Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Crawling into 2010

Max is ready to leave 2009 behind. He got over his cold&fever bout of November-December, and has had a healthy two weeks -- active and happy, eating well, no sniffles. He has also really taken off crawling and seems to enjoy exploring his environment (see videos at the end of this post). His most recent conquest: going up the carpeted stairs (no videos of this yet). I am happy, grateful, full of amazement and so much more. There were many times in the last year that I wondered whether Max would be able to reach this point. At the same time we are so happy with his progress, I am also guarded -- does taking a small bit of pleasure mean that we'll have to pay a price tomorrow? next week? I realize it is magical thinking and yet can't help myself.

On the eating front, Max's weight stayed stable from Thanksgiving until mid-December. We were disappointed with no weight gain, but the GI nurse's view was that if Max was able to hold stable during the triple-threat (being sick, learning to crawl, and having Doris gone for extended periods during that time), he was actually doing quite well. She advised us to hold the course during the holidays, not weigh him or change his overnight feed volume. Next week, if Max is healthy, we will do another nighttime cut-back and see how he responds with eating during the day.

And now for some video treats to ring in the new year (taken about 10 days ago):

Max's Bottle Chase from Codered Summer on Vimeo.

In the Kitchen from Codered Summer on Vimeo.