Friday, November 9, 2007
I can't believe it's been a year. It's been a year of joy, relief, happiness, anxiety, sadness, worrying, love, and just a real emotional roller coaster. I feel sooo blessed to have four healthy and happy TODDLERS!!!!! Each of them are doing sooo well; I can't help but feel lucky that I was chosen to be their mother.
We took them for their one year checkup this week. Here are the stats:
Matthew 16.9 lbs 26 inches long head 17.5 in.
Katie 18.3 lbs 28 1/4 inches long head 17 1/4 inches
Emma 19.5 lbs 28.5 inches long head 17 1/4 inches
Austin 22.4 lbs 28.75 inches long head 18.5 inches
All are progressing sooo nicely.
Matthew is still our peanut of the group. "small but mighty " is my favorite saying for him. He is definitely a "Momma's boy" and loves to be held. He gets around great, crawling everywhere. He cruises around furniture but has yet to stand alone. He says "dadadada" only and we have a therapist come to the house 1x/wk for him to help form new consonants. He is doing sooo well. He's come a long way. He is gaining weight slowly but consistently. He is not on the growth chart yet, but is following nicely on his own curve. In due time.............In due time..........
Katie is my little honeybunch. She is such a good girl. She occupies herself, sucks her thumb, and listens so well. She is quiet, and takes everything in. She likes to watch, and learns that way. She's just starting to fight back against Emma or Matty, and will go after what she wants. She is on the feeding tube for 12 hrs/night. During the day, she eats everything the other babies eat, except liquids. She eats finger foods, like french toast sticks, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, fruit, veggies, but just nothing with a thin liquid consistency. She is scheduled to have another swallow study in February. So hopefully, there will be improvement and we can take that darn tube out! :)
Austin is still my big cuddle bear. He loves to be hugged and kissed............He loves cuddling up to one of my mom's crocheted blankets-he will actually cry for it at night. He is standing unassisted and taking a step here and there. He is also my climber! He climbs everything! We sometimes find him in the oddest positions b/c he climbs so much.
And then there is Emma. She is my ringleader. She has been the first to do everything. She is now totally walking everywhere. She knows what she wants and she goes after it. There is no stopping this girl. She is sooo inquisitive, totally a "busy body"..................has to know what is going on with everyone. She will find the smallest lint particle on the rug and put it in her mouth-we have to keep an eye on her! :)
I can't believe it's been a year. Although it seemed long at times, this year did fly by. My four little miracle babies are now exploring the world around them as my four miracle toddlers! I am proud of each of them and feel so blessed to have them. Happy Birthday, Mommy's little miracles!!!!!!!!!! XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO