Monday, July 13, 2015

Kanaan's Kidney and Shriner's Update

We met with Kanaan's new pediatrician/nephrologist last week. She is very nice and very thorough. She took labs and his labs were overall good, his creatinine was stable. His vitamin D was low so we have started him on a supplement. His sodium was at the low end of normal, and his potassium was a tad low so she suggested we give him things like juice and fries occasionally. He asks for fries every single day, so that won't be a problem. We will re check his labs in a few weeks. She does want us to see a nephrologist in St. Louis at St. Louis Children's hospital in August. Basically  because she doesn't have the resources here that the nephrologist would there. Also once his function gets worse, we'll need to see the nephrologist there anyway, so we are establishing care now, to be prepared. We go to STLCH on August 24.

We also had Kanaan's appointment at Shriner's Hospital for Children last week as well. Kanaan is still not walking more than a few steps, and his physical therapist mentioned that his legs look knock kneed. Kayla had surgery at Shriner's when she was young for being knock kneed so, we definitely wanted to get it checked out.

We saw a Nurse Practitioner, Radiologist, and Physician. His xrays were normal, so he isn't knock kneed. It just looks like it because of the way he stands. They did say he has really loose joints and low muscle tone in his lower body. He was fitted for orthotics (SMO), they are small braces that will fit inside his shoe, they will help give his ankles support when he is walking. They also want us to meet with Neurology, regarding his low muscle tone. They said he doesn't have any other signs they would be concerned about, but they want to look into everything. We go back on August 14, for the neurology appointment and to pick up his braces. They warned us that the neurology appointments can take 2-3 hours, because they are very thorough.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Pregnancy #2

 A year ago March we found out we were pregnant again! I was of course being a terrible blogger and never mentioned it on here, so I'll update with pictures.

I suspected it for about 2 weeks, but we officially found out on 3/14/14
Our first peak at Baby King 2.0 4/2/14

How we announced it! 4/1/14

Gender Reveal Picture!

Eden Hope King 11/2/14 9lbs 14oz 21in 6:54pm

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Kanaan Update

It's been a crazy long time since I've blogged. I'll try to do a few update posts to get the blog up to date.

Here's an update on Kanaan. He'll be 22 months on the 4th! I can't believe he's almost 2! His last kidney appointment was in January. Our doctor ended up leaving the practice, so we will be seeing a new doctor next week for his kidneys. The good thing about the new doctor is that she is Quincy and does regular pediatrics as well, so we just transferred all his records to her. That way she knows everything from here on out.

He is talking a ton and taking steps on his own, but still not walking completely on his own. We go to Shriner's in St. Louis next week, to see what they have to say about it.

10 Months! 16lbs 6.5oz

11 Months! 17lbs 12oz

12 Months! 18lbs 2oz

15 Months! 18lbs 6oz 29in

18 Months! 19lbs 10oz 29.75in

21 Months! 21 lbs 2oz 32in

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Keeping Up With Kanaan...9 Months!

Kanaan you are 9 months old! As of June 10th you are 16lbs 15oz and 27.5 inches. You wear 6-9 months clothes and 3-6 month shoes. You can still wear some 3-6 month clothes but I've packed most of them away. You wear size 3 in disposable diapers and are on the medium setting in our one-size cloth diapers. 

You go to bed at 7pm and will wake up anywhere between 7-9am. You take two 2 hour naps. 

You eat 3 meals and 4 bottles each day. You refuse to chew anything and gag and cough if I give you anything with too much texture. 

You started sitting up by yourself on May 25th and your second tooth came through on May 26th. You have your two bottom middle teeth now. 

Firsts this month: We moved! First memorial day

Thursday, May 29, 2014

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Kanaan's Kidney Update!

On May 13th Kanaan had an appointment with his nephrologist. His labs looked great and his doctor was very pleased with his progress. He said that based on when he was born he expected him to be on dialysis by now. He had a growth spurt since his last appointment and Dr. Seifert was pleased with his growth. Also since we haven't changed his medicine dosages since he was born and his labs are improving, he is weaning himself off of them. We were able to stop adding salt to his bottles and when we run out of his other medicine we'll do labs 2 weeks after the last dose and see how he tolerates it. We don't have to go back to see Dr. Seifert until September!!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Keeping Up With Kanaan...8 Months!

Kanaan you are 16lbs 14oz and 27 inches long. You wear 3-6 months clothes and size 2 shoes. You wear size 3 diapers now.

You go to bed at 7pm and will sleep until 7am. You take a 2 hour morning and afternoon nap and 30-45 minute cat nap in the evening. 

You are starting to eat more food and have liked everything we've given you so far. 

You got your first tooth on 4/27/14 it's the bottom middle left (on the right if you're looking at you)! You are such a good teether, you didn't fuss or show any other symptoms other than drooling a ton. The drooling has been going on for awhile now. 

Firsts this month: First Easter, First Tooth.

