As I wrote the title of this post, I had to chuckle. It sounds like I’m talking about our Thanksgiving turkey. But no, this is my daughter we’re chatting about. Our princess is now in the 8 lb club! A lot of people have commented about how much she is filling out. We still have to add calories to her milk to try and bulk her up. It’s a lot of work for this little girl, but it’s paying off! I just love seeing that preemie face get chunkier and those thighs gain some rolls.
We’ve been home for 7 weeks now and I have to admit that I’m going a bit crazy! As I’ve mentioned before, we are sort of quarantined in our house. We came home from the hospital at the worst time–the start of cold and flu season. It’s a scary thought for any newborn, but it’s amplified for a preemie like Peyton. She was so premature that she is at a much higher risk for any and every illness. Her immune system is still developing, so the common cold for you or I could land her back in the hospital. And as much as I’d like to whisk her away to run errands or go out to dinner, I have to remind myself that being home is our best option. We’ve spent much of this year on floors 3 and 4 of the Children’s Hospital, we don’t need to make it a trifecta and land on the Pediatric 5th floor. But there is one bonus to not leaving the house–I’m saving money. I barely ever have to fill up my car and I’m not out shopping as much. Though, I don’t think my husband enjoys the amount of boxes arriving at our door from internet shopping!
Our only time out of the house is for appointments and that’s my chance to dress the princess up. She usually sports little sleepers at home, but as you all know, she has more clothes and headbands than most adults! I have barely bought her any clothes because so many friends and strangers have sent her adorable outfits. She is now comfortably sporting newborn attire. The preemie clothes are all packed away in a box. I plan to save a few of our favorite outfits, but donate the others back to the Nicu. It meant so much to us when Peyton could finally wear clothes in the Nicu. It felt like she was a typical baby. So, we’d like to give back and help other parents feel the joy we did during a stressful period.
Now onto Peyton’s health. She’s 5 1/2 months old, but only 7 weeks adjusted (That means she is 7 weeks old according to my due date, when she should have been born). According to the adjusted age, she is still a petite little girl. She’s an 8 pounder, but in the 10th percentile for weight and only 2 percentile for height. Guess that means she did get something from me! Poor thing–let us hope that she will eventually get Ryan’s height. A lot of people have been wondering about her oxygen. We are slowly trying to wean her down, but it is something that can’t be done overnight. That’s why we go back to the Nicu clinic monthly to check in. It is still a burden lugging a massive tank around the house, but we have gotten used to it. All in all, Peyton is doing great! She got a glowing report from doctors and we are thrilled with her progress. Next week we go to her cardiologist to check on her heart. For months, doctors thought that Peyton might need heart surgery at some point down the road. But, her body seems to be correcting itself. So cross your fingers for more good news!
I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. We don’t have family nearby, so it was a quiet feast at our house. We had one of our maternity nurses over with her husband (dear friends of ours) and made way too much food. Who buys an 18lb turkey for four people?!? I’m a sucker for getting the best deal at the grocery store. Needless to say, we had leftovers for days! And a little side note on Peyton’s outfit. That lasted only a few minutes. After taking the standard “First Holiday” picture, we put her in her swing so we could eat. Nothing says Happy Thanksgiving like a massive blowout!!! Oh the joys of parenting….
And one other fun tidbit to share with you all. One of Ryan’s closest childhood friends stopped by for a quick visit. How cute are they?!? There is something about a man and his daughter that just melts the heart. Brian and his wife Tonya came up for the day with their 2 month old daughter. Peyton is about 3 months older, yet half of her friend’s size! It is so thoughtful to see how many of our close friends keep an eye on us. With most living far away, we get a lot of phone calls and texts checking in on our family. We are so lucky to have such dear friends. I know that this next year will be filled with a lot of visitors coming to finally meet our miracle child. Since Peyton was dressed up to the nines, we thought we would try for the token sitting pose. She wasn’t to keen on that one, as you can see by the pictures below. I can’t get enough of the hilarious expressions she makes! She doesn’t smile on cue yet, but she sure is full of personality. And boy, has she mastered the pouting lip!!!
This weekend will be a busy one in the Skrysak household. I’m sending Ryan to pick up our Christmas tree and we’ll be decking the halls of our house. We opt for the fresh tree…I just love the smell! I’m sure I’ll capture plenty of pictures to share with you next week.