Teeny Tiny Truman

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

Thursday, November 08, 2007

More Teeth

Chronological Age: 15 months
Adjusted Age: 11 months

Truman is currently working on three more teeth on the top. What's weird is that both lateral incisors have broken through, but only one central incisor has broken through. There is no sign at all of the other one. Hopefully it's in there, but lots of preemies have teeth issues and many are missing baby teeth altogether. Fortunately, except for an increased need for braces due to intubation changing the shape of the plalate, most preemies only have trouble with their baby teeth.

In the meantime, I guess he'll have a gap-toothed smile. As a result of the teething, he has definitely racheted up the drooling and tries to bite everything, including us. (Luckily, he hasn't taken to biting while nursing). In a cute teeth anecdote, Truman really likes having his teeth brushed and has started opening his mouth really wide when he sees the toothbrush. We hope he keeps this great habit for his entire life.

He continues to babble "Dada" all day long. Occassionally, we hear a "ca." It seems to be more prevalent around the cats, and Truman's hopeful Mom and Dad think it could be his effort to repeat "cat" which we tell him a lot. I'm fairly certain that's wishful thinking. Unfortunately, "Mama" appears nowhere in sight. In fact, when I say "Mama" to him, he usually responds with "Dada." I really hope the cats don't get a name before I do.

The sleeping through the night pattern appears to have been short-lived. We're back to getting up multiple times a night. Perhaps someday ... a mom can hope, can't she?

We're getting a little more concerned in the eating department. Truman is still refusing most table food and has starting gagging himself to the point of vomiting when we try anything that besides baby crackers, Puffs, hard bread, or similar items, including lumpy pureed foods. There even seems to be some regression in this department, such as mashed potatoes, for example. He's also started coughing to the point of gagging and vomiting a lot more. Besides just the issue of lost calories, we are worried that some oral and sensory issues are starting to manifest in the eating department.

In addition, he just seems to be eating less. Initially, when we introduced solids, he seemed to decrease his milk intake ounce-for-ounce with the solids. Now, for every ounce of solids, he seems to be decreasing his milk intake by more than an ounce. His nutritionist is really pushing three "meals" of solids a day for developmental purposes, and we tried it, but with the increased vomiting and the decrease in overall food volume, we've made the decision to cut back to twice a day and are considering moving back to once a day. We have to pick priorities, and we really thinking packing on the pounds in more important right now than developmental progress in the eating department.

By the way, Truman was a cow for Halloween. I promise to post some photos, but work has been very hectic, and I haven't had a chance to sit down at the computer in our home office and upload any photos. I promise to soon.

I should also let you know that we've made a decision that upon Truman's homecoming anniversary on December 5, we will discontinue posting on this blog and moving to a private blog. We realize there are many anonymous followers of Truman's, but we've decided it's time to let Truman return to the private life of most babies. This blog will remain up as a resource to other parents because we truly appreciated the blogs of other been-there-done-that parents when Truman was in crisis, but we will no longer post here. If you are a friend or family member, please e-mail me or comment on the blog with your e-mail and we will add you to the invite list when the new blog is opened.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

zydsztI am one of those anonymous followers! I started following along when i was in an expecting club on ivillage (I think you were due around the same time I was:) and I just want to say that it has been a real joy watch truman grow and i wish you and your family the best of luck in everything!

1:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As much as I respect your decision as a parent, I am going to miss Little Truman. Well I hope he continues to do well. I have followed since baby center days while I was pregnant as well. I was due Dec. 31st. Well take care, hope life continues to go well and Truman thrives to be an amazing child.

3:31 PM  
Blogger Ana Melissa said...

As one of your "anonymous" readers, I'm sorry to read I won't be able to follow Truman's amazing progress anymore. However, I perfectly understand your desire to be "private" .
Truman's story has always been an inspiration, and a wonderful show of care and love from you and your husband. I wish you all a healthy and happy future with your not-so-tiny-anymore Truman!

2:15 PM  
Blogger Ana Melissa said...

As one of your "anonymous" readers, I am sorry to read the you have decided to go "private" with Truman's amazing progress. I perfectly understand your desire to do so, and I wish you and your husband a long, healthy and happy journey with your wonderful and not-so-tiny-anymore Truman.

2:18 PM  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

Aww, I was very sad to read you are discontinuing this blog and moving to a private one. I completely understand of course, but it's been wonderful watching him grow. He's had an amazing journey.
I wish you all the best and I hope that he will continue to grow in his own pace surprising everyone even if he doesn't follow the path they expect! :)

7:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awwww, I am so sad that we won't be getting the updates anymore :( I have been cheering on Truman from the beginning! My little guy was due just a month after Truman was supposed to be due. I wish you all the very best, and am so happy that Truman has come so far!

Shawnee (BBC)

11:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am one of your annoymous readers and I just want to thank for you sharing Truman's story with us. I began following your blog shortly after he was born when I read a post on Babycenter about him. He has come so far and is truly a miracle. Best wishes to you and your family for the future.

12:34 PM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

Oh, I am sad you are making your blog private, although I do understand your desire to do so. I have followed Truman since he was born and I will truly miss watching him grow! Thanks for sharing a peek of your sweet boy! All the best to your family.

