Teeny Tiny Truman

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

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Baptism & Trip to West Texas

Weight: 13.25 lbs (completely an estimate)
Actual Age: 11 months
Adjusted Age: 7 months


In the last month, Truman has enjoyed his first overnight visits to both grandparents and his first road trip. The 6-hour trip there was fine, but the trip back was another story. Let's just say that just about the time Mama and Daddy were going to give up and get a hotel room, Truman finally went to sleep. He's also had his first babysitting experience just this past weekend.

We enjoyed getting to show him off to all of his West Texas family and to our Church back in Lubbock for his baptism. He was a real trooper through all of the excitement and new people. I don't think he napped more than two hours in four days, so he was due for a meltdown on the ride home.

Here he is pulling Granmpa's hair with his Great Aunt Becky's help. Truman was a big hit in West Texas.

Here he is giving a big smile to his West Texas great-grandmothers. He's the first great-grandbaby for his Grammy, but one of many for his Great-Grandmom.

Here he is checking out the baptismal font with his grandpa following his baptism. Because Grandpa is a Presbyterian minister, he was able to perform the baptism in the same church where he performed our wedding.

We also let Truman have his first up-close interactions with other children while he was in Lubbock. He rolled right on top of the first baby girl we let him near and drooled on her head. I hope that isn't a sign of what's to come.

He continues to gain mobility through rolling and now scooting and inching around. You can put a toy a few feet from him, and he will ultimately get to it. He is also starting to pull his knees up some, but isn't making any true crawling motions. He also still isn't sitting on his own or making any real moves that directions. He does seem to be getting better at sitting while held, but I really think he will crawl before he sits. His OT is pleased about his scooting in circles. He continues to arch his back and try to move by that method. We try to stop it per the therapists' instructions, but he's one headstrong kid and has learned how to make this very bad developmental motion effective.

We had to hold off on solids for a couple of weeks after an allergic reaction -- we think to bananas. But we started again last week with oatmeal, which he didn't care for and showed by gagging over and over. This week we're trying English peas, which he hasn't made up his mind about yet. Next up is carrots.

He hit two other milestones in the oral department -- as of last week, he has two teeth on the bottom. (He had also gotten to where he only only got up once, if at all, over night. That has gone completely out the window with teething.) Also in the oral department, he said "ba" last week, which is the first consonant sound we've heard from him.

Just to round up the last few things, his hair is starting to thicken and he has learned to squeal in a very-highed voice whenever things are taken away from him or he gets put down when he doesn't want to be. This doesn't bode well for the toddler years, but if can't spoil your baby, who can you spoil?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I still don't remember how I started reading your blog, but I enjoy it anyway. I can't believe how big Truman is getting. He looks like an adorable little person! You guys are obviously doing a great job with him. It's amazing what a difference a year makes.


2:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wanted to tell you guys that I watch for updates about Truman daily. You don't know me, but I've loved and prayed for Truman from the beginning. It's awesome to see how God has moved. Thanks for the update! -Katie

9:01 PM  
Blogger Joanne said...

You must be so happy! I've watched his story since he was first born, and I am often looking in for updates. It's great to hear he is doing so well-he's gorgeous!

12:28 AM  
Blogger scait said...

Truman, you ox!! You look grand and are obviously heading towards "ladies' man" territory!

On a more serious note, it is awe-inspiring to see how big and healthy your little little guy has become. Thanks for letting us strangers all be, at least peripherially, part of such a miracle.

All the best,

Cait and Sevvie in Edmonton, Alta, Canada

1:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahhh.... :) He looks just like his daddy. Thanks for sharring pictures with us.

Skye, UT

9:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So glad that everyone is doing well. Loved the pictures. I am praying for all of you every day.


Priscilla, Angel Wings

12:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am SO happy for little Truman, he is so adorable, and right on track!! My Little one is 6 months, and Truman is doing leaps more than he is. My little guy is not sitting yet either, but is no where near crawling/scooting either. (AND he is just 12 lbs) I can't beleive this little miracle was born at 23 WEEKS, and is now completely on track for his adjusted age!! WOW, way to go little guy!!!

Shawnee (BBC)

2:38 AM  
Anonymous Agenl Polly said...

Good Evening!

Just working on my CB guest book rounds and thought I would stop in and leave a quick not for you. Did you know that Jesus loves you much? Yep! He sure does and so do I. I know you have a great partnership with Him because you are doing so well and moving forward on your life's journey.

Sending you Angel Hugs, Praises and Prayers.

6:29 PM  
Anonymous Angel Polly said...

Good Evening!

Just working on my CB guest book rounds and thought I would stop in and leave a quick not for you. Did you know that Jesus loves you much? Yep! He sure does and so do I. I know you have a great partnership with Him because you are doing so well and moving forward on your life's journey.

Sending you Angel Hugs, Praises and Prayers.

6:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to tell you that I have followed your story since last summer when Truman was born. I had just been put on bed-rest for an incompetent cervix when I read about y'all through ivillage. I would be in tears every day reading and praying about you. I am so happy to see how well he is doing and how happy he is. Don't ever feel bad about spoiling that precious miracle. My little girl was only a month early, but it was a scary thing. I am a germ phobe myself - they have these cool things at Babies R Us that cover buggies and high chairs so you don't have to wipe them down!

11:06 PM  
Anonymous Teresa said...

You don't know me, a friend sent me your website to give our family some encouragement. I was truly amazed at your story and how strong and wonderful your little Truman is. He and you are an inspiration to others. My niece, Kellie, had a baby boy on July 27th. She was 23 weeks along and Tyson weighed 1 lb 7oz. She really wants to talk to other parents that have been thru this. If you are willing to talk to Kellie, could you email me and I will forward it to her. My email address is teresacase@hotmail.com
Thank you and God Bless,

9:40 PM  
Blogger mãe said...

Oh he looks so cute in that first photo :)

6:37 AM  

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