Yeah, week twenty-four! We cannot believe it has almost been six months! He is getting so big and so cute! We are so in love with our little guy...so blessed! We are amazed by God's goodness and His grace everyday.
So...quick update on the eating issues (or lack of eating). Good news...no feeding tube! We spoke with the GI nurse on Monday to discuss how much Hugh needs to eat. At first, she tells me thirty-eight ounces...I started laughing. She then told me the dietitian said thirty-one ounces. So...we discussed our options. We explained that we boost (think Jamba Juice) each bottle with a half scoop of formula and after she heard that, she said twenty-six ounces was the new goal...the bare minimum. Well, I explained it would be the total maximum since we were starting at twenty. So, we are back to waking him, but we are getting twenty-six to twenty-eight each day...praise God! So, I am slowly readjusting to less sleep...and I am surviving, which is shocking (I have been trying to watch and learn from my sister-in-law, Melissa...there is no way she is getting sleep and she always has everything together!). Unfortunately, the "glue" he has to eat is working as a laxative (I would try it for myself, but it doesn't work if you don't wear diapers), but we think his stomach is finally starting to be able to handle it (ah, yes...the Johnson IBS). So, we start weekly weight checks on Monday...Jake was thrilled, "So, they charge us $30 to weigh him? Awesome." Yes, they do...the beauty of doctors and our health care system. He started off the week great and we really thought we were turning a corner, but he is back to really struggling; however, we think he is teething (I know, I know...aren't all babies teething all the time?) and he has a cold...so, those things are not helping with the eating. We are praying he is gaining weight (our scale would prove otherwise) and we will go from there. We know God will grow him...it just won't be on our terms. We trust God in His wisdom and glory!
So, what did week twenty-four bring? Well, it brought the usual...no eating, lots of smiles and giggles, flirting, and fussing. However, it also brought the first time sitting in a high chair and a grocery cart (Okay, so I know what you all are thinking...is she really blogging about this? Yes, I am. I have one child right now and I can remember him doing these things. I am sure when I do this blog for a future child it will go more like this..."Week twenty-four brought survival...Hugh still hasn't managed to poke any eyes out." But for now, I can blog about first times in a high chair and grocery cart.). We also tried to bring the fruits back out (Jake was really pushing)...he got to try applesauce...not on his fave five list...so, Jake ate it (now, I know why he was pushing...I could have just bought him some applesauce). We'll keep trying. We really thought this week would bring teeth since he is chewing on EVERYTHING, drooling like crazy, and whining, whining, whining (all the whining gives me a headache and leads me to get my own wine), but no teeth. He has learned a party trick (that I would like to take credit for)...he can stick his fist in his mouth (no, you cannot book him for parties...yet). He got to wear some leggings (well, really long socks...but he looked like my tiny dancer...Jake loved it). We have learned that he likes to always have his "snuggle" by his face or covering his face (his soft blanket or Teddy...I stopped freaking out with him covering his face...it took a long time). We are also busting out the six to nine month jammies...he is getting too long for the three to six months...he is getting too big! Overall, it was a great week! He is so sweet (at least when he is not whining)!
We are so excited to celebrate his first Easter (and not just to wear the super cute outfit - check the blog on Sunday or Monday for pictures)! Our hearts are so burdened for our little guy to know the Lord - we desire for him to honor and glorify the Lord from a very early age. We are reminded of the incredible sacrifice the Lord made for His children by sending his perfect son to die for our sins - we are so unworthy. Now, that we have our own son, we cannot imagine this incredible sacrifice, but we are so thankful. The Lord is Risen!
We thank you all for your prayers! We hope everyone is doing well. We love you all!