Friday, December 9, 2011

Cohen Update

A few updates on the little man:

Cohen had an eye appointment last week and things are about the same. The eye Dr said he isn't sure why Cohen's eye isn't mature yet (when they are mature then they stop worrying about them) but he thinks it may have something to do with the fact that Cohen is still on oxygen. His eye isn't worse, but it isn't getting better like they hoped it would. So we go back again next month. Have I mentioned that I hate these appointments? I have never heard Cohen scream so hard. He cries and cries the whole time and then the minute they are done the poor little guy just passes out.

Cohen had an Occupational Therapist come out and evaluate him. While he is on track for his adjusted age obviously he is behind based on his chronologic age so that qualifies him for OT. We are happy with where he is at, but I don't think it will hurt to have someone following him in case he does get behind or have things that he needs to work on.

{Before Drs visit}

Cohen also had a visit with  his pediatrician today. He weighed in at 12 lbs 6.5 oz and is 24 inches long. His Dr is quite happy with where he is growth wise and developmentally. He was due for his 6 month vaccinations but I asked to have him only get 2 instead of 4 and his Dr was happy to do that. So he got his flu shot and his Tdap. Those were the ones that she thought were important to have first since whooping cough is out there in the community and obviously the flu too. He cried when he got them but he was more mad when they poked his heel and had to try and hold his foot to get blood out to check his iron levels. I gave him some Tylenol before we took him in in hopes that that would help. He fell asleep in his carseat on the way home and is still there sleeping now. Poor little guy, although it didn't seem to phase him too much. I guess when you are used to getting poked and prodded it's not too big of a deal.

Cohen is finally going in for his Synagis (antibodies for RSV) on Monday. We have been working on this since he left the hospital. First they told me he would get it before he left the hospital, then by November and finally in December! I will feel better once he has gotten that.

Oh, and also, Cohen is teething! He has been drooling quite a bit lately and chewing on his hands all the time so his Dr looked in his mouth and said that he was in fact teething. It may be awhile before his teeth actually come through though. I can't believe my baby is teething...crazy.

 {2 shots, 1 blood draw, a major bottle leakage while eating and an outfit change later...}

And lastly, Cohen goes in to see his pulmonologist at Children's on the 21st. We are hoping that they will let him go to only wearing his oxygen 12 hours a day, but we will see what they say.

We are really happy with how he is doing. I keep telling his doctor that we are proud of how far he has come and with everything he is doing but it's hard to know what he should be doing. He is our first baby and I don't know when regular babies do things much less a 6 month old baby who is adjusted to 2ish months but acts 3ish months. Oh, well! We don't want to get caught up in whether Cohen is "behind" or not, we just want to know whether there is something else we should be helping him with. He has already come so far and we are so proud of him.


  1. Yay Cohen! Auntie is so proud of you!
    <3 Christine

  2. Those ROP exams are the worst. Veronica did the same thing - she would scream and cry and the minute it was over, she would fall right asleep in my arms. Hopefully the next one will be the last for Cohen.

    Glad he is doing as well as he is!