This is Aaron’s last week out of town, so the boys and I headed to Walla Walla for one more visit with Grandma and Grandpa before Matthew’s surgery. Even though we were just here a couple weeks ago, my parents were surprised by how big Matthew has gotten, and how chunky and active he is. Several people have commented on his “color” lately, too. I hadn’t noticed much of a difference until I put him on this green blanket. I used to avoid green blankets and outfits, because they would make my pale, fair-skinned boy look a sickly green! But now he still looks healthy and pink, even against a green background.
Matthew has taken a real interest in “real” food. Anytime I’m eating something and holding him, he really eyes my food. He grabs some if he can, or if the food is out of reach, he grabs my hand and pulls it to his mouth, trying to taste everything. We’ve given him “tastes” of different things, and last week he lunged for my banana and started sucking on it vigorously. I let him taste Grandma’s homemade blueberry syrup last night before I put Micah to bed, and when I came out, Grandma and Grandpa had gotten out a spoon! He really didn’t eat very much of it, but he thoroughly enjoyed it and it sure made a mess!
This picture makes him look really chunky – the first one is a more accurate representation – but I love the blueberry grin! It was his first try at a spoon, and he did better than I thought he would. Down’s babies often have a “thrusting tongue” that makes it difficult to eat from a spoon, and I had seen some of that when he was tasting other foods. He was doing a good job sucking the syrup off the spoon, though!
Thanks to friends who supplied us with dermatologic “super glue,” Matthew’s adhesives are staying in place much better, and therefore the tube is staying in place, too! Today marks one full week without having to replace the tube! Hooray!
Micah is having a great time at Grandma and Grandpa’s house, too. He especially loves “Grandpa’s big slide!” These pictures are from a couple weeks ago, when the Daffodils were in full bloom. They are done now, but we’re enjoying tulips and all the blooms from the flowering trees. It has been a long winter, and I’m ready for Spring.