I’m a weird mixture of scared and excited about this appointment. I’m definitely not an expert on infant/early childhood development as my education and work experience tends more toward the financial world. I can see where Drake is and what I think needs improvement.
His pediatrician believes him to be making good progress as of his 6 month wellness checkup. That is good progress for a 6 month old who is really barely 4 months old. He’s still got a tendency to be a picky eater, and some family members are trying to make me force him to sit up on his own (like I have control over that). I’m very careful not to use “Dr. Google” or make comparisons to a friend’s baby who was born 3 days after what should have been our due date.
Just like the NICU, this is unexplored ground for us. I’m so thankful my husband was able to take a half day on Thursday to go with us. He may think of things that I would miss.
So at 8 months, 3 weeks/6 months 2 weeks adjusted, he is
1. sitting with support
2. grasping object and stuffing them in his mouth
3. stealing his feeding spoon
4. eating 4-6 tbsp of pureed food/28 to 30 oz of 24 cal formula
5. getting up on his hands and knees and rocking but not crawling
6. laying on his belly and kicking and swirling arms like he’s swimming
7. on the growth charts for height, weight and head circumferance (1% baby yeah!)
8. wobbly standing if I set him on his feet
I think he may need help with:
1. a week core? the not sitting thing does bother me with the amount of tummy times he gets
2. talking/communicating – he’s good with various cries and has some babble, but he’s not exactly following the ga ga, baba, mama, dadada thing to me
3. his leg muscles especially calves are pretty underdeveloped looking after the clubfoot casting and treatment
I think he is an amazing miracle. I want to make sure he gets help if he needs it.
Remember World Prematurity Day, November 17th!!! All babies deserve a healthy start!