Graem is now “officially” 6 months old. Yet, with his prematurity, the doctor still considers him more like 5 months.
A silver lining to having a premature baby is that I really do feel like I’ve gotten to experience the “baby” phase perhaps longer than others.
That said, I find myself vacillating between wanting him to start scooting around, and relishing in his immobility. I find myself thankful that he seems to be slowly weaning off nursing, and yet grimacing that these precious days are at their sunset.
I will him to be a “normal” 6-month-old baby, and yet scared to death for him to be so because I know physically he is not ready.
His 6-month-appointment was typical. He’s 75th percentile for height (over 27 inches) and 25th percentile for weight (16.8 lbs). He can roll over from his tummy to his back, although not consistently. He has not rolled from his back to his tummy. His only real method of moving around is that he “shimmies” on his back, to and fro, using his heels as traction to propel his little body backwards and sideways.
He loves food, any kind of food. He has yet to turn his nose at any fruit or vegetable I’ve given him. For that reason, he is easily distracted when nursing, and really doesn’t care for a bottle. But he starts panting the moment he sees the food come his way.
Apparently, the doctor says this is a good thing.
His eyes have remained a dark blue. Since neither Tygh nor I have blue eyes (each green), this must be the recessive genes coming through (both our moms have blue eyes). The doctor says it is unlikely the color will change at this point, but I’m less optimistic. Brae had blue eyes still at 6 months, and now they are hazel. Sienna also had dark blue eyes at this time, and strangely, hers lightened to a sky blue/grey.
He remains the easiest, most chill baby ever. We are constantly getting comments like, “Is he always like this?”
Yes. Since he was about 2-3 months old, he’s been like this. He takes after his dad.
In fact, the only evidence that he belongs to my gene pool is his ears. They are small.
That’s about it. Everything else is all his daddy.
He and Brae have a very special, unique bond. Brae is the only person that, to this day, can get him to really belly laugh.
He and Sienna also share a remarkable relationship, but I’d say it is more like pet and owner than brother and sister. Sienna notices him occasionally, pets his head, and moves on, as he gazes longingly after her.
I went back to work last week and Graem also did superb. In fact, I stopped calling the daycare after the second day because I kept getting the same report. “El es muy tranquilo. No llora. Muy facil.” (He’s very calm. Doesn’t cry. Very easy.).
Yup, that’s just Graem.
We’ve come along way since the NICU.
Graem and Sienna at his check-up. Sienna helped console him after his shots.