Welcome to thirty-seven weeks! Time is going by too fast...I cannot believe we are already planning his first birthday...well, not really planning, but at least thinking about it. And I know you all would not be shocked if I was planning it because I am a planner...and there is nothing wrong with being a planner. Anyway, another great week!
So, what happened in week thirty-seven? Well, the VERY bad eating continued...he no longer will take a bottle when he wakes up, it takes three plus hours to finish eight ounces of milk, he prefers to drink his bottles while sleeping or when he is really tired, and the list goes on. However, we praise God that Hugh is continuing to take his solids really well and we have found out that he LOVES yogurt (minus the chunks). We really thought the meds would help, but they haven't made a difference. We also think his top teeth are coming in because he is VERY irritable and will scream when you touch his top gums. Seriously, why does it take so long for teeth to come in? So, the first teeth we didn't notice and these ones...we are noticing...BIG TIME...he is making up for us not noticing the first two coming in...awesome. So, we'll call Dr. P back next week to make sure he is getting enough in calories and fluids since he has cut his milk intake by at least six to eight ounces. Hopefully, the teeth will come in soon and we can all move on. He had another feeding therapy session and he is doing really well. She explained to me that he is still working on his gag reflex, so he still cannot handle chunks of food...but she thinks we'll be there in the next couple months. We also introduced "Honey Bear"...basically, a honey bear with aquarium tubing...we are trying to "introduce" the straw to him. I know I gave her a look like, "you are totally nuts...this is never going to happen" - because she says to me, "I know you think I am crazy, but you'll see - he'll be drinking from a straw in four months." We'll see about that...but we'll be faithful to work on it. This is replacing the sippy cup for him - she does not want him to try a sippy cup at all. She explained that he would really benefit from using a straw (his muscles, motor skills, etc.). So, we have lots of "homework" and "fun" feeding sessions...not to be confused with "not fun" feeding sessions. Also, I need to lighten up and get silly with the eating...oh joy. He knows now that he can get wherever he wants...so, he just leaves. So, of course what do I do now that our son has found freedom...I brought out his "cage"...he wasn't a big fan which was shocking. A baby doesn't like boundaries...cannot believe it. Well, we will continue to work on "boundaries" (aka "the cage"). We think he has finally grasped how to put his paci in correctly...yes, this took a long time...those Soothie pacis are tough...he chews and sucks on every angle. He has finally learned to sit-up from laying down...was starting think he was never going to master that skill and we would always have to help him up...clearly, he proved us wrong. He loves to explore everything and we are starting to wonder why we ever bought toys...he would be happy with some cords, an old cell phone, and some paper. Basically, he wants everything he cannot have and shows his lovely sin nature when we take something away. We are still doing "time-out"...you all can stop laughing and we have started "no touch". I have been given a glimpse of our future and it involves many, many "corrections" for this little boy - he is starting to understand what we say, but he goes for it anyway...he must get that from Jake. He is all boy - loves to make a mess, knock things down, throw things, be loud...and the list goes on. We love that he is all boy and that he loves to explore...it keeps us on our game...however, we hope he keeps his destruction to a minimum in the future. He is so much fun!
We are constantly seeking God in all things and learning to trust Him more and more. We are so completely dependent upon Him and could not live a single day without Him. We praise Him for being so incredibly patient with us. We pray everyday that we can love one another and love our son in the same way that Christ has loved us. We hope you all are doing well! Thanks for your prayers!
(Oh, yeah - we can no longer get him to smile for the camera...he is so over the paparazzi.)