Thursday, September 22, 2011

27+1!!!

I DID IT! I made it to 27 weeks and one day! I'm not on bed rest, in the hospital, or in labor! And I won't be tomorrow, either! Or the next day! Or the next! I very well could go all the way with this one! Or at least into the 30s!

Today I celebrated my pregnantness by having a 3D ultrasound done. Now I have pictures of both of my boys at 27 weeks and one day! I'd show you, but our CD drive doesn't work. I'll show you later. Let me just tell you, the new baby has cheeks! And his chin doesn't seem as pronounced as Caleb's was. And his feet aren't as long and skinny as Caleb's were. And he's adorable, just like his brother.

Then I celebrated by having a DQ ice cream cake!
(Forgive me for failing to photograph the lovely cake before making the first cut....)

And now, here I am at 26 weeks 4 days with Caleb:
At 27 weeks 1 day with Caleb:
And at 27 weeks 1 day this time:
Looking much better, huh? As in...not in LABOR!

At this point, I'm certainly bigger than I was last time. I have two new, tiny stretch marks on my belly to prove it (last time I only got one tiny stretch mark on my belly, and it came when Caleb was TWO WEEKS OLD! Not fair!). I'm gaining weight in places other than my belly (I think), which isn't my favorite thing. I don't have sciatic nerve pain like last time, but I do have awful back aches. I can tell that this baby has recently reached the level of my ribs, but he is kind enough to only kick outward, not upward. Caleb kicked upward into my ribs a whole week before he was born, and I wasn't able to breathe. I still have to take half of a zofran pill every morning around 6AM for nausea, or else I can't fall back to sleep. I don't have an insatiable hunger like last time, but I crave all sorts of unhealthy things. I'm workin' on not giving in to every single craving. It can be hard.

And judging by the picture, I'll probably have the biggest pregnant belly you have ever seen if I make it to 40 weeks! Don't you think? I'm going to do my best to embrace it. I'm SO glad I'm still pregnant!

Friday, September 16, 2011

A week of doctors

On Monday Caleb had a weight check at the pediatrician's office.

On Tuesday he had his first ever g-tube button change at the surgeon's office in Salt Lake. (From now on we'll be able to change his button on our own at home when we need to.)

On Wednesday he had a flu shot at the pediatrician's office.

On Thursday he had a follow-up appointment with the GI doc in Murray.

Yesterday he went to the NICU Follow-Up Clinic. He was assessed by a developmental pediatrician, an infant psychologist, a nutritionist, and a speech therapist, all in the same place, all there to follow the development of micro preemies born in Utah in the last four or so years. It's pretty cool. This was Caleb's third time going. He graduated from needing to see the PT and OT last time because we didn't have any concerns.

This is what we found out yesterday:

Caleb's head circumference is in the 40th percentile! WOW! He is 31 inches long, which is in the 10th percentile! HIS LENGTH IS ON THE CHARTS! YAHOO! His weight (20 lbs 1.5 oz) is just barely off of the charts, which, let's be honest, is pretty good!

And...Caleb's cognitive development is absolutely incredible. One year ago, he was at the level of his adjusted age, and a few things were slightly advanced to his actual age. Today, he was very advanced from his actual age. The psychologist said that he would be "challenging" because of his curiosity and how fast he learns things. He said that a year from now, between 2.5 and three years of age, he will be very, very advanced. He said that "kids like this turn out to be the top of their class."

Then...the speech therapist, who was in a completely different room, doing a completely different evaluation, said that he will be "challenging" because of how smart he is! That it will be a lot of work to keep up with his learning and energy. She literally said that we'll need to look into charter or private schools for him so that he can continue to be intellectually stimulated. He's currently expected to be at a 19-month-old level with speech (even though he's 22 months), but he's at a 24-27 month level.

I always knew he was smart, but I really never expected that THIS would be my "challenge!" I mean, this is the kid with BRAIN BLEEDS! He had an MRI, and we know he had actual "brain damage!" I am so proud of him, and everything that he has done and gone through and continues to do. I'm so impressed by him every single day. And now I'm a little overwhelmed. Two doctors in one day tell me that he will be "a challenge?"

