Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Catching up

Sorry so long for an update.
His sleeping schedule continues to be insane. Apparently he inherited the night owl gene from both his mommy and daddy.

We saw our pediatrician last week and had another great check up.

He weight in at 6lb 9oz. She charted his growth on his chart and said he's on track to catch up around the year mark. That's great news for baby who was three months early.

There's a rule of thumb that for every month they're early, it can ake a year to catch up. And most of the therapists use 2 years as the magic mark. So to be caught up by a year actually puts him ahead of the game.

She was also ready to take him off his apnea monitor. That made me very nervous, though. So she said we could keep it for another 4 weeks.

The monitor is annoying to carry around. And we're forever tripping over the cord and unplugging it sounding a VERY loud alarm. But the reassurance is really nice. It's going to be a huge adjustment to just trust that he's actually breathing okay.

As for home life, things are good (except the sleeping thing.) He's smiling a TON and really starting to laugh a little. It's still more of a "heh" noise than a giggle, but he throws his head back with such amusement that there is no doubt that it's a beginning laugh.

And as bad as the lack of sleep is, just when you're ready to have a nervous breakdown from lack of sleep, he smiles and you're suddenly invigorated again. I fall more in love with him every day.

He's also starting to really find his hands. He's always been very good at getting his hands to his mouth (a great developmental sign) but it was more of a happy accident if he managed to get them IN his mouth. These days he's getting more and more purposeful about getting them there. Sucking on his hand and his fingers/thumb/fist is so adorable and makes him so happy. I'm sure in a few years, I'll be struggling to get him to stop, but for now, it's great to see.

And with that- two weeks worth of pictures!

Napping in mommy's bed with Pierre and my sister Contessa:

Pierre chases the nightmares away:

Mommy loves my chubby cheeks:

And chubby fingers:

A half smile in my sleep:

Tummy time makes my neck muscles strong. This is me turning my head to the other side:

YAY tummy time!

Daddy plays, too!

Sometimes, I'm not so happy:

But I get over it quickly:

Last weekend my great-grandma came to visit. She likes my brother Kenzie:

But she loves me more:

Hmm. What kind of mischief can I find here?

Just hangin' out with my momma.

I'm a happy baby!

Smilin' in my sleeps!

Hey everyone.

All the busy patterns made me tired!

The cure for what ails ya.

Nom Nom Nom. Tasty fist!

On my boppy in mommy and daddy's bed.

Don't you wish you could sleep like this?

I see you!

I love my daddy.

I got to see my NICU BFF at the doctor on Monday.

And then we had my first playdate on Thursday!

And a video. Pardon my foot in the background there. I was sitting indian style on the bed with Robbie propped on my leg. But his smiles and cooing more than make up for my ugly foot, I promise.



Amy said...

Aww, what a great update. :)