Melissa :)

7:39 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

Ben & Kara,
I don't know you, I'm not sure how I found your blog in the first place, and although I will miss checking in on Truman I completely understand why you are creating a private blog. My children's are private as well. I've never commented before but felt I should now, as it may be the last post.

My daughter had the very same due date as Truman. She arrived just 3 weeks early but has been the exact same weight and height as Truman for many months now - right down to the ounce. It's quite strange. We were also told to add butter to her food, etc and will likely be sent for further tests next month.

Anyway, when you are feeling discouraged about his weight gain please know that there is another little baby out there!

Good luck with everything in the years to come. Preemies hold a special place in my heart because my son was also born early.

9:27 PM  
Blogger Tiffany said...

My name is Tiffany and I'm one of your anonymous readers! I realize you don't know me, but I started reading Truman's page awhile ago, he is listed on Hallie's page
and I just started reading from then on!

Hope you don't mind, an online buddy of mine has two preemie boys and I applaud her strength and yours as well! I would love to be able to continue reading about Truman's milestones if you'll allow me! :)

(btw, Kellie's blog is:
if it matters....

my email is tkscot1@charter.net

Good luck to you all and hope I can continue to cheer on Truman as he gets older!

Tiffany Scott

11:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahh. I understand about the privacy, but will miss hearing about Truman's progress. Best of luck and I'll still think of you often.
-Fellow 2006 pre-term labor preemie mom

11:47 PM  
Anonymous Lynda said...

I would love to be included on the private blog, if you are willing to include me. I attended Covenant Presbyterian when I lived in Lubbock, and I babysat several times for Benjamin! I can hardly believe how grown up he is now! I sure feel old! In any event, if you would be willing to include me, I'd love to continue following Truman's progress. We pray for him daily. My email address is LHART@WILLIAMSKHERKHER.COM. Thanks! Lynda Hart (formerly Lynda Sines, daughter of Earl and Virginia Farley)

10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! I, too, am one of Truman's Loyal Lurkers! My daughter was due the same day as Truman. I remember first reading the babycenter post about him and my prayers have been with your family ever since. I've cheered the milestones, and had my heart break for you and Truman when things weren't going so well.

Your courage, strength and sense of humor have warmed my heart over the past year and few months. I am truly one of Truman's biggest fans!

Congratulations on the private blog. I'm sure Truman will continue to thrive, and that his food issues will resolve. He has overcome so much! I'll miss your posts, but am thrilled for your family! Congrats!


2:09 PM  
Blogger mumlollipop said...

I am really sad to hear that we won't be able to read up on Truman anymore but understand your decision.
Truman has been an inspiration. His adjusted age is the same as my son and he seems to be doing new things at similar times. He is a little hero and you should be so proud!
Maybe you could put a little update up each birthday just to say he's doing fine (as I am sure he will be!)
Good luck with the rest of your journey.
Laura x

2:17 PM  
Anonymous Jaymie G. said...

You must always do what is right for your family, as you always have. Thank you for sharing Truman's first year of life with those of us in internet land. It has been an amazing journey to read.

I will truly miss checking up on Truman every so often. It has been a blessing to be able to do so.

Jaymie G.

5:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Kara. First, I want to thank you and Ben for keeping this blog going for so long. Not only has it been an inspirational story, but I have really enjoyed reading your writing too! I am a friend of Leslee H. (in Houston). I've been following Truman's story since almost the beginning. If you are willing to keep sharing with a stranger (though you guys are not strangers to me!), I would love to check in on Truman's progess in the new blog. My email is
khoesl at drhrlaw dot com

Thanks so much,

9:19 AM  
Blogger Heidi said...

Kara, if it's okay I would love to be added to the list for your private blog. Perhaps at the next Baylor reunion we'll be able to let Bennett & Truman play. :) Last reunion we were able to meet up with some of the other 1lbs babies all born in January 2005, it was really neat and I hope next time to meet you as well.

5:44 PM  
Blogger Jane said...

we will miss truman's inspirational blog. :( Best of luck to your family.

6:17 PM  
Anonymous Wayne and Lena said...

Wayne and I would love to continue to keep up with the blog. It has been so inspiring to read, and when my granddaughter, Myranda, was born a preemie as well; let's just say that it was this blog that kept me strong.

his email: calypso_ttu@hotmail.com

7:39 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Hi Kara,

I can appreciate moving your blog private - I've thought of doing it myself. I'd love to be able to keep in touch and offer whatever advice I can regarding preemie issues that may crop up(I'm a 30 week preemie myself and have a 28 weeker who's dealing with the same feeding issues) if you feel it would be beneficial - my email is: mai_lin@Hotmail.com

If not, I wish you and your family all the best in the world!

7:44 AM  
Anonymous Suzanne Morgan said...

I have been one of your anonymous followers. I was pregnant at the same time as you and had my baby boy Oct 20 2006. When i saw your story i just had to keep following it because it is so great to see Truman doing so well. I wish you the best of luck and I hope that even if you don't write here as much that you at least give an update every 6 months or so. You will stay in my thoughts I am so proud of you all and truman for doing so well.
Best wishes!

