Saturday, February 5, 2011

Orion: Pop Goes the Shell!

Our Valentine, with shells in both eyes.

Oops, I did notice Orion's left eye looked different today but didn't realize why I never saw him open his eye until I was putting him down in the crib tonight. There was a lonely eye shell in the middle of the crib! It apparently popped out sometime last night. I need to call SuperOcularist tomorrow for what I should do.

Food-wise, Orion was doing a little better with baby food. Perhaps because he somewhat liked sweet potato better than rice cereal mixed with applesauce... but I know he's learning to eat and not push the food out with his tongue.

That was interrupted with Orion staying at Children's hospital with oxygen via nasal cannula as he took a week (Jan 30-Feb 6) recovering from bronchiolitis caused by a nasty respiratory virus. (I'm grateful for the e-mails and visits. Thanks!) He went to the ER via ambulance from the doctor's office on Jan 29th and then again on the 30th when he was finally admitted. Yep, on the 6th Orion was released during 1st quarter of SuperBowl. Healthwise, he's doing very well. Sleepwise, he's sleeping during the day and awake at night... guess who has the night shift from Sunday through Thursday night?!

Now we know he's willing to eat carrots. After putting on his bib in the bouncer, I give him a spoon to hold. Oftentimes he doesn't want to hold it. To let him know I'm going to feed him, I sign "eat" or "food" on Orion's lips, then I tap his cheek next to his mouth and he opens his mouth and in goes the baby food. It took a while, especially when we had to stop and then start again when he got out of the hospital but here we are... he's eating off the spoon! Next, I think I should move on to letting him feel where the spoon goes to 'refill' itself. Messy, but he'll know how it works.

I'm not sure, but I think Orion intentionally signed 'milk'. I was feeding fussy Orion some baby food and he squeezed my finger repeatedly like I'd squeeze his arm to sign 'milk'. I gave him some milk, he stopped signing it, finished his bottle and fell asleep. Last night he signed 'milk' again, so I gave him his bottle. I'm not sure if he's sign-babbling or actually asking for milk but I am watching him.

Orion is wearing a STAR band (helmet) to encourage his head to continue to grow in a way that his head is nice and round again. He has plagiocephaly (flat head) on the right side of the back of his head. The helmet doesn't squeeze on his head. The inside of the helmet has the form of a 'perfect head' and it fits around the longer part of his head (left back to right forehead) and that sort of puts a brake on growth in that direction and encourages his head to grow/fill in the direction of the right back and left forehead. He's to wear the helmet 23 hours a day for 12 weeks. He will have follow-up appointments every two weeks. He doesn't mind the helmet, only fusses if he's sweating or too warm (yes, like hats, it keeps body heat in). We can take it off for a little bit to let him dry and cool off.

Orion still loves bathtime and the perhaps overly curious company of other little ones. He kicks his legs like a frog and wiggles vigorously in the water. He has been away from other little kids, especially his little PIP friends for too long so it was so sweet seeing him smile when another little hand touched him today. There's something about little hands... cute little inquisitive hands.

Orion's big sister, Anastasia is now 5! Happy Birthday! (Note the purse birthday cake I made for her.)


  1. I'm so behind on news of what's happening with your family, and I felt every single word you wrote, feeling so worried then feeling so happy to hear that Orion has been recovering nicely from his respiratory virus-caused bronchitis.

    Reading about how Orion's learning, and your learning alongside with him also had me learning so much. You are already a great mother, and the fact that you are right there side by side with all of your children, right on the frontline - wow! I'm glad I've gotten to see you and the kids while we were there in MD :-D.

  2. Reading from post to post, you've been through quite a journey... and you managed to create a purse cake for Tasia :)

    Hugs :)

  3. Wow, I discovered today that I am not the only Orion Withrow in the world!

  4. Hi Orion! Far out... what are the odds of that?! Such an unique name. I will be floored if your middle name is Theodore, too. I would love to talk with you online.