Tuesday, February 24, 2015

FDR is THREE Months Old!

Dear Frankie,



You are THREE months old today!

Like with Forrest, Mama is constantly amazed at how quick time passes, and how quickly you are growing. You are fast approaching the end of the "fourth trimester". Last month, it was extremely hectic with so many things going on. This month, things have definitely calmed down. 

You are slowly filling out. Your little face has chubby cheeks along with you growing a Buddha belly, however, your legs remain skinny. It feels like you are probably around 11 to 12 pounds. You are still nursing on demand, and co-sleeping in the same room with Mama, and Daddy. It makes it easier to nurse you at the night. However, there is a talk of transitioning you to your crib by end of fourth month, or possibly earlier, depending on how it goes with your comfort being inside in the bassinet with a helmet. Your eyes are still constantly changing colors. On some days, it's steel gray, or green, and on other days, it turns blue. 

Your newborn, and 0-3 months clothes are now neatly packed away in storage, which makes Mama's heart weigh a bit heavily, however, she is glad to see that you are thriving, and doing so well. You are now wearing 3 months to 3-6 months clothes, not because of your filling out, but rather because you are growing so tall. You are definitely taller than Forrest at this age. Daddy, and Mama teasingly say that you are going to make a great running back, or a wide receiver whereas Forrest will be a linebacker. Yes, Mama, and Daddy are building a football team out of you both boys (really, it does not matter whatever you wish to do to your heart's content as long as it makes you happy, even if it's not football, or sports). 

You are continuing your PT exercises, and meeting with Dave. Good news is that basing off on what Dave said at your last appointment; you are showing an improvement of motion range for your neck, and eye tracking! You are also able to sit up well with a lot of support on your back, and be able to look forward ahead. Because of that, your appointments are no longer two weeks, but every three weeks! You, at best, tolerate the exercises at home. You definitely don't like having your head pressed to the other side, however, you enjoy having your neck stretched out afterward. You are such a trooper!

Your favorite exercise is the motion of range for your eyes, and neck, which consists of sitting on your Mama's lap in front of a long mirror in Mama's and Daddy's bedroom, and you laugh at yourself in the mirror. It's quite adorable. You are not quite so nuts about tummy time. Dave has suggested to replace boppy pillow with a rolled towel instead, so that way you won't have to be positioned so up high on your chest, and have it bother your neck.

Overall, the progression in therapy for you means that you are able to hold your neck longer with you looking straight ahead instead of turning your head to the right, which is a good sign, because PT is helping you to strength your upper core. However, you are quite stubborn with staring off in a wrong direction, and it simply means Mama needs to incorporate a few new exercises along with the old ones to help you promote neck strength.

Forrest is currently going through terrible two's. He has a lot of mixed feelings toward you, even though he loves you so, and even at that, he can get quite jealous of you. He doesn't like it when you want to be on Mama particularly on your fussy days, and wants to have Mama all to himself. Mama often have to become creative to appease you both. Fortunately, you are pretty easygoing, and more willing to share Mama with Forrest. After all, you're a second born, and sharing is all you know. However, you do get a lot of alone time with Mama, or Daddy, or have them both with you for alone time. It goes the same goes for Forrest. It can be such a juggling act at times.

Forrest is quite a bit jealous of all the attention you are getting during PT, and at home. It can be a struggle for him to show much interest in you, however, many times when Forrest thinks that no one is watching him; he gently kisses you, or pets you on top of your head while smiling at you. Mama is looking forward to having Forrest play in day care room while you are in PT to help him feel less jealous, and to think that he is getting all fun time while you are getting worked on.

Going out with you, and Forrest is slowly becoming easier. The only two disadvantages to going out with you both is that your infant carseat carrier takes up so much space in the cart while Forrest sits in the front, and Forrest is in a new phase of challenging Mama in the public to see what he can get away with. Fortunately, Mama is not frazzled by neither. Mama simply makes it work with shopping, which often means stockpiling things around your carseat carrier in the cart, and taking frequent top outs with Forrest...yes, even in the public! Mama got this. 

You are a cuddly little bug. You smile, laugh, and coo when you are talked to. You love being held, and cuddled. You definitely make it known that you do not like being put down on some days. You just want to be held, and fall asleep in Mama's or Daddy's arms. You enjoy watching Forrest play, and create a mess. You try so hard to track him with your eyes, and move your neck as Forrest whizzes by you. You laugh when Forrest interacts with you. The only time you fuss around him is when Forrest handles you a bit too roughly (usually slapping on top of your head, oh dear).

In less than a week, you will head back to meet with Dr. Staci to be fitted for a helmet! Mama is not really sure what to anticipate from this appointment. She thinks that there may be a head scan, and discussion about obtaining a helmet for you.

Dave thinks that once you have a helmet, you should be able to favor less to your right, and be able to turn your head to the left while laying down. You are able to turn your head freely, and without much problem when you are sitting up with assistance. However, when you are laying down, you tend to favor your right, and rarely move your head. Dave suspects it is because you have a flat spot on your head, and it makes it harder for you to turn your head. With the  helmet to round your head out, he hypothesizes that you should be able to move your head while laying down. With having said this, it will skyrocket you to great leaps, and bounds in term of improvement with neck strengthening PT.

So, dear Frankie, let's hope that it will be an accurate hypothesis, and that you will be able to move your head more often while laying down with a helmet!

With the weather hopefully warming up around the corner ahead, Mama is looking forward to taking you, and Forrest out for walks, and watch you grow in your third month!

Love,
Mama, Daddy, & Forrest