Friday, March 22, 2013

7 Months!

I cannot believe that my peanut is already 7 months old! Time is really flying. Just for fun, I got out some of his newborn clothes for comparison and it is absolutely amazing to see how much he has grown in such a short period of time. So much has happened since my last update. Where should I start...

Last week Giovanni had his follow up with the Gastroenterologist to see how the changes to his diet were going. Things are going quite well and he has officially broken the 15lb. mark. Although he is barely on the growth chart, he is maintaining his growth curve and the doctor said that is what we want. If you remember, I ended up going dairy free so I could continue to breastfeed, and we switched his once daily formula bottle to Elecare, which is a (very expensive) amino acid based formula...and apparently insurance doesn't pay for "prescription" formula, even when it is necessary. If he was getting the Elecare exclusively, it would be around $500 a month. Talk about motivation to keep breastfeeding! Speaking of which, I cannot believe that I have officially made it 7 months! While I pump the majority of the time, Giovanni is able to get 4 feedings from breast milk and only one from formula. Not only is it good for him, it is saving us a ton of money as well!

The other bit of news that I will share is that Giovanni was referred to a Neurosurgeon. He has been going to physical therapy for 4 months now for his torticollis and plagiocephaly, however, we are seeing only a slight improvement. While we have time for PT to help the torticollis, we are running out of time for his head to improve. Today we met with the Neurosurgeon at the medical center. He agreed the Giovanni's head was pretty severe and immediately advised us that a cranial helmet was needed. He also wanted to get a picture of his skull to rule out craniostenosis as that would require surgery. I wasn't too keen on putting him through a CT scan so the doctor agreed that we could just get a x-ray to start, and if the pictures are questionable, then we would have no choice but to have the CT scan. I am hoping to hear back on Monday. If the x-rays looked good, Giovanni is going on Wednesday for his consultation for the helmet. Apparently they have to get approval from the insurance company for the helmet, and then once it is approved he goes back in so his skull can be scanned and mapped out so the the helmet can be made. Once he has the helmet it has to be worn 23 hours a day, with an hour to wash his hair and clean the helmet. He will have to wear it for 3-6 months or until they determine that his head has reshaped appropriately. While I obviously wish this wasn't necessary, I am glad that they are able to fix the problem so that he doesn't have problems when he gets older.

So that is pretty much all that has been going on. Who am I kidding, that is enough! Now I will end with some recent pictures! Enjoy!

 (His first haircut)

 (Just chillin')

 (My little mobile guy!)

(Mr. Smiley)

(One cool dude)


  1. He is so cute! My daughter turned 7 months old on the 15th. I had to cut out dairy because it gave her awful reflux.

  2. happy seven months to giovanni! he is so stinkin' cute, krystyn! what a happy little man! i'm glad to hear the breastfeeding is going well and that the drs were able to come up with a solution!
    sending love and wishing you a great day! <3<3

  3. awwww adorable!!!!!!!!!!!