Saturday, September 09, 2006

Gus Goes Wireless

Gus visited the pulmonologist on Friday and was released from wearing the apnea monitor! What an exciting and terrifying time. We remember all the times from Gus' early days when he would stop breathing and turn blue - needing to be resuscitated by the nurses.

We have been assured however, that Gus is over the "apnea of prematurity" stage of life and we have nothing to worry about. In fact, Gus did just fine Friday night. He was able to sleep without being strapped down in his crib and seemed to have a great time spinning around!

More smiling Gus pictures. He really does love to laugh and play - what fun!
Gus in his swing. Jill took this timed exposure of him in the baby swing. He likes to go side to side and when he is really tired it is one of the best places for him to take a nap.

In just one week Gus has gained another 1/2 pound. He was 11lb 8oz at the doctors yesterday. We don't have to go back to the pulmonologist for another 2 months and that will probably be our last visit to him as long as all is well. We were barely home 2 hours and the company that provided the apnea monitor called to schedule a pick-up next week. What a great feeling. We think Gus is just perfect and we are so blessed that he has made such great progress. Thanks for all your prayers and encouragement.

Smiling (but sleepy),
Gregg, Jill and Gus

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Gus is 6 months!

Gus turned 6 month old on August 26. Of course his "adjusted age" is still less than three months. He is really catching up though - he is trying to roll over and really tries to push himself up when playing on his tummy. Our last pediatrician visit went well. Gus is gaining as quickly as any other preemie the doctor has observed.

Gus is also getting quite a personality. He loves to smile, giggle and "tell stories" when he's in the right mood. As of Sep 5, Gus now has a babysitter during the days - Miss Ellen. She has raised four boys of her own and the youngest is now a sophomore in high school. Ellen is great with Gus and he really enjoys being with her too.
More bath time pictures. Here Gus is being a little serious. He's not into playing during his bath - all business...
Gus is now over 11 lb and we go to see the pulmonologist this Friday. Hopefully he will be taken off the apnea monitor. We are just using it during the night right now so Gus is "wireless" during the day, even for his naps. We are excited to see the monitor go away, but it is also reassuring to have it on at night. This is one of those 'harder on me than it is you' moments in Gus' life...

Take care,
Gregg, Jill and Gus