was getting less and less food.  This led her to often being uncomfortable and irritable.  After the tube was placed, we were able to administer food through the tube without her using all of her energy to eat.  After the first feed with the NG tube that afternoon, she was immediately much more comfortable and back to her normal happy, smiley ways!

Sophie sporting her new NG tube

Her NG tube doesn't seem to bother her as evident by her smiles

Playing on the iPad...though Sophie has only a little movement in her arms, she is able to use it on the touchscreen of the she is playing a piano iPad app

Kind of tough to see, but this is Sophie asleep while being fed through her NG tube...Liz is holding her food in a tube, which goes through the tube into Sophie's stomach...Sophie still gets her cuddle time while getting her feeding!

With the beautiful weather this week, we decided to take Sophie to the beach

Sophie, Bella, and Daddy
Sophie and Mommy

Once again, we'd like to thank everyone for their kind thoughts and support.  Our friends, families, employers, colleagues, and Sophie's healthcare providers have all been so supportive and understanding.  We'd also like to mention a special thank you to everyone in the SMA community... you have been an incredibly helpful and supportive group in every step in our journey (as only you would understand), and we hope we can give back to others in the future like you have all helped us so far (and we're sure that help will continue in ways we can't yet imagine in the future).