Saturday, November 28, 2009

Living the dream

Ok, maybe it's not the typical baby dream, but it's definitely the micro-preemie parent dream! Bryce had a great six-month check-up on Friday; his official measurements are:
  • Weight: 10.8 lbs. (10-25% for his adjusted age of 2.5 months)
  • Length: 21.25" (still < 3%)
  • Head size: 40 cm (25-50%)
As you can see, he's still exceeding expectations with respect to weight gain and head size, but he probably won't be an all-star center for the Timberwolves. Bryce's pediatrician stepped through a chart with different developmental milestones, and in five of the six areas (all but social skills), he's behaving like a 3-4 month old baby. The doctor also said that he sees a lot of babies, and he's convinced that Bryce is a winner both physiologically and neurologically.

We did have a bit of drama (of course), but the doctor is convinced that it's going to turn out to be a false alarm. When Bryce's pediatrician reviewed his head ultrasound from a couple weeks back, he noticed that the relative amount of fluid between his brain and his skull has increased slightly. This could be an early sign that his brain isn't growing properly, but given how well he's doing developmentally, it's much more likely a sign that Bryce is subjected to way too many tests.

I'll end on a high note -- for the first time since he came home, I can say that we have *no* doctor appointments next week! This is one dream I hope we never wake up from.

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