Eliza Grace was born on March 15, 2006, at 26 weeks, 4 days, weighing 1 pound 4 ounces and measuring just 11.5 inches long. She is the light of my soul and this is the story of our life in the big city.

Friday, February 8, 2008

The Latest Stats

Today we visited Dr. Flavio for Eliza's monthly RSV shots and weigh in. Once again she did not disappoint! Eliza is now officially almost 21 pounds. Technically she is 20 pounds 15 ounces (9.5kg). A nice gain of 13 ounces since our visit in January. She was not cooperative for her length measurement, but it appears she is now 30.5 inches, up about 2 inches from September of last year. For once in her life she is at some percentile other than the third. If her length is correct, she is in the 12th percentile for length. Her head circumfrance, for those of you looking for the full story, was 45 cm which puts her in the fifth percentile for HC. Alas, while the weight gain of 13 ounces is impressive, Eliza remains below the third percentile for her weight.

And the most important stat of all ... Eliza has now slept through the night 21 times since she was discharged from the NCCU! Whoohoo! And yes, I have kept count. It is so easy to keep track of something that happens so infrequently! :)

Three of the magic 21 nights have been in the past few weeks, since I started giving Eliza Omega 3-6-9 oil. We have to thank Hallie's mom Abby and her great research skills for finding out about this stuff for us! I've always been a skeptic of supplements but, given the state of affairs, I was game to try something so long as there was no real downside to it. Well since taking the Omega 3-6-9, Eliza has had fewer behavioral outbursts (which are often of mammoth proportions), she has been saying far more words than she had been for months, and has been sleeping better. Even though she has only slept through the night three times since starting with the Omega oil, getting her to bed has been less of a battle and she has actually been napping with some regularity. Some may say this is all coincidence, but I don't think so. Either way, I am very happy with her progress in her verbal skills, sleeping and behavior.

6 comments:

abby said...

Nice weight gain! Did I mention that the oil has about 45 calories in it (at least our stuff does; I think we're taking the same stuff). That's another added bonus. Enough to balance out the residual fish oil smell on the med syringe the next day...

Anne, Eliza Grace's mom said...

Good to hear about the calories, I can add that to the Excel spreadsheet!

I have decided that Eliza truly has no taste buds since she seems the like the flavor of the Resource French Vanilla muck with the added taste sensation of zesty lemon tasting fish oil. Go figure.

abby said...

Funny, though: Hallie's nanny accidentally gave Hallie some vanilla pudding with the omegas the first week we had Hallie on them. (This is what prompted three non stop vomiting days and will NEVER happen again. At least it better not; our sanity was seriously jeopardized by this experience). Anyway, Hallie LOVED the taste of it. Maybe it's sort of like a lemon vanilla creme wafer for those who don't know better? Perhaps the zesty lemon cuts the cloying sweetness of the Resource JFK? Who knows? As long as she takes it, great!

Anne, Eliza Grace's mom said...

Maybe the lemon and vanilla mix is sort of like the orange creamsicle flavor? Always a favorite of mine.

The Walsh's said...

Whooopie Eliza...Good Lord and good for you too Anne. You needed the sleep. Do you think your body will adjust or are you going to continue to wake up at night? I'm still wide awake at 2 AM for no reason, every night. Uggh.

I'm gonna have to jump on the Omega band wagon. Not sure where to buy it or how to give it, but I'm gonna do it anyway.

Proud preemie mom said...

What a weight gain - go Eliza! Can't wait to try the Omega with Luke this week.

Here's hoping for night 22 and thensome of uninterrupted sleep.

Liz