Friday, April 29, 2011

update on sweet baby jemma

today i took baby jemma to her pediatrician for her 7 week follow-up appointment. her doctor assessed her and said that everything appears to be going well. that "as complicated as she is, she is getting simpler." that sentence made this mommy smile. here are her statistics:

weight: 9 lbs. 3 oz.
length: 21 1/4 inches
head: 14 1/2 inches

she has gained nearly 24 ounces in two weeks so the doctor was very pleased with that. she is right on track with her nutrition and growth so now we are finally able to feed her with a normal caloric intake and whenever she demands for it. do you know how awesome this is? no more waking a sleeping baby every four hours just to feed her! i actually got an extra hour the other night and it felt like gold. good job, sweet baby jemma. we hope you keep progressing as well as you are. she also received four standard shots at the end of her visit. she cried for nearly 10 seconds and was then done. i got to admit, it still hurts my heart to see one of my babies cry. thankfully hers didn't last too long.

lastly, on tuesday we take her for her follow-up appointment with dr. oakes in neurosurgery at children's hospital. we are anxious about this one and hoping for nothing but good results after they inspect her head more. i believe they will take a CT scan of her brain and let us know how her temporary shunt is doing. hopefully we will know where to go from there and praying for good news.