Martha Grace is now 8 months old. I wasn't planning on posting anything this Easter Holidays, but there has been such a change in Martha Grace recently that I want to write it all down before I forget, after all - that is the reason why I blog.
Mam warned me after Martha caught the tummy bug in March that when I was little, whenever I was sick with Gastro - I'd have a growth spurt. It's not that I didn't believe her, but Martha was so small I couldn't image her getting bigger. To be honest as she is my last baby I don't want her to get bigger.
If you follow me on any of my social media accounts then on Sunday you would have seen a photo I posted of Martha trying to turn over while she was lying on the floor. This is a really massive deal for us, that Martha has the physical strength to manage it and that she has the instinct to try in the first place.
We've also noticed recently that Martha Grace has found her voice, her baby babbling is most certainly becoming louder. There's lots of "Mamamamamam" and "Dadadadadada" sounds too, but were a while off hearing her actually saying "Mam" or "Dad".
As much as I try to make Martha laugh - the only person to get a real belly laugh from her is her Big Sister, Isabella Nicole. I pull all kinds of funny faces and make silly faces and she might smile at me; Isabella just needs to stand next to her and she's in fits of giggles - it's amazing to watch them together. I love how gentle Isabella is with Martha but at the same time Martha will be pulling Isabella's hair but Isabella just laughs.
We've bought new teats for her bottle too, up until last week we were still using the first size so we upgraded to the 6months+ ones. Martha is now able to drink more from her bottle and today we haven't needed to give her any through her NG tube. She's been drinking between 125ml-150ml all by herself which is a huge achievement for us.
Our Health Visitor came for Martha's weekly weigh-in today. I wasn't expecting her as I thought she was coming on Thursday so I didn't have time to get myself worked up about any weight gain. We popped Martha on the scales and today she weighed 5.80Kg - which is a weight gain of 110g from the 5.69Kg she weighed last Tuesday. I then asked that Martha be measured because she's only just started wearing 3-6months clothes, but when I put her in a 6-9months baby grow last night - she filled it!!!
When we left Great Ormond Street in January Martha Grace was 60cm long.
When I took Martha Grace to Ysbyty Gwynedd 3 weeks ago she was 62cm long
Today she was 67cm long.
I'm taking all these little things as positive signs that she's doing ok. But at the back of my mind I have a nagging feeling about Martha Grace's cardiac review appointment at Great Ormond Street on Monday. I remember feeling optimistic back in December that Martha was doing well...only for a consultant to come see me late on a Friday evening to warn me that Martha needed further surgery.
But until Monday - I'm going to he happy with how our brave Baby Girl is doing at 8 months old.