Colette is 6 Months Old!


(4.5 months adjusted)
It's weird to think Colette is six months old, but has been home for just over two months. Luckily, we've settled in so well that it does feel like she's been part of our life at home for much longer. We've gotten into a better daytime routine, she's sleeping longer at night, eating a bit better and doing new things every day.



EAT:
  • We’re now up to 8oz full-fat breastmilk per day and the rest of her feeds consist of skimmed breastmilk with Monogen powder (she’ll finally take it this way!). 
  • Still taking around 24oz/day; graduated to the level 2 nipple 
  • Stressed me out when for a week she wouldn’t drink more than 18 or 19oz/day… but then had her best weight gain yet! 
  • She likes sitting at the table with us during dinner and we’re going to give her the first taste of solids this weekend! 
  • Only has to take Vitamin D daily and her inhaler twice a day. Finally got off the med for her liver and a multi-vitamin.
Overall, her eating still stresses me out a bit. She's gaining weight fine, actually, really well, but since her weight is monitored so closely, I'm tracking everything so precisely and it's hard to trust that she's just had enough. The dietitian told me at the last appointment that we'll need to get her up by a few ounces each day in order to maintain her growth pattern. That seems like it will be a challenge, but she is growing really well. They track her so closely so they can catch any drop-off or growth plateau. Failure-to-thrive is common with babies/kids with her condition and while that doesn't seem to be any risk, they still track growth very closely.



SLEEP:
  • Naps 3x a day including a solid 2-hour nap in the afternoon 
  • ‘Sleeps’ through the night 7pm-7am – gets a dream feed at 10pm and still stirs and requires some patting or a paci…hoping to get her sleeping more soundly through the night soon. 
  • Prefers to sleep on her side cuddled up with her wubanub. A couple of pats on her bum, and she’s out. Lately, she's been sleeping on her tummy  more, which made me a bit nervous as she can't roll from front to back, only back to front, but the pediatrician confirmed that if she gets on to her tummy herself, then it's fine to leave her.
  • Once she can roll from front to back and is able to get her paci back in her mouth, I think I'll be ready to sleep train her if she's still waking up at night. 


She prefers to roll to her right... even if she doesn't have much space in that direction!


PLAY:
  • Rolls from back to front, pushes up on her hands when on her tummy and is getting stronger when sitting, but not sitting on her own quite yet. 
  • Getting more interested in toys and putting things in her mouth. 
  • Making all kinds of new sounds, ‘blowing bubbles’ and likes to blow back into the bottle when she doesn’t want to drink. 
  • Favorite toys - she likes her new doll rattle that I keep in the stroller, seems to be getting more interested in books, especially the crinkly ones or the finger puppet ones from Dedee. While she is putting more in her mouth, she hasn't seemed to settle on a teether for too longer (and we have many!)
  • I just moved the Mamaroo out as she's over that, and I moved in a jumperoo I borrowed from a friend. She can stand in it, but I think it's a bit early, definitely nothing like when we put the boys in the jumperoos at 6 months and they just went crazy. Developmentally, while she is hitting a lot of milestones for her chronological 6-month age, there are other areas that she acts more like her adjusted age of 4.5 months.

already getting into the boys' toys!
HEALTH: Unfortunately she got the boys' cough several weeks ago, and seems to be at the tail end of it, so hoping it totally goes away soon. The good news is, she weathered it well and didn't show any distress. We did get a chest x-ray at one point, as there was once that I noticed some minor retractions. They saw a little air accumulation so I gave her a different inhaler for a week and had a follow-up x-ray that looked improved, though still the same as when we left the NICU (which is a good thing, no one is expecting it to look any better but as long as it's not getting worse, that's the main thing). Any time she's sick though, we need to stop increasing the breastmilk, which means we haven't been able to increase in almost 2 weeks. At 2oz per week, that's a bummer to be a whole bottle behind and I worry a bit about when we'll be able to get up to all full-fat breastmilk as I expect she'll continue to get sick this winter. More important than how long it takes, is that her body can continue to tolerate it and I understand that they want her body to be at its baseline when any changes are made.

 




6-month stats:
Weight: 15lbs 11oz (41% based on chronological age)
Height: 26.5 inches (89% based on chronological age)
Size 3 diapers
Still in 3-6 month clothes but moving into 6-12 depending on the brand

Colette got another visit from Ma and got to meet Grandpa!



Colette:  Coco, Coco Bean, Coco Buns, Cokes, Bean, Beanie, Beanie Girl. Besides your poor cough, it's been a really good month! And I'm so proud of you for dealing with it as well as you have; such a strong girl! While it was fun to sort of go with the flow as far as feedings and naps, once I started tracking what you were doing, it became much easier to predict what your daily schedule would be and let's be honest, I'm a schedule kind of person. I think the fact you're six months old helps too, ready for longer naps, but it's been so great for you to get a solid afternoon nap in bed and gives me a bit more flexibility to get stuff done with the hope that I have a bit more time. Of course, there are still some things to work on with your sleep, but I'm gonna give you a bit more time developmentally before we tackle that. We had lots of doctors appointments this month, but other than that, we've been doing lots of nice walks through the Presidio, often with friends. We gotten to meet friends for lunch several times a week too, which is great since you nap at noon most days. We've had lots of fun family adventures, with you in the ergo. Anytime your brothers are around is a great time for you, but unfortunately lately I've been trying to keep them from getting too close to you since they're constantly sick. You were losing all your hair at this time last month (inconveniently right when we got the family photos done) but it’s growing in very nicely now. You were the cutest bat for Halloween (W&G chose your costume).  I'm enjoying you so much and am beyond grateful you're home with us, and that I get to be home with you. One day I was telling you, ‘are you my sweet girl?’ and William says, ‘No! She’s my sweet girl’. You are so loved by all of us!


No comments