This is Callie's fall school picture from Goddard School. Can you believe our little miracle will be in Kindergarten next year?!?!?! She is growing up so fast! We truly have so much to be thankful for! This week Callie told me all about the Pilgrams. She knew about the Mayflower, the Atlantic Ocean, and the American Indians. She completely blew me away! We can't thank the Goddard School teachers enough....they all have been amazing and have supported and taught our little girl so much.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Well, I guess to say that a post is long over due is an understatement!!! I promise I have tried to log on numerous times, but something would happen to my computer and it would freeze me out and I would just move on to the next thing! I decided to try it on my iPad tonight, so fingers crossed that this works!!
The biggest update for Callie has been her glasses! This one was tough for Mommy, with guilt anyways. Becuase of her ROP when she was a baby and then her following surgery for Strabismus, she had been being closely followed by an amazing Pediatric Opthomologist at Johns Hopkins. Well, now that Callie is 4 and knows all of her letters, she officially took her first eye test. They covered her left eye and she did amazingly well with her vision...switch sides, and she barely knew the E. Poor girl! Here we thought she was just clutsy and her writing was messy, and in reality, she needed glasses! I felt so guilty that I hadn't recognized this earlier, but at least she has what she needs now!We have noticed quite a difference with her glasses. Her writing has improved, her balance is much better, and her first comment to me when she put them on was "Mommy, everything is so big!!" And our Callie is all about being a BIG GIRL! Little miss independent she is for sure! She is certainly learning to test her boundries and has a strong will to say the least! I have called my Mother so many times to share a funny story that just reminds me so much of me. Such as "mommy I don't need to listen to you" or the strong willed "NO!!!". Don't get me wrong, Callie is a sweet and loving girl most of the time. We are always so proud at Parent/Teacher conferences because they always point out what a good friend Callie is and how they can always count on her to play with a friend when they are sad and down. Actually, we are so proud of her all of the time. It never ceases to amaze me what a miracle she is. She has come so far and we just feel so privaledge to share in her journey!
Fall has been a lot of fun with all of the festivities and visits from family members. If this post works, I promise to update more frequently. People still comment to me from time to time that this blog has helped them or a family member wade through the trenches of prematurity and that makes me feel good that I can share her story with the world. I guess when things stabalized, I didn't know if everyone still wanted the updates and frankly, we got busy!! But at one of the latest family gatherings to celebrate the wedding of my beautiful cousin, Jessica, more than one person requested updates, so I promise to be better!!!
Here is a picture of our beautiful purple butterfly! She was 100% certain of what she wanted to be this year and she had an amazing time! It is crazy what a difference a year makes! This year, she wanted to go up to the doors by herself with her friend Ashley, while Mommy, Daddy and Grammi watched from the sidewalk. She does her best to keep up, but after about half of the block she asked to be carried a little between the houses, because she "isn't as fast as her friend." I don't know if this is just because she is smaller or not as steady, but a little reminder that things still aren't easy for her. But as always, our little fighter fights, and does her best to keep up. We are so proud of you Callie May!
Sunday, March 17, 2013
It is that time of year again to raise money for the March of Dimes! We are so thankful for all of the care Callie received and a lot of that medicine was made possible by research funded by the March of Dimes. We had a lot of fun last year with the brackets and we raised a lot of money for a great cause!! Please forward our brackets to anyone you think would interested! Thank you!
March Brackets for Babies
Please join us for a “fun”draiser for Team Callie May and the March of Dimes!
Help Fight Prematurity with your NCAA Basketball Bracket Picks!
Enter for $10
$5 goes to March of Dimes and $5 goes into the final championship pot.
Winner gets 60% of the pot
2nd Place – 30%
3rd Place – 10%
Please sign up now by using the link http://calliemod.mayhem.cbssports.com/e
(you will need to create a cbssports login)
Please forward this on to anyone that you think will be interested!
Any questions? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Your $10 payment can be made to me by check or cash mailed to:
Marci Costello - 711 Scottish Isle Dr., Abingdon, MD 21009
Sunday, January 27, 2013
What was also reassuring out of this scenerio, was how truly amazing Callie's teachers at Goddard are. Mommy really struggled when Callie was released from Infants and Toddlers. While I was incredibly thrilled they felt she didn't need the support, I worried something might get missed and she would lag behind. Her teachers involvement and concern comforts me in knowing she is absolutely in the right place!