tough cookie!!

 

Micah had a surgery this week for a hernia that was forming. They found it on Tuesday when we were at an appointment for something else. A recurrence of this is rare (he had a bilateral hernia in November for those who don’t know) but they found it early and had a surgery slot open for the next day. So back to UNC we went early yesterday morning. Micah was seemed curious and content on the drive in the dark to the hospital, even though we weren’t able to give him breakfast. He flirted with some of the staff. And the doctor said, “he was in the NICU? He looks too big and healthy to have been a preemie”. The surgery was brief and uneventful, the doctor was able to correct the problem. We stayed overnight so he could be monitored, he did great and we came back late this morning. Micah also got his 6 month immunizations so he is a little tired tonight! Thank you for your prayers for mighty Micah, the Lord has surely strengthened him!

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6 months!! and he has been home for longer than he was in the hospital!:)

On Wednesday the 15th we celebrated Micah’s 6 month birthday! Also, it marked the day he has been home for longer than he was in the hospital! It was a sweet time to reflect and enjoy his presence in our family and in our home. Micah is still an adorable caterpillar, definitely chunkier!:) His smile is the best thing ever in the morning no matter how early. New this month: grabbing some light weight toys, holding head up some, touching pictures in books, enough hair to comb!, and cooing and babbling noises:).

 

first trip to Asheville and first visit to the UNC special infant care clinic

Micah was busy Thursday-Sunday!

On Thursday he had his first visit to the UNC special infant care clinic. They follow him every few months after leaving the NICU to track his development. He is doing great! He weighed in at 13 lbs, 8 oz and 23 inches tall! Overall, Micah is doing very well:). He is doing everything a 3 month old (his adjusted age based on his due date) would be doing. He gets 2 years to “catch up” and be doing things as those born the same time (we won’t have to “adjust” the age anymore). The physical therapist gave us some stretches to do at home to build flexibility in his legs so he can begin rolling over by himself. She was pleased with his neck strength and how he was using his arms. We were happy with this because we have been working on that when we play with him and change his diaper. Some of these things can be hard for preemies because of the time spent lying flat as opposed to fluid movements in utero. We are also working on endurance for tummy time, still not his favorite:). He is eating well, sleeping well, and likes interacting with people – especially mom and dad.

After his appointment I (Sarah) went upstairs and brought down a nurse that took care of Micah often. She got to see Micah again and give him a hug. We also gave two drawings that I made to the NICU. The artwork in the lactation rooms and also in the halls when I was on the maternity floor were encouraging to me. I decided to share some with them that I made of us doing kangaroo care with Micah.

Micah also had the joy of interacting with his cousins,  Nell and Jack, this weekend. He thinks they are super great and loves their company:). He also was glad to see Aunt Cathy, Uncle Colin, Uncle Chris, Aunt Kim, and Granny, and Papa. Jack took videos of Micah with Nell and I. When I played the videos for Sam at home, Micah turned towards the sound of their voices and smiled :).

 

 

Last Stop on Market Street

Meet CJ, the main character in the book, Last Stop on Market Street. When I get to this page, Micah has started moving his hands around touching the page. He gets excited and stares at it intently for several minutes. He likes CJ, the artwork, and the words. 🙂. Thanks for getting it, Alan Hancock!

Micah loves listening to books and looking at the pictures!