Tuesday, July 9, 2013

6/2 months

Little Miss Elsie is six months old! (6 months actual age, 2 months corrected age) Kinda hard to believe, right? Here's some stats and interesting trivia about our special little girl:


  • Elsie weighs in today at 11 pounds, 2 ounces. She was 10 pounds 1 ounce when she left the hospital 3 & 1/2 weeks ago. I think her height is something like 22 & 1/2 inches, but I'll be honest, I've never paid much attention to either of my kids' height; the weight was always the more concerning issue so I always forget their height. 
  • She is only on oxygen when she's sleeping, and we got the go-ahead today to do a trial of no oxygen tonight while she is sleeping, so I'll let you know how that goes. It amazes me how well she is doing with her oxygen needs; I always imagined that it would be a long time before she got off the oxygen. She is progressing well and her lungs are healing.
  • Elsie has had a sudden increase in vomiting; since last Wednesday or maybe Thursday she has been vomiting during or after almost every meal. Not little baby spit-ups, but more like entire body heaving, vomit spewing. We were thinking that maybe she was having reflux, which is common in lots of babies and especially preemies. But after talking to her pediatrician today, he thinks that it is maybe a slight stomach bug. He said that reflux doesn't come on suddenly like that and doesn't really fit what's going on. So we're giving her a few days to see if she improves or not, and will go from there.
  • As a result of her puking, Elsie has had zero desire the last few days to eat by mouth, so that's not progressing at all, but hopefully she will improve when her stomach is feeling better.
  • Elsie loves to suck on her fist, and has not been super interested in her binky lately, so we think we might have another thumb sucker in the family soon.
  • She's been doing pretty good at holding her head up and is getting stronger and stronger. She kicks her legs and waves her arms like crazy when she is awake and happy. 
  • Sometimes I think this is just a fluke, but Elsie can totally stick her tongue out on command. When someone is holding her or she is looking at you and you stick your tongue out at her, she grins and sticks her tongue out too! It's so funny.
  • She's a smiler! It's so fun to get her to smile and we love to see our happy girl. 
  • Sleeps through the night! She goes to sleep around 8 or 9pm and sleeps really well until 5am-ish, I change her diaper and she sleeps until about 6:30 or so. Of course, it's really helpful that she gets continuous feeding through her tube all night long, but even so, I love that she sleeps all night!
  • We have a follow-up appointment tomorrow with the GI doctor to see how she's doing with her G tube, and then we have an appointment next week with the eye doctor to check on her eyes.
We love having Elsie home. Big sister Evje is much more adjusted and is doing lots better at sharing Mommy & Daddy's attention. We love our little girls, even when they are a lot of work or when they are both screaming at the same time.

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6 comments:

  1. What a cute tongue. Imitation is an important developmental milestone. Good job Elsie!

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  2. Darling pictures! We love that sweet little girl... hope her tummy feels better soon!

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  3. I know that smile! We sure love that sweet girl and her family!!!

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  4. Two little beauties you have! I love those pictures. I wanted to come by and see you again, but I've had a sore throat and cough so I'm staying away. Have a great week...Dy and I will come when we're bug-free. ;-)

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  5. Two little beauties you have! I love those pictures. I wanted to come by and see you again, but I've had a sore throat and cough so I'm staying away. Have a great week...Dy and I will come when we're bug-free. ;-)

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