Gabriel Joseph is seven months old.
He's almost 19 pounds, wears 12 month clothes.
He has two little pearlies on bottom, with two more
about to make an appearance on top.
Gabe hates baby food, but loves to eat tiny bits of "real people" food.
(He loves things like home-made muffins, bananas, carrots, etc.)
He's a talker, with a very husky "little boy" voice.
He calls me in the night, saying...."buh,buh,buh,buh...MAMA!"
He doesn't cry much at all, still naps two long naps and maybe
one shorter nap a day.
(Yes, I know they're not approved, but if there are no
steps to fall down I see no harm.) He's very purposeful
and makes it go where he wants it to go.
He has the most adorable chunky feet and he is slowly achieving hair on his head.
He goes everywhere with me. He's been to every single doctor's appointment
his grandparents and siblings have had. I feel he'll be a really medically astute kid.
Gabe had his own check up a few days ago.
I mentioned in his five month update that the doctor
brought up the possibility that his head shape was
indicative of muscular dystrophy. At this visit (seven months,)
the doctor said that her gut feeling was that he is fine,
but that we wouldn't know until around the 15-18 to 24 month mark.
In other words, his great development at this point doesn't mean much.
The marker would be a decrease of ability around two years of age.
Yes, of course this is disconcerting, but...there's not much to be done besides waiting, and,
as my mother reminded me, pray.
I really do think he is okay and will be fine.
We had the distinct pleasure of showing the doctor
something she had never seen before.
Gabe has sectoral heterochromia.
(I can't even find a good link to illustrate for you.)
This means that not only are his eyes different colors,
but that within one eye his iris has two colors.
His right eye is divided in half horizontally -
the lower portion is dark brown and the upper is a lighter hazel color.
It's kind of creepy to look at,
but apparently is very, very rare but harmless.
It doesn't affect his eyesight nor indicate a tumor.
(That's a big load off my mind and heart, really.)
Just another sign that each person is special and unique, I guess.
Gabriel is so fun, much loved, and such a blessing to our family.
We're thankful God sent him!