Yeah, it's been a while. All is well, I just haven't had time to post. Although Samuel is still on RSV lockdown, we have managed to keep busy with long walks, playground swings, and a daily trip to the therapy clinic.
After reevaluations, Samuel will continue with all three therapies (OT, Speech, and PT) - he would not have qualified for speech and occupational therapy if not for his feeding issues. He easily qualified for physical therapy and may continue to do so for a few years. Thankfully he has great muscle tone...even if he's a bit uncoordinated!
Our biggest news is that he is FINALLY on the growth chart for weight. He weighed 23 lbs 14 oz when we went in for an appointment last week. His two year check-up is scheduled for next week, and I expect to see a big jump in his height as well.
The news about his weight came as a relief since we've drastically changed his diet over the last month. Not only did we take away the bottles of Pediasure, but we've also stopped giving him purees. It's been a tough transition for all of us. Michael and I have been praying for patience as we struggle through each meal time (some meals lasting as long as an hour and a half!) BUT, there is no doubt that all of the hard work is paying off. We have seen a decrease in gagging and an increase in the amount of table food consumed - although it never seems like enough food to me.
Welcome to toddlerhood, I guess....
|At each meal we offer him one food that he usually eats, a food that he occasionally eats, and a food that he rarely eats.|
I just love how all of the reminders of his prematurity are falling away!
|What's another mountain?|
Speaking of RSV season, I am frequently asked how I know when to get out and about with Samuel. We have always used the CDC's website to track RSV and flu in our area. Here is the link, in case you are curious: CDC's RSV Surveillance.
Here are some pictures of our other adventures this month:
|We've had a few days in the upper 80s - perfect weather for playing in the water hose. He just wasn't too sure about it.|
|A bird (with awesome aim) pooped on his nose while we were out for a walk!|
|Daddy and Samuel at the Crystal Bridges Museum...at an inconvenient hour in order to miss the crowds!|
I promise to update a little more frequently in the coming weeks! In fact, I have a post about our visit with a certain well-known local family just waiting to be published...