It’s hard to believe that is has been one year since the drama filled week in which Xander was born. He is now One! This last year was a year of survival. Surviving preeclampsia, Surviving the 92 day NICU stay. Surviving the 45 minute to an hour-long feedings, projectile vomit from reflux. Pumping, pumping and more pumping. The weekly appointments are dwindling down now to every 6 weeks. Surviving 6 unpaid weeks off of work. Surviving physical therapy for torticollis. Surviving the anxiety of what bad is going to happen next? And hopefully surviving this extended winter! And many other trials with the arrival of our first child 3 months early.
It is my hope that this next year is full of celebrations and having fun living life with our little miracle. Some celebrations have already started before his birthday. We celebrated his learning to wave, clap and crawl. He also now can hum “uh oh” He also knows the word “no” and will shake his head when he means no. He is crawling all over the house now and we have the safety gate up at the top of the stairs. He is starting to try to pull up on a lot of things to stand, he can get it occasionally but is fairly unsteady yet. He has two teeth and we think more are coming soon. He is also getting both arms up when doing “So Big!” now. His shoulder must be getting stronger with all the practice.
He has been eating better although he only weighed in at 16 lbs. 4 oz. for his 12 month wellness checkup. He was 27 1/4 inches tall. The pediatrician would like to see him back again in 6 weeks to see how things are going with the weight gain. This confused the HUC when we were trying to make the next appointment, she thought it was for 15 months because they don’t usually do 13.5 month checkups. We will stick with breast milk for as long as it lasts and then probably switch to formula in order to keep giving him the extra calories. Hopefully that goes well. And he also needs to continue taking vitamins. His next NICU follow-up is at 12 months corrected, so around his due date in July. The Pediatrician would also like us to make an eye Dr. Apt to check on his sensitivity to light. Otherwise his next eye apt wasn’t until September. ECSE has been very happy with is progress, last time they were here they were exclaiming on how he is such a perfect baby, he might be small for his age but he is well proportioned.