Friday, February 16, 2007

Just a couple of new photos




It seems to me like D is growing by leaps and bounds these days. She is just getting so big and animated and interactive. It is amazing to me to see where she is now and where she was when she was first born.

We had her semi-annual IFSP (I hope I got that right) the other day during her normally scheduled preschool and she is making great progress. We are mainly working now on getting her to use her right hand more and to be even more mobile than she is. She can run and walk but we want her to climb ladders and go up and down stairs easily.
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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

As Promised, Update on Darsie

So Darsie is doing well. We are currently doing one hour of hydrotherapy, two sessions of developmental preschool through our local EI center, and one hour of PT weekly. We kind of have a speech session mixed in with one of our weekly sessions of preschool.

Besides growing bigger everyday it seems, Darsie is getting more and more physical. She is running and walking over all surfaces, can climb stairs going up (but not down), walk on uneven surfaces, and is gaining new words everyday. I think I need to start a list of words for when her therapists ask me how her speech is coming. She doesn't talk a lot but does when necessary (like the teacher isn't looking at her during snack and she wants more COOKIES!). She is an incredible singer and is starting to dance. She loves to kiss herself in the armoir mirror and is absolutely in love with any babies (bebe!) that we see.

Recently we got Darsie a new hand splint. We had been using homemade, or rather OT made, neoprene splints but she has such an thumb abduction that we needed to get her something she could not pull through. We went through a local company named Benik to get her a new neoprene splint. The difference is that this one has a piece of plastic in the web space so she can't pull her thumb in. It is moldeable when heated. We also ordered her one that has a bit more velcro on it because she could weasle her way out of the other ones. This one has one big flap that velcros and then three small flaps that velcro over that one. So far we have had great success with it!

I've had this post written for two days and I hit save as draft instead of publish. UGH, pregnancy brain!

22 Weeks!

First off, aren't ultrasound pictures kind of scary? I don't know what it is but the weird skull pictures ALWAYS freak me out!

Had another OB appointment yesterday and everything went well. Blood pressure measured in at 122/75 after running up and down a flight of stairs and dealing with a Darsie who wanted to play with the hazardous waste container and didn't want to be held. Urine was fine as well. Heartbeat was 142 bpm.

I had been feeling a tearing pain on my left side when I picked D up or held her, so I asked about it and my OB confirmed it was probably round ligaments. She said to keep holding Darsie as long as I wanted to. I also asked about travel since Darsie was born at 28 weeks. She said I knew the risks of travelling and it was up to me but as long as my tests were all coming back normal, I could go and do whatever I want really but to know where the nearest hospital was just in case. We don't have any crazy trips planned but we are hoping to go to the coast for a weekend before the baby makes her appearance.

Did I mention that we made a decision on a name? Our newest little girl will be named Elise Adelaine.

I will update with ultrasound pics from last week as soon as my scanner finishes up, too. Also, a big Darsie update coming later!