We saw the helmet specialist this week, and she re-measured the asymmetry of Juliana’s head. It has dramatically improved in the 6 weeks that she has had her helmet. When we first started, her head was 12% asymmetrical. Now, it is only 5.5%. They generally do not recommend a helmet for any baby who is under 6%, so if we had just come to them now, Juliana wouldn’t need the helmet! We are, however, going to finish our course, since it has done so much good so far. Juliana tolerates it well and will only need it for a few more weeks.
We also went for another NICU follow-up appointment recently. At that visit, Juliana weighed 13 lbs, 11 oz, and was nearly 25 inches long. She passed all of the developmental tests for a 7 month baby, and her physical therapists agree that she is doing very well.
She has started sitting on her own for a few minutes at a time, and her back is so strong and straight! Babies have such perfect posture! She still loves to stand, although she won’t be walking for awhile yet.
Her little laugh is so sweet. We’ll try to capture it on video soon since she has finally started actually making a laughing sound.
Also, we video chat regularly with her Nana and her aunties. Juliana has become so used to this, that when she hears the “dialing” sound on the computer, she starts laughing and lunging at the screen.
She also loves to look at herself in the mirror and look at pictures of herself and other babies. These are all normal developmental phases for a 7-10 month old and so cute!
Her separation anxiety has grown lately, and she doesn’t like me to put her down or to walk away (like to the bathroom or to get some food). So, that has made packing for our upcoming move extreeeeemly difficult, and Jason has had to bear the brunt of all the work involved in this move. He has been awesome, while Juliana and I rock in the chair and give orders. haha.
We will be posting before and after pictures of our new house fairly soon. The big move is on Sunday. Yikes! You know, we have lived in this house longer than anywhere I have lived in my entire life! We’ve lived here for 10 years, and I have lived on the HVA campus for 14 years! Almost half my life! So, even though we are moving only 3.9 miles away, it will still be a bit weird for awhile. I have loved living in the Mt. Aetna community. But, one of our new neighbors came by and introduced herself today, and she seems very friendly. I know there will be lots of good things about living in our new house, and I’m so excited to share the photos with you all!
In the meantime, here are some more photos of Juliana.