Today was Kaitlyn's 18 month NICU Developmental follow-up.
Actually, I've started feeling really positive in the last few weeks as to Kaitlyn's developmental progress. I feel I'm a bit afraid to jinx it or something, but Kaitlyn is actually talking! It's very faint, and most words sound fairly similar. but Kaitlyn is talking (which means communicating) and her signing has increased a lot too.
Maybe Kaitlyn knew how scared I was getting from my post a month ago and she knew she had to get "going" as mom was getting really worried.
At her NICU follow up she was only delayed in most areas by a few months. We were ecstatic. I sadly couldn't go as I've been swamped at work. I'll have to wait to read the report when we get it...but Brian was really, really happy.
I also captured a few rare smiles today. She's been smiling a lot more lately. Giving me kisses whenever I ask for them. My heart is just swelling of this webpage...can you feel it?
And, drum roll please, it's been 3 days since she's vomited! This is an all time record.....3 whole days, wow this is what it feels like to not clean up vomit all the time!
Here is Kaitlyn's signing vocabulary:
-hat, phone, dad (the last 3 are all the same, they aren't supposed to be the same, but K signs them the same),
-drink, eat (ha- funny that she knows these 2),
-bird, duck (she signs these 2 the same),
-all done, (but she doesn't sign when she is all done or wants more)
-she just picked up baby 2 days ago.
Here is Kaitlyn's verbal (quiet, but YES verbal) vocabulary:
The whole "talking" thing happened so nonchalantly, I didn't really realize what a huge accomplishment this is and how much she had actually started saying.
-mama, (she's finally calling me mama instead of papa!) Yippee
-apple (very hard to explain how she makes this word sound, she says: "app"then she breaths in to make the "uple" sound, I can't make the sound myself, I have no idea how she does it. You can hear it yourself on the video.
She will also really try to imitate many words we say, they all sound similar when she tries, but she really is trying, this is great news.
Have to keep this one short, but wanted to share you the good news.. I"m going to post a video too, it's poorly lighted, but it's really wonderful to see (and hear!)
We've got a way to go in terms of pointing and her averting her gaze from us...but we are heading in the right direction. The NICU follow-up feels a lot of her delays may be from her vision issues, and her glasses have started helping her for 2 months now so she has a lot of "catch-up" to do from all the time she couldn't see.
Be prepared for some AMAZING smiling beautiful pictures below...really, prepare yourself..first the old standby serious girl face:
Then swimming with my dad this weekend:
Then just a few hours ago, playing with a toy that really makes her smile...get ready......
and finally........My heart is swimming as I look at this picture (I'm guessing you, my loyal readers will feel the same way):