Rory has had a good week. We saw his paediatrician yesterday who is happy with how he’s progressing and Rory was doing a lot of talking and squealing while we were there. Lots of babies don’t gain much weight while they’re transitioning to solids but Rory has kept it up so he’s got the go ahead to move to three solid meals a day… We’ll have to continue to make sure he gains nice weight though and not dramatically cut back on how many breastfeeds he’s getting as milk remains his main source of nutrition at this stage. I tried him on a rusk this week just to see how he’d go… Mostly he enjoyed sucking the carrot off it!
He’s also gotten even more interested in watching us eating and drinking and was gazing at me while I ate an orange in this pic.
We also went to see Rorys Physio while we were at the hospital. We have access to the service for free as Rory was born under 30 weeks and she’s very generous with her time. Laurie is happy that Rory’s been doing well with all the little playtime activities she gave us last time and it feels like he’s very close to rolling from his back to tummy. She was also happy to see this pic of rory chewing a toy while on his tummy as grabbing like that takes strength and stability that he’ll eventually need for crawling.
She was also happy to hear he’s beginning to grab at his feet as again this helps him crunch those ab muscles and build his core strength.
Rory has continued to enjoy sitting upright in his pram and now won’t read a book unless he can turn the pages… Here we are having a coffee earlier today
Probably unsurprisingly given all these months of looking at the back of it, Rory is starting to grab at my phone!!
A real highlight of the week though was catching up with Rory’s buddies from the NICU yesterday. We hadn’t seen Flynn and his mum since they headed back to Wollongong hospital in October. This week they were back in Sydney for their four month growth and development appointment so we used it as a good excuse to meet up. Clockwise from Rory are Kai, Flynn and Sami and this was the configuration of their cribs in level 3 of the NICU. Their combined weight at birth was 2.975kg with Rory being the smallest at 685g and Flynn biggest at 880g (Sami and Kai were around 700g). Now they are all between four and five months corrected and weigh between 5.1 and 5.6kg! The good news is they are all doing great! Oh and it was a really hot day hence no socks all round!