July 28, 2005

I have a Bumbo seat so that I can sit upright. I like watching my black-and-white puppy Jessie walk by, and I smile at her!


July 28, 2005

I had my 4-month pediatrician appointment today. You all are not going to believe this, but I am *on* the charts for 4 month-olds now! As though I wasn’t born 3 months early! But of course, although it is fun to compare me to other “regular” 4 month olds, it is not the correct chart to use! When looking at the 28-week gestational age *preemie* chart (which is the correct chart to use) I score in the top quartile for weight and in the top tenth for head circumference (!).

My pediatrician is so pleased! She says that developmentally I should be regarded as a 1 month old (in terms of motor skills, eating, sleeping, etc.), but that cognitively I am ahead; I seem to be closer to 2 months. I believe it, my mommy read some good books on helping me be a smart and happy baby and she does lots of fun excercises with me that help develop me cognitively.

This fall I will get Synergis shots during the RSV season… these are $1,000 *each* and I get one or two every month… woa. But it will keep me healthy while my ex-preemie immune system gets caught up, and will save my health insurance company from paying hospital bills (I have to be hospitalized if I catch RSV before I turn 2). My mommy’s jaw dropped when the doc mentioned the cost of these, but luckily my daddy’s health insurance will cover this.

I do not have to be on special preemie formula anymore – I can have regular formula and of course breast milk (donated by my God mother Jill, my mommy’s sister-in-law also named Jill, and my mommy’s own, made specially for me). My mommy has been a little lazy recently and has been giving me the bottle somewhat more than breast feeding me, so I try to get fussy in the evenings so that my mommy will breast feed me, that really calms me down and I love that closeness! My mommy needs a kick in the butt to do more breast feeding, can somebody please do that for me?

This weekend I am going to a pool party in Northern Virginia. I will see my whole family on my mommy’s side (I see my daddy’s family every day). I am just starting to coo, babble, and giggle on top of my huge grins; my family will really enjoy my new abilities!

July 26, 2005

Today at mommy’s gym Gloria (the lady who carries me around for an hour!) said: “Ava’s birth mom must be *so* beautiful… Ava has the prettiest face I’ve ever seen on a baby!”. My mommy and I agreed (to both parts of that statement) 🙂

July 25, 2005

Today was my first day at my mommy’s recreation center! I spent 1.5 hours in the nursery, where Gloria and Judy carried me around the *whole* time (did I mention that I never let anyone put me down… ever?!?!), while my mommy worked out at the gym. I enjoyed it, and then my mommy fed me while we watched Peter Pan. Then we went to meet daddy for lunch 🙂 This will be my new routine with mommy during the week now. My pediatrician says that I will catch a cold soon from being in such close contact with other children, but she says it is also very good for me, to build up my immunity before the winter flu/cold season hits. Mommy signed the two of us up for Water Babies – that starts next week. I am going swimming!

July 24, 2005

My eyelashes and eyebrows are coming in! But I am losing the hair on my head, uh oh 🙂 I still sleep best when I am being cuddled by someone (like my mommy in this picture).

July 24, 2005

I’m just a dreamer 🙂

July 24, 2005

The happy family on grandma’s couch this morning. Granny just bought me my new pink mushroom chair and my lamb lovey!