Saturday, July 31, 2010

Nicu Reunions

This week Callie had two NICU reunions. The first was an informal get together with another miracle baby from St. Joe's, Ailyn. It was so nice to finally get a chance to meet up with Ailyn's family after so long. We spent a lot of time talking with Ailyn's parents while our girls were gaining strength at St. Joe's and it was nice to finally catch up out of the Hospital.

Ailyn and Callie spent time checking each other out-too cute!

Even Ailyn's older brother, Camden, spent time cuddling with Callie.

Later in the week Johns Hopkins had their annual NICU Reunion.

It was so nice to catch up with so many wonderful families that we had gotten to know during Callie's time at Johns Hopkins. Callie was even able to catch up with her Primary Nurse, Mary, and many other people that took such great care of her. How can we ever thank them enough?!?

Sunday, July 18, 2010

New Interactions

Callie has had some "firsts" over the last couple of weeks! We caught her feeding our Dog, Riley. Which I am sure is going to be a first of many for her! We know we should have stopped her, but it was SO cute, we had to get it on film!!

Callie has also learned to stand up on her own. Up until now, she was either pulling herself up on someone, the couch, the table, etc or crawling over to the step and standing up. Now she can do it all on her own!! Such a big girl!!

Callie also finally got to meet some of her cousins! We spent Saturday spending some quality family time in New Jersey. It was so cute to have a new generation playing together, and despite them all being different ages, they all got along so well! Callie's younger cousin, Connor, is only 4 months old and almost weighs as much as Callie!

Callie was very excited to end her trip to New Jersey in the swimming pool!! As always, she was a little water bug and loved every second!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Water Baby

Callie's summer is off to a great start! Callie has certainly become our water baby! She loves being in the water every chance she gets! The pictures above are from Father's Day when we were invited to a neighbors pool-thank you! Callie was in the water for three hours straight. She would cry every time that we tried to take her out.

Callie has also started to get more vocal in the past couple of weeks. She is saying lots of "Dada's", "up", and "help". She had been communicating well with the sign's that we had tought her, but we are happy that her voice is starting to get more usage!

Callie is also walking a lot more. She is iniatiating it herself and if she doesn't get too excited, she can make it across the room on her own! She was evaluated by Physical Therapy last week and they are thrilled with her progress. Her therapist said that her development was "textbook". I asked if that was textbook for a micropreemie and she said, no, textbook for childhood development! That was SO nice to hear!!

Callie made her first visit to Ocean City, NJ for the 4th of July! She absolutely loved it!

Mommy and Daddy couldn't believe how much she loved the water. Everytime we would try to walk her towards the beach, she would turn us around back into the water! We never sat down the whole time we were there!!
After a long day splashing in the ocean, Callie finally took a nap on the boardwalk! We hope everyone had a wonderful fourth of July!