9 month update (pt.2)
Age: 9 months (5 months corrected)
Weight: around 17 lbs *Our home health nurse has weighed him at 17 lbs even on her scale, we get 17ish on our scale, and his weight was the same at the pulmonologist, but today their scale read "16 lbs 10oz." Nevertheless, we're sticking with the 17lb mark (Note: when given the option a parent of a micropreemie will always record the higher weight- he's earned those rolls!) We're obviously not concerned about his weight, which is such a miracle! :)
Height: 25 1/2 inches
Update: *please excuse the bragging :) Our pediatrician didn't have a whole lot to say today other than the fact that he looks amazing, especially for all he's been through. She was so impressed with how "advanced" Pierce's speech is (he loves babbling). In fact, she thinks he's pretty close to being caught up in that area to that of a "healthy" 9 month old! Another thing that amazed her was that Pierce is already on the growth chart for his weight (3rd percentile)- something we thought was not likely for at least a year or so. The other thing that was so, so encouraging was that she assured me that it is not uncommon to see 5 month olds not quite rolling yet. Our dr looks to see if the babies are either rolling or sitting assisted around 5 months to gauge development and since Pierce does so well sitting assisted, she said she didn't think he was behind at all for his adjusted age. This was so, so encouraging to hear as I often think I can get bogged down with therapist and specialist reiterating that he's "not a normal baby." (Often times they do this to reassure me that he will catch up, but I have to admit, it really just frustrates me!)
We feel so, so blessed to have had such a wonderful pediatrician visit today and consider it nothing short of a miracle. We know that your prayers have helped us get to this point and we ask that you continue praying for us. Please pray specifically for Pierce's development- that he will begin rolling and sitting unassisted soon! Pray also that the weakness in his left arm will resolve itself and not get worse. And finally, continue praying for protection against winter germs.
Thank you for walking this journey with us!