Ben finally had his nine month well child visit yesterday at the pediatrician’s office, although he is technically 10 months old. He arrived for his appointment in a great mood and cooing up a storm. Jonny was with us, but Isaac was in school.
Ben weighs 11 lbs 9.5 oz, which is good; he is still right around the 50th percentile for both height and weight for a baby boy with CdLS. Below is a picture of the nurse weighing him. Note the strategically placed tissue. I guess she has weighed more than a few baby boys in her time!
Developmentally he is around the level of a 4 month old. He smiles, laughs, reaches for toys with both arms, makes fair eye contact and is just starting to roll from side to side. He is progressing, albeit slowly. Today he started reaching his feet and toes out to play with toys as well. He does have one special skill that my 3 and 6 year olds haven’t yet mastered: sleeping through the night!
Overall Ben has done very well. When we first brought him home, we feared that he would be chronically ill and plagued with frequent hospital admissions. So far, his only hospitalization since the NICU was a 3-day stay at 5 months old to have his G-tube/Nissen surgery. I am happy to say he has been very healthy except for the usual colds and the occasional ear infection that one would expect with any child. I hope that Ben continues to have good health as he gets older.
Most of the time Ben is an amazingly placid, happy little guy, except when his big brothers keep bothering him! Even though having a child who has special needs has been challenging at times, I am so glad that we have Ben.