As April was 10 weeks premature, she will be monitored until she is two years old to check her development and ensure she is reaching her milestones. On Tuesday we visited the consultant for the second time since leaving hospital. I didn’t feel too nervous about seeing him, which I though I may. I don’t know if this is because of Phil’s calming influence and continual positivity or that she seems to be doing well I didn’t feel I needed to worry.
I think you get so busy each and every day that sometimes you don’t have time to worry and sweat the small stuff, because you spend so much time planning ahead, questioning if you have packed everything and if you have enough milk to cover the trip.
It was an early appointment, so we got seen right away, which was good. First April was weighed and she was a healthy 15lb 1oz. Then we were seen by the consultant. He is a very nice doctor and again has a lovely calming tone of voice. I guess he needs to when dealing with children and babies all the time. he sat for a while just looking at April and smiling at her. he explained that her weight is where he would expect for a 5 month old baby (even though she is 7 1/2 month old), she had good head control, was alert and smiling. He checked her chest and felt around her stomach and has no concerns that she has any problems.
April still struggles to go to the toilet properly and without lactulose she would probably only poo once a week. He was happy for her to continue on it and explained that sometimes some babies and children that get constipated are in pain, so stop trying to go, which can cause a whole load of problems in the future. We don’t want that, so she will continue to take laxatives. She’s also continuing with her medicines to help her grow and keep strong as well. I asked if she still needed to stay on prem formula and he said we could try normal if we wanted (which is less calorific) however at £10 a pop I’m quite happy to continue getting prescription formula for a while 😉
After we’d finished with the doctor, we decided to pay a little visit back to SCBU. I actually felt more nervous going there than to see the doctor. As soon as we walked in, they knew who we were and were all delighted to see April. They couldn’t believe how much she’d grown and how well she was doing. She was so well behaved as well and just smiled, giggled and chuntered away. At the time, i felt fine going back in…a little strange walking down the corridor, but proud to show off how well April was doing!
We’ll be back in another 4 months for another check and hopefully April will hit all her milestones again. She is doing amazingly well, so we have no doubt she’ll do fine. It is reassuring though to know she is being monitored – I’ve not got a clue what she should be doing or when, so it’s nice to know for sure she’s doing good 🙂