I have been collecting photos for the last few months for a slide show I just posted here for our little sunshine. I can't believe how great she looks! As I was looking at pictures even from Dec of last year, I was reminded just how sick our little girl has been. Each doctor visit, the nurses and doctors still comment on the great progress she continues to make. Her growth has been fantastic, her body is adjusting to her short bowel, and she still shows no signs of liver disease...this is very amazing for someone in her situation.
On her birthday, Summer had appts. with the neurodevelopment team, and the usual GI team. The neuro team is happy with her progress...there is no set schedule for a baby like her, but if she continues to move forward with speech and motor skillsi, they are happy :) While we waited for the doctor, they brough in a large gift bag full of presents for her :)
Our next stop was lab work at the home care office. We got there and her main nurse had gotten her a birthday balloon...Summer loves balloons and played with the strings through the halls. It was fun to see how excited everyone was for Summer reaching such a big milestone :)
Last stop was the GI clinic. As usual they were happy with her weight gain and progress :) We cut back on a couple of medications and don't have to be back for a month! Yeah :) Next time we go in though, Summer has to have an x-ray to check the placement of her IV line. She has more than doubled her size since it was installed (yeah! ), so it needs to be replaced. Fortuneatly, this will be an elective surgery, not an emergency one. Surgery still doesn't thrill us though :(
Summer now weighs in at 18 lbs. 13 oz...her height, head size, and weight are all growing at the same rate :) She is now in the 25% for height, and 15% for weight...this is up from the 5% for height, and under the 5th % for weight! She is catching up quite nicely :)
Here's her progress for the year:
Born July 14, 2008 at~ 2 lbs. 11 oz. (13 weeks early, 27 weeks 2 days gestation)
2 weeks old~ (got NEC and had 2 emergency surgeries, leaving only 10% of her bowel)
7 weeks~ (had surgery to hook her intestines back together)
2 months~ 7.52 lbs. (had surgery to fix her PDA)
3 months~ 8.14 lbs. (had her baby broviac (IV) installed, we brought her home Oct. 23, 2008)
4 months~ 8.66 lbs.
5 months~ 9.44 lbs. (got really sick and spent New Year's in the hospital, weaned from oxygen)
6 months~ 11.66 lbs.(switched from breastmilk to formula and started gaining more weight)
7 months~ 13.46 lbs. (taken off IV Lipids)
8 months~ 14.76 lbs.
9 months~ 16.08 lbs.
10 months~ 17.67 lbs.
11 months~ 18.48 lbs.
12 months~ 18.83 lbs.
A tuckered out birthday girl finally at home in her quiet room
Happy birthday girl...she loved playing with this balloon