Hope. who is a few weeks shy of 8 months, finally is the size of an average newborn: 7 1/2 pounds, plus a few extra ounces for bragging rights. We're still hoping to hit 10 lbs. by one year, which would continue the 2 oz. per week weight gain she's maintained since she was in utero.
So far, Spitenup and company are happy with her progress. Many CdLS kids don't really pack on the pounds until they have surgery to install feeding tubes -- and even then it's slow sledding -- but since she's held firm to her growth curve, that possibility hasn't arisen.
The bad news: She may never be tall enough to ride the Millennium Force at Cedar Point. The good: We can probably sneak her into the movies with a children's ticket for a few extra years.
Last week, the blog passed its 10,000 hit since I began keeping track in December. Yes, I am a loser. Thanks to all who've peeked in from 35 nations and 46 states. Thanks for nothing, North and South Dakota. Seriously, we appreciate all the support, are happy we've connected to CdLS families and are humbled so many seem to care.