Will 0.7

Will turned seven months old yesterday.  He and Mom spent Friday night and most of Saturday in Troy with the Adomite/Lenny clan.

Willpower is really rolling over now, and refuses to stay on his back if you try to lay him that way.  As for crawling, sometimes it looks like he’s pretty close, and other times not at all.  He’s not yet mastering getting up on his hands and knees and lifting his round belly up off the floor, so I imagine that’s the next step.

His cough is finally getting a little better, after dealing with it for a month or more.  But his face is a trainwreck, with eczema or something that is just progressively getting worse.  His skin is raised and red and bumpy, sometimes drying to rough scaly patches.  We’ve tried everything on it – Eucerin, Aquaphor, A&D, Neosporin, and two different hydrocortisone concentrations via prescription.  I’ve gotten to the point where I’m frustrated enough with it that I’m taking Will 0.7 back to the doctor today to specifically discuss his face and how to fix this.  I’ve never seen a baby with skin this irritated:

Also, his skin and face are so bad that taking his picture is pretty pointless.  I’ve been trying to get a snapshot every day with my phone and uploading to Flickr.  You can always seen the latest of those photos in the box at upper-right called “Willpower via iPhone.”  Clicking on that image will take you to a slightly larger version, with all of the pictures that we’ve captured that way.

Will 0.7 is eating very well, usually doing cereal for breakfast, fruits and veggies and cereal for lunch, and a meat/protein with veggies and cereal for dinner.  He really likes cereal, as you can see, but still gets 20 or 30 ounces of formula from his between-meals and nighttime bottles.

Other than that, Will is doing great.  He’s helping us pack up the house and looking forward to vacation and the move.

Good Times / 0.5

Pam and I haven’t been posting very frequently because everything is going so very well.  Will is now five months old.  He’s sitting up unassisted, and enjoys playing very much.

He’s eating really well.  He enjoyed sweet potatoes for a while, but then decided he didn’t like them.  He wouldn’t really try squash, probably because they look so much like sweet potatoes.  So we switched to green veggies, and he’s been great with green beans and peas.  He’s still eating rice cereal every morning, and chugs formula like it’s going out of style.  He’s a world-class pooper, blowing out an average on one diaper/outfit per day.  They absolutely love having him at his school.  I picked him up early today, and his teachers started pouting because they wanted to spend more time with him.  :-)

Pam is taking him back to Cardinal Glennon for some check-ups with Dr. Aki Puryear for his hip on Friday.  We are expecting everything to be fine.  Will 0.5 is will get some quality time with Grandma Lois and Grandpa Bill and the rest of the Adomite/Lenny clan.  I think Pam is going to visit with the Fisks as well.

His skin has been greatly improved by the hydrocortisone prescribed by our pediatrician.  He was looking so good tonight that I had to get some pictures.  I really like this one, which is actually a pretty typical expression for Willpower – he’s just a very happy baby.

We’re so lucky that we get to experience this.