Teeny Tiny Truman

This page is all about Truman, born Aug. 8, 2006 to Kara and Ben.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Out of Isolation

CURRENT WEIGHT: 11 LBS, 1.7 OUNCES (Last weighed: April 24)

Since being released from isolation at his April 24 doctor's appointment, Truman has been to the grocery store twice (not a great idea); to my office briefly; to our Sunday School class; the NICU reunion; and to his grandparents' house 80 miles away. His first road trip went well, and he got a chance to meet some cousins he has never met and see family who haven't seen him since his NICU days. Now that people are finally getting to meet him, I think people are surprised to see how healthy he looks. It's also funny to take him places and have people ask how old he is. We usually give the adjusted age, and we still get the "He's so tiny" comments. If they only knew .... And, of course, we make everyone "Purel" up to touch him, but it sure is hard to keep strangers from reaching out to touch.
His latest trick is that he likes to stand -- all the time. He pushes, not pulls, up, and is even able to support himself by holding onto his play gym, our fingers, or the couch. While it's an impressive skill at his size and adjusted age, Truman's OT wants us to discourage it because he doesn't show any desire to sit up. In fact, he doesn't like to bend his knees much. He can; he just won't. So, we are practicing sitting and pushing his knees up under him while he's on his belly--therapy exercises which he does not like at all. We are also trying to get him interested in his toes to encourage to sit, but as of yet, he doesn't appear to have realized they are attached to him. We are also increasing occupational therapy to every week because he's finally big enough and strong enough to make some real progress.
He's drooling all the time now and likes to put everything in his mouth, so teeth may be coming soon. That, or it's just an impressive social skill he's added to his repretoire. Exposure to new people has made it clear that he is very, very attached to his parents. He seems to need us within his sight to be happy with anyone else holding him other than his grandparents who has seen enough now to be familiar with.
Truman is also learning just what he needs to do to get picked up and how to fuss or squeal in just the right way to make Mama pick him up. This is different than the crying he did when was younger -- it seems he's figured out a way to pull Mama's strings. People may say we spoil him, but when are you going to baby your children if not when they are babies?
He had his first adventure in the pool this weekend. We even found a tiny cloth swim diaper for him and a floatie with a canopy to protect him super-fair skin from the sun. He wasn't a fan, but we'll keep trying every weekend until we get him more accustomed to it so that we can start swim lessons. With a pool in the backyard, I think you can't start too early on being comfortable and safe in the water.
The most glorious announcement of all is that we are the fourth night in a row of him sleeping about an 8-hour stretch. I feel more rested that I have since he was born. And, the colic appears to finally be ended. He has about 1 bad evening in four now rather than every evening, which is a very welcome relief.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

So nice to hear a great update. I've posted before, my son was born 12-12-06 (close to when Truman was due), so I've followed you story closly. My son is finally sitting, but he leans all the way forward like a toe touch. Just in the last week has he really been showing how well he does. We have a bumbo, that he likes, but again leans over. He pretty much refuses to be place on the floor, especially his stomach, so not near getting in the crawling position.

Check out this website, they have some rattle socks for their feet. There are actually two different ones offered. One is just the socks ($4-6) or the socks & wist rattles ($14) made a little different. Maybe this will get him interested in his feet. BabyCenterStore.com


Just one weekend I started bending his feet up to him to grab and showing him he can chew on them, but Tuesday he was grabbing them himself, took a little longer to actually get them in his mouth. Can't wait for the next update.

Best regards,
Killeen, TX

8:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pictures, pictures!!!!

8:23 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

seconding the pictures request!!! yay, truman!! :)

dec 06 iv ec

9:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So glad it sounds like he is doing well.....and 11 pounds is not too bad for his age......my son was only two months early (though he was IUGR and weighed only 3 lbs (which is actually very small for 32 weeks), he was 15 lbs at one year. He is almost 2, and weighs 19 lbs. He likes to keep things at the even pound, no extra ounces for him!

Anyway, do not feel embarrased to lysol down the grocery cart or something like that, I now keep a can in my car, and park next to the cart corral so I can spary it down, and then I use one of those cute cart protectors. My son spent a week in the hospital last month, and is always sick, so I at least feel like I am doing something...though I know it does not matter too much because I have two older children, and I can not lysol them!

Anyway, I would love it if you emailed me, I have lots of really cute 3-6 month gymboree summer clothes if you are interested. And a pair of size 4 stride rite "Nolan" shoes, that are barely used. if you need any cute clothes.

I check your site regularly for updates, I am just a fellow preemie mom...though my son was "only" two months early, he is still affected by his prematurity



11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a grandma of three preemies, but not as early as Truman. I've been following his story from the beginning and so glad to have an update. I'm also glad that Truman is doing so well--I love to hear about him. God bless you all.

9:24 PM  
Blogger abby said...

Our 23 week surviving twin, Hallie, did the same thing as Truman is doing in terms of standing before sitting. We, too, were worried about this. Then, on Easter, just about at the minute of average developmental appropriateness (6 months), she sat on her own. I think the issue was that she needed a reason to sit, she needed to see that sitting was something that would give her a vantage point that made it easier to play with toys, see people, etc.

Definitely take the first commentor's advice about getting Truman to play with his feet if he doesn't do so already. This helps break the "single plane" in which he seems to enjoy living (our OT had us do the same thing). And see if you cannot prop him up and play with him with toys that he can best reach from a sitting position.

But overall, I'd try not to get too concerned. That he is standing so well is indicative of generally good gross motor development, and that's really significant. I know it's hard not to get worried about stuff (I am worried all the time about more shoes dropping), but try to enjoy this stage. It sounds like Truman is doing terrific.

good luck!

2:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to do a Truman update. I do love to hear that he is doing well and your family is happy.

Isolation is a wonderful thing to leave. However, as a mother of 4, I avoid the grocery store with ALL of my children. It's not just the germs....there is a trigger that a child senses when you enter the door of a grocery store....they just have to fuss while you're there...have too!

Once again, thank you for your time and effort in updating us on Truman.

Jaymie Goitia

3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Always in our prayers. It's great to see him doing so well.

6:57 PM  

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