Sunday, November 14, 2010

Fall Days

Callie has had a busy month so far! She had her first kiss (above) with baby Finn! This weekend we had a mini reunion with Daddy's high school friends and their families. Things have certainly changed since the last time we were together! Callie fell in love with baby Finn and wanted to hug and kiss him ALL day!

Colin taught Callie to play "ring around the rosie", which entertained them over and over again!

It was great catching up with everyone and finally getting all of the babies together!

Callie has also had a busy month at home. She has definitely made the transition to toddler! She is using more and more words everyday and she is into everything! You can't take your eyes off of her for a second!
Callie also made her first attempt at using the potty this week. We were walking by the bathroom and she pointed and said "pee pee". Unfortunately, by the time I was able to grab her potty and get her pants down, she has just peed in her diaper. But we take this as a good sign and now have the potties out and ready to go whenever she is ready!

Today was a beautiful fall day and Callie enjoyed playing in the leaves!
Callie had several follow-up doctors appointments this month. First, she had her Developmental Pediatrician appointment at Johns Hopkins. Overall, they were very pleased with Callie's progress. Across the board, she is meeting all of her milestones for 18 months (adjusted age) and many of the milestones for her chronological age (21 months). Callie also had her first speech evaluation through Infants and Toddlers. They placed her meeting all 21 month communication milestones and working towards her 24 month ones! It is great that she is ahead in communication and they have decided that she doesn't need speech therapy at this time.
Later that same day, she had an appointment with Neurosurgery. Dr. Jallo was extremely pleased with our girl! He just kept praising her saying things like "I can't believe this is the same preemie I operated on", "you really can't tell she was a preemie", and "amazing!" These are words Mommy and Daddy never get tired of hearing. Because of the shunt, we still need to keep a close eye on her, but he couldn't have been any happier with her progress and we will see him again in 6 months.
Callie also had follow-up with her Opthamologist regarding her lazy eye. He still believes the best course of action is surgery, so we are going ahead with the scheduled surgery on December 7th. The challenge will be keeping her healthy. She has had back to back ear infections this month and continues to bring home new germs from school. They will not operate if she is under the weather, so we just have to hope she is healthy and strong the day of surgery. We will update everyone regarding surgery as it gets closer.