I have to apologize for the lack of updates with any content lately… see, having Max home full time is, well, full time! He's on an “every 3 hours” feeding schedule (per the hospital's instructions) and isn't so keen on sleeping after he eats, so his napping schedule is pretty much non-existent. He sleeps mostly on one of us, although he has been in his crib for a few nights now… he hated the bassinette and co-sleeping scared me (we did it the first few nights, of course!) so we tried the crib and he's been doing well ever since!
Since he came home, so much has happened! At his pediatrician's visit last week, he was up to 7lbs 7.6 oz… that was just a hair shy of an ounce a day! If he's been continuing on that pattern, he's over 8 lbs now! When I take him out places, I wear him in our Moby Wrap, which he loves. He's cozy and comfy and I love it because it leaves my hands free for whatever I'm doing (like EATING!)
Speaking of whatever my hands are doing, Max has spent a couple of days with me back at work… because of deadlines and not having had enough time to fully train my temp replacement, I've worked a couple of days this week and will be doing some work at home in August… mostly just creating new ads as they come in for the September mailer. We'll leave the minor stuff to my temp.
Let's see… what else?
Max and I had our first “playdate” when we met some Nestie friends with their kiddos for Starbucks and lunch in Walnut Creek… my first real “outing” without Jamie (not counting a couple of trips to the ahem scrapbook store) and it was really nice.
While we were in Walnut Creek, I bumped into Michelle, one of Max's NICU nurses, on her day off. We both did that weird “Do I know you?” thing for a minute before it clicked… we were both so out of context, her not in scrubs and me outdoors! LOL Michelle is also expecting her first (a little girl) next month, and I was able to give my first product recommendation to a pregnant mommy to be! (The product in question is the Angelcare monitor… it's very cool, as far as baby monitors go. It has a motion sensor pad that goes under the mattress so if there's no movement for 20 seconds, an alarm sounds. I sleep much better knowing it's there)
His ROP is improving… we saw the opthamologist earlier this week and things are looking good… yet another thing to be thankful for! The damage done might still go away completely, but at this point, the worst case scenario is glasses. Looking at his parents, he's destined to wear them anyway.
We had Max's first physical therapy appointment this morning… Kaiser takes great care of their preemies, so we'll see Rosemary (the PT) once a month until he's walking. I was thrilled to hear how much we're doing right, just based on our own instincts, but I was also happy to get a few little suggestions to help Max along. He's right on track developmentally, according to his adjusted age (based on his due date, so he's 3 weeks old at this point) and is exceptionally strong, just as we thought. We've been working on tummy time, and my wearing him as much as I do is also a good thing… when he's snug in the Moby, his legs and arms are pulled in tight, like a term baby towards the end of pregnancy, so his hips and joints will develop as they should.
Mostly, we're just trying to enjoy our time as a family. Jamie had to go back to work this week, so it's less time than we'd like, but we're making the best of what we have… it's all you can ask for, right?
I think that's most of our first weeks at home… if you know I missed something, please feel free to job my memory!
And now, of course, some photos!
These overalls were one of the first things we bought when we found out Max was a boy… I swear I didn't realize Jamie was wearing these shorts when I dressed Max! Alternate caption: Where are my boys? They've disappeared!