Thursday, February 5, 2009

7 Months Old Actual, 4 Months Old Corrected

Where does the time go? I can't believe that Brandon is 7 months old today. He will be 4 months corrected on February 10th (which means he would be 4 months old if he was born when he was due). Brandon is doing great. As of 1 1/2 weeks ago he weighed 13 pounds, 8 ounces. I am guessing he is close to 14 pounds now but we don't go to the pediatrician for another 2 weeks so I will know then how much he weighs. He is still getting physical therapy but is doing great with that. His physical therapist is now only coming once a month! He is turning his head both directions now with no problems. He still has a slight head tilt but it is barely noticeable and will correct too. He is awake for long periods throughout the day and wants to constantly be entertained. His favorite toy is a piano that my parents bought for him that plays different songs and has lights that light up when the songs play. He loves to stare at lights. We set up his exersaucer and he is enjoying being in that too. He wants to constantly stand which means we need to hold him under his arms since he is too small to hold himself up yet. He has discovered his voice and "talks" all of the time. Especially in the middle of the night when he wakes up for his bottle. He starts to talk as soon as he sees me. He has also started to yell when he wants to do something other than what we are doing with him. He has started to suck his thumb. He sometimes sucks it in the day and I see him on the video monitor when he wakes up during the night sucking on his thumb. Other than two nights in the beginning of January he is still not sleeping through the night. He usually goes to sleep after his 7:00 bottle and then we wake him to give him a bottle at 10:00. He then sleeps until around 3:00 am and then goes back to sleep until about 5:15. At that time I go in and settle him and he will last until around 6:30. I won't take him out of his crib before 6:00 even though I am sure he would love it. He has started to taste different solids but is not having enough yet to replace meals. He had prunes last night for the first time and loved them! As for his bottles, sometimes he loves them and drinks the whole amount quickly...other times I have to fight him to drink them. I am part of a preemie message board and it seems many of the other parents are going through the same thing with their babies. His overall intake is good in a day which is what I am more focused on.

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