We have now been home for two weeks with our sweet little boy. He has been such a joy to learn about, listen to, and hang out with. He is very social, alert and has incredible hearing. He loves to do our version of his "physical therapy" as we rotate his arms and pump/run his legs. He thinks its really funny when Randy touches his feet to his forehead. My personal favorite it when we can get him belly laughing and melting into a lump by tickling him. When we catch him off guard and tickle him he has the cutest smile and laugh. Sometimes he will be standing in our lap and start to flirt. He smiles real big and shakes his head back and forth while cooing. It almost looks like he is just so proud of himself and happy to have so much personal attention. This last week he has also started to reach out for toys that are hanging above him and talking to his taggy toy. A favorite of his is anything soft. He likes to talk to the poke-a-dots on his soft changing pad and his thin striped blanket. Bath time is also another joy off his along with a lotion massage to follow.
Over the last week we have seen his hair grow and develop a cute little curl in the front. He also has little claws...I mean fingernails that need trimming every other day. He is eating pretty well and we are praying he is gaining weight. We will find out later this week how his weight is doing. He is still a little peanut. We just hope to see a little more weight on him after a week. Nights and napping have also been going pretty well. He will sleep for 4-5 hours and then want a quick snack and goes right back to bed. Pretty much a sip n' snore. It almost like he just wants to make sure food is available and we are still here. He is also taking a nap or two for up to 4 hours at a time depending on the day. If he takes two naps then they are shorter. We capitalize on his nap times by either working around the house or if the girls are home these times are filled with playing Wii.
The girls are adjusting well. They are learning what things are and where to find them when we need them. They are pretty helpful to us when we suddenly need a burp cloth or he needs his tummy patted. Usually one of them is always close by to observe and assist in whatever is happening. There are times where they don't understand why they have to wait or why I can't carry something because my hands are full of Micah but overall they are doing well.
In the next week we will be having a variety of appointments to assess his congested rattle, his eye sight along with a physical therapy assessment. Our schedule is definitely filling up and we are using our time wisely while the girls are in school.
We have also been generously blessed by family and friends who have been providing meals for us as we adjust. The perpetual aluminum pan and ziploc containers have provided wonderful meals as well as no dishes to return to people which is AWESOME! One less thing to think about and one less pile off things that don't belong to us. Whew!
Another blessing is that Randy will be able to be home with us through all of January. Woo Hoo! I am totally spoiled. When reality hits it will be another interesting adjustment. Next week I will have to practice what real life will be like especially with the three trips to school a day while fitting naps in. So far the only victim of the adjustment has been our camera. It has been "misplaced" for several days now. I'm praying it surfaces soon with the cute pictures on it. As soon as I get pictures from our Flip Video we will post those.
So here is where we are at after being home two weeks. God is good and has blessed us beyond belief.