Tomorrow marks 3 weeks since Stellan had his G-Tube surgery, and in those three weeks we have seen a great deal of progress in our little man.
Most notably, today we put him on the scale at his GI doctor’s office, and he weighed in at 15 pounds, 5 ounces. This is a BIG DEAL. The fifteen pound mark has been an unbreakable barrier for us for months, and the longer Stellan went without crossing it, the more worried Quentin and I (and everyone who cares for Stellan) became.
Obviously, all kids need nutrients and calories to grow and thrive, but every time Stellan refused a bottle, we knew he was not only missing out on physical growth, but on much-needed brain development. Sleeping and eating are key for a developing brain (and, let’s be honest, for any brain, really), and Stellan wasn’t doing a whole lot of either in those last two weeks before his gastrostomy.
Since then, however, Stellan has really started to blossom. He is smiling so much more – even at strangers – and even starting to laugh a little. He’s noticeably more vocal and more physically active, particularly with his hands. In the past two weeks, he has done more reaching and grabbing for things than he had done in the 9 months prior. He’s particularly interested in reaching for anything that looks like a cup or a glass and trying to drink from it, and actually grabbed my wine glass as he sat on my lap the other night and tried to take a sneaky sip. He IS half French, after all.