We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!
The biggest news of last week was definitely Will taking his first steps last weekend. He is taking a few more each day. Most of the week we have had to tempt him with a toy in order for him to take some steps. Yesterday he took off for the open dishwasher though, so he is slowly walking a little more each day. Before long I won’t be able to catch him!
Monday Lindy had occupational therapy with Lisa. She was once again pleased with Lindy and excited to hear that she has sucked on the straw. Although she is not doing it consistently, at least we know she can. Lindy showed Lisa how she can go from her back to sitting up by herself. Lisa clapped for her and so Lindy thought she should do it again. She fell over to the side and sat back up. Lisa clapped again and before long this was a repeating cycle for Lindy. She is very proud of herself for getting herself up!
The other news of note about Lisa’s visit was that she briefly checked out Will. Because he surprised us with his last swallow study and his aspiration of the straw, she looked at him. She said he has good chewing patterns but she did not see elevation in his tongue. After talking about all the sounds he makes, she realized that most of the sounds he makes do not require any tongue elevation. He does not make the d sound, one sound that does require tongue elevation. He has never said anything close to dada, which we all heard he would say first. Anyway, she said he has low tone in his tongue and gave us a few exercises to work with him. Will got his first electric toothbrush this week to help out with some of the exercises, along with it helping to clean his teeth!
Lindy had her deaf and hard of hearing teacher on Tuesday. It was a good visit, nothing out of the ordinary.
We had a lovely Thanksgiving with my parents. My father brought his smoker so we had smoked turkey. It was yummy. The babies have eaten lots of Thanksgiving meals since Thursday. I even broke down and gave them some pumpkin pie. It might not have settled so well with Lindy though. Friday night we experienced projectile vomit like we’ve never seen. It went right over my shoulder and hit the hall carpet. Drew’s Dad said pumpkin pie gives him horrible indigestion so we wonder if Lindy was having a bad case of reflux that evening.
Last year on Thanksgiving, Will had been home a few weeks and Lindy was still in the hospital. What a difference a year makes. They have grown and changed so much. We are thankful everyday for their will and determination to fight and overcome their preemie tag. Without it, they wouldn’t be where they are today. We are thankful for all the people who have prayed for our babies the last year. We are most thankful for our families for all the support they’ve given us in the caring of two very premature babies.
My mom and I were among the crazy people who went shopping on Friday. We were at Target at 6am and didn’t get home until 5pm that evening. I was able to get most of my family done which is so good for me. Feels good to have Christmas presents! Now if they would wrap themselves! We were also among the crazy people who sat outside in the rain at the Wake Forest game Saturday night. The babies had fun with two of our youth from church who babysat.
So another week and another holiday has gone by. This week we will work on the Christmas decorations. I’m very nervous about how a Christmas tree and a little boy named Will will get along!