Today Gracie turned 10 months old today and I couldn't be happier that she is where she is today...it has been a long 10 months, but completely worth it!
Gracie is doing so well, apart from her double ear infection she is battling. She is now drinking half of her bottles every three hours, eating her toes, and even rolled over from her back to her belly today all by herself. We have started her on solids again, but she is hating every bite and gags on it...I'm not forcing her, but wish she would be able to eat, she does so well with her formula. I give her some grown-up food to taste, she really loves to suck on fresh pineapple. Perhaps Gracie's biggest accomplishment is that she is only on 1/4 of a liter of oxygen, other than before her first open heart surgery Gracie has never been on that little of oxygen.
We have heard her giggle and it is the most precious sound I have ever heard. Gracie still isn't cooing and it worries me, but hopefully she will start soon. I have been assured that her vocal cords should be fine, maybe just strained and still recovering from being intubated so many times and for so long.
Gracie had her first family outing today, for dinner we had a little picnic at the park and for her first time outside she did well. She really loved to watch the leaves on the trees blow in the wind.
Here are a list of her favorite things:
Mickey Mouse Club house on Disney
Big Sister Morgan
The song 'Itsy bitsy spider'
Kicking her feet
Any thing that can go in her mouth, especially blankets and her fingers