Thursday, October 27, 2011
Other great news regarding Hazel: yesterday she did so well in physical therapy that she graduated to every other week! Last week she was only pulling to stand on the couch (without the cushions). This week she's pulling up on EVERYTHING, dropping things and bending down to pick them up, cruising the whole length of the couch and around the ottoman, bear crawling (legs straight and butt up in the air) occasionally, getting out of standing without assistance, and more. Go Hazel! We're so proud of everything she's accomplished in 1 week! I'm constantly wondering if all parents are looking so intently for these milestones to be reached or if it's a "preemie parent" thing. Our PT thinks Hazel's on track to walk around 10 months adjusted age, which would be December. Whoa!
Jude will continue physical therapy on a weekly basis until he's a little farther along. He's not far behind Hazel, but is not at a level where slightly longer, every other week sessions would be a good idea. He continues to whine through PT since it's hard for him, but he's doing really well. He's trying so hard to pull to stand, but only has success on occasion (and when he doesn't, he whines and whines and whines). He'll get there! I'm hoping that in another month he can cut back to every other week as well, but we'll see.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Saturday, October 22, 2011
There are still a few things we need to do (like get a piano, spray paint the legs of the couch, hang pictures in the big bath, and a few more, but this will give you a pretty good idea of our house).
On another note, I'm finally looking pregnant and will try to post a picture of that sometime soon. :)
Monday, October 17, 2011
Our church threw a baby shower for Hazel and Jude on Saturday (they didn't know there was another baby on the way, but now they do). We received an incredible amount of stuff, it was just an amazing outpouring of love and generosity! One of the gifts was this farm activity center and Hazel seems to love it! It's our first "big" toy. :) She is really starting to pull up on things more and more. Noel was putting Jude down for a nap and when he came back, he found her standing up playing with it. What a big girl!
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
The Neurodevelopment reports were good. The nurse who did the examination thought they were both doing great and said she didn't see any major reasons for concerns at this point. They are doing everything 8 month olds should be doing and doing many skills beyond that, which is a good sign. They want to follow them until they're 2 (standard for preemies) since they are still at high-risk for problems. But, so far things are looking great! We'll go back in 6 months. They also had to have nutrition appointments (part of Neurodevelopment at Seattle Children's), but since their growth is good and they eat well, we don't have to go back! Yay! Hazel had to have some labs drawn to follow up on some abnormal labs she had while in the NICU, but we're not expecting the results to be abnormal anymore. It's common for preemies to test positive for things they don't actually have and their levels just eventually even out. So, we're praying that's the case for Hazel and should get the results in a week or so.
Overall, the kids did fantastic the whole day. They were so tolerant of the appointments, ate well, and were surprisingly not too fussy even without much morning sleep. I was so proud of them!
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
We are headed to Seattle Children's tomorrow for Neurodevelopment appointments for Hazel and Jude. They also have a few other appointments and it's going to be a VERY long day. It's 2 to 2 1/2 hours away and our first appointment is at 9:15, followed by a 10:30, 11:30, 1:00, and 2:00. Yikes. We probably will be gone for 12 hours. We're really hoping that we don't have to go back for these types of appointments too many more times.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Noel's watching the Tigers on his computer since we don't have cable. He couldn't miss out on seeing the Tigers in the playoffs!
Here's a glimpse of Hazel and Jude playing with Noel. Hazel is completely obsessed with strings on sweatshirts (she's pulling Noel's here). I used to be able to hide mine from her, but now she's too smart and pulls it right out. Today, she "attacked" me pretty much all day just to get my string. You can also see her crawling on hands and knees here! She started doing this a little bit last week, but does it almost all the time now.
Jude and Hazel like to have "baby parades" a lot lately. They'll be playing on the play mat and then suddenly Jude takes off towards the kitchen with Hazel following. It's pretty funny. Jude always leads. They are crawling all over now! They have both crawled all the way from our family room to our bedroom, which may not mean much to most of you, but it's the farthest distance they can go in the house.
Monday, October 3, 2011
More tomorrow hopefully...