9 month update (pt.2)

Today Pierce went for his 9 month pediatrician check-up. Here are the results.

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!



  1. Good job Pierce!! He looks like such a big boy in those tummy time pictures :)

  2. LOVE IT!!! YAY PIERCE!!! :) WOO HOO 3rd% (Isabella was always in the 5th% for her weight hahahaha)I am so happy for all of you!! :) :) Keep up the GREAT work Lindsay & of course Nik too!!!!!

  3. My daughters go to gymnastics and I've become friends with a few of the other moms. There's one little girl about to turn 8 who I just found out was born at 27 weeks gestation. She had a stroke and they had to deliver her. Since that initial stroke, she's had no other problems. Her guardian says she has a little trouble focusing when trying to read but other than that, her speech is perfect, her gross motor skills are perfect, she's amazing at gymnastics, her brain is perfect! Just wanted to share with you a success story!!

  4. Yay! It is truly so so amazing how well he look. And he looks soooo great! He is super cute! I know God will continue to bless you and your family, and the faithful to you in your trusting of him!

  5. What a wonderful, positive visit with the pediatrician. Pierce is simply amazing! I'll be posting veronica's 9 month update soon (a little late). But interesting that we were told that she is in the 16th percentile for weight for her actual age but she only weighed in at 16lbs, 2 oz. That can't be right if Pierce is in the 3rd percentile. Either way, so glad they are both doing well!

    As always, I love his photo above. The chunky legs are fabulous!

  6. What a great news! Congratulation, I am so happy for you guys!! I will keep praying for Pierce.

  7. Thank you all! @Rhonda- so great to hear success stories! @Marcie- that is so interesting! I wonder what chart our ped was going off of to get such different results?! Either way, you're right- they're both doing so well and both are so much bigger than expected. :)