Happy 5 Month Birthday Pierce!
Pierce now weighs 11lbs 3oz! It's hard to believe that 5 months ago, he only weighed a pound and a half. Needless to say, we are SO thankful for Pierce's remarkable growth and we pray that he continues to thrive and grow stronger. Every day I think he looks more and more like his daddy. Check out the resemblance for yourself:
Pierce is doing so well at home. Last week, we had our first visit to P's pulmonologist. Unfortunately, and to no surprise to us, he confirmed what we knew- Pierce won't be coming off o2 for awhile. At least not for another 2 months (our next appt). But, the pulmonologist was so impressed with how BIG and strong our son is. He also said that Pierce is quite the exception because in all of his years of practicing medicine, he's yet to see a VAD (temporary shunt). He explained that it's unheard of for a kid to have a VAD placed and then not need a permanent shunt. And since the pulmonologist doesn't see the baby until their released from the NICU, the babies have already gotten their permanent shunt before they come to him. This just confirmed one of the many miracles that we are witnessing in P's life.
Pierce also had his repeat hearing test. And...HE PASSED! Not only did he pass, but he passed with flying colors. I know it may not seem like a big deal, but deafness was high up on the list of "probable" conditions that Pierce would have. Drs. told us that he could be deaf, blind, disable... (the list goes on and on). BUT, scratch deaf and blind off the list, because he has good eyes (thanks to laser surgery and Dr. Gillig) and good ears.
Tomorrow, Pierce goes for his routine eye exam and then to the pediatrician for a weight check. And then, on Wednesday we're back for a cranial ultrasound and a trip to the neurosurgeon to check on P's ventricles. Please, please continue to pray that the ventricles are decreasing in size and that P will not require a permanent shunt.
In other news, my mom (Nana) hurt her back and has been unable to travel to Charlotte to visit P (she lives 1hr 1/2 away). SO, I got brave on Friday and made the trek with Pierce...alone. I have to say, I'm pretty proud of myself. Nik had to work, so I loaded P up (monitors and all) and headed south. Pierce did so well traveling down to Greenville. He only fussed a tiny bit and I never had to pull over. Here are a couple of pics from the day:
It was so great to take Pierce on a little excursion. I don't know what it was, maybe the fact that the hospital was miles away, but it made the trauma of the past 5 months disappear and become a faint memory. It's nice when present moments of joy replace the terrifying memories of the past- what a remarkable time to reflect on what God has done in our lives.
Thank you for continuing to follow our journey and pray with us.
Nik, Lindsay and Pierce Franks