Tuesday, June 4, 2013

June 4

Today is Elsie's 5 month birthday! Just in case I haven't explained this yet, preemies have "actual" ages and "corrected" or "adjusted" ages. Elsie actual age, just like it sounds, is her chronological age, which is 5 months old. Her corrected/adjusted age is what she would be if she had been born full-term. Her corrected age is 4 weeks, or 1 month old. This matters because, obviously, Elsie is not developmentally where a full-term 5 month old baby would be. Developmentally, she is a one month old baby. All of her milestones will be judged on her corrected age for the first year or two of her life. Most preemies catch up developmentally to their actual age peers within about two years. Hopefully that makes sense. Elsie is 5 months old actual, 1 month adjusted.

And heeeeere's our dollar bill pictures for the big 5 month lady!

1 month

2 month

3 month

4 month

5 month

As you can tell, Elsie was not terribly interested in holding still so that I could get a good picture. But the pictures tell a true story. Our little girl is growing so fast! I don't know how big she is, I've stopped asking because I don't really care a ton how big she is now. She's grown out of most of her newborn clothes. She's fat and healthy, and that's all that matters to me :)

I took a couple videos of Elsie crying to post on here; lots of people have asked what her cry sounds like since she has a paralyzed vocal cord. I'm so used to hearing Elsie's soft cry that when my cute 5-week-old niece was staying at our house a few weekends ago, I was surprised to hear her seemingly LOUD cry. "Why is your baby crying so loud?", I thought, "What's wrong with her?" Oh, that's right, she sounds like a normal healthy baby. It's my baby who is the quiet one, ha ha ha, it made me laugh. Anyway, here's the videos. In the first one, she's just kind of fussing, rather than full-on crying, but the second one gives you a good idea of what her cry sounds like.

Happy 5-month birthday, cute girl!


  1. Riley: Happy 5 Month birthday Elsie! Those videos are so cute and so sad at the same time! Elsie gets cuter and cuter each day!

  2. Oh, poor little bug! Happy milestone little one!

  3. I just have to tell you that's a 10 not a 1 ;) . Watching the videos and expecting quite little sobs & hearing what came out shocked me. It was so much louder then I imagined. Now it makes since why all the nurses were so nervous when Mackinzy would cry. She was quieter like Elsie is. Happy 5 month milestone little Angel. Keep up the good work, you are so ever close to being home with your family at last.

  4. Is the $10 bill to symbolize that's 10x her birth weight or that Elsie is magic and can turn $1 bills into $10 bills. Either way she's a little miracle baby!

    1. Both! No, that's all I had in my purse at the time :)

  5. Tami gave me your blog. What an amazing little blessing you guys have. She is beautiful! Ashlee

  6. Ashlee! So nice to hear from you! I miss you and hope that you are doing well :)