June 21, 2010

Mom's reflections on Father's Day

I am SO GLAD Mike is my kids' dad.  It was one of the first things I thought within minutes of us becoming parents.  There weren't too many clear, cohesive thoughts running through my head after seeing our floppy, non-responsive, apgar 2 baby boy get bagged and resuscitated.  But, after first hearing the words "birth defect" and "life-saving surgery" one of the first really strong, clear thoughts I had was - I am so glad Mike is his father and we are going through this together.  He has been nothing less than a superhero dad over the past three years.  He has loved and adored his children like no other.  I could go on and on, but I think this is evidence enough...

The most exciting, highly-anticipated moment of our daily routine is when we hear his car coming down the driveway.  Both kids look out the window and Ben usually yells, "Baba's car is coming!"  Olivia usually gasps, "Ha!  Dada!"  Ben asks if he can "run to baba" and I pick Olivia up and we all go out on the front step.  Ben knows the rule is he has to wait there until the lights on daddy's car turn off.  Then he takes off down the walkway, running full force until he gets to his daddy and leaps into his arms.  Now that Olivia is walking she has started toddling down the walkway, too.  It takes her several minutes to cover the same ground as Ben.  The whole way she repeats over and over with every step, "Dada! Dada! Dada! Dada! Dada!..."

It makes my eyes water every time.  Five days a week I get to re-experience the same feeling and thought I had when we first became parents - I am so glad Mike is their father and we are going through this together.

June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day!

Click on the blue screen to see a slideshow of the babies and their daddy.  :)

June 10, 2010

Ortho & Neuro Day

Ben has his yearly check-ups with his orthopedic surgeon and
neurosurgeon today. He has finished an xray and was verrrry good. I
had to explain several times this "camera" wouldn't hurt (like last
time). Lollipop and toys make all the difference.
It's going to be a lonnnnnnnnng day for sure. It's being made MUCH
easier because Cousin Katie is watching Miss Olivia today and then
Grandma D is taking over duties this afternoon. Our heros!!!
This should be Ben's last major appointment until December. Woo!

June 04, 2010

Developmental Rockstar!

Ben had his very last NICU developmental clinic evaluation this Thursday and he rocked it like a star!

He was evaluated for speech, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, education, social & emotional development, hearing, and had a general pediatrician check-up.  He scored at age level or above in every single area.  Wooo!!!  What was most impressive was his expressive language...this was the area he was so delayed in last year that they recommended therapy.  Now he is ABOVE age level in this area!  Rock star!

In other developmental news, Miss Olivia is now mostly walking instead of crawling.  She couldn't be more proud of herself or more excited about her latest skill.  She loves carrying around random things that were previously difficult or impossible to carry while crawling.  Every time I turn around she's walking around with something new - a t-shirt she dug out of the laundry, a paper shopping bag nearly as big as herself, various toys, and most entertaining...the end of the roll of toilet paper.  She has a huge smile the entire time and looks around to see if anybody else is admiring her accomplishment of walking.  Soooo cute!

A couple of developmental giants here.  :)