Saturday, February 11, 2012

Thursday's Follow-up Appt

We took Josiah back to the pediatrician on Thursday.  Josiah is doing incredibly well.  We were greeted by hugs from our favorite nurse and big smiles from the MD.  Josiah weighed a mere 8 lbs 5 oz, last Thursday (one week prior).  Amazingly, he weighed 9 lbs during the follow-up visit.  The MD was thrilled!!! (as were we).  It is well-known that children with DS are slow weight gainers, and Josiah has been no exception to this rule.  Add several heart defects, open-heart surgery, and Lasix, and weight loss becomes a given (as was the case w/ Josiah - dropping from 9.3 (at his heaviest) to 8.5 (last week).  BUT, it looks like the tide is changing - we are delighted.  Josiah is finally gaining weight.  On the "normal" chart, his weight currently places him in the 0% (yes, you read that right - the 0th percentile for children his age).  On the DS growth chart, he fairs better - he's falls slightly below the 10th percentile for weight).  We have turned a corner :)

Josiah received 2 vaccinations and we were given an updated synagis shot date.  Jesse got his five-year check up, and passed with flying colors.  He's gained 6 lbs this year and grew 3 inches.  The pediatrician tells us he will be 5.9/5.10 as an adult - just like his uncles.  All the while, James sat in the office and cried - he was quite dramatic, given that he wasn't being seen today.  Once the other boys had been examined, and everyone had their jackets back on, James was then willing to blow a kiss to the MD - it was so funny <3.

When I got home, I called my lactation specialist, KF.  She has been an incredible support.  I started working with her at the end of my pregnancy with James.  Breastfeeding didn't work out so well with Jesse, and I was determined to make it work with the next one :)   KF and I spoke frequently until James's first birthday.  I reconnected with her during my pregnancy with Josiah, and I am so thankful that I did.  Given everything that's happened with Josiah, it's been a real blessing to have her support.  Without it, I don't know that I would have continued to breastfeed Josiah - it's very frustrating to feed a baby that seemingly doesn't gain weight for weeks/months at a time.  Her never-ending support has allowed me to 'stick with it,' and I am so glad that I did.  She has never let me lose faith in myself or my ability to nourish my child.  She is amazing.

Today has been a quiet day at home.  Tomorrow, we are going to see a dear friend of mine (assuming the snow doesn't foul our plans).  Sunday, We'll likely see my folks who have been away for a couple of weeks.  Monday, Josiah meets with early intervention again.  But, I don't want to get too far ahead of myself.  I'm enjoying being in the moment.

When the world says, "Give up,"
Hope whispers, "Try it one more time."
~Author Unknown

The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground.  ~Author Unknown


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