Tuesday, December 8, 2009

9 months and counting...

Hello, we just had Dominic's 9 month check-up and he now weighs 17 pounds!! How exciting! It's taken him so long to put on weight, but I still can't believe he's this big... funny how that works. He doesn't crawl- he scoots on his tummy and has been doing that since about 8 1/2 months. He's really fast, too! His favorite things to go for are dog food or water, dog toys, the entertainment center, and the Christmas tree. He's learning so much and making more sounds with his mouth- still the dada's and baba's and now gaga and yaya... still no MAMA! He's playing with his toys more and actually learning to take them out of a box- very exciting :). He has just started sleeping through the night, too- FINALLY! He's done it for the last few days and I really hope it sticks. He's also falling asleep on his own now instead of me rocking him to sleep. The Doctors say they need to be able to do this so I had to start letting him, haha- but I still rock him sometimes for naps. We're coming up on his very first Christmas and man is he getting spoiled! I tried not to buy a lot of toys for him because I know family is getting him stuff- but I still ended up buying him quite a few things. I don't know where I'm going to put everything!
His tummy is doing well- his herniated belly button is getting better as he grows. He still spits up, but not as much as before. He's eating more and more solid foods which help him to keep it down.

Thank you all for the continued love and support!


  1. I gave birth to a baby girl with gastroshisis on July 3, 2009. She has had to have two surgeries so far. She still seems to be very uncomfortable. I need some advice from someone that has gone through what I am going through. The doctors keeep changing her medications around. One of the medications, Reglan, can cause bad side effects. When we were released from the hospital I was never informed of them. What medications did they put your son on? Also, how long will he be on them or was on them for? Do you have any advice for me?

  2. Heather,
    I'm sorry to hear about your baby girl and I hope she's doing well- They did put Dominic on Reglan and I looked up every medication when they talked about it. I kept trying to get them to take him off of it while in the NICU but they wouldn't so when we went home I weaned him myself, and he did just as well without it. There are just too many side effects with that for me to be comfortable. If I were you, I'd talk to the Dr's about either taking her off to see how she does, or maybe trying a different med. Dominic was also on Prilosec, which I weaned him from as well... I don't advise weaning yourself without the Dr's ok for it, but I watch him closely and wanted to see if he would be ok without them and he was. He's 10 months now and still spits up, but since he's gaining weight and growing, no one is concerned. I'd rather him spit up than be on meds (when he was spitting up on them anyway). He was also on a multivitamin but that's a good one =). My email address is steph.costolo@yahoo.com if you want to talk more about this- I'd love to hear from you, and there's a group on yahoo that I go to where there are a lot of mom's of kids with gastroschisis at a lot of different ages. Shoot me an email, I'll send ya the link!
    Hope this helps!


  3. i really you haven't posted in a while so maybe you wont get to this anytime soon but i just wanted to let you know dominic's story is so inspiring! we just found out less than a week ago we have twins on the way, both with gastroschisis so we are terrified! thank you so much for telling your story (:

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