She will have to be retested again in 6 months. This basically means she still does have Chronic Lung Disease and that she is still very susceptible to respiratory illnesses....Thank goodness she didn't the cold I had for 2 weeks - maybe it's all my breast milk.
In general the vomiting is reduced, but it still happens. Just today WHICH happens to be Brian's first day back at work, I had 2 big projectile vomits. Kaitlyn has no desire to eat whatsoever. I used to be able to get her to nipple a bit (20 ml's or so), now she just "plays" with the nipple with her tounge. At least she lets me put it in her mouth, where a month ago she fought the whole time and hated anything in her mouth.
She's getting to the point now where she is starting to put her hands in her mouth, exploring them. Anything in her mouth is a good thing. As we have a long road to go with her oral aversions.
Here are quite a few new pictures of Kaitlyn. She actually "looks" bigger in these pictures. She's almost 10 pounds now. Sounds like a lot to weigh, but remember she is officially over 3 months old and 10 pounds isn't very much for a 3 month old baby. (even though she is 6 months old technically)
Dad and I love kissing those chubby cheeks
Dad's been playing around with the facial hair - I'm personally not a big fan. Fireman can't have facial hair (besides a mustache) and so I think that's why so many firemen have mustaches. I think he looks like he should be a CHP officer with his aviator glasses or something.
Remember how small she used to be? She actually looks like a real baby here!
OK, this was Kaitlyn's first attempts at smiling (sadly, she hasn't done it since and this was a week ago). It was so great. She was sitting in her car seat, I was preparing her milk and when I went up to the car seat she very intently noticed me and then smiled - a few times. Enough time for me to get the camera and catch one! My heart just melted on the spot!
This is Kaitlyn's wonderful "Auntie Rose". Rose was Kaitlyn's NICU nurse when she was first born and has always been there with a supportive shoulder. She was so incredibly nice to come to our house to help me with Kaitlyn when Brian flew back east to attend his Grandfather's funeral. Kaitlyn had a feeding clinic appointment in SF, and Rose came with me. On the way home we decided to take a few pictures in front of the Golden Gate bridge.
It was super windy, and Kaitlyn wasn't very happy in the cold
Kaitlyn had a hold of Rose's hair in this picture, so Rose was laughing in pain as Kaitlyn was pulling her hair. We had some good chuckles.
OK, I guess I'm a terrible mom, but she was obviously not happy at all with the wind and she made me chuckle. Now remember, you can obviously tell she's "screaming" but with her paralyzed vocal chord it sounds more like a muted high-pitched "teradactyl" throaty noise. I don't know how better to explain it than that.
Now, if you know my husband, you KNOW that he never uses the computer. I think he's sent 2 emails in his life (both to me when we first started dating). But this picture was so great I had to quickly get my camera. You can see his continued experimenting with facial hair. Kaitlyn seems intrigued by it!
Kaitlyn doing some tummy time looking at her "Happy Apple". One of Kaitlyn's Early intervention (E.I.) specialists lent it to us as she really likes to look at it. I guess it's an older Fishcer Price toy from the 70's that isn't made any more. Kaitlyn is propped up on her green "pickle" as Brian calls it. See her clasping her hands. She loves to explore her hands.
Some more kisses from Dad
Kaitlyn actually reaching out for her dangly toy. It's so fun to watch her learn.
Close up up tummy time and hand clasping. Her eye brows get so red all the time. It's like she concentrating so hard they turn red.