Saturday, June 21, 2008

A little stowaway

Well...I spoke too soon yesterday!! We took Eli to the International Adoption Clinic yesterday for his big evaluation. We met with the nurse, doctor, nutritionist, physicial therapist, and made a visit to the lab. Overall, Eli is doing GREAT!! Every single person we met said the same thing, "He is so big for his age!" Eli is up to 26lbs and he is 32" tall. He is still in the 75% for height and weight. He has grown an inch since we have been home! Geez!! No wonder he can reach everything on the table and no wonder he has been eating so much! He is on target or beyond on all of his developmental milestones except expressive speech, which is completely expected given he was learning Spanish for the first 13 months of his life! He will catch up very quickly so there is nothing to be concerned about.

So, the only thing that came up at the appointment is Eli has LICE!!!!!!!!!!!! YUCK!!!! The doctor suspects that he probably came home with it from Guatemala. How did we miss this???? Well, there were signs, but none of them were out of the ordinary for him. He has always scratched his head when he is sleepy, ever since he was a teeny tiny pea, so we did not think anything about his headscratching. We also noticed, though, that he had some "dandruff", but we assumed it was from the headscratching and his dry skin. Sigh...poor little guy! I can't imagine where he would have picked it up at home because he has not been around very many kids and we have been spending most of our time at home. So, who knows how long he has been infected. Blech!!! And, given the fact we have all be cosleeping up until very recently, it is no suprise that this momma also has lice. DOUBLE YUCK!!!! So, we spent last night and today treating our heads, cutting out nits, and doing loads of laundry.

And, to top it all off, Eli developed a really awful croupy sounding cough yesterday. So, we enjoyed our short little respite last week! All we can do is just laugh while we are cutting out nits and giving our washing machine a good workout. We really hit the ground running, didn't we?!?!
Daddy on the hunt for nits.

11 comments:

Nicole said...

YUCK!! Hoping your visitors leave soon!

Dominic's school was infested the first week he was there - I came home and buzzed his head and luckily we avoided them!

Guatemama said...

OH YUCK YUCK!!! I'm sorry that Eli brought friends with him. You guys are on parent fast forward. Lice already and he isn't even in school yet. HA I hope you are critter free asap.

Kim said...

Lice, oh no! Glad they found it though so you can "nit" it in the bud. Ok, I couldn't resist. Sorry. Eli is big! Kate is big as well at 13 months she is 21 pounds, 13 ounces and 30 inches.

Sandy said...

OH, Steph, I feel your pain! Abby came home with head lice and though I found it on my own...(nothing like cuddling with your baby and seeing bugs crawling in her hair!)...it was too late and this momma had it too. The clean up is awful and I really feel for you. Glad you guys can keep your sense of humor through all this! That's a key ingredient to being a great parent! Oh, glad the rest of the eval went well;0)

Jess said...

Oh My Gosh!!!

Welcome to parenthood!!!!!

I hope I don't get that "welcome" for a long time- if ever!!

Bobbi said...

WOW!! You are getting some serious hazing into parenthood!!! GEEEZZ. That is just YUCK!! It must be a nightmare with your curly hair.

I feel for you on the getting sick thing. Reese got sick every 3 days when he came home. It was so hard. My ped. told us it takes a year to build an immune stystem for the new country (didn't tell you that to depress you further). It has been pretty true for Reese. He still gets sick quite a bit, but less than he did. So, I can understand how draining the sick all the time thing feels.

I hope his croup isn't too bad. Hope your washing machine is up for the challenge. AHHHHHHH ITCHING!!!!

Kelly said...

Oh Dear!!!! I bet y'all look like a bunch a monkeys'. LOL Lice is awful buit it could be alot worse so you just have to laugh about it!!!Sending hugs your way :)

Kelly said...

And by the way Eli's Stats are AWESOME!!!!!

Becky said...

Oh, Steph. I can't believe all the "excitement" you've had since returning home. Well, you know they say that parenting isn't for wimps! :) I'm glad you had a nice week last week to rejuvenate for the next big challenge.

Guatmama said...

Sounds like you took it all in stride - what a great mama!

Heidi said...

OH NO! Yuck. I'm so sorry you have to deal with lice. Hope they are out of the house soon. That is great he is doing so well apart from that!