Monday, June 8, 2009

Crew Update

Crew will be 7 months old this week, with his adjusted age of 4 months. We went to the pediatrician this morning and he is doing really well. He continues to grow better than we have any right to expect and weighs in at a hefty 10 pounds, 14 ounces! He has dropped a little in height advancement (like we didn't see that coming from a mile away. Sorry for the genetics, Crew!) His head circumference continues to grow perfectly, hallelujah! He is scarring over nicely from his myriad surgeries and is super active, wiggly, and sociable.

In really exciting news, in the last three days he has finally started to reach for things. He doesn't do it very often and he doesn't do it very well, but we can tell that his attempts are purposeful and it makes us breathe a little easier. We've been waiting on this milestone for a while, starting to bite our nails about it.

In other great milestones, he now sleeps through the night! Wahoo!! He wanted a snack at 5:30 this morning, but generally he goes down at 8 or 9 at night and sleeps for 10-11 hours. He's such a lovey little kid. He needs a bath just about every day. I don't remember my other kids being so stinky, but I think his specialty formula leaks through his pores when he sweats and gives off a funky odor. Ick.

To my sadness, he seems to be through his licking-mommy's-shirt-all-day phase and has moved onto regular-ol'-drooling. It was just so cute of him to explore his surroundings with his tentative little tongue. I miss it already. He still loves to be packed around in his sling and he has even fallen asleep a few times on my bed, in our laps, and in his swing, without being swaddled. Whoa.

Our little trooper is beating all the odds, continuing to thrive and surprise us every day. Kinley said the other day, "Mommy, Dex is our miracle baby and Crew is our other miracle baby. When you were still pregnant, I didn't know we were going to have two miracle babies in our family! I thought we were just going to be a regular family!" I just love that she considers Dex another special miracle in our lives because that is how Justin and I view him.


Emalee said...

I was forwareded your blog by a friend and your November 16,2008 post touches my heart. Thank you SO much for sharing your story. Dax is really a noble sole and so is my son Kenner! I am sure they are up there doing great things together waiting for us to come to them.

Scrapping Mom of 5 said...

I love when our children "get it". The whole miracle thing. So many adults see it as tragic and they miss the blessing and the miracle because they refuse to see. Hannah loves to talk about her brother that was born before her but will always be a baby. I'm so glad the hospital took pictures of Samuel. And I'm so glad to read about Crew reaching so many great milestones.

Sherri said...

just cheching in....he is beautiful!

texasblu said...

Beautiful, beautiful post. He's doing so well - funny how those of us who haven't been through this take the "reaching for things" fore granted. I remember going through those check up things thinking, "yeah, yeah, move on."
Makes me stop short and remember all the blessings that I never knew I had. :)

Carly Lynne Peterson said...

It was so fun to see you and crew at the pool...he is sooooo cute and just want to snuggle him!! Thanks for all the great posts...i love getting to see how great he is doing!!