It's been a busy couple of weeks for us...not that this is unusual! Willow had a doctor's appointment at the end of January, and she's now up to 15 pounds, 2 ounces. I think this is still off the charts for her real age and at the very bottom for her corrected age. I do have a special preemie growth chart I found in one of our books, and she is in the 25th percentile for preemie girls who were less than 1500 grams (about 3 pounds and 5 ounces) at birth. Hey, it's something!
She also had a physical therapy appointment. The therapist was glad to see the progess Willow has made in finally learning to roll over from her back to her front; now she wants us to do more exercises with her to help her learn to get into and out of the sitting position by herself. Willow hates the exercises, and we really haven't been doing them much. I still sort of think the PT is unnecessary. I looked it up, and OK, so 75% of babies Willow's age can get in and out of sitting and she can't. But she has the pincher grasp down, and only 25% of babies her age do. Same thing with saying mama and dada - only 25% of 8-months olds can do that. I'm a little sick of all the comparison and feel that every baby is different, and each individual baby is probably early on some milestones and late on others. If she were behind on everything I'd be more concerned. Willow's doctor agrees with my thoughts on this, and I'm thinking we probably won't even go to PT anymore. We'll see.
Here's a shot of Willow after her doctor's appointment: double band-aids from the synagis shots (ever since she hit 14 pounds she's had to have 2 shots instead of one). :(
We had a really fun couple days last weekend. Our friends Sharon and Andy came to visit from Duluth. On Saturday we all went to the Tech hockey game...even Willow!
It was definitely the biggest social event she's been to yet, and we were a little nervous about it. She did awesome though - didn't fuss or cry once and stayed awake the whole game too. She even got to meet Blizzard the husky:
On Sunday us grown-ups got to go up to Mount Bohemia while grandma Judy babysat. It was a fun, exhausting (I'm out of shape!) day.
I'm saving this photo to show to Willow's boyfriend when she's sixteen - ha!:
Being silly in the exersaucer:
This one was just taken today - on our brand new rug. We got it specifially to be comfy for crawling. Before we had a jute rug and it was so rough your knees would probably be bloody if you tried crawling on it! The rug we got - Mohawk Smartstrand - is also eco-friendly and non-toxic like jute though. At least it claimed to be.
This blog follows the adventures of Lindsay, Josh and Willow Jenson. It started in 2008 as my pregnancy blog, then when our daughter was born 14 weeks early in February 2009 it morphed into a medical blog as she spent her first 105 days in the NICU. Now, thankfully, it's basically a run-of-the-mill new parent blog.