Today was Zach's 18 month checkup with Dr Young. He is now 22 lbs and 31 1/2 inches long, that means he has grown 1 1/2 inches and gained an amazing 2 lbs! Dr Young is so happy with these results, as are we! He is surpassing all milestones with ease, the only exception is with talking but a lot of that could be blamed on having a tube down his throat so right now, no one is too worried with it.
Two weeks ago we had to add in tube feedings during his naptime to keep up with all the calories he is burning and it is paying off according to his weight gain today. The decision to put in a G tube is still up in the air since the tube feeding will probably be a long term thing, the NG tube he has now messes up the skin on his face and can cause some swallowing issues long term.
Tomorrow we go back for a recheck at Brenners and hopefully will get to add 1 food back into Zach's diet, he would love that...it's sad for him to walk around saying "eat eat". We have a long list of questions to ask Dr Hill and hopefully will get some good answers.
We are very happy that Zach is gaining weight finally, it's been 5 long weeks on the no food diet and having the NG tube. We know that this is going to be a long road to go and that the tube feedings will be here for a while but we are making the most of it. We are so thankful that Zach is such a happy baby and nothing has seemed to bother him too bad..he is very strong and he reminds us everyday that we can make it through anything.
We love you, Zachary Carson!