Wednesday, May 15, 2013

10 months & surgery

This is a baby-related post. Please feel free to skip if you are not comfortable reading.

K turned 10 months old on May 2. I know, I know - I'm WAY behind on this update. But I have good reason: two weeks in a row of travel, and then K had surgery on Monday (the 13th). More on this in a minute.

Weight & Length: She won't have another official weight and length check until her one year, but prior to her surgery, she weighed 16 lbs. 2 oz.

Sleeping: We are still doing well with sleep. Unless she's sick, she will sleep through the night - falling asleep between 7 and 8 pm and waking up between 6 and 7 am. Her naps are fairly regular, too, though she still naps better at daycare then at home. We joke that it's because she can't get enough of seeing us. :)

Eating: She's taking 5 ounces each bottle and and averaging between 23 and 26 ounces a day. She also takes 8 tablespoons of oatmeal and two pouches of fruits and veggies a day, as well as eating finger foods on a regular basis (usually at dinner time). We need to start pushing the sippy cup.

Clothing: We are in some 9-month clothing and some 12-month. I've officially had to stop shopping in the tiny baby section at Target. Sniff sniff.

Personality: We are going to have a Chatty Cathy on our hands. She's already incredibly talkative, babbling from the time she wakes up until she goes to bed at night. She's also strong willed. We are starting to see the stubborn side of her. She will ball up her fists and get frustrated when she can't accomplish certain tasks. If this is how she is now, we're in big trouble when she's a teenager! But she's not always hard headed. She still has an incredibly sweet and snuggly side to her. When she's tired, especially, all she wants to do is rest her head on our shoulders.

Milestones & Firsts: In addition to her first trip out of state (to my brother's college graduation in Atlanta), K underwent her first (and hopefully only) surgery this month to put in ear tubes. It was inevitable. She'd been battling constant ear infections since Christmas, and we were finally referred to an ENT a couple of weeks ago. Their audiologist did a hearing test, and K already had partial hearing loss. So this was the best option to save her hearing and hopefully revert it back to normal. The surgery went smoothly, and we've already noticed a difference in her hearing. She's turning her head toward sounds that she never used to notice. We'll have a follow-up test in mid-June, and go from there. If her hearing isn't 100%, they will try other methods/therapies.

This month was also a big month for mobility. She's finally moving forward! She doesn't crawl "traditionally." She prefers to army crawl or scoot on her butt. She's getting SO FAST, but she could care less about crawling toward toys or people (except Danica - she loves her dog!). Instead, she moves to the nearest piece of furniture so that she can pull herself into a standing position. It's forced us to rethink some of our current furniture. We had to replace the coffee table and the entertainment center with taller and sturdier options, and we are busy anchoring anything and everything to the walls and covering the outlets.

We are a month and a half away from her first birthday. It's unreal to me. We are planning to meet up with her biological grandfather for lunch next month, and I'm starting to think about her first birthday party. We've sold her baby swing, switched her to a convertible car seat, and she's almost ready to start "transitioning" to the toddler room at daycare. Lots of changes bring on many mixed emotions for me. But I'm just focused on the fact that she's healthy and happy, and how incredibly blessed I am to see her smiling face at the end of each day.


Gurlee said...

Great update, it's fun to read about how well she is doing. Time goes so quickly it is amazing! I am happy the surgery went well and that the difference is evident, hopefully her hearing is fully restored.

AnotherDreamer said...

Sorry to hear about the surgery, but glad that you've already seen some improvement! She sounds like she's growing so fast, it's crazy.

It Is What It Is said...

So glad her surgery went well and that she is thriving in your care.

S said...

Glad to hear her surgery went well. We have contemplated that for one of our sons, as he has had four ear infections in the past six months. . . but our pediatrician wants to hold off for now.

dspence said...

She's getting so big! Glad her surgery went well.

Rach said...

Wow, I can't believe it's almost a year! So glad her surgery went well. That is sweet you are able to meet up with some of her birthfamily.

It Is What It Is said...

I am curious about the switch to a convertible car seat. Was it because of her age?

Katie said...

We switched mostly because she was starting to look uncomfortable in her infant seat - particularly her upper body. She's not a big kid, but she looked like she was crammed in there.

someday-soon said...

Sounds like she's doing fantastic! Sorry she had to get tubes but I've heard they are an absolute life saver for kids that need them. It's so fun to watch them grow but tough too, hard to say good-bye to the baby stage and start looking at the toddler stage. I shed more than a couple tears about it {{{HUGS}}}

Rebecca said...

I hope the tubes take care of the issues! I know I've heard kids for whom it is just a miracle.

Sounds like she's doing just great!! I can't believe she's almost a year!