Thursday, October 27, 2011

Triple Size!

It is so hard to believe how big our little peanut has gotten!! We had "Early On" home nurse visit today for a development check up. Addison continues to meet her milestones and appears to be on track regardless of being a small preemie. The nurse also took the opportunity to measure and weigh her!! Our precious angel is almost 22 inches long and weighs 8#13oz!! This is basically triple her lowest weight!! She has such an amazing story even though she is only 3 months old. We are so thankful for both our heavenly and earthly little blessings that we have been given.

Here is Miss Addison sporting her snowsuit for winter :)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Look At Me!!

It seems our baby girl changes everyday!! This morning we all slept in (well between feedings) and we had her in her boppy on our bed. We like to talk to her and pull funny faces to see her little reactions. This morning she actually had huge smiles and audibly giggled! It was so stinkin cute! She loves holding things (like her rattle, rings, and mommy and daddy's hands).

Here is the latest thing she is learning to hold....

We love you baby Addison!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Nothing new to report

Nothing new going on here in VanHorssenAroundLand.  Just keeping busy with working, and trying to get enough sleep.  The weather has turned colder, so we decided to build a fire in our fireplace, and for dessert, SMORES! Yum!  Just in case you missed the update at the bottom of the last post, Addison is up to 8# 1oz.  What a big girl!!!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

SOOOooooo BIG!

Miss Addison continues to get great reports. Today she had another check up with the eye doctor and her eyes looked completely normal!! No more bleeding, her blood vessels have grown and developed, her vision is normal and she focuses and tracks VERY well! The Dr said she is difficult to assess (since you can't reason with babies ;)) so we have to go back in 4 weeks again to confirm that everything is developed.

In the last week we also ran out of our milk fortifier that she has been getting since the NICU. Premature babies are usually on this until they are about 8 pounds. She is so close!! Last week Monday she weighed 7#10oz and this past Sunday she was 7#14oz!! We have to weigh her once more and if she continues to gain weight and do well with just straight breastmilk we will be done with that too!!

Developmentally she is also right on track meeting all of her milestones. She definitely knows Mommy and Daddy by sight and sound. She is full of smiles and loves it when we stick our tongues out at her... she will do it right back. :)

Update-Oct 15...Addison now weighs 8# 1oz!!!!  We are so proud of her!!!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

"A Walk to Remember"

Today was all about Landon. Tim and I went out to Fallasburg Park in Lowell to remember Landon. This year was "A Walk to Remember" 's 25th year. This event is organized and put on by families who have lost a baby or babies and sponsored by Saint Mary's Hospital and Helen DeVos Children's Hospital. Some doctors and nurses even came out to show support to the families there.

We were given a booklet that had all of the names of the children who had passed away. We had the option to write a 100 word or less message to go under our baby's name (which we did). There was a small memorial service which we received a white rose in memory of him. Next we decorated a blue balloon for Landon and everyone walked down to an open field where each baby's name was read. When Landon's name was read, we released our balloon. It really was a neat experience and gave us time together to remember him in a special way.

At our new home, we have also planted a tree in memory of Landon and are working on making a stone to go under it from Mommy, Daddy, and big sister Addison. We love and miss him everyday and cannot wait to see him again in heaven.

Here are a few pics that we took of the event today...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Big Smiles for Daddy!!

Daddy came home from work today and Addison was all smiles! So precious!


Our little peanut isn't so little anymore!! She is "newborn size"! We had her weighed on Monday and she is up to 7#10oz!! We will have her weighed again next week and if she gains weight we don't have to mix special bottles for her! She is getting chubby cheeks and has outgrown many of her preemie clothes!! She will be 12 weeks old on friday already... the time has flown by! Next week we will venture out to the eye Dr again for another checkup. If all is well at that appt, we don't have to go back until Spring! :)

A couple pics from this morning.... I love putting her in "I Love Daddy" outfits just to see the smile on Tim's face when he gets home from work. :)