6 Month Check-Up

My baby is already 6 months old!! I just can’t believe it! And he is growing like a weed. This last month I started him on solid foods, and by solid I mean pureed of course. Up to this point he has eaten single grain rice cereal, sweet potatoes, avocados and drinks prune/apple juice. He seems to be a good eater so far. His growth proves it. At his 6 month check-up he weighed in at 17lbs, 15oz. and is 27.63 inches long! Wow! On a typically developing baby’s growth chart he is in the 55th percentile for weight and 85th for height! On a Down syndrome growth chart he is off the charts in both height and weight!

He seems to be a pretty good sleeper at night. However, I do have some concerns with him getting enough deep sleep. When Jeremy and I attended the DSAMT conference in April they discussed the common sleep issues for people with Down syndrome. One of them being Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). I guess this occurs in around 45% of people with Down syndrome and can be the cause for many health concerns that are acquired as they age. Click here to learn more about OSA in Down syndrome. I think Liam has shown some signs of OSA because of some of the noises he makes while sleeping and how he sleeps with his neck bent back a lot of the time. I discussed my concerns with our pediatrician and he made an appointment for us to meet with a sleep specialist next week. We will then have a sleep study done on him sometime this summer to find out if he does have OSA. I’ll keep you posted.

On another note, I was thinking about all the places Liam has already been in the first 6 months of his life! He has been on 4 road trips and 1 plane ride. He’s been to GA, KY, OH, MT, MN (if you count the airport), and Ontario, Canada! We have been busy these last 6 months and it’s not about to slow down. Liam is a great traveler so we are taking advantage of that, along with Jeremy’s frequent flier miles, and going to spend some time with our families. It’s nice that he is free to fly for now!

Here is a picture of my big boy testing out the umbrella stroller. This will really come in handy for me in the airport next week! Doesn’t he make this stroller look small;)!?

BigBoy

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6 responses

  1. AHH. SO handsome! love his little sunglasses. such a rockstar already. :]

    p.s. I’ll be praying that Liam doesn’t have OSA!!! ❤

    June 13, 2009 at 10:50 pm

  2. Rockstar!! awesome pic 🙂

    hope you guys are well, was great to see Jer last weekend

    June 14, 2009 at 7:33 am

  3. WOW, hi Erin! He is SO adorable! I was hoping to get to see you guys when I come up this week. Gotta bring some of Sara’s things, Tues-Thurs maybe. Or I may come back in Sept. Take care, love the updates! love ya, Dee

    June 14, 2009 at 8:24 am

  4. Jen Strange

    he’s lookin’ pretty awesome in those shades. 🙂

    I have a friend with a daughter who has Downs, she is 10 now. Last year or the year before, she had surgery to remove her tonsils to correct her sleep apnea. Then again, I have a friend with a “typical” child (really, is ANYONE typical?) who is 6 and is getting HER tonsils out this summer for the same reason.

    I love reading up dates about Liam. And so glad to hear that he’s growing well! 🙂

    jen

    June 14, 2009 at 10:52 am

  5. claudie brown

    he IS growing like a weed!! i better get his rockstar shirts finished QUICK. we went to see Downhere in coosada, ala. saturday. as usual they were AWESOME. wonderful to see 4 guys on fire for the Lord. as always praying for safe travels. they had enough van problems for awhile. love your blog & photos so we can enjoy you little rockstar. he’s really rocking those shades. besides being a baby rockstar, he’s also very COOL!! Liam gets more handsome with every photo update. as always praying only the best for your precious family.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:26 am

  6. Wow! What a doll!

    June 17, 2009 at 10:03 am

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