Saturday, December 5, 2009

9 weeks old!

We cannot believe Luke will be 9 weeks old tomorrow.  This time has really flown by and we now know what people meant when they said "children---they grow up so fast!"  This past week I tried some new things with Luke.  We tried the Bumbo our friends, Frank and Holly let us borrow.  Their twin boys will be 1 year old in January and have grown out of the Bumbos.  Here is a picture of Luke doing his reversed Heisman pose in the Bumbo:

We also tried his Rainforest jumperoo--which he LOVED!  He can't touch the ground yet in it and can't reach the toys, but loved hearing the music and seeing the lights while he bounced.  I think he got the biggest kick though out of mommy making funny faces and dancing to the music.  We didn't get a picture of that.  It's funny the things you begin doing, how you begin talking and the things you will be saying for your child once you become a parent--anything to get one of those precious smiles!!

Luke has always been a very active baby.  I began feeling him kick around in the womb very early on and I knew he would be kicking when he came out as well. Well, he loves bath time and unfortunately he likes to kick around in the little tub and soak mom and dad.  We really do enjoy giving him his baths and look forward to when he can play with bath toys in the big tub--that will be so much fun.

 Luke enjoys sitting up and taking in the scenery.  Here I have him propped up on the couch for just a second while a snapped a quick pic.

Luke is now weighing in at 11 lbs 2 ounces as of yesterday night.  Also, we took him to the doctor yesterday because we were really concerned that he doesn't seem to keep very much food down.  Also, as much as he eats, it seems he should be gaining weight even faster--he eats A LOT!!  But, he constantly spits up and actually projectile vomits after nearly every meal (he soaks about 8 bibs and burp cloths each day) and he seems to be very uncomfortable as he is spitting up.  The doctor said it is likely one of two things: Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or Pyloric Stenosis. It is most likely GERD, as it is fairly common in infants.  GERD is basically acid reflux---where stomach contents flow back up usually due to immaturity of the LES (lower esophageal sphincter) or muscle between the stomach and esophagus.  It is treated with medications like Prilosec.  The doctor doesn't believe it is pyloric stenosis because Luke is still gaining weight and is still having plenty of wet and poopy diapers.  Pyloric Stenosis is most common in firstborn males for some reason and is a narrowing of the pylorus, the lower part of the stomach through which food and other stomach contents pass to enter the small intestine. When an infant has pyloric stenosis, the muscles in the pylorus have become enlarged to the point where food is prevented from emptying out of the stomach.  Unfortunately, the treatment for this is surgery.  We all really think it is just reflux though and are hoping the medication the doctor prescribed will begin working so our little boy won't be so uncomfortable.


  1. Wow I can't believe that he is 9 weeks old already! The time sure does fly! Looks like he is doing all kinds of fun new things and that he is enjoying them! Can't wait to see him again at Christmas (and you all of course!) :) Glad you took him to the Doctor - we will pray it is acid reflux instead of the other one! Hopefully the medication will help him!
    Jason and Emily

  2. Luke is growing up so fast! I can't wait to spend time with you all at Christmas! It will be so fun seeing all the kids together. I really think the medicine will help Luke. It will be a big relief for you to know that Luke is not uncomfortable anymore. See you in just a few weeks! BTW--I like the new blog layout.