Heaven help me if this next baby is born with a healthy brain.

Monday, September 12, 2011

22 Months and PROGRESS!

It's probably about time for another update. At 22 months (19 months adjusted) Caleb:

  • Weighs 19 lbs 15.5 oz!! HOORAY! He gained half an ounce shy of two pounds since getting his g-tube two months ago. It took six months to gain two pounds before getting the feeding tube. Here is what his glorious "button" looks like (with a button pad on it, to soak up all of the discharge and goop that comes out of the "stoma," or the hole where the tube enters his stomach):

  • Wears some 6-9 month clothes and a lot of 12 month clothes! FINALLY!
  • Wears size three diapers during the day and size four diapers at night. He gets 6-10 oz of formula through his tube while he sleeps, so he has a very wet diaper by morning.
  • Has all of his teeth except for the second set of molars in the very back. I think they're coming in, because he's been drooling and always has to put everything in his mouth as far back as possible. He has been chewing on his left thumb (the one he sucks), and it got a scab and then a blister, which he popped. Gross, I know.
  • Is finally putting a hard consonant sound on a lot of his words. "Book" used to be "bu," but now it's "bup." Much better. :)
  • Uses quite a few small sentences.
  • Can use a fork and spoon to feed himself. He cheers every time he spears a piece of chicken or tuna with his fork and gets it successfully into his mouth. I cheer for him, too.
  • Can ask for whatever food he wants by name. He'll be eating sweet potatoes, and when they're gone he'll say, "bape?" (aka, grape). He asks for juice, grapes, raisins, sweet potatoes, apples, chicken, tuna...yeah, that's basically all he eats.
  • LOVES to count! He knows his numbers, but only once has he gotten them in the correct order by himself (1-4). When you count to ten for him, he cheers for you by clapping and saying, "yay!" :) Makes ya feel good. Today we were counting the grapes on his high chair tray, and when I was done counting them I went into the kitchen and he kept saying the numbers on his own, all jumbled around.
  • Loves to play "Ring Around the Rosie." Somehow I think it may be unwise for me to be swinging myself in circles and throwing myself to the ground, so this morning I sang the "Rosie" song and let Caleb spin around the room on his own. His favorite part is falling down. :) He says, "DOWN!," laughs, and gets up saying "adain? adain?" (again?, again?).
  • He also loves football, like all little BYU cougars do:
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  • He also loves somersaults:
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  • He also loves to put his stacking rings on his feet and wear them around the house like high heels. Seriously. He can RUN with these things on! Cute little weirdo. :)
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  • He also knows that his dog's name isn't "Dog." It's "Meg." And he's learning that his aunties all have different names, too, but they're harder to pronounce.
  • Knows that when the credits roll at the end of a movie or TV show, the show is over. He says, "Bye-bye, show" while waving at the TV.
  • Recognizes so many words that we have to spell things when we don't want him to know what we're talking about. "Nate, are we going to go o-u-t-s-i-d-e right now, or later?" "Are we ready to give Caleb a b-a-t-h yet?" He gets a little bit too excited to go outside or to take a bath or to go bye-bye, so we can't let the thought into his head until we're ready, or else we're just asking for a bit of a fight. On Sunday morning I put his shoes on him too soon, and he wanted to go to church (which he can say) that very moment, which would have made us very early. So, we put him in the stroller and walked very slowly to church. :) Let's hope he isn't an early speller.
  • Tries to hold "light" in his hands:
  • Likes to watch TV (and other things) with his hands clasped behind his back. Especially fitting for Jane Austen movies:
  • Loves getting and giving kisses. When you want to give him a kiss, just say so and he'll put his forehead against your lips.
  • When he gives you a high-five, he has to give one to everyone in the room. He just gave me a "five" and immediately afterwards shouted, "Auntie? Five? Five? Five?" (she was in the other room), until she came and gave him a five. :)
It's amazing to see how much he can learn when we just take the time to teach him. He's learning so fast these days! At every stage, I think "this is the funnest stage of them all!" and it's true, this stage really is the funnest!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Just some cuteness!

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We practice in the high chair, because Caleb needs to be confined in order to keep his attention on one thing at a time.

And he loves his Dada.

:)