Kieran continues to impress and amaze all those around him. Last Friday he weighed 8lb 4 oz, up from 7lb 6.5 oz in just 7 days! What awesome weight gain. I love not having to worry about him gaining, and every few days I remark that he's heavier. Since he started out so tiny I can tell when he puts on just a little weight, or maybe I'm more aware of his weight gain than I was with Maia. He's packing it on fast, though! If he keeps this weight gain up we'll be in 3-6 month clothing sometime in July, whew! He's actually gaining weight at a similar pace to his sister. Maia gained an average of 3/4 pound to a pound a week in her newborn days - 7.6 at birth, 10.5 at 1 month, 13 lbs at 12 weeks, and 18 lbs at 4 months...she topped out at 22lbs at 6 months and stayed there for a year and a half! For those who are not familiar with the chunk that was Maia as a baby, I present you the following images. And yes, it's okay to laugh.
Anyways, a couple more "Yay Kieran" things - he had an audiology appointment last week. If you recall from his NICU days, Kieran acquired the CMV virus. Most babies who have CMV get congenital CMV when they're in utero, but they did find the virus in my breastmilk, so he caught it from me post-birth. Because of this, the side effects/symptoms most congenital CMV kids encounter (like vision problems & hearing loss) are probably not much of a risk to Kieran but we need to check him out anyways. Well, the audiologist said she doesn't need to follow Kieran - they only follow congenital CMV babies, and his hearing is perfect! We'll be back when Kieran can sit up on his own to do one more test, but other than that, he's golden, woohoo!
Josh wearing Kieran in the Beco Butterfly carrier. We loved this with Maia and continue to love using it with Kieran, it's such a great carrier!
Finally, Kieran is off the apnea monitor for good! Four weeks and we're done, hooray! During his time on the monitor he only had 2 alarms total, and they were both in the first 2 weeks at home, so I'm really not concerned he'll have any issues with apnea anymore. I can definitely tell that his breathing pattern has matured. Also, in the final week of monitoring, Kieran wore an oximeter at night to assess oxygen intake and wow, have his O2 sats improved big time or what!? Back in the NICU pre-caffeine he'd bounce down to the 80's, hover in the low 90's. Now at a more mature age and post-caffeine he was satting 97-100%! It's a relief to see that as we say good riddance to that pesky monitor! :)