Hello everyone! I apologize for not writing sooner. I have always been pretty good at keeping everyone up to date, but motherhood is a whole other animal. Rylen, Robby and I are doing very well. Aside from being sleep deprived, life with Rylen is wonderful. He has grown so much in the past month and doesn't seem to have a problem putting on the ounces. At our last calculation, he was a whopping 7lbs and 8 ounces. He is also growing in length and is approximately 19.5 inches now. We have pretty much grown out of the preemie clothes with feet and are stretching to fit in the rest. (Thank you again Jennifer for the lot of preemie's, you should be getting them back soon! They were so nice to have!) I have taken tons many pictures of him over the past month and i will try to include a couple in this email. Today we are getting a family photo done and I will try to send that as soon as possible as well. We have run into a few kinks here and there but those are to be expected. Rylen may have a case of reflux, but only time will tell how bad it is and how quickly he will outgrow it. We have had a few scares of him choking and so please keep us in your prayers about this new challenge that we are facing.
On a lighter note, along with Rylen's growth, we have finally been blessed with his first interactive smiles. We have seen his sleep smiles (and laughs) for a while now, but the past couple of days he has looked at us specifically and smiled numerous times. It is amazing how much that makes your whole day when your child smiles at you.
I will have my 6-week appointment with our midwife on Monday and with my Rheumatologist on Wednesday. Though everything should be great with the midwife, i do ask for prayers with the rheumatologist. I have had no flares at this point with my arthritis, so we hope to be able to avoid medication. I pray for a miraculous healing and that this disease will be gone from my body.
In true update fashion, here is what they have to say about his development....
------- Your baby's neck muscles are getting stronger, which allows him to hold his head up for short periods. He can support it for a few moments while lying on his stomach, for example, and he can probably turn it from side to side. He may be able to hold his head up when he's in a car seat or front carrier.
Smiling happens at about the same time in all cultures, so get ready for your baby to reward all your loving care with a beaming, toothless, just-for-you smile. This will probably make your heart melt, even if you've just had your worst night yet.
Your baby may start sleeping longer at night (maybe four to six hours) sometime between 6 weeks and 6 months of age. It's a broad range, and much depends on your baby's development and your behavior.