Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Aiden + Swing = Happy Boy

Just had to share a few pics from Aiden's first ride in a swing.  The weather is finally warming up here, and I feel like we've come out of hibernation!  What a wonderful feeling! 

This afternoon, Aiden and I went over to a park nearby our house to try out the swings.  I put him in and tentatively pushed him a little.... he was all smiles.  So I pushed him higher and he started squealing with delight! 

Here he's actually waving "hi" to me (a new skill he picked up in the last 2 weeks)

Thursday, March 04, 2010

9-month Follow-up Appointment

Today we had Aiden's 9-month follow-up appointment with one of the doctors responsible for his care in the NICU after he was born.  (For those that don't know, Aiden got Bacterial Meningitis at birth (or very soon thereafter), and spent 3 and 1/2 weeks in the NICU and Pediatrics). There are possible residual effects from meningitis so that's why we have the follow-up appointments.  So far, Aiden has had a 2-month, a 4-month and a 9-month (today) appointment, as well as a neuro-sensory hearing screening at around 4 mos. They have all gone well!

Today, Aiden was first checked by the occupational therapist in the neonatal neurodevelopment clinic, and then by Dr. Adie, one of his neonatalogists in the NICU.  They asked us lots of questions about his eating habits, sitting, crawling, hearing, and other developmental skills, and watched him in action.  They both said he is developing very well, and right on target!  We are so thankful to the Lord for this!

He was also weighed and his height and head circumference were measured. Our one concern was his weight and height.  He weighs 18 lbs, 7 oz and is 28 inches.  This is in the 10th percentile for babies at 9 months.  In the past he has been in the 25th percentile for these things, so our initial reaction was to be concerned.  But Dr. Adie said that we shouldn't be too worried, as this is often very normal for babies to grow in different spurts, and each baby grows at a different pace.  He said they'd just continue to watch his weight and height in future appointments.  Neither Brandon nor I were big babies, so maybe he's taking after us.  The way I look it, some babies are needed to fill that bottom 10th percentile of weight and height, so why not Aiden?  In the meantime, Dr. Adie made some suggestions for getting him to eat more solids, including giving him more FRUITS (I think Aiden will love that... he loves his fruits!!).

On a day to day basis, he's just our growing, happy, healthy boy, and for that we are so thankful!

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

The Jesus Storybook Bible

I want to buy this book to read to Aiden!

The Jesus Storybook Bible, by Sally Lloyd-Jones.  "Every story whispers His name"

From the website:
"The Jesus Storybook Bible tells the one story underneath all the stories of the Bible and points to the birth of a child, the Rescuer, Jesus". 

Oh, how I desire for Aiden to see his need for a Savior from a young age....that he would come to know Jesus, our Redeemer!

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

9 MONTHS today!

I can hardly believe how big my baby is getting!My heart is so full with love for him.  Big things have been happening in Aiden's life this month.  He started CRAWLING about 2 weeks ago!...well, mostly he rocks on his hands and knees and goes a few steps, but if he really wants to get somewhere he goes back down onto his belly and pulls himself around.  He can get around anywhere really quickly this way, which is opening up a whole new world for Brandon and me.  Last week I was putting a few clothes away in Aiden's room, while he was playing just 10 feet away in the living room.  Before I knew what had happened, he had chased Abner (our cat) all the way into Brandon and I's bedroom and was peeking under our bed to find Abner. He also likes to crawl over to the kitchen when I'm cooking and just hang out with me.  Like I said, this is all new for us so we're figuring things out as we go.  We've been frantically baby proofing things. 

The other big happening in Aiden's life in the past 2 weeks is TEETHING!  He's actually doing amazingly well so far through it, although there's really only 1 tooth that's come out all the way, so we'll see how the rest go.  On the worst days I gave him baby Tylenol before bed, and a frozen rolled-up baby washcloth to suck/chew on for the pain during the day. 

Something else going on in his little life right now is the transition from spoon-feeding (i.e. baby food) to finger foods (or what's on Brandon and I's plate for dinner).  Now that he's had a taste of real food, he's not as enthralled with baby food.  So we stick little bits of whatever we're having for dinner on the spoon with a bit of his pureed veggies and he takes it pretty well.  Last night he was able to have some little pieces of the salmon, potatoes and cooked vegetables we were having for dinner, and loved it.  I'm amazed how well he takes to even strong foods like salmon.  Hopefully this will carry on into the future! 

Aiden's big LIKES right now:  board books (looking at the pictures and chewing on them), the CAT (and chasing him!), being held and snuggled by mommy or daddy, his sippy cup, his foam mat, his yellow toy car, making little tiger noises "rrrrrrrrr", finger foods, booting around the house, and BATHS. 

His DISLIKES:  having his hands and mouth wiped after dinner, big groups of people crowded around him, and pureed peas (which he used to like). 

Here are some pictures of Aiden from the last couple weeks:


One the first times he pulled up to hands and knees.... "Mommy, I'm kind of scared ... how did I get myself into this position?? What do I do now??"
                                     
 
Since then, he enjoys the new experience of crawling...

And pulling himself up to reach for BOOKS....


He's fascinated with the pictures in his board books right now...


His favorites right now are Happy Baby ABC (it has a cushony cover that he likes) and Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton (that's the one in these pictures).

He loves being in daddy's arms, and he loves pestering Abner...


Snuggling with mommy before bed-time...
 
Our lives are so blessed to have this little guy in our lives.