Update on Liam
Liam is now 4 and a half months old – time is flying by! The other day I was talking to my sister about something Liam had done “when he was a baby”. I stopped myself and thought… he’s only 4 months old! He’s still my little baby, but he’s growing so fast!
At his 4-month check-up he weighed 15 lbs, 6 oz., and was 25 inches long. His head circumference was 15.79 inches around (to be exact). The growth chart we received from the doctor is based on normal babies. I’ve compared it to the growth chart I have for babies with Down syndrome, and here’s where he’s at: on the regular chart he falls in the 55th percentile for weight and 50th for height (for his age). On the Down syndrome growth chart he is in the 90th percentile for weight and 85th percentile for height. So I was encouraged by that. I don’t have a Down syndrome chart for head circumference… he’s in the 7th percentile on the regular chart. But babies with Down syndrome tend to have smaller heads so that’s to be expected. In the end, the numbers are telling us he is a healthy growing boy – praise the Lord!!
He is such a good baby too!! He is very easy going and lovable and is sleeping 11 hours at night consistently now… what a gift! He doesn’t enjoy being put to sleep but once he gets there he’s out! We had a physical therapy evaluation done on him because he has hypotonia (low muscle tone). His neck was really weak for a while but it’s getting stronger every day and he can now hold his head up unassisted for 5 mins. in his Bumbo! I am so excited about this… there is so much more Liam can do now that his head is getting stronger. The physical therapist is going to start coming to the house once a week for an hour to help me work with Liam to help get him stronger. He has his daddy’s chest and shoulders so I think he will excel:)!! We also have an Early Intervention teacher coming to the house twice a month to make sure he is up to date with his development.
Here are some other recent developmental milestones Liam has reached:
- talks using “aah” and “ee” vowels
- grabs his foot when his brace is on
- grasps a toy actively and brings it to his mouth to suck on it
- responds to me by talking when I talk/sing to him
- quiets when I sing or a song is played
- rolls from back to front and front to back with his brace on (still not consistent)
- smiles in response to ‘peek-a-boo’
- bares his weight on his feet for a few seconds when I hold him
- loves sucking on his hands
Liam in his Bumbo… he looks like he’s really trying!!
Liam and his cousin Maya! Don’t you love her hair!? Also, notice Liam’s nice broad chest and shoulders… and he’s a definite outie;)!