The Continuing Adventures of SuperPreemie

More thumb progress! A better tummy day! Growth! Language aquisition!

Posted on: March 24, 2005

This is going to be really disjointed, but I figured one disjointed post was better than five two-line posts.

This morning Shoshanna was getting her thumb into her mouth pretty consistently, and actually managing to keep it there for close to a minute at a time! Amazing…

I’ve been wondering if her recently increased need to suck is at all related to her reflux – given her out-growth of her Prilosec dosage and all. We know that sucking encourages the esophagus to keep things moving in the right direction. So maybe that’s what’s going on. I dunno – I think that there could be way worse treatments for reflux than giving the child a pacifier or letting her suck her thumb.

Shoshanna definitely had a better tummy day today than she did yesterday – much less spitup, less Mylanta given, etc. We’ll see how things progress…

Shortly after she came home from the hospital, Shoshanna outgrew the preemie onesies that had served her so well for a couple of months. This in and of itself was exciting because, well, they were the first things she ever outgrew (besides hats…). We’d inherited a couple of newborn-size Gerber onesies, and they fit her pretty well. All of her other “to 12 pounds” ones were just miles too big. So I went out and bought a couple of packs of newborn-size Gerber onesies, which she wore pretty consistently for the next three months. Recently, they’d become basically completely skintight, and then one day I couldn’t get them over her head anymore. So, bye-bye newborn-size onesies and hello, 3-6 month size! She’s actually beginning to outgrow some of her other newborn-size clothing, and into some of her 3-6 month stuff. And she won’t be 3 months adjusted for a another couple of weeks!

One of the most amazing things to observe about Shoshanna right now is her experimentation with language. She has a whole repertoire of sounds and vocalizations, and every couple of days she develops a new favorite. You really can tell that she’s experimenting with how to form various sounds with her mouth, and sort of storing all the data she’s generating away for when she’s ready go form actual English words. For now, though, it’s very fun to sit and have conversations with her in her own language.

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