Monday, March 2, 2009

Monday, March 2, 2009 - Update


We finally made it home from our apppointment (that was 2 1/2 hours long!) We came out of it with really good news, however. They tested Olivia on a multitude of different things and found her to be at around a 10-12 month level in most areas. Her actual age is 18 months and her adjusted age is 14 months. This is fantastic considering that four months ago, she was only at a 4-5 month level. She has progressed 6 months over the past 4 months, so she is catching up. I'm glad that I brought the video of her walking because I assumed that she wouldn't walk in a strange place with strange people. . .and I was right. Her doctor loved the video of her walking and said she had perfect "Frankenstein" form and was doing a great job. I was also told that cerebral palsy (even in its mildest form) can be crossed off the list as she doesn't see any indication of it. This is huge and something that always weighs on the mind of any micro-preemie parent. The area that she seems to be falling behind in is her speech, which is ironic because that is the area she was always ahead in. No one is too concerned about this because she makes a lot of noises and mimics a lot of sounds. She just doesn't say any word consistently except dada. I was very proud of Olivia as she did very well for as long as we had to wait. She was tired, hot and hungry (as was I) but still managed to show off many of her skills. I especially like when she starts waving bye-bye to people who aren't ready to leave yet. Thank you for sharing in my joys and caring so much about my daughter. She has definitely come a long way from her start as a 1 lb 1.5 oz baby.

9 comments:

lots_of_love_four_kids said...

YEA Olivia! Great news! :)

Cristi said...

Yay for good news! I needed some today.

Andrea said...

I'm so glad to hear good news! I wish I lived closer too! I'd love to do your shopping for you!

~RAch~ said...

Yay Olivia! And yeah, the speech thing isn't something to stress over. My Alayna didn't say many more than 5 words at 18 months. I was told by many mama's not to worry about it until she was 2... that she would blossom and would never shut up. They were right! It was like overnight something exploded and she hasn't stopped talking since! Alayna was 4 1/2 weeks early and showed a little delay in a couple other areas (she was 15 months before she walked) so with Olivia being very early, I wouldn't worry too munch for a long while!!

Nix said...

Well done Olivia, that's fantastic news.

Anonymous said...

What great news!! I'm so happy for you! Don't stress too much over the speech thing yet. We had the same delay trouble and then all of the sudden it just starts clicking and Charlie is saying all kinds of things now! So glad to hear nights are going well and things are good right now!! You have a right to be super proud of Olivia (and yourselves as parents :-)
Neva

HansonTriplets said...

I too have been worried about the talking thing. We just had a additional theripist for Rainbows come out and she didn't seem concerned either. I guess I will just stop freaking out but it is hard wen all the other kids are around you are talking and your kids still aren't. I am glad to hear that Olivia is doing so wonderful. I don't know if you remember Ashley (with Tripp and Trinity) in the NICU when we were, but I talked to their grandpa the other day and I guess Tripp just started to crawl a few weeks ago. I guess Trinity is not even close to crawling. Crazy huh! Well, Good Job Olivia!!

Becky said...

That's fantastic! I'm so glad Olivia had a good appointment today and that you're all getting more rest at night!

Kellars Mommy said...

Awesome!!!!!