Monday, June 22, 2009


Finally Juliana has begun to roll. It's not a full roll, but it is definitely a roll. We have been working on this for quite a while. We first started with getting her interested in her feet. I was trying to get her to grab them with her hands since she adores her hands. She never really grabbed them but did spend a lot of time looking at them and kicking around in her new bouncy seat. One day during diaper change as I am trying to empty her ostomy bag she decides to roll to one side about 60 degrees. I was super excited to see her roll but not very happy with her timing. She seems to favor her left side (of course because the bag on the left usually makes the most mess) but recently has been exploring both sides. Our new goals are to make that 60 degree roll a 90 and then a 180. We have also been forcing her to spend more time on her tummy not sleeping. She usually cries and we try to make the best of it. She still is unable to lift her head and push her upper body up with her arms but we will get there one day. She has been very happy and enjoying her brother so much.

I have been carefully watching her urine output as it has slowed down a little. She had a little increased stool output after we started her on rice cereal once a day. It's really hard to tell when enough is enough. We stopped the cereal for now to let the stool output get back to normal volume and consistency. She's not over stooling but it is slightly increased which may be why her urine has decreased. This is exactly why I refuse to make multiple changes with Juliana. She is so sensitive to change it would be hard to tell what caused what. At least I can take one step back and then try again. In a couple of days I think we will try the cereal again but maybe only a 1/2 tsp. instead of a full one.

1 comment:

  1. Your ability to let Juliana take things at her own pace is amazing. Finding the patience to do that has been, for me, one of the biggest challenges of this experience

    Blaise would like you to tell Juliana that rolling belly to back is much easier than back to belly AND it's a good way to get out of tummy time. :)


Juliana Maria was born on July 12, 2008. She is a micro preemie born at 1lb 2oz. 11-1/2 in 23 weeks and 4 days gestational age.