Saturday, April 28, 2007

Busy week ahead...

This Friday is Sasha's surgery to correct her craniosynostosis. The term craniosynostosis refers to the premature union (syn-ostosis) of two or more of the bones of the skull of an infant's head. This condition leads to restricted skull growth often resulting in an abnormal head shape. In Sasha's case, it is the coronal suture on the left side of her head that fused prematurely (the picture shows where each suture is located).

We'll be having the surgery at Children's Hospital, and we feel very lucky to have such a great hospital so close. Sasha has lab work and a physical to make sure she is in good health on Thursday, and the actual procedure is at 5:30 a.m. on Friday. My parents will be coming into town on Thursday night to help out with Sophia while Michael and I are at the hospital with Sasha. We were told to expect that Sasha will need to spend 3-5 nights in the hospital following the operation. However, I talked to another mom of a little girl who had the same operation done, and she said that they were able to go home on the 2nd day post-op. I'm hoping for the same, but obviously we don't want to rush the healing process.

We'll try to write more this week before Friday, but if not, definitely check back after Friday for updates and pictures about Sasha's recovery.

In other news.....

We are having some family photos taken at a park tomorrow. It is supposed to be a gorgeous 80+ degree day! The last time we had pictures taken, Sophia was sooooooooo grumpy...we could barely squeeze a smile out of her. Bribing her with Yogos didn't even work. Let's hope things go better this time.

Tonight Sophia told her daddy to "dance like a white boy" when she pushed a button on a toy that plays music. I had told her to say that a while before, but I didn't think she really heard me. Turns out she did...and it was hilarious (or at least I thought so!).

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Awwww nuts!

We've been curious for about a year whether Sophia has an allergy to a non-peanut nut. She had a reaction to a crunchy salad topper shortly after Sasha was born, but we were never able to narrow it down to a specific culprit since there were various nuts and oils in the mix. Well, yesterday the nut allergy was confirmed when she had an allergic reaction almost immediately after sharing some mixed nuts with me. I think she ate part of a cashew, but because there are so many other nuts in the mix, we have no way of knowing which one(s) actually caused it. Sophia told me her mouth hurt, and her voice started to get scratchy. She broke out in hives on her face, and then she threw up. I was able to give her some Benadryl, which I think helped alot. She was sick two more times in the next hour, but after that she was running around and provoking her little sis. Business as usual.

Needless to say, we'll be avoiding all nuts (other than peanuts, which are fine) and talking to our doctor about our options for dealing with the allergy.

Monday, April 23, 2007

New at this....

We have never blogged before, but we thought it was a great way to keep our friends and family updated on everything Tognetti. In addition to photos of our two precious ankle biters, you'll find all kinds of tidbits penned by Michael and me. We hope you enjoy our family updates!