Camdyn and Cade had their 8 month check-up last week. Camdyn now weighs 12 lbs. 11 oz., and Cade now weighs 18 lbs. 4 oz! He might be the biggest former micro-preemie ever. He is in the 25th percentile on the regular 8 month old charts! That is incredible. On the adjusted age 4 month charts, he is in the 95th percentile. Camdyn is in the 25th percentile on the adjusted 4 month charts, but no where near being on the 8 month charts. She just wants to be petite. While the pediatrician would like to see her gain more weight, he is not worried because she is still gaining. Our pediatrician said that both babies are doing great.
Cade had his GI appointment. The GI said that we could wait on getting the g-tube but Jim and I both feel that Cade is not going to learn to eat and drink totally by mouth in the next few months, so we have opted to go ahead with getting the g-tube. We just want Cade to be more comfortable. I do think he is going to learn to eat soon, but I think learning to drink is going to take a lot longer. We take him in to get a pH probe this week, and then we schedule a consultation with the surgeon before scheduling the surgery.
We started with rice cereal this week for both of the babies, and I have been surprised at how "good" they are doing. They both spit/drool a lot of it out, but they are eating! Cade actually takes the cereal in his mouth, rolls it around, and swallows it! He gets very, very tiny bites, and a lot does roll out, but he is swallowing food! He is now accepting the bottle in his mouth and taking a few swallows of milk, but he often still coughs a lot with it. We are scheduling the OT to come out again this week. We were kind of on a therapy hiatus for two weeks. The first week was because I was just too tired of therapy and appointments and needed a break, and then last week our schedule was so full of doctor's appointments there was no time left for therapy.
In November, we had 27 doctor's or therapy appointments. Last week, we had 6 appointments. I have no idea how people with full time jobs and preemies do this. Taking the babies' to appointments is a full-time job. When we eat breakfast, Brenna asks me, "What doctor are we going to today, mommy?" She doesn't mind going; she just likes to know the plan. I think our number of appointments is going to start decreasing. We don't have to go back to the pediatrician for 6 weeks now, and we don't have to go back to the cardiologist for a year. (Camdyn has a small valve that is open in her heart which we were told several people have; they just don't know it. It is not a problem at all. Overall, it just means that she can not be in the military or go scuba diving, and after all we have been through, those two things do not worry me very much.) We will still go to the pulmonologist monthly through March for their Synagis shots. Cade only has one more week to wear his helmet too. He only has to go back to take final pictures. I know he will be happy to be done wearing his helmet, and I am happy that he has a normal looking head now. I really don't mind taking the babies all over the place for appointments because I know that it is helping them. I think of myself as a "doctor mom" instead of a "soccer mom".