I know, I know, I was MIA AGAIN! Of course I have good excuses, I always have excuses...
Considering the doctors and staff and the NICU didn't think Lily would do much of anything, she has come SO far. She is definitely behind developmentally, but she is working on crawling and she will probably be walking by summer. She has significantly better motor skills than anyone expected. She WANTS to eat, she tries to steal Paige's food all the time. I believe when she is a little older and can understand, we may even be able to teach her to swallow. The state has a program that sends different therapists based on your preemie's needs to the house to do therapy with her. Currently, Lily has a physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist and a feeding specialist that see her a couple times per month. I'm sure she would be developing at a much slower speed if we didn't have all these specialists coming to teach us how to work with her.
|Lily crawling for a toy|
|Recent hospital stay. She didn't feel good. :(|
Paige never even believed she was a preemie. A short 3 weeks in the NICU is really amazing for a baby born 7 weeks early. She is walking and starting to say words. She almost refuses to let anyone feed her because she is independent and wants to do everything on her own.
|Paige found earmuffs|
|Naps are fun|
Having a house full of kiddos with such varying needs can put strain on relationships, but hubs and I are going strong. The keys are patience and understanding and a good foundation. We have definitely developed those things over the years.
Life is very different than it was 5 years ago, heck even 3 years ago. I don't think any of us would change how our life has turned out, though.