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 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!