Sunday, April 27, 2014


This year for Easter Kayla came back and stayed with us. We met my dad and had breakfast at Village Inn, then went to church. After church Andy, Kanaan and I had lunch at Andy's parents, then we went to supper at Dad's. We were exhausted by the end of the day. Here are some cute pictures of Kanaan.
We had Kanaan's picture taken with a live rabbit. It turned out so cute! Kanaan just laid his head on his arm like this himself.

Meeting the Easter Bunny at the mall
His Easter Outfit!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Keeping Up With Kanaan...7 Months!

This month started out a bit rough for Kanaan. He had small cough that ended up being RSV. Kanaan spent some time in the St. John's Children's hospital, but did really well with it. He seemed to have a milder case and was just admitted to keep an eye on him with his kidneys.

He is 15lbs 9oz and 27 inches long. He still wears 3-6 clothes and some 0-3. He is now in size 2 shoes.

 He is in size 2 diapers, we are using disposables while we are in the process of selling the house.

He loves to bounce in his Jumparoo. He is still too short to reach the floor on level one, but too tall to use a pillow under it on level 1, so he is on level 2 with the pillow.

He started eating baby food this month. I make most of his food, because he is on a low potassium diet and most store brands add potassium as a preservative. He can eat jarred applesauce, so I don't usually make that one. He is eating 1 "solid" meal/day and the rest is formula.

Kanaan's firsts this month: First ER visit, First ambulance ride, first hospitalization since we came home initially, first food (carrots).

Friday, March 14, 2014

Keeping Up With Kanaan...6 Months!

He is 14lbs 10oz and 25 inches long. He wears 3-6 month clothes and some 0-3 month. He is in size 2 diapers.

 He started to have a lot of trouble settling down to bed if we put him down around 9 or 10 like we were, but does great if we catch the window of tired, but not too tired. We started putting him to bed at 7 and that did the trick. He goes right to sleep and will sleep until about 7 the next morning. He takes 2 longer naps during the day and 1 cat nap in the evening.

He has learned to jump in his jumparoo and jumps like a crazy man. He is still too short to reach the bottom so we still have to use a pillow under it.

Monday, February 10, 2014

My New Favorite Meatloaf Recipe

I posted a meatloaf recipe a while back on here. I really liked it and then came across a recipe that had some "hidden" veggies in it that looked really good. I decided to combine the two recipes to make my own. I took different bits of each recipe to make my own version and Andy and I really like it. I've made it twice now and it's very good. I keep forgetting to take a picture of it, but here is the recipe.

Brittany's Meatloaf
3lbs ground beef or turkey (I usually use a mix)
2 eggs
2 c. plain bread crumbs
1 c. each of finely chopped carrots, celery, onion, bell pepper (I use red or yellow)
3/4c. grated parmesan cheese
1/2c ketchup
2 tsp garlic salt
2 tsp dried parsley
2 tbsp brown sugar

Mix all ingredients together and form into two loaves. Top with ketchup.  Place in 2 baking dishes and bake at 350 for 1 hour.

This makes 2 meat loaves, you can freeze one for later if you like. I have made it with only 2lbs of meat and kept the remaining ingredients the same to make 1 loaf also. 

I use my food processor to chop the veggies. The carrots are still a little firm in the meatloaf even when chopped extra fine, I think next time I may lightly steam the carrots to see if that works better. 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Keeping Up With Kanaan....5 Months!

Kanaan you are 5 Months old! This month was hard to get good pictures because you just wanted to chew on your fingers! 

As of 2/6/14 you are 13lbs 11oz and 25in long. You just moved into 3-6 month clothes, many of them are still big on you and you can still fit in several 0-3 month stuff, but we've mostly packed that size away.

 You started rolling over both ways really consecutively on January 6th. You love to sit in your jumparoo and play with the toys, you are so short that we have to put a pillow under your feet so you reach the bottom. You haven't learned to jump in it yet, though.
 You still love to watch tv, especially football. And talk all the time now.
 Some of your favorite games are peek-a-boo, pony boy, sticking out your tongue and this little piggie.
 You like to stand up and if we hold your hands, you will pull yourself up to stand and just stand and sit and stand and sit. You think it is great fun.
 You've started really noticing Pogo, and like to kick your feet at him. He thinks it's grand and will turn so you kick his belly.
 You almost always have your hands folded together and your feet crossed at the ankles. All the nurses at your doctor's office say you are always praying.
 You are in size 2 diapers now. We use cloth at home and during the day, and disposable overnight and on the go.  You are still in size 1 shoes, although I've noticed your socks are getting smaller, so I may try a size 2 on you soon.
The blanket Great Grandma Brown made me is so soft and cozy.
 We've switched to using Dr. Brown's bottles and it has really helped your spitting up. You sleep from 9-10ish to about 7am. You take 2 or 3 2-3 hour naps during the day. Some days you may only get 1 longer nap if we're really busy, but you don't seem to mind. You just go to bed earlier on those nights.