Saturday, June 30, 2012

6 months (adjusted)

It's a day late, but here is Cameron's 6 month adjusted update. She made these pictures nearly impossible, she would not sit still for her life.

Adjusted age: 6 months

Actual age: 9 months, 5 days

Weight: At her last pediatrician appointment on 6/26 she was 15 lb 1.4 oz

Height: 24.5 inches also according to her pediatrician appointment

Diaper size: OS cloth

Clothing size: 3-6 months

Medications/medical concerns: The only thing right now is we are waiting on her echocardiogram to check on her PDA.

Sleep: Sleeps through the night from 8:30 to 8:00 or 8:30 in the morning. She does not wake up for a feeding the majority of the time now. Takes 2-3 naps per day ranging from 30 minutes to 2 hours. No real nap schedule, just depends on that day's activities.

Eating: Cameron nurses 5-6 times per day. Usually going 2.5-3 hours between nursing sessions. She is eating purees three times per day, usually eating 3-4 ounces at a time, probably totaling about 10 oz of solids per day.

Developmental milestones: The big milestone this month was sitting up unassisted. She has gotten very good at it and can sit for long periods of time. She is still getting better and better with her hand control and coordination. We are starting to get more smiles and giggles and squeals from her. She is starting to like games like patty cake and we have found a ticklish spot on her belly. She is getting increasingly good at putting her paci back in. She wants to crawl badly but can't. She is very efficient at scooting backwards and is trying to get up on her knees and rock back and forth. In general, she is starting to become a little bit more agile with her body movements, I don't know how to explain it but she just has much better control of everything. No new developments in speech which is something I'll be watching, she should start babbling consonants soon.

Best moment this month: I really enjoyed taking her swimming and out on the boat on Lake Erie for the first time. It was such a fun day!

Here is a comparison collage of her 1, 3, and 6 month pictures. I can't believe how much bigger she is!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

9 month pediatrician appointment

I took Cameron in for her 9 month well baby visit at the pediatrician today. First and foremost, it was our first appointment where she didn't need any shots!! Poor girl has endured so many shots in her short life with everything in the NICU, her RSV vaccinations, and then our regular vaccinations. So that was really exciting!

She was 15 lb 1.4 oz, 24.5 inches. She is 30th percentile for weight, 10th percentile for height, and 50th percentile for head circumference (all for her adjusted age). Still definitely not on the charts for her actual age for height and weight, but she just barely made it on the chart for her actual age for head circumference! Really it's not a big deal but somehow I still think it's exciting.

We will be going to three puree meals per day with Cameron and we will be starting meats. Her eating habits are becoming more and more like an adult's. It just seems crazy to me how fast Cameron is becoming more of a "person" and less of "just a baby". At night Cameron still wakes up for one nighttime feeding sometimes (about half the time) so her doctor hopes that upping her puree intake will help her sleep through the night every night. It's not a guarantee but it could help. Her doctor just doesn't want her body being trained to need a feed in the middle of the night since a baby her age really doesn't need one anymore.

We have a couple appointments coming up this summer with specialists. Cameron's pediatrician wrote an order for another echocardiogram which we go for on July 30. Remember the hole in Cameron's heart (PDA)? Well they want to make sure it has closed. If not they may explore avenues of closing it, which means surgery :( Hopefully it is closed though, the murmur that used to be there is no longer audible. Also, in late July we go to see the developmental neonatologist at the NICU follow up clinic. There they will do what's called a Bayley screening, which thoroughly screens her development. I really expect everything to go well with that. As far as development goes Cameron's pediatrician is thrilled, she just thinks she is doing absolutely wonderful. But we shall see. Lastly, later in the summer, probably September, we have to go to another ophthalmologist appointment. After her ROP resolved her doctor wanted us to come back at a year and have a follow up appointment just to make sure that everything is still going well. Preemies just need closer attention paid to their eyes because of their medical history. So anyways, those are all of our upcoming appointments. Hopefully after we finish with those Cameron will no longer need special appointments and will only need to continue on with her well baby appointments, wouldn't that be something!

Monday, June 25, 2012

New bathtub

Since Cameron came home from the hospital we were using a regular infant bathtub. A couple of weeks ago however she learned to sit up. She would be laying in her infant bathtub and would be trying to sit up the whole time, which she can't do in the infant tub. I ended up trying her in the adult bathtub but unfortunately she kept sliding around in it and I was worried about her head hitting the side. So I bought an inflatable bathtub designed for sitting infants! It is perfect for her. Just small enough that she can reach all her toys but big enough that she has plenty of room. It's not nearly as slippery as the adult tub but if she does fall backwards she won't be hitting a hard surface. While taking the pictures she was quite enamored by her octopus so I couldn't get her to look at the camera but that's okay :)

Sunday, June 24, 2012

9 months old!!

I can not believe that my itty bitty girl, who is now not so itty bitty at all, has been with us for 9 months. It still feels like yesterday that I was meeting her for the first time. Here are some photos of my 9 month old.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Playtime with daddy

On Wednesday it was running between 90 and 95 degrees outside so Josh cut work short and got to spend some extra quality time with his little girl. We don't have central air but we have a window unit in our bedroom so we moved playtime in there. It was really playtime with mommy and daddy but of course I'm not in any of the pictures since I'm taking them but it was fun and we stayed nice and cool. Because of the heat in the rest of the house I gave Cameron lots of diaper time. She happened to be in my absolute favorite diaper so I did take some close ups to show the pattern which is peacocks! She looks so happy in these pictures, you can really tell how much fun she is having! I hope you enjoy our playtime photos as much as Cam did!

One of my favorite pictures ever!
She just looks so happy and chubby and cute!