Saturday, November 1, 2008

Big Steps for our Baby Girl

First of all, we have very good news to report from the doctors office. We went to see him on Friday with a urine sample from Lily. The three of us were in the office when the nurse came in with the results. The doctor looked shocked and took off his glasses like he wanted to be sure he was reading it correctly. He very excitedly told me that her urine had negative traces of protein. YEAH!!! This means she will still need to be on the full dose of prednisone for 30 days and then we can start weaning her off of it. I will be so glad. While part of me knows this medicine is obviously helping her, there is another part of me that feels like I'm giving her poison, knowing all of the possible side effects. The only ones the doctor is really worried about is weight gain as her appetite will continue to increase, so we will need to continue to monitor her diet closely. There is also a possibility that she may get diabetes as a side effect. While this would go away once she is off of the prednisone, we would have to treat her as a diabetic until then. We pray all will go smoothly and she won't experience that.

And then there is today...a VERY big day. For many weeks, months even, Lily has been practicing sitting on the potty. I have been telling her that if she goes pee-pee in the potty, she will get M&M's. She repeats it to me all.the.time but has never gone. Today, she came up to me and said, "Mommy...go pee-pee in the potty RIGHT NOW!". I said ok, thinking she was just going to get in another "practice" session. I took her clothes off (yes, all of them. For whatever reason, she likes to be naked on the potty) and set her down. I started cleaning in the bathroom and as I looked over to check on her, she was standing over the potty looking down into it. I looked in and could not believe my eyes. My big girl went pee-pee in the potty! I got so excited. Robert heard and came down the hall to check it out. We both started cheering and clapping. Lily just kept looking at us saying, "Go pee-pee in the potty, get M&M's." So she got her special treat and enjoyed every last one. She was still running around "nekkie" as I was shaking the kithen rugs out back. She came out with me and proceeded to pee on the patio. I explained to her that we only go pee-pee on the potty, not outside! She looked at me and said, "Shayna (our dog) go pee-pee outside!" Aye. We still have some work to do, but what a big day/week for baby Lily!


Grafted Branch@Restoring the Years said...

That IS a reason for celebration! We used to give ours "poop candy," but it only worked on the first one.

Dumpling had no interest in the potty until almost 3, but then she turned around and mentored Cuddlebug in the fine art very well when C was less than 2 years!

Potty training changes everything. There will be days you'll wish for the convenience of a diaper--but never in the grocery check out! *ka-ching!*

Dillo said...

Good news all. I took prednisone A LOT for childhood asthma--and turned out relatively fine (though some would protest that point!)

Jill said...

Whoo, HOOO! A very big day, indeed. Potty training is hard work, but once they get it, it's so nice to be rid of those diapers! Congrats to Lily!!

Sharon W. said...

Hey, I would pee for M&Ms too! Well, congrats on this big step. I am so sorry to hear that Lily has been having to go through so much icky stuff recently, but I'm happy that she is on the way to good health once again. Hugs and kisses.