To start August off, we had a follow up appt with Hannah's pediatrician from her urinary tract infection. Our ped suggested that we have Hannah tested for kidney reflux, which is often the cause of UTI's in infants. Basically, with some kids the valve that releases urine into the bladder is underdeveloped and allows urine back up to the kidney's while the baby urinates. When I was doing my internship in child life, I worked in radiology (where they do the test to check for this), and I was VERY nervous about having this for my daughter. I also felt that she likely did not have reflux, and was dreading test day. However, the most traumatic part of the day was the kidney ultrasound. My poor baby was so sad to have to stay still, and it was so hard not to pick her up!!! Then we went in for the reflux test, where they fill her bladder with liquid contrast while she's laying on the xray table, and then take pictures while she is going. Surprisingly, aside from a few moments, Hannah did so well during this! They also found that she does have a very mild case of reflux on her left side. So next month we'll be off to the urologist to get some more information and see if she needs any sort of treatment. Right now, we are giving her a mild low dose antibiotic to help prevent more infections, but our pediatrician does not suspect that the urologist will want her to continue with it. The very good thing is that she will likely outgrow it!
The second weekend of August, Matt's parents came to town to go to the Indiana State Fair. We had such a good time! Hannah is getting to the age where I really think she recognizes people because she warmed up to Grandma and Grandpa right away! Hannah enjoyed people watching at the fair and running around in the grass. She also had a blast taking walks down the street with Grandma. A few houses down is an apple tree, and they are falling all over the yard and side walk. Hannah loves going down there and picking one or two up!
Then we got ready for our big trip down south. We headed to St. Augustine Florida for a week of fun in the sun with my side of the family. It is always a blast to go there and spend time with my cousins and aunt and uncle. It is also so fun to spend time with my parents, sister's family, and my brother and his wife. We took two days to get down there with a stop off at the Pratt's for dinner on our way into Atlanta. We had a blast swimming in their pool and Hannah absolutely loved seeing her cousins and their three dogs!! This year was a little bittersweet because my Great Aunt Hermi passed away just a few weeks before we were down there. I really missed going to visit her, and am sad that we were unable to make it to the Memorial service. My Grandma's twin brother met her while serving in the military in Switzerland, she moved across the ocean and has been here ever since. She was a hard working and very talented woman who was as stubborn as she was caring. I have so many special memories of her, and am so thankful that a few years ago she made me a quilt, and just this past winter knitted Hannah a beautiful sweater and hat. I will cherish these items forever.
The week at the beach was really awesome this year! Hannah absolutely loved the sand...she rolled in it, stuck her face in it, stuck her head in it, ate it, etc. She really was a sight to see! She also loved the water, and the first day she just wanted to run full force into it! By the second day she was a little more timid with the waves (for which we were thankful), and then started warming up to it again by the end of the week, but with a continued sense of timidity that kept her from going too far! Hannah loved playing with her cousins, Caroline, Abby, and Molly. It was so cute to watch her laugh and "talk" to them. We also had a great time hanging out with the extended family; going to dinner in the evenings or just staying around at the condo. Hannah loved giving everyone kisses at the end of the night!
Now we are back home and ready for September and football season to get underway!!!
Enjoy the pics!
|Fun with Grandpa at the Fair|
All of the following pictures are from our awesome trip to St. Augustine Beach!!
|Love this of Molly throwing the ball in the air!!!|
|Proof that she actually ate the sand!!|
|All tuckered out!|