3.27.2009

Dainty


Louie was by far my biggest baby.

At birth, that is.

But at two months, she was my smallest.

Ella jumped from a birthweight of 7 lbs 6 oz to 12 lbs 8 oz at her two month appointment. That's five pounds two ounces for those unwilling to do the math.

Henry leaped from 8 lbs 4 oz to 13 lbs 11 oz in two months. That's five pounds, seven ounces. He would have to beat Ella not only in weight but in amount gained.

And Lou, sweet little Lou, stepped from a whopping 9 lbs 12 oz, to a measly 11 lbs 14 oz, only two pounds, two ounces in two months.

I guess it's a good thing that she started out so big. Though I feed her the same straight cream that I fed her siblings, her heart is eating up all her extra calories, instead of packing on the chub.

We found out a couple of weeks ago that our little darling has Ventricular Septal Defect, or VSD. This means that she has a hole in the septum between her right and left ventricles, causing oxygenated blood to flow from the left ventricle through the hole to the right ventricle and back to her lungs, making the whole process less efficient.

According to the doctor there are lots of things going for her. She is still reasonably healthy, and gaining weight (though not as quickly as she might otherwise). These holes frequently close on their own. For now there is not much to do, but watch and wait.

And pray.

I've been doing a lot of that.