Praises to All-Mighty! Today was an awesome day because today is baby Rayhan's six month birthday! Happy Birthday dear Rayhan!
Time really does fly. I hardly believe it’s already been six months since Allah blessed us with this cute little Down Syndrome and cleft palate boy. I would definitely say that i'm enjoying breastfeeding Rayhan exclusively for the past six months! Alhamdulillah!
There is nothing my husband and I could say other than being thankful to Allah s.w.t for taking care of our little Rayhan. We are looking forward for his six month child exam and hopefully we get to to do CBC test (complete blood count) again to confirm if there is anything we should fear of such as Leukemia! (FYI – Children born with Down Syndrome are at a higher risk of developing leukemia than “typical” children; therefore they must have a CBC test on a regular basis the first few years of their life.)
Rayhan still has to go for numbers of tests and appointments such as vision and hearing tests and many occupational therapist every month. Sound a lot of hard work for this little guy!
Other than that, he is putting on weight well too, Alhamdulillah (ever since i've been taking Energizing Soy Protein which is such a big help in making my breast milk less diluted). Remembering back the day where he struggled to gain weight really make me shed tears. Now he is a healthy six month old boy at 6.1kg! I think Rayhan is doing incredible in his head control, another thankful to Allah! We are still looking forward to bring him to any private sector for his early intervention.
Finally we ended the day with a huge milestone – Rayhan being able to eat his first solid meal! I was eager to make his first solid ~ Kurma + Badam + Kismis. However due unavoidable circumstances, Rayhan ended up eating cereal mixed with my breastmilk for his first solid food! And it wasn't easy as i thought as Rayhan kept pushing out his cereal with his protruding tongue (one of Down Syndrome's characteristic). He didn't finish his bowl because he started crying and grabbed the spoon. I think he was impatient with my slow motion and extra careful feeding! Well, guess we have to try again today. Anyway, we are so thankful for today and everyday!
Thank You For Your Prayers!
Every since giving birth to Rayhan, my family and friends have been praying hard for his health. My husband and I are both overwhelmed with the support and response we have had through our facebook and blog. We also hope that with this blog about our little awesome Rayhan can tell the world that having a child with Down Syndrome is OK! Trust me.. Now, i'm so happy and thankful for given a chance to taken care an angel child like Rayhan.
One of the reasons i started writing this blog was to encourage new parents an inside look at family raising a child with Down Syndrome and Cleft Palate. It is not a smooth journey but have faith in God. If you know Rayhan, you will definitely fall in love with his EXTRA CELLS! :)
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