A Rocket! (On the Growth Charts)

Jax is “a rocket!”, according to the pulmonologist (lung doctor) yesterday.  Jax met a HUGE milestone this week: he is on the growth chart for full-term babies! He’s at the 3rd percentile for weight. (That means that 3% of 6-month old boys weigh as much or less than he does.) This little rocket weighs 14 lbs and is 24 inches long. Since his birthday, he’s gained 12 1/2 lbs and has grown over a foot! You’ve come a long way, baby!

Jax's first refrigerator accolade!
Jax’s first refrigerator accolade! Look at that red “rocket” line!

Jax is healing very well from the surgeries – in fact, he was right back to normal only 2 days post-surgery – what a trooper. We have a follow-up appointment for his eyes next Thursday. The follow-up for the hernia is next month.

He had the repeat sweat test yesterday and it went well – much better than the first time!  The sweat test is the final test to determine if Jax has Cystic Fibrosis or not. (I wrote more about this here…) It is very unlikely that he has the disease because he is not showing any of the typical symptoms, but his genetic mutations are very rare, so we want to be certain. We should get those results later today. Otherwise, his lung doctor is very happy with his progress “he sounds like a million bucks” – we don’t have to go back for another lung appointment for 3 months!

While we were at the hospital yesterday, we stopped in and talked with one of our primary NICU nurses. It was amazing to see her and thank her in person (again) for taking such good care of Jax. She even got a little teary-eyed when she saw how big he has gotten and heard how well he is doing. We love seeing our nurses so we stop in every chance we get. I brought a button-down (zippers don’t work because of monitor wires) preemie outfit to donate to another little boy in the NICU. (One problem in the NICU: tons of little girl clothes and hardly any little boy clothes!) I can’t wait until we are in more of a position to give more to other families!

Lookin' a little smug there buddy. Didn't anyone each you not to gloat?
Lookin’ a little smug there buddy. Didn’t anyone each you not to gloat?
Who me?
Who me?

Author: Andrea M

Oh man, what an adventure! I went into labor unexpectedly when I was 23w3d pregnant. Jaxson was born weighing 1 lb 8 oz. A tiny little peanut, but boy was he feisty. He still is! We love it now, but we probably won't when he is a teenager. I write about our journey and all other things that come with it, including a brain tumor. We look forward to "meeting" you - come hang out with us...we're pretty cool.

3 thoughts on “A Rocket! (On the Growth Charts)”

  1. You knew you had an amazing angel boy, and he proves it more and more everyday! He was taking his time getting to the “normal”, because there is no exceptional on the growth charts so he did not want to do it all at once! Yeah Jax!! And I am with G-ma, your angels are doing an a great job!!


  2. Such good news to hear. Jax is an amazing baby and has shown us all “how it’s done”. Just handling everything that comes along. he’s one tough cookie! Prayers and a couple special guardian angles helped us all.


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