12:04 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

I have been following this story since shortly after Truman was born also. I am truly amazed by this story and I am sad that I won't be able to check in anymore. I was on BabyCenter when I was pregnant with my son (March, 2007) and found this story.

If you wish to include a lurker who is simply astounded and happy to hear about the progess, feel free to email me at tiny2505@yahoo.com. I completely understand if I am not invited. Sometime it is safest to just make it a private family thing.

Tina Rock

12:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is your grandmothers and Truman's friend Judy. Please invite me to your private blog. I will give Betty my email address and she can call you and give it to you.

4:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did not realize that I could leave my email address and it does not have to be shown to the public. jgrimes@yahoo.com
I did enjoy meeting you Ben and Truman at Betty and Truman's party.

4:48 PM  
Blogger Crystal and Jason said...

HI I have never commented before, but have been reading from the start. There was a link on baby center, my son was born just 15days before Truman at 31 weeks. Many nights that I prayed for my son I also prayed for yours. I hope Truman continues to do well, and gains some waight for you. Good Luck.

11:17 PM  
Blogger Team Wilco said...

Yet another loyal lurker from the November 06 Babycenter boards. As a pediatric physical therapist, I've greatly enjoyed Truman's great strides! Wow. Congratulations and I'll miss following him.

11:09 AM  
Blogger Mamã da Bruna said...

Well, ai not anonymous, although I don't comment often I follow this blog often. Well, I would love to keep reading you, but of course I respect your decision and wish you all the best!
If you accept my request I would love to keep following Truman's victories ;)!

9:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ben and Kara -

We have truly enjoyed following Truman's progress and hope to do so in the future. He is one amazing young fellow and hope to continue to follow his progress and milestones in the future.
Widge/Kathy Stamback

7:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awwwww noooo. I am one of your anonymous followers from iVillage. Truman is an absolute inspiration to me since I had preemie twins born at 25 weeks. They were both less than 2 lbs. We have gotten through it all and we have gained strength from your blog. If you don't mind including our family, our email address is sh4430@aol.com Good luck to your beautiful family.... Sarah

9:16 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

I am so sad to see that we will not be able to follow baby Truman. I have been around since the baby center days before Truman was even born. Thank you for sharing his story with us. I am located here in the DFW area as well. If you are allowing any of us to view your private blog my email is jenluna6@gmail.com. Jen Luna Roanoke, TX. Thank you so much and if this is not a possibility thank you for sharing everything you have so far! Truman is a true inspiration!!!

8:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My daughter was due Dec 19th! When my son (1# 5oz) was born, I too had a public site for the first year and closed that down to the public when he tured 1 adjusted. It just seemed right.

He had struggles with food, reflux, gaining, etc but he is the healthiest, spunkiest, and most intelligent 3-year-old I've ever met!!! I just know Truman will continue to thrive. If you ever have questions or need to vent, feel free! carrieserna@hotmail.com

8:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

from yet another anonymous reader...thank you so much for taking the time to update so faithfully. I too am the parent of a 23-24 wkr and it's been comforting to "compare notes" as one sided as it's been:) You are devoted parents, committed to Truman and his progress is proof of that!!
My email address is milu423@yahoo.com if you would be willing to add me to your list. I'd love to share my son's story with you as well, we have been through many of the same struggles and it does get easier to manage-
I wish Truman and his family all the best!

9:27 PM  
Anonymous Tara said...

Hi there,
I am just another anonymous reader of your blog..... Im not sure how I found it but I did. I was due with twin on Dec 3 06 and had my girls Oct 4 06. Both girls did well.... my smallest - Lily, didnt make it after 8 weeks of fighting hard for her life her body gave up the battle. I am blessed to have my girl, who is now a big one year old - Ella, who weighs 19lbs, and is a gorgeous wee girl.
all the best to you ben and truman.
Thanks for sharing this intense and very special part of your life with me.

12:51 AM  
Anonymous Jill said...

I'll really miss your blogs, and the pictures of your precious Truman. Good Luck to you all, and continued good health, development, and life to Truman.
God Bless

12:56 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

I totally respect your decision, but I too will miss Truman. I've been following him since the early days, my Jacob was born Dec. '06 and so I've always felt a sort of connection.

I wish you all the best.

Jennifer Perryman (BBC Dec '06 board)

11:48 PM  
Anonymous Erin said...

Hi Ben & Kara--
It has been great to be able to keep up with Truman and I certainly understand wanting to move to a more private forum. I'd love to be added to your list if you have room ...otherwise I'll get the Truman news from mom since she's still at Covenant. :-) Best of luck to all of you! Erin Curry (erincurry at tx.rr.com)

10:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello! I have been an anonymous Truman fan since just a few days after his birth. My daughter, born at 28 wks last August, faced many struggles, but they were nothing compared to what your Truman has overcome. Thank you for sharing as much of your story as you did for so long. It has been uplifting & inspirational to me in my darkest hours. I wish your family all the best. Thanks again. ~ Angela

7:24 PM  

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