I’ve felt more busy than usual lately… thus haven’t made time to write.
First, last Tuesday Nadia was 50 weeks! I can’t believe her birthday is next week! Before her bath last night she weighed 18 lbs and 4 oz. Crazy! She’s gonna pass Nora soon! She’s wearing 9 and 12 month clothing, just started army crawling, claps, puts her arms up if you say ‘so big’, and says mama and dada. I should update on all her therapies, but I’ll have to do that another day.
I haven’t even started planning her birthday party yet, as I’ve been focusing on her and Nora’s baptism, which is this coming Sunday. After I finish writing this post I’m off to find a dress. Which might prove to be difficult since my city totally sucks for shopping.
Oh, and I’m determined to lose some weight and get in better shape. Notice the tracker at the top right of my home page! I woke up this morning and decided I was going to rejoin Kosama, as my current city has one. Well, had one. I checked their website for class times and see they closed on August 1st. Awesome. I hate this city! Eric and I did talk a bit more about moving back to Cedar Rapids, and we’re still in the considering stage. Eric is okay with it, or so he says. We just need to make the time to go look at houses I guess. Funny, since I just purchased more items to decorate Nadia’s room in our current home…
And before I go shop for a dress… a picture of me and Nora. I don’t often like pictures of myself, this one included, but I’m trying to take more of myself with the girls..
This morning was Nadia’s 9-month check-up with our regular pediatrician in town. No shots, thank you God! I did leave a bit discouraged though…
Last week we had Nadia’s neonatology high-risk check-up in Iowa City, basically a visit where they check milestones, fine and gross motor, social, physical, etc. It all looks like playing with her to me, but I know it’s a lot more than that! I left that appointment feeling great. There were a couple of areas where she wasn’t performing at 100%, but they evaluate based on an age range, that visit being 6-9 months. Her adjusted age as of today is 7 months 15 days, so they said she technically had several more weeks to meet all the milestones they were testing for before they would be concerned.
So today, our pediatrician was more concerned, specifically regarding:
- Nadia makes no attempts to crawl, basically just lies on her belly and cries rather than attempting to push herself up on her hands or knees.
- The only sounds Nadia makes are the traditional high-pitched squeals babies make. She does not make other babbling sounds, such as da, ba, etc.
Our pediatrician is referring us to physical and speech therapy. I don’t know the details yet, as those providers are supposed to contact me to set appointments. I don’t want to be that mom who’s in denial that there is a problem with their child. But I do think its a bit early to start therapy. But… what the heck do I know? Perhaps the sooner the better. Iowa City always tells me that preemies are known to be a bit delayed, even for their adjusted age. Isn’t it possible Nadia will catch up on her own, without therapy? Nora did everything early, so this is all new to me. And perhaps I’m just terrified to learn there really is an issue with Nadia’s brain… remember her brain bleed in the NICU, and the spot on her brain they found on the MRI that showed lack of oxygen at some point shortly before birth?
Last week Nadia did also see ophthalmology in Iowa City. Thankfully her optic nerves, retinas, and vision is perfect! We don’t need to return to them for 12 months!
Her 3rd outfit of the day! What’s with all the poop blowouts?? I mean, how does such a small creature make such a large amount of waste??
All dressed up to see daddy at work! So fun taking her to his clinic. The nurses totally love her!
I honestly can’t believe that at five and a half months corrected Miss Nora is sitting and crawling. It’s so fun to watch her learn… Most of yesterday she would try to crawl and then stop, try again, move a bit, try again. Just fun to watch her progression. Honestly, she was most motivated to crawl to my phone, figures… It was probably the first time that I realized how lucky I am to stay home with her… Otherwise the daycare would have witnessed it all.
Speaking of daycare, I got a call yesterday that we are up on one of the waiting lists, an opening for January 4th. Problem is, that’s still too soon, as we were told to keep Nora out of daycare for a year, and I’m fairly certainly her joining in the winter, at the high time of sickness, would be very bad for her. I guess I need to call them, as I don’t really want to give up the spot completely. Does anyone have experience with this, can they push me back a bit on the wait list? And I guess we need to consider if we want Nora in a center, or perhaps continue with our current in-home arrangement. Right now I still have four different girls that each come to our home for a few hours a week. If I did go back to work I assume I’d have to find someone with more availability… Lots to consider.