Rory is 18 weeks corrected today. I should acknowledge that it is getting a little bit tricky with the weeks & months corrected at this point as he was just 4 months corrected on 14th March (last weekend) but looking at the weeks, it seems like he’s 4.5 months! For medical appointments they’re now using months as the guide but until I can figure out a better title for blog posts, I think we’ll stick with weeks! Anyway because Rory is now four months corrected, he had his first appointment at the Growth and Development clinic. The Growth and Development team see babies who were born 29 weeks or less premature or of birth weights of less than 1000g so Rory qualifies on both counts! The idea is that they see him at 4 months, 8 months, 1 year and 3 years corrected and then at 5 and 7 years old and through various tests ascertain how Rory is tracking against a full term baby. If he requires any assistance, they then direct you to those services. I must say amongst parents of prem babies, this is built up to be a big check up but we were left a little underwhelmed! I think because we’ve been tracking Rory’s progress so closely and because we’ve been seeing a paediatrician and physiotherapist, there wasn’t much more this team could tell us, particularly as at this point there’s not much formalised testing that can be done (which is a feature of the later check ups). Thankfully Rory is developing really well and they were happy that he’s doing what a four month old should so we can’t ask for much more than that!
On St Patrick’s Day, Rory went back to see his respiratory specialist post sleep study who pretty much agreed with the sleep team that Rory needs to stay on his oxygen until we do another study in May. He reiterated that it’s not unusual for a premature baby to still have this issue and he’d be hopeful that it would be resolved/resolving by the time of the next sleep study. Weightwise Rory weighed in at 4.92kg on Tuesday and 4.96kg on Thursday so we are edging towards the 5kg mark!
Otherwise Rory started off the week by going to his premmie pal Archie’s christening. Before we got there though we popped in to Royal Randwick shopping centre where the Running for Premature Babies organiser was trying to sign up some more runners and we thought Rory might be a little drawcard at her stand! She was delighted to see us and had actually just signed up an ex-28 weeker born in the late 70’s who is now an astro-physicist!
Onto the christening and Archie chose another venue with a view for his celebratory lunch which was in North Bondi. Rory had a lot of fun in the church but you can tell it was time to go by the time the group shot came around! Archie is doing great by the way and has just cracked 5kg!
A lot of this week was about new tastes and foods for Rory. In the vegetable category, he enjoyed some carrot and sweet potato.
For fruit, he had pear and apple (my own mum will be glad to know I ate both while preparing for Rory)! He really seems to be enjoying the different tastes with his main complaint being I’m too slow with the spoon!
And in a blog first here’s a video (I hope!) of Rory eating some apple. This is the first video on the blog for reasons that would only interest fellow bloggers. It still isn’t as smooth a process as I would like but hopefully it won’t be the last!
Separate to food, Rory continues to enjoy his thumb even finding it during tummy time (Colman was sitting right behind him by the way)!
We’ve had one of the reclining deck chairs set up under an umbrella while we’ve had visitors. It reminded Rory and I of our kangaroo care days and in particular how tricky it always was to take selfies during it… Even more so now with a squirmy giant baby!
Finally Rory wanted to say happy birthday to his cousins Aine & Sinead this week! He can’t wait to see them in August!