Edited to add pictures
Wow, it's been a while since I updated! It's been hard to find time to get on here and type something out lately. Gage seems to think being held is the best way to spend his day. Besides that he is eating every 1.5 to 2 hours during the day. It shows, too. At the doctor yesterday, he weighed in at 16lbs, 12oz and was 24" long. CHUNK! I guess I shouldn't have made fun of the 30lb 9 month old...looks like we are on schedule to be that kid! He enjoys sitting in his high chair now and playing with a rattle or small toy.
He is chewing on his duck right now. He has discovered his hands and they spend most of the day in his mouth. He's getting to be so much fun! The smiles are easy to get now and he likes to "talk". Even his cries are cute. If he's not REALLY mad, he just kind of goes "wah" without much emphasis. Oh, and that lip! He has perfected the bottom lip pout! We just laugh at him when he does it, which I am sure is not the desired result!
We got his stitches out and the shunt place looks better than it did the first time. It's more flat against his head without that fluid collecting around it. The scar is bigger, but hair will take care of that (if he ever gets to grow some!).
Gage's first Thanksgiving was not what we thought it would be, but was still enjoyable. We had planned to be at the Ford Thanksgiving festivities so he could meet that family for the first time. Since he was fresh out of surgery, we decided that leaving the state wouldn't be a good idea in case we needed Children's Hospital. We ended up going "down south" to Nana and Papa's house. When we got there, we, of course, handed Gage over to the doting grandparents and went to our room to set up Gage's bed. While we were back there, we could hear them talking to him and him "gooing" at them. Then we heard a sound we had never heard before...we weren't positive it wasn't a cry at first...Tony and I stopped and looked at each other, then ran into the living room to find Gage BELLY LAUGHING at his Papa!!! It was SO funny!!! He had never done that before and he hasn't done it since, even though Tony and I have made fools of ourselves trying to get him to.
We spent Thanksgiving with the Stanton family, and had a good time. The food was AWESOME with deep-fried turkey, ham, Grandad's chicken and dressing (mmmmm), mac and cheese, cake, cheesecake, and a pumpkin roll. The mashed potatoes spent the meal in the microwave and the rolls were a little heavy since they didn't get to rise, but we had way more than enough to eat! Gage wore his Dallas shirt, which is too cute on him! I would upload a picture, but my cord is lost-probably somewhere in the Children's Hospital parking lot or behind the gynormous sleep chair. I'll have to get a new one so I can post a new pic of him. Guess that's all for now!