Camdyn - Camdyn now weighs 11 lb. 11 oz. She is still very tiny, but she is following her own little preemie curve. The doctor said that for 7 month olds, she is in the .08%. She is not even in the 1%. She still takes forever to take a bottle, but she is slowly getting more efficient. We are trying them on a 4 hour schedule instead of a 3 hour schedule, and it seems to be working alright. We are hoping that it will work because it gives us two more hours in our days.
Cade - Cade now weighs 16 lbs. 2 oz. (almost 5 lbs more than Camdyn). He is huge for a preemie. He is actually in the 12th percentile for all 7 month olds which is incredible since he should really only be 3 months old. It is easier for him to gain weight because he doesn't have to exert energy taking a bottle although he probably exerts more energy fighting the bottle than he would if he could just take it. He hasn't made much progress with eating orally. He takes his pacifier very well, but he hates the bottle. We have tried just about every type of bottle, and it doesn't make a difference. He is still getting therapy to work on feeding three times a week. He has a GI appointment at the beginning of Dec. to talk about the possibility of needing a g-tube. As much as I don't want him to have to get it, I think that is where we are headed. With all things considered, I know this is not a huge deal and that things could be much worse, but I just want him to be able to eat. I feel certain that it will happen in time, but I am not a patient person. I want it to happen now! Cade also got his DOC band to reshape his head last week. It cost us $3500, so it better work! I can already see a little bit of change, so that is promising. He looks so cute in his little helmet.
Daddy feeding both babies. Cade appears to be eating, but he really only sometimes allows the bottle to be in his mouth. He rarely actually sucks. Daddy has his hands full!
See the one little bottle to the left - that is Camdyn's bottle. See the two bottles, pacifier, syringe, jiggler, feeding pump, and feeding bag - that is what we use to try to get Cade to eat. We pretty much try a series of things to lead up to trying the bottle. It is quite an undertaking, and this happens at every feed which is now 6 times a day.
Brenna lined these Barbie dolls up next to Camdyn in her car seat. I thought it was pretty cute. Then I realized that Camdyn was actually the length of these Barbies when she was born. I measured them to check because it doesn't seem believable, but they are actually 11 1/2 inches long just like she was.
Look at this happy girl. Notice anything different?
She got her ears pierced! Her pediatrician does it in his office. I think she looks absolutely adorable with little earrings.
Here's a picture of my handsome boy in his cute helmet. He has done great with it. It doesn't seem to bother him at all. I was pleasantly surprised by this. I plan on decorating it soon. He is smiling more often now, and every one of his smiles just melt my heart. He has the sweetest little smile.