Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Happy Valentine's Day from our "Sweet Valentine" and our "Heartbreaker." We hope everyone had a day filled with love. Along with having each other, Drew and I have two new Valentines to love each day. They are so sweet!

Sweet Valentine

The Heartbreaker

Valentine's Day babies

Sweet feet

More Sweet Feet

The babies and their new toy. It was actually one of their Santa presents but we just recently set it up. Our living room is being taken over by baby stuff!
I think Lindy looks so healthy in this picture. You can hardly see her shunt and her face has filled out a lot. She's so pretty!
Will is his normal laid back, lovable self.
GrandBob and Suzette stopped by for a visit last weekend.

Surprise, surprise, we got some snow! The meteorologists didn't even predict this one! Last night around 8pm Drew said, "Look outside." I looked outside and it was snowing really hard and the grass was already covered. It was really pretty. This was early this morning when the sun was coming up. This is looking at the field across the street from our house.
It's been another busy week. Lindy had 5 appointments this week. Makes the weeks fly by when you are always on the go.

Monday started off with a follow-up physical therapy visit. She had a great appointment. She was in a great mood and was showing off with all her movement. 5 weeks ago when the PT evaluated her she was scoring in the below average developmental range. On Monday she actually scored in the average range!! The PT was so impressed with all her movement and her muscles. 5 weeks ago her thumbs and hamstrings were a bit tight. With lots of stretching over the last few weeks they felt pretty good and now her left ankle feels a little tight. We were very happy to get this good bit of news.

Wednesday brought two appointments, the eye doctor and an echocardiogram. We were real anxious about the eye doctor. We were more prepared this time for the possibility of bad news. The appointment ended up going about as expected. She has severe vision loss, but it seems that she does have some vision. He said her left eye is -8.00 and her right eye is -10.00. This means she is VERY nearsighted. Just to compare, my vision is -3.50 and -4.25. We have both talked to some friends who are -7.00. Her left isn't that much worse. She should have some vision assuming everything else is working correctly. We will have to wait and see if she has the neurological equipment to allow the images to be processed by her brain. There is reason to be worried about this because of her hydrocephalus. We have another appointment in 6 weeks and we will probably be talking about putting her in glasses. Can you imagine my little Lindy in glasses?

Does anyone out there or do you know someone with worse vision that -8.00 and -10.00 and they can see okay with glasses or contacts? We're trying to to get some frames of reference to see what we are really dealing with.

Lindy also had an echocardiogram to check on her heart. They are checking to make sure there isn't extra pressure on the heart that could be affecting her lungs and her need for oxygen. We haven't heard any results from that yet.

Today we had the home health nurse come check on her and weigh her. She was up to 9 pounds 8 ounces today! She hadn't gained much last week so I was happy to see a good weight gain this week. Finally this afternoon we had a follow-up with the ENT (ear, nose, and throat) doctor. We discussed the results of her swallow study and he was able to look in her ears. He got a good look at her eardrums today and said he did not see fluid behind her ears. I wish he had seen some fluid. If there was fluid that could have been the cause of her hearing loss and there are things to do to fix that problem. Unfortunately there was no fluid so we are dealing with something more serious in regards to her hearing.

We are done with appointments for this week and thank goodness we only have 1 appointment next week. Drew has been staying home with Will while the girls go to the appointments. Drew's office is at our house so he is able to come inside and watch Will and do work inside while he sleeps. I don't know what we would do if we did not have this arrangement. We are fortunate for Drew's flexible schedule that allows me to just take one baby into an appointment instead of having to take both!!

We hope everyone had a lovely Valentines Day. The "Little Flirt" had a couple offers to be his Valentine. A NICU friend, Allison, offered (okay, her Mom offered her up!) to be his Valentine. We also got a call today from one of our favorite NICU nurses, Sherri, inquiring to see if the spot was still open! The little man is already fighting off the women! I didn't ask for Valentines for Lindy because she's our little girl. Daddy won't let her have any Valentines until she is 18 years old :) I don't think that is fair though. So maybe another NICU friend, Noah, could be Lindy's Valentine. What do you say Cheryl, can the shunt babies be Valentines?


Paulette said...

Jamie: The babies are absolutely beautiful!!! Will is going to be quite the lady killer and Lindy the pretty lady.

Angela, our daughter, has -9 in both eyes and she sees great with contacts or glasses. Just wanted to let you know.

Paulette and Ron

Jasper said...

My mom used to be at -7.5 and it slowly deteriorates. She used to have glasses, but is much happier since she changed to contacts. She sees absolutely fine. So -8 should not be a problem. And my guess is that if they can make -8 contacts, they can do -10 too.

Glasses is gonna be rough, because the (hollow) lenses tend to be huge on the edges. You end up with typical jelly-jar-bottom nerd-glasses, which are very hard to fit in a frame that would look cool on a fashionable girl like Lindy.

Tonya Montrief said...

Hey girl ~ in working in Ophthalmology (especially at Duke Retina Dept). I have seen it all. There are lots of people with a high minus Rx that can see just fine. They do make contacts for a high Rx. I can't remember what the highest number is that it goes up to. Also in working at Duke I used to hear alot about research. Your babies are so young that by the time they get older ~ there is so much research being done now. There is no telling what kind of things will be out! Seriously!! If you want me to be COMPLETELY honest. Lindy having that kind of vision is awesome considering what that child has went through. It is a true blessing!! I saw so many preemies who went through similar things in the Retina dept at Duke that had no vision whatsoever!! I think it is wonderful!! Hope you are doing well. Keep in touch. BTW your babies look amazing. They both look so healthy!! Keep up the good work. One day at a time!! xoxo