Thursday’s Thoughts ~ A Perfect Pair…

A  few weeks back, my daughter began keeping an eleven month old baby, named Alex.   However, Alex wasn’t a typical eleven month old baby, because  he was born three months early, weighing a pound and six ounces.

You may remember me telling you how small he was–still wearing o-3 months sized clothing, and what a hard time my daughter, Brandy, was having getting him to eat and drink.

Getting Alex to eat and drink is still a big issue, but Brandy is patient and persistent!  Alex will only take his bottle while he is asleep, and even then, it’s a long process!  Many days she successfully gets all three four-ounce bottles into Alex, but some days she does not.  Some days he will eat, only to throw everything back up.

Feeding Alex baby food is also an “adventure”.  He’s having trouble with textures, and he has a strong gagging reflex.  Everything makes him cough and gag.  Brandy says, “thank goodness for those large bibs with pockets at the bottom.”  Brandy recently taught little Alex to sit in a high chair while having his meals–a first for him.

Despite all of these feeding issues, Brandy’s diligence is paying off because little Alex is growing!  He recently moved up to a size six months clothing!  We weighed him the other day, and he weighs 13 lbs, 4 oz.  A few days earlier, he’d weighed in at 13 lbs, even!

The past two weeks have been a little “trying” because little Alex is finally cutting his first teeth!  Two bottom ones have recently appeared, and two top ones are on the horizon.  Yay, baby Alex now has some teeth.

The little fellow turned one a couple of weeks ago, and celebrated with a big birthday party.  Brandy said he would have nothing to do with his birthday cupcake.  In fact, it made him gag.

Alex wears tiny hearing aids in his tiny ears, but we don’t really think Alex can hear much, if anything.  Loud noises don’t seem to affect him at all, but lack of hearing hasn’t slowed Alex down from anything other than talking.

He’s now crawling at “break-neck” speed, in fact we’ve nicknamed him “Speedy”! Alex is, also, walking holding onto the furniture.  He’ll be walking one of these days before long!

The other day Alex did something so totally funny.  He was on his hands and knees, and suddenly he stuck one leg straight out behind him–like he was doing an exercise move–something he’d seen Brandy’s daughter doing!  I cracked up!

I now call my daughter “the baby whisperer” because she’s made so much progress with Alex.  She’s truly amazing with her patience and persistence, and Alex is just blossoming under her care and guidance.  It makes me proud for both of them.

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  1. Awesome! Yeah to Alex and congrats to your daughter for her loving ways. It’s nice to read an uplifting story. Thanks!

  2. They are lucky to have each other : )

  3. What a blessing Brandy is to that sweet little guy … how proud of her you must be.

  4. yay Alex! I was very similar to him when I was little. I wasn’t born quite as little as he he was, and I don’t have the hearing issues but I was born with Cerebral Palsy and had alot of the same issues with eating when small.

  5. Little ones are so precious. My granddaughter had a lot of eating issues when she was little, in fact she did not eat anything by mouth till she was over a year old, she had a feeding tube. Never took a bottle. She was 7 wks early. To look at her today though, you would never know it! Praying for Alex and his wonderful guardian angel, your daughter!
    until next time… nel

  6. That is wonderful news on little Alex. I am so happy that God brought them together.

  7. What a heartwarming story. My nephew is almost 2 and he had incredible texture and gagging problems. With the help many wonderful people, he can finally eat real food, not just the soft mushy stuff 🙂

  8. Love, love this blog and the photos are fun to see. I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Congratulations! Check it out here: http://onemindmanydetours.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/versatile-awards-2-and-3/

    -Cindy

  9. I think that Brandy and Alex are a “match made in heaven”. Sounds like they bring out the best in each other. 🙂 I’m so happy about his weight gain – every little bit helps. Brandy is one of the sweetest, most understanding and patient people I know. God knew what He was doing when he brought those two together. ♥♥

  10. I am sure Alex’s parents consider Brandy a ministering angel. This report of his progress is so touching, and the idea of that tiny little “Speedy” is endearing.

    It is taking me awhile to catch up on my favorite blogs, but so worth it. I don’t want to miss any of your posts!


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