Hello again!!! It’s been a long time. Wish I had a good excuse but the days have just been flying by. My little family of three has been great!! Matty seriously is our miracle baby and keeps surprising us and his doctors everyday. He is now 8 months old; 5 1/2 months corrected.
On Wednesday, Matty had a big appointment with the high risk infant clinic. He did so good. Scored at a six month level for cognitive. Five month level for language and a four month level for gross motor skills. He just started rolling over about a week ago and is practicing his sitting skills. So yeah, he is developmentally behind but everyday he is making progress. He still isn’t able to fully hold his head up when on his tummy but his neck muscles are getting stronger. We knew he would be behind in his milestones due to his prematurity but he also has to work extra hard due to the after effects of his brain bleeds. His head grew at a faster rate then most babies. So he has a big ol’ noggin on a little body (he is growing into it though).
His weight has been a slow process. He isn’t gaining as much as we would like but at least he’s gaining. He’s not even on the growth curve they use. At eight months old, he only weighs 12 pounds 5 ounces (as of Wednesday) but his doctors aren’t too concerned about it yet. They say he has til the age of two to hopefully catch up to other children in his age group. He was only two pounds when he was born so twelve pounds seems gigantic to us! The good news, is that we finally got the okay to start him on solids so hopefully that will pack on some pounds. He tried oatmeal cereal for the first time yesterday and he loves it!! We have to take Matty in every 2-4 weeks for weight checks so I hope we will see a pretty good jump the next time we go in.
I know I say this every time BUT I plan on writing more. This started off as a infertility blog about a lesbian couple trying to have a baby. Our life has changed. We are now mommies to an amazing, little boy that has overcome so many obstacles but he still has a long road ahead of him. I want to share Matty’s story and hopefully help another family that is in the same situation. I want them to know that miracles do in fact happen and these little babys are strong, resilient and not to count them out. I’ll write more about Matty’s hospital stay because I sort of glossed over it in my other posts but its a big part of his story. It was just too hard to write about it then. So I hope you will all continue following our journey!!
I’m going to put up a bunch of pictures of Matty in a protected post. So if you don’t have the password yet and would like it email Claudia at firstname.lastname@example.org.