Nine Months…

Baby G is already 9 months old! We can hardly believe how fast it is going. He had his 9 month check up and he measured up with:

  • Weight – 21 lbs, 0 oz – 75th percentile
  • Height – 29.5 in – 95th percentile
  • Head circumference 47.5 in – 98th percentile

Those of you who know Mama C or Lil C…wow! How did we get such a big boy in our family? And so tall!

His checkup was just fine, ears look great, lungs are working, heart is ticking 🙂 The really frustrating part was that BOTH the ENT and the ophthalmologist reported something different to our pediatrician then they had told us. Our pedi seemed to be not very surprised and stressed the importance that we have to be our own advocate. I expressed my ongoing displeasure with the specialists in this city and she validated my fears – there isn’t anywhere else to go. There are TWO pedi ophthalmologists in this entire city and they are in the same practice. We will give it a little more time and then look to go to Houston where we  may have more luck with better specialists.

The last item to note is that our pedi did mention a Neurological clinic at Texas Children’s that G might qualify for. She is going to see about getting him in, but if that’s the case, they would even be able to coordinate seeing all the specialists he needs to see over a few days in Houston, which would be awesome.

And here’s the kicker – in researching that specific clinic, it is apparently staffed and sponsored by the Blue Bird Circle, which my grandmother, who lil G is named after, was extremely involved in. That, my friends, is a God thing. 🙂

Last but not least, a new video 🙂

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoQVUxQ-E0M

Chunk!

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In case you haven’t seen it in person lately, check out that belly!! Baby G is quite the big boy…last I checked, over 19 pounds. He has the big ole’ belly, creases around his ankles and wrists…there is no question he is thriving!  Daddy P and I are so grateful that his eating is one thing that is going surprisingly well. Many times kids with hypotonia (low muscle tone) have difficulty eating because the low tone also involves the muscles required to chew and swallow. With everything else, we assumed this would be a problem for him as well. Not to mention all those neonatalogists in NICU telling us he would never learn to eat and needs to be fed through a tube!  I am so very tempted to take him up to St. David’s just to show him off!

His speech therapist (who works on feeding at this point, not his joke telling!) came today and even she was quite amazed at the progress he has made, and decreased her visits to once a month! This is great news!

Our original goal was to have him eating baby foods three times a day. Not only is he eating 4-6 ounces of food a day, he is even tolerating chunkier foods with texture. We have stuck to fruits and veggies – he LOVES apple sauce, peaches, and mango. I will have you know he even ate a healthy portion of bok choy tonight! He is not too interested in finger foods, although he has been mouthing a teething biscuit. We are trying to get him used to the idea of self feeding, but with his lack of gross motor (and fine motor) skills, that will probably be quite some time.  I am hoping his healthy appetite will get him motivated to get those hands in his mouth!

Lil G turns the big nine months this week, so we will be checking in with his pediatrician. The past few months have been pretty low key – still working on his developmental skills of course, but he hasn’t been sick, the tubes in his ears seem to be working, and he has been mingling the young ladies at the local Gymboree class. Will keep you posted on what the pedi has to say, not to mention his official weigh in!