I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14

8 months old!

Eight months have already passed since the day God allowed Brandon and
I to meet our little miracle. This month has been extremly trying for
Carter. With the exception of a few days Carter has been sick almost
the entire month. It started with respiratory issues that developed
into a respiratory infection and now Carter has a virus that has caused
him to have a very high fever. Besides not feeling good Carter is
waking up 2-3 times a night. This is extremly exhausting for his mommy.
We are praying that all of this illness will reside and Carter will
start feeling better.

We recently visited a G.I. specialist for Carter's growth issues.
I know it looks like Carter has really grown in his pictures and he
has, just not as fast as he should. Carter is now 8 months old and just
now starting to grow out of some of his newborn clothes. Honestly,
Carter being small has been the least of my concerns. We just wanted to
make sure Carter was not missing out on any nourishment. Carter
requires more calories than most babies his age, due to his bladder
being on the outside of his body. His body burns more calories in an
effort to keep his bladder the same temperature as his body. The
specialist also thought Carter's trunk may be growing at a slower rate
than his arms and legs, due to his spinal defects. As a result of his
myelocystocele's being repaired a few of Carter's vertebrae are fused
together. The specialist said Carter is not being malnourished and she
will continue to follow him for now. She will only intervene if it
becomes neccesary.

The G.I. Specialist was extremly impressed with Carter's
development. She said he is actually ahead for his adjusted age. One of
Carters biggest accomplishments is he can now situp by himself.
Although, he does get a little excited and fall over sometimes. This is
a huge accomplishment for Carter, because all of his abdominal muscles
are not connected. Carter said his first word this month and has not
stopped talking since. His first word was mama. Although, he now likes
to call me Maaaa! Carter can also say yum and hey. He loves to wave hey
and bye-bye. He also throws both of his arms in the air when we say
TOUCHDOWN! He is extremly friendly and loves other kids. He is also
extremly loving. At night he rubs my face to go to sleep and "sings"
himself to sleep at naptime. He also loves to grab my cheeks and with
his mouth wide open give me kisses. Needless to say I get soaked with
drool. But arn't those the best kisses? I am thrilled God chose such a
bright personality for Carter. Aside from prayer I think it has really
helped Carter do as well as he has.

Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own
understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your
paths straight. Proverbs 3:5,6

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