Emily saw the nutritionist today, which means she was weighed and measured. We are happy to announce that she is now:
17 lbs. 11 oz. and is now 28 1/2 inches long.
She gained 12 ounces this month and grew half an inch. This means that she has finally doubled her birth weight of 8 lbs. 11 oz. WOO HOO! (it also means that she will be taller than her mother in no time flat, but that is another story)
I remember going to an appointment with the surgeon that did Emily's g-tube surgery & he said he liked to see kids double their birth weight by 3 months. Well she is just shy of 10 months - so needless to say she did not meet that goal! We didn't really take that goal very seriously anyway. He has only seen her 3 or 4 times in her life, so we depend on the nutritionists and her other therapists to set more reasonable goals for her. We all agree that she is doing great! We have not been able to increase her g-tube feedings during the day. She is still taking up to 3 ounces at a time (and not usually more), but she is now eating food twice a day. That makes all the difference!
She has also started to let us know that she is hungry. I know to most parents that happens on a daily basis, but not for us. She has been fed on a schedule for so long that she didn't really know how to feel hunger. Well this morning, she had a MELTDOWN before meal time. We were waiting for the nutritionist to get here & she was crying and very unhappy. Once Mike started feeding her some apples and oatmeal, she was quite happy. So we are excited about that progress as well. Not that we like our daughter to go hungry, but we want her to be able to express herself (and she wasn't shy about it!).
On a side note, Mike's parents are visiting us this week, so Emily is getting plenty of quality time with Grandma & Poppy. And Grandma has been able to feed Emily a few times - she is getting quite good at it! We are really enjoying spending time with family & I know Emily is enjoying all the attention she is getting.