Katie's Official 1 yr stats: 19 pounds, 10 ounces (25th percentile) 29 inches long (50th percentile) 46.25 head circumference (75th percentile)
She is walking...make that running...everywhere she goes. She can climb stairs, and t r i e s to climb onto anything she can reach including chairs, end tables, our ottoman, and Michael's toys. She loves to dance (no music required)
Words she can use: Daddy (her favorite word!) Momma (only heard when she is hurt) Bruh (brother) Nanna PaPa Gat (cat) Hi! Hey da (hey there) Bye umm (yum)
Other communication: Waves bye Gives kisses Makes "funny face" Raises hands for "Praise the Lord!" Hands over ears for Peek-a-Boo (??) Plays "where's Katie?" (all the time!!!) Signs for more, and no more
She is eating most all pureed table foods now, and is transitioning to whole milk in a bottle. She hates a sippy cup and will fling them across the room! She may end up going straight to a regular cup because she loves to try to drink out of them (messy!) and walk around holding an empty one and pretending to drink. Also, she definitely has a sweet tooth!
Speaking of teeth, she has 6; 4 on top and 2 on the bottom.
Random facts: favorite toy--anything Michael is playing with or anything that has previously been taken away :) dislikes--having socks on, baby gates, grass
We are Andy, Beth, Michael, and Katie Cole. We started blogging in the spring of 2009 as we dealt with the life-threatening birth defect of our daughter, who had a Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. But now she is now a happy and healthy one year old and we want to share more of our life than just "Katie's Story." We emerged from this most difficult time with a stronger marriage, a stronger family, and a stronger faith. Please join us as we live our thankful life!
A congenital diaphragmatic hernia, or CDH, is a birth defect that occurs in approximately 1 in 2500 live births. Half of those babies will NOT survive. Babies with CDH have a diaphram that was not formed correctly and this hole allows the abdominal structures such as the liver, spleen, and intestines to migrate up into the chest cavity. Because this usually happens so early in gestation (usually at 8-12 weeks), it interferes with the normal growth of the heart and lungs. Most of the time the lung on the affected side ends up being only a fraction of a normal sized lung at birth. This doesn't usually cause problems until the baby is born when they need those lungs to breath air for the first time! At birth, this is a life-threatening emergency that will require surgery to repair as soon as the baby is stable enough. Following surgery, there is most often a long, slooooowww recovery process.