Monday, November 29, 2010
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Thursday, November 18, 2010
My hubby took last week off to help because I was just completely useless! My hubby has a very demanding job and most nights isn't home until close to 5:30 PM and then Cooper is in bed by 7 PM so they really spend most of their time together on the weekends. But, my hubby was in charge of the little man for 24 hours a day for about a week and did a spenldid job! He did all of his meals, played with him, took him to a neurology appointment, dressed him in matching clothes (amazing, right!), bathed him...He literally did everything! He rocks this daddy business and I am so blessed!
This week he is working from home because I still can't lift anything over 10 pounds so he's here only to move him from one spot to another! Both Cooper and I are going to have a hard time when he goes back to work next Monday because the extra time together as a family has been nice. Last week, our time together was a little percocet fueled but this week has been awesome. Waking up together and having breakfast together is such a rare treat...that's a shame, too. I guess, I just need to win the lottery so we can have him here all the time :)
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
So, all you would have to do is become a follower on this which will then have a link to Cooper's new blog posting. Only invited readers will be able to open the link! I know it's an extra step but it will allow all of you to know when there is a new post on his blog.
Thanks to those of you that still keep up with my little man and leave such awesome comments!
He spent almost 38 days in the nicu for normal preemie stuff like learning to breath without any assistance, Apnea, and that whole learning how to suck/swallow/breath thing that all of us take for granted! His lingering preemie problems are the severe reflux and his heart murmur. Surprisingly, his hypotonia has nothing to do with his premature birth.
I realize how blessed we are every day to have him home with us in overall great health. Not all preemie parents do and many preemie babies will never see their first birthday. I don't take that fact lightly. I can count on one hand the times that I've whined about lack of sleep, poopie diapers or any of the usual baby/new parent issues. I've NEVER complained about any of the many appointments to neurologists, cardiologists, urologists, his weekly PT/OT/ST because I would do everything a million times over to have my perfect and dearly loved son.
In a perfect world, every mom gets the chance to go into labor (full-term) and have a delivery with a screaming baby that needs no medical intervention. I've often daydreamed about how that must feel! To meet your baby within seconds or minutes of their entrance into the world and not 12 hours later. How it must feel to hold your baby and kiss them shortly after birth and not 2 days later. How it must feel to be able to breastfeed your infant within minutes after birth and not weeks later. This wasn't in the cards for us but I'm so grateful for the medical advances that gave my baby every chance to succeed!
Sunday, November 7, 2010
We went to Cooper's 12 month wellness check up on his birthday because nothing says "happy birthday" like 2 vaccinations and a flu shot (well, the first part of it)!
Weight: 22 lbs even (38%)
Height: 33.5 in (93%)
Head circumference: 49 cm (97%) Some of this is due to the extra fluid on his brain...
He is still on Prev.acid for his reflux but the 15 mg is now longer working and the poor thing has gotten eczema flair ups. I didn't know that eczema was the body's natural defense against the acid coming back up! Hmmm, maybe, I'm the only one that didn't know and I felt terrible! So, he's now taking 15 mg twice a day. He's also off his formula and on cow's milk now. I was worried about the transition but it's been seamless! He's doing 3 solid meals, one snack, 16 ounces of milk and normally about 10 ounces of water a day.
We also went to the cardiologist for his annual appointment regarding his pda (which is a heart murmur that normally only affects preemies). He also has a very small hole in his heart called a pfo that was discovered during his echo in February. Long story short, they're both still there but they're not worried about them at this point. Some pda's will make one side of the heart bigger than the other but that's not the case right now so they're going to re-check him at 2 years old.
His speech therapist has upgraded his diet to soft table foods which has been a blast! We try all kinds of foods now! He loves peach fruit cups and any sort of pasta :)
The most exciting news of all is that he's sitting up unsupported for about a minute or so! He's also trying to crawl! He's uncoordinated still though, like he pushes himself up but then his legs give him problems or vice versa. The point is though is that his body is starting to click into movement! Every week, it's like his body is starting to wake up. He's such a fighter and makes me so proud!
Okay, well, this was a long post, wasn't it?
I leave you with a pic from this morning. This poor mat is totally demolished by the end of the day! The best part of this pic is his smile because doesn't he look proud of himself?