Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween

I know…some of you may be wondering why I would bother dressing up a 3 month old but we had the opportunity and we took it! My sister-in-law, Tiffany, threw together a party last night and Ruby went as Curious George. Since you can’t have a Curious George without the Man in the Yellow Hat Kris humored both of us and played along! Thanks Tiff for the party…we look forward to next year!

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The following video is a little long (about 3 min)...but Grandma Linda has been curious about Ruby's growth and progress. Ruby will sit in her Bumbo and actually grab her toys now...which she was doing with these spoons up until I grabbed the camera, of course!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Well, I’m getting to this post much later than anticipated. Since the last post we’ve had a few doctor appointments. I’m happy to report all the Doc’s had great things to say about Ruby.

We started off with some lab work on Wednesday. Watching Ruby give blood is still not any fun…in her case I don’t think giving it is either! But this was the best blood draw yet! It actually went pretty fast which was a huge relief. This lab was to retest her Protein C levels. As of Monday we are happy to report they are at 35! This is still a little on the low side as they would like to see her levels in the high 30’s to low 40’s at this point. Thankfully the levels still do not justify having to put Ruby on medication. Dr. Hansen is confident we don’t need to retest until she is a year old. Yea!!!

Thursday was a marathon day for me! Ruby’s hearing test at the Elk’s was at 10am. I needed to take her in hungry and tired. The hungry part I knew I could do because I just wouldn’t feed her…the tired part made me a little nervous. Ruby is pretty good about falling asleep just about anywhere…so my concern was how in world I would keep her awake. Thanks to my mom giving me several ideas to keep her stimulated we made it. It got a little rough around 8:30am as we were both exhausted, hungry and ready to just throw in the towel and go to bed but we managed. Amazingly Ruby stayed awake until we walked into the waiting room. At which point I proceeded to strip the poor child and start tickling her to wake her back up! Once we were in the testing room I was able to feed Ruby (what little she was willing to take due to her exhausted state) and then she went right to sleep. She slept through the test…which was what we needed!

They ran two tests. The Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) and the Otoacoustic Emission (OAE). Here is the Wikipedia definition of each. I could try and explain it myself but I can’t do it as well as the mighty internet!!!

ABR - Auditory brainstem response (ABR), also known as brainstem evoked response (BSER) is an electrical signal evoked from the brainstem of a human or other mammal by the presentation of a sound such as a click. Auditory brainstem response audiometry or Brainstem evoked response audiometry (BERA), is a screening test to monitor for hearing loss or deafness, especially notable for its use with newborn infants. It is a method employed to assess the functions of the ears, cranial nerves, and various brain functions of the lower part of the auditory system, prior to the child developing to the point of describing a possible hearing problem. The procedure is to generate a brief click or tone pip from an earphone or headphone and measuring the elicited neuronal action potentials by surface electrodes, typically placed at the vertex of the scalp and ear lobes.[1] The potential of the signal in microvoltage is averaged and charted against the time (millisecond), similarly to an electroencephalography (EEG). ABR audiometry is a safe and painless test of auditory pathway and brainstem function in response to auditory or (click) stimuli.

OAE - An otoacoustic emission (OAE) is a sound which is generated from within the inner ear. Having been predicted by Thomas Gold in 1948, its existence was first demonstrated experimentally by David Kemp in 1978[1] and otoacoustic emissions have since been shown to arise by a number of different cellular mechanisms within the inner ear.[citation needed] Studies have shown that OAEs disappear after the inner ear has been damaged, so OAEs are often used in the laboratory and the clinic as a measure of inner ear health. Broadly speaking, there are two types of otoacoustic emissions: spontaneous otoacoustic emissions (SOAEs), which can occur without external stimulation, and evoked otoacoustic emissions (EOAEs), which require an evoking stimulus. OAEs are considered to be related to the amplification function of the cochlea. In the absence of external stimulation, the activity of the cochlear amplifier increases, leading to the production of sound. Several lines of evidence suggest that, in mammals, outer hair cells are the elements that enhance cochlear sensitivity and frequency selectivity and hence act as the energy sources for amplification. One theory is that they act to increase the discriminability of signal variations in continuous noise by lowering the masking effect of its cochlear ampliļ¬cation.

Ruby passed both tests with flying colors! At this point we are not scheduled for any further hearing screenings!!!

Thursday afternoon Ruby had her 2 month check up. Dr. Kim is very impressed with how well Ruby is doing…she is developing normal and is right on track. Neither Dr. Kim nor we have noticed any weakness on Ruby’s right side…something we will continue to keep an eye on. Ruby also received the first of a few vaccinations. We’ll go back in this week and next week for her last two shots (my choice!!). But she weathered her first shot quit well…we had a little fever on Friday but with the magic of Tylenol she bounced right back!

Oh and before I forget she is 24.25” long and she weighed in at 11lbs 14oz.

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Ruby on the move…

Miss Ruby has been busy these past few days. Last weekend we spent up at the cabin. It was wonderful to just kick back and relax, go on a few walks and see the progress on cousin Faye’s build job. It was Ruby’s first significantly long car ride…she did fantastic! Which means our trip up to Moscow in November is looking good!

Yesterday we went to Uncle John’s fire station in Eagle for an open house. It was pretty amazing! I may have toured a fire station as a kid but if I did I don’t remember it being quite this impressive. John gave us tours of the station and the fire trucks (Ruby and I missed most of it since we were running late). It was really cool. The station had all kinds of demonstrations and information for those of us that stopped by. The best demonstration was the one John did toward the end of the day. I can’t remember if there is a name for the demonstration but basically it is the test that they make all volunteers pass in order to, well, be a volunteer. I’m probably going to mess up this description a bit but here goes:

Dressed in full gear (I don’t know how much his gear weighs but he let us feel how heavy just his coat was…holy cow), John started off hauling fire hoses up 3 flights of stairs. Once at the top he pulled more hoses up the center that were tied to a rope then came back down the stairs and hammer this thing that weighed 165 lbs. Next, he had to haul another hose (full of water) and spray it. To finish, he had to drag Rescue Randy (I believe that’s his name), who weights 175 lbs, the length of the fire station. Hopefully I got the description and sequence of events right but ether way I think it gives you an idea. There is video footage below of most of the drill. I got snap shots of the first part…the video picks up once he comes down the stairs…it’s pretty cool.

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Just for fun...

This is a little long...but I thought for those of you that don't see Ruby very often you might get a kick out of seeing her in action!