Fabulous Five (Months)

Maddie is five months old today. Her adjusted age is is about two and a half months. Crazy to think she's been here twice as long as she should have been. As much as I wish she would have been born on her due date, so she could have avoided such a rough start, I am thankful for the extra time we've had with her.

She had a hospital follow-up appointment with her pediatrician today. She had breathing treatments in the office, and then her oxygen saturation was measured - it was at 96, so everyone was pleased. Her pediatrician said that Maddie is still pretty dependent on her breathing treatments, so her regimen wasn't changed.

The only thing that was slightly worrying - to me, no one else - is how small she is. She weighs nine pounds, six ounces. She's only gained four ounces in nine days. I'm the only one concerned, though, so I won't get too worked up about it yet. Okay, maybe I will a little...I just looked it up online, and she is in the bottom 5% - 9% in weight for her adjusted age. *Make mental note to harass pediatrician on Monday*

Next week she has her first appointment with the NICU follow up clinic, so we will get a better idea of where she stands developmentally. I'm not worried about that. Maddie is really alert and follows things with her eyes, and she has started reaching out to hit toys. She reacts to people and likes to babble at anyone around her. So, obviously she's a genius. I'm pretty confident the doctors will confirm as much.


Stefanie said...

Hi Heather,

We are in a similar boat. I got your comment and had to come check out your blog. My daughter is actually SMALLER than yours 3% for corrected age. And that was with her huge growth spurt. She was gaining about the same as yours and I too was concerned. But she'd been gaining that slowly the whole time and I started getting scared that she wouldn't start eating more. It's been hard but I've been trying to feed her almost constantly to get her oz. up to over 20 a day (if left to her own devices she'd eat MUCH less). Is Maddie eating a lot and not gaining or does she have a small appetite? And how is her suck? Because I'm on the OT, GI and Neurologist train so maybe I can give you insight.

Gemini Girl said...

First of all:
a) she is a genius
b) she will def catch up weight wise. Yes, she'll be smaller at first- but but age 2 she should be fine (which is what they say about preemies)
c) OMG your friend dated MY joey. I cannot believe it. You have no idea how obsessed I was. I should post a picture of my room back then. was he an idiot like he seemed? his brother is so much hotter now. joey looks like mr. clean now.