Two big events are happening this weekend. The first is the MIT Mystery Hunt, which Ben and I have been doing for something like 10 years. It's an annual puzzle event (think crossword, not jigsaw) that gathers over a thousand of the country's best puzzle solvers on the MIT campus for a weekend-long extravaganza of fun, frustration and sleep deprivation. The second is a Steelers play-off game. (I hear we're also inaugurating a new president or something.)
Even though we postponed our honeymoon to do Mystery Hunt, we couldn't delay parenthood for a few weeks, so we're not very involved with it this year. Still, we've explained Hunt to Blaise and she seems excited about helping next year, when she's healthier and knows some words.
As for the Steelers game, Ben's parents are visiting this weekend and brought Blaise a Terrible Towel. She has a strong grasping reflex and can wave her hands around, which is about the level of skill required for using a Terrible Towel. Not to be outdone, Blaise's Uncle Jim, who is also here this weekend, brought her a little Royals hat. Having been born less than a mile from Fenway, Blaise's first allegiance is to the Red Sox, but the Royals are a nice second team to support. We're planning to keep her an AL baby at least, so we've explained several times why the DH is a good idea. Photos with her visitors and their sports-related gifts will be up soon.
And now for the medical update: Blaise is gaining weight from her IV nutrition at a nice pace. She was born weighing 3 lbs 14 oz (1760 grams), but lost a lot of weight that first weeks. She was down to about 1500 grams (3 lbs 5 oz), but now she's up to 1665 grams (3 lbs 11 oz). It's great to see her gaining weight. She's also doing very well with the minimal oral feedings. In fact, she LOVES the oral feedings. They're also continuing to build up the amount she gets through the tube in her stomach. We'll hit a ceiling on that at some point, but the important part of that exercise is to keep her small intestine active and healthy while she grows on the IV nutrients.