We apologize for not letting you know we made it back from our road trip safely. That was more than a week ago now! I thought not much had been going on, but then I downloaded our pictures and found evidence to the contrary. Here are a few highlights of the last week:
Drove across the North Cascades Highway (Hwy 20) and actually saw snow in June! But also some beautiful waterfalls and green trees.
We stayed with Annie's Granpa on Camano Island on our last stop and then headed down I-5 back to Tacoma.
This week, we had several doctor's appointments for regular check ups. The neurosurgeon says everything looks good from his perspective. Jacob does have some swelling around the valve, which creates quite a bulge on the side of his head. The doc would rather not have that there, but it doesn't bother Jacob either. We'll be putting a headband around his head to try to put some pressure on it and bring down the swelling.
Jacob also had a regular check up at the pediatrician this week when he got his first round of vaccinations. He did great, only crying a little bit with each of the 3 shots he received. At this visit, Jacob weighed in at 11 lbs 1 oz, and measured 23 inches long--all right on track for the growth curves. We went back to the pediatrician today, worried that Jacob has had some diarrhea for about 3 weeks now. Fortunately, he's gaining weight ok, but his poor bottom is getting very sore. We're on to our 4th kind of formula now and hopefully this will solve the problem. After a very fussy past couple of days (quite unlike Jacob), he seems to be feeling better today already. Hallelujah! Maybe mom and dad will get some better sleep tonight too.
Physically, Jacob still has all that hair he was born with. It's turning into an auburn color and his eyebrows and eyelashes are starting to darken as well. His eyes are still a beautiful blue. He's also focusing on mom and dad's faces a lot, but also is quite happy when he finds his hands in his mouth as well. With the last few nights being the exception, Jacob sleeps quite well--about 4 hours at night. That's not too bad for his age and mom and dad take turns getting up with him.