We celebrated Meade's first Mother's Day with lots of family:
The following weekend, Henry and I had the house to ourselves as Meade went to see Gina graduate from Boston University. Although we missed her terribly, it was nice to have a break from all of her messes. While away, Meade stayed with our friends Adele and Bryan and their twin cuties, Max and Chloe:
Just when we thought we couldn't get any busier, we packed up and went to Pittsburgh to see Cara graduate from pharmacy school at Duquesne. We had a short-but-fun visit with my family:
On our return to Chicago, we stopped in Columbus to visit our good friends Peter, Sarah, and Ian:
We had quite a few visitors the following weekend, too. Our new friends Jack, Michelle, and Owen stopped by for breakfast on Saturday. Jack and Meade went through school together and were recently reconnected by one of our neighbors. These sorts of things happen a lot to people from Park Ridge.
Sunday's breakfast was with cousins Dave and Andrew, Michele, Melanie, and newly bipedal Charlotte.
So, that was May. Henry is now six months old and weighs over 18 pounds. His height is in the 97th percentile. He continues to make slow progress in controlling his head and trunk. Although his arms and hands seem to be relaxing nicely, he still has quite a bit of tension in his legs. His physiatrist is fairly certain that Henry has cerebral palsy, although she is not making predictions regarding the severity or any specific outcome. CP is a broad diagnosis, and nothing is changing with his therapies at this time.
After some initial false starts and setbacks, we finally are seeing some success with sleep training. His night sleep is still a bit short and easily interrupted, but his sleep is dramatically better than it was one month ago. We recommend Dr. Ferber's book to anyone experiencing difficulty with a child's sleep.
The best news is that we are getting better at making Henry smile. A baby's smile magically erases the symptoms of sleep deprivation. Henry loves to be jiggled, and he loves to play with his squeaky mirror. I am concluding this post with some attempts to capture Henry's smile on camera: