At two years old, Colton was 32.6” and 19 pounds. He continued to get sick easily and was hospitalized for dehydration about every 3 months.
At three years old, Colton was 36.9” and 29 pounds. He continued to eat by mouth and became more active. He began preschool at 3 and it was a great experience for him. He had an IEP (Individual Education Plan) that stated that he needed frequent snacks. He continued to receive speech and occupational therapy; he did not qualify for physical therapy. He still had spells of sickness. The ten pound weight gain in a year was incredible.
At four, Colton appears to be like the other boys his age. He is very active. He like to play outside and loves to torment his 7 year old sister, Alexis. He played tee ball this past summer (2005). At the beginning of the season, he could barely swing the bat. By the end of the summer, he was hitting the ball on the first pitch. He eats about every hour or so, but continues to need nightly tube feedings. If he does not receive the night feedings, he tends to spill ketones. Until last week, he had not needed to be hospitalized in 6 1/2 months. So, things do tend to get a little easier as time goes by.
He can spell and write his first name and recognizes about 70% of the alphabet. Colton now weighs 35 lbs and he is 42 inches.