15 pounds

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.

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Margaux
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WTG Stell-o! No drinking though until you are old enough to hide it from your parents! ;)

Jamie
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Great news!

Maite
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Woo hoo!! excellent news, if he is searching for the wine , he is getting better :) un abrazo

Michelle S.
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This was so great to read. Yay Stellan! I will raise my wine glass for you tonight!!!

Ellen
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Great news!

Melina
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So happy to hear it! Go Stellan!

Felipe V.
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Great progress!!! Way to go Stellan!!

Denise
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Yeah, what a change and relief! And Stellan, gold medal moment! Surprise us more… we love it!

Ali
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Wowee! Way to go Stellan you gorgeous little man! This is such fantastic news. Much love to all three of you, you must be so relieved for a step forward xxx

Jerome Drouot
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Je l’adore ce petit!
Tres bonne nouvelle merci.

Judy Henderson
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what a great blog — Kiss the little guy for Doug and me and another big hug and kiss for you and Quentin. I am so sorry for all you have to go through but I know it is worth every second.
We love you all
Judy and Doug

Alexis
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Noƫlle, Quentin

My thoughts were completely with you this week end since I have heard of Stellan story that moved me.
I hope these victories will give you strength for the next challenges I will follow.
Stellan has a great smile.
Kisses from France

Alexis

Edi
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Congratulations on reaching the big milestone! Way to go.

Annie
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Yay Stellan!!! That is awesome!! Keep packin on those pounds and your thighs will soon match your adorably chubby cheeks! Love you to pieces.

Ploy
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I’m so glad the G surgery went well. Big congratulations to the 15 lbs mark!

Aunt Natalie
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Whoo Hoo!!! such a lush– soon he’ll be 16 pds. if he isn’t already :-)

Lyndsey
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I’m catching up a bit late and wanted to recommend an amazing cup. Lulah has always had trouble tilting the cup up to get the liquid out and this one increased her water intake exponentially: https://www.oreoriginals.com/estore/loadProduct.do?productId=5316
No tilting required because it has a straw.

Noelle
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Thanks Lyndsey! Stellan is doing pretty well with the Nuby cups. He especially likes his MONSTER cup. :)

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