Friday, February 22, 2013

8 Months Old!

Tomorrow is February 23rd and that means our little angels will be 8 months old! Wow! The months seem to be flying by really quickly! Drake's nurse and I weighed them today and they were within a 1/2 ounce of each other...Kennedy was 12# 6oz and Drake was 12# 5.5oz. Both Drake and Kennedy are still battling congestion, but it does seem to be improving. Drake is still on breathing treatments every 4 hours and we will continue those until he is cleared by his pediatrician.

Due to severe weather on Thursday, I rescheduled Drake's cranial evaluation for next Thursday. I just did not feel comfortable driving to Dallas in a storm with such precious cargo. Next week will be a big week for Drake; he has an appointment with a neurologist on Wednesday and then his cranial evaluation on Thursday. After my last meeting with a neurologist, I am a bit apprehensive about meeting with another one. I am praying this meeting will go well and that this doctor will look at Drake "the patient" and not just Drake "the MRI scan."

My, oh my, Drake has had a great few days! Drake's nurse got him an exercise ball as the Occupational Therapist had suggested, and this has really helped with his head and neck control exercises. We also broke the rules (don't tell the developmental doctor) and let him try rice cereal with a spoon. He was only interested in a few bites, but it was amazing to see him open his mouth and actually take a few bites. It just didn't seem fair for Kennedy to have all of the fun. We started playing a game of "peek-a-boo" with Drake where we cover his face with a lovie or small blanket and we talk to him and encourage him to get it off. This was suggested by his Social Skills Therapist who comes to visit every other week. He isn't using his hands to remove it yet, but he has figured out that moving his head back and forth will remove it.

Kennedy has really been doing well with her sitting exercises. She still can't stay up for very long on her own, but she can stay up longer than last week and she is developing more control. Kennedy figured out the "Peek-a-boo" game really quickly and she enjoys playing. She pulls the lovie off of her face when we say, "Where's Kennedy?" and then she laughs and giggles. In the mornings when she wakes up, she is quite the talker. I told Brian she must be telling me all about her dreams during the night.

It's hard to believe we have 8 months behind us already and 3 of those months have actually been in our house. I can't wait to see what they learn and discover between now and month 9!


  1. Annie I love your positive words and thoughts; both Kennedy and Drake feel this from their mommy and are obviously responding.

    I am continually praying for all of you and I can't wait to see more of their miraculous journey...and you are right...Drake is Drake...not MRI; I will pray the Dr sees that as well.

    Blessings and Hugs to you all


  2. I will also pray that all of Drake's doctors have the ability to see beyond the tests and see Drake.