Well, they were right after all! All the boys doctors (NICU, Gastroenterologist and Pediatrician) said that by age two they would catch up. What a road it has been, well traveled and lots of fun along the way. Starting at 3 lbs 10 oz (Parker) and 4 lbs 3 oz (Peyton), it was hard at the time to imagine the boys they have become. God blessed us with two healthy boys who have continued to amaze us over these 2 years. You would never look at them today and realize they were born at 32 weeks. From IV feedings to tube feeding to breast and bottle...clearly they have made up for lost time.
Through the first year they were "approaching" the charts for height and weight. By one year we were on the carts (wohoo!) @ 5% in both categories. 18 months we were at 10% for height and weight. Drum Roll Please........ Today at their 2 year check up they were 25-27 lbs each (who can get a 2 year old to stand still on a scale?) and 35 inches tall....that would be 50th% for weight and ......75th% for height! Wow...we must be doing something right:) Sadly, their feet are still lagging behind....only a 5 1/2:( Oh well, you can't be too greedy! I guess those MDs do know what they are talking about after all:)
They are still a bit behind in language but we are seeing monthly progress. They said as long as we are seeing them progress there is nothing to worry about now. They have their own language and are just content to talk to each other....they are beginning to name things for us and ask for milk and juice. Peyton has just started putting 2 words together and I am sure Parker is not too far behind. I must say it is fun to watch them interact with each other and jabber away, clearly understanding what the other is saying. It is so funny to watch them get in a dispute and jabber away at each other with these upset and angry looks on their faces. If only we knew what they were saying! I am sure a day will come when we wish we had a few moments of piece and quiet!
We are so thankful and feel so blessed to have to healthy kiddos. I wish their Dr's and nurses in the NICU in CA could see them now. We hope to take them back for a visit when we go in September. As a nurse myself...it is so rewarding to see your former patients come back and visit, to see how far they have come. It makes all those long days and stressful situations well worth it. It really is better than any paycheck you could receive...defiantly more fulfilling! Thank you to all the nurses and Dr's out their that take care of kiddos everyday. You are greatly appreciated!
Toni: Senior Northgate High School
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