Tuesday, June 23, 2015

FDR is SEVEN Months Old

Dear Frankie,

You are SEVEN months old!

It is a special day, because today is the anniversary of the date when your parents got married, and even more special that you are turning 7 months old. It is such a whirl to see you grow, and become a wonderful happy boy. Mama, and Daddy barely can remember the days before you, and Forrest came into their lives, and it doesn't matter about life pre-kids, because life has become richer with you two in it. 

At your 6 months wellness check, your statistics showed that you weighed at 17 and half pounds, 27 inches tall, and have 44 CM head circumference. According to WHO, it basically meant that you remained to be a tall, and skinny kid with a big head! You received vaccinations, which made you sleepy, and fussy for a couple days. Once that cleared up, you were good to go! Dr. Karbon said that you don't have to see her until 9 months wellness check in late August.

You had an X-ray done on your hip, and the x-rays were sent to a pediatrician orthopedist. A good news came back, showing that your hip was perfectly clear, and everything checked out great. It made Mama, and Daddy super happy for you. It meant one less thing to worry about! 

Dave continued to work with you on your physical therapy. You went from 72 percentile to 85 percentile for the head range! Dave was confident that you are approaching an end of your therapy sessions with him. He wanted to keep you under his care a bit longer to make sure that everything continued to progress well.

You had a different PT coach at one of your sessions, due to Dave out sick, and Mama learned a different tip how to make tummy time more pleasing for you. Ever since, you have been tolerating tummy time a lot better, upward to ten minutes at time, with each diaper change! What helped was putting on a Youtube musical video to keep you entertained during your exercise. You continued to get your neck stretched out twice, sometimes three times, a day. It became harder to do neck exercises, because you learned how to fight it more. What a strong kid that you are!

You continue to do well with your helmet treatment. Despite your numbers plateauing, your head is starting to look more, and more round these days! Daddy, and Mama could not be any more pleased with how well you're doing. Dr. Staci thinks you might be done with your helmet by the end of July. She is hoping to see that your number will go down from 8MM to 5MM. At this point, it is no longer medical necessity to fix your head; nonetheless, Dr. Staci is somewhat picky, and would like to try get your head as round as possible. To us, your head looks phenomenal, and any imperfection you may still have after treatment would not matter. After all, no one in the world has a perfect dome of a head!

You started rolling onto both of your sides! In time, you will be able to roll all way around with a lot of prompting, and practicing. You go, little man! You are so strong in your belly, and you can sit up at an angle, which makes Mama laugh. When you are sitting up, you are able to sit up for a minute before toppling over. Wow!

You have started eating solids! Initially, Mama wanted you to try BLW; baby-led weaning, which meant no pureed food, but rather regular food cut up in small pieces, but you had a hard time swallowing textured food. Due to this, Mama decided to start with purees for you, and it was much easier for you to handle. You had sweet potatoes, guacomole, apple sauce, and squash so far. It was a bit confusing for you at first to start eating something so different from breastmilk, and once you realized how yummy some food tasted, you enjoyed eating them! You love to feed yourself, and create a huge mess. Daily bath is becoming a must!

Dr. Karbon discussed with Mama about types of food to give to you, because of your brother's allergies to dairy, eggs, and peanut/nuts. Even though Forrest had outgrown both dairy, and eggs; Mama still wanted to err on a caution side to make sure that you did not end up with the same allergies, and was glad to have a discussion with your pediatrician about this. Dr. Karbon said no eggs, and no dairy until you turned one year old, then no nuts/peanuts until you turned two years old. Mama decided she would have to ask Dr. Warpinski (Forrest's allergist) about having peanut trial for you at his office, rather than at home, and put Forrest at the risk of having peanut butter in the house.

You have been sleeping through the night consistently for the past month. It is as if as soon as you turned six months old, a magical number, because poof, you started sleeping from 7 pm until 5 am! Mama definitely feels like a new woman these days!

You are now on a schedule for naps in your crib. You often have 2-3 naps a day, but usually just two, and go to bed by 7 pm. Your longest nap is usually in the morning from 9-11 am, then your second nap is usually between 2-4 pm. It is nice, because you get your rest, while Mama gets to spend time with Forrest, and Forrest get to enjoy this one-on-one time with Mama. While Forrest's, and your naps overlap briefly, Mama gets to catch up on her sewing projects, which makes her happy, because she has been missing her sewing!

It is wonderful to see you, and Forrest interact, and have your brotherly relationship grow over the time. Soon, before Mama knows it, you will be crawling all over the place, trying to keep up with your brother, and the dog!

We love you so much, our little sunshine.

Mama, Daddy, & Forrest