Many of you followed my weekly updates of Matthew Jr for the two months that he was in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of Johns Hopkins Hospital. Since then he has been in the pediatric unit of a different hospital. Now that he is 3 months old, I'm happy to update his progress and share a few pictures. Matthew Jr.'s condition is about the same as when he left the NICU. He had a setback when he developed a bacterial infection. Though it was nothing serious, the infection delayed improvement in his condition. His feeding tube has been moved back and forth between his intestines and his stomach. Yet just today he drank from a bottle for the first time in awhile. His parents are preparing for the special care he will need once he gets home. Ironically, the doctor wants him to go home as soon as possible because he will be more protected there than in the hospital from the upcoming flu season. Considering that he has Chronic Lung Disease due to his premature birth and the excess fluid that prevented his lungs from developing, catching a cold or the flu could be very serious for him. I don't remember if I mentioned that Matthew Jr. has Down Syndrome. Despite that he is only three months old and has never left the hospital, he has already begun therapy. Enough about the medical stuff. I'm happy to offer a few of my favorite pictures taken in the last month. Mom and Dad caring for their son View attachment 254808 A firm grip on life View attachment 254809 "I'm keeping an eye on you."