Sunday, January 18, 2009

We made it!

After the long drive of stopping every 2-3 hours to feed Clay, we finally made it to Colorado Springs. This area is so beautiful with the mountains and all the pines. The weather here is crazy! One day it will blizzard and the next day it will be 65 degrees. They have warm winds that sweep down from the mountains, so the snow melts right after it comes. All next week will be in the 50's, so there's no complainin'! Yesterday, Dave, Clay, and I took a long walk on some paved trails out in the country area.

We love our apartment, but with the move, it is a disaster. How to people get anything done with a baby? I don't seem to know how. I have stayed really busy, but it has been a big adjustment going from working to being a stay at home mom. Plus, I don't know anyone here yet, so it gets a little lonesome sometimes.

So a day or so after we arrived in Colorado, Clay started being really fussy. He cried for a whole day and night straight and I couldn't figure out what was wrong. The next morning Dave took Clay's socks off and found this....

There was a hair wound tightly around Clay's toe and it was cutting off the circulation. His toe was swollen and bleeding, because the hair was cutting into it. We dug in and got the hair, but it wasn't looking any better, so we took him to Urgent Care. We found out that this is pretty common with babies and is called "Turnicut hair syndrome." It happens especially often with babies in the post pardum months when moms start losing thier hair. Hair can get wrapped around any of the baby's apendages and if it goes unnoticed for too long, the apendage will either fall off or have to be amputated. So now, i examine his fingers, toes, etc. every time I change his diaper. Poor little guy. His toe is doing much better now.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, his foot looked SO swollen! I actually read about that in PARENTS magazine but it is still pretty crazy. I'm glad you guys caught it. I hope you enjoy Colorado.

Zak and Allysia said...

Poor little one...so sad but so good you caught it in time!!! Good luck in Colorado Springs...we have some friends who lived there for several years and absolutely loved it..their house still up for sale if you're looking..hint hint. Just kidding!

Morgan said...

i remember hearing about the hair, thing, and i cant believe that i happened to your little man. hope hes ok!
so, we missed gettin together before you moved. sorry you never got my messages! you will make friends, and things will get better.
congrats with it all.
hugs
morgan

Christy said...

how sad! I have never heard of that before! I am glad you guys found it in time. Colorado Springs is a gorgeous place, like I said, Ryan grew up there and then we lived there for a year after we were married. What part of town do you live in? If you have any questions about the area or people-give us a call at 208-478-2660 and we can talk! Hope things get better soon!

Maria said...

Wow! I've never heard of that! That's scary! Good thing you found it. Good luck in Colorado! How exciting!

Larson Letters said...

Now I am checking my little Montel's toes and fingers all the time! I never would've thought a hair could get wrapped that tight by itself!! The only prob Everett had with hair is swallowing it! Anyways...you guys have a cute little man!! I hope the new move goes well for yoU!!

Heidi and Eric Kowallis said...

Oh...that is so sad:(. I'm really glad you figured it out. I know what you mean when you said how do Mom's get anything done with a new baby. The phrase "A mothers work is never done." applies to my life. We are hoping to intern in the summer and I have been trying to prepare myself for all the work that will be to move. I really admire you in staying home with clay I know it's a big sacrifice. Well hope to hear from you soon. Check out our blog at www.heidianderic.blogspot.com
Good Luck and I miss you two!
Love Heidi

joni&dallassill said...

Poor little thing! I have never heard of that! I'm glad you made it. I hope you'll be happy there.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I had never heard of that but it's good to know! I'm so glad that you made it safely. I've been thinking about you alot, we should chat soon. Today I was listening to "It's Like Wow" and it made me think of you because we listened to that song all the time that semester. That also led me to remember the time you took the batteries out of that bird clock that was driving us nuts... hahaha, it makes me laugh every time!

timmyandlille said...

That is SO sad!!! I couldn't even imagine what I would have done. Hope Colorado is treating you well, and I'm sure you will get friends fast! How far away are you from Denver?

abby and paxton said...

Hey guys! I found you! haha. Your baby is adorable- Congrats! But oh so sad about his poor little toe!! That is just crazy! I hope you don't have to amputate it... Hope you're enjoying yourself in Colorado!! Nice job Dave on getting that job... so glad to see you are all so happy.
You can check us out at www.thehobsontimes.blogspot.com
Love ya!

Nicole said...

Hey Melissa!!! This is Nicole McKee Fry... anyways your little boy is SOOOO cute!! Congrats! When was he born!? Congrats on the job and the move to Colorado!! My sister Danielle is moving there in March! I was so excited to find your blog! Hope everything is going great!!! Miss ya!!!

Amy said...

Wow! I have never heard of such a thing. Good to know. If you get lonely and want to interact with other SAHMs come to my new blog www.ConfessionsOfaStay-at-home-mom.blogspot.com, I talk about random mom things with other moms. My family blog is private but I just sent you an invite!

Brittany and Adam said...

That is so crazy that hairs wrap around babies toes like that weird. poor guy!

The Thuesons said...

You probably don't remember us, but we were in the same ward in Rexburg. It is so nice to see your beautiful family! Little Clay is adorable, poor little guy (babies are such troopers!). Brandon and I are thinking about moving to Colorado after school. We are thinking of taking a trip out there soon. Let us know how you like it.