Making the grade!

The girls had a follow-up appointment in the neonatal clinic today.

They’ll be seeing them every six months until they’re 3 years old. This was their third appointment. What happens is we go in, the girls get an evaluation, then we find out where the girls stand physically and developmentally.

As a parent it’s a tad stressful because everything kind of comes back to you. If they do well, you want to claim all of the glory. But if they do bad, you want to point the blame at everything around you. (Oh, stop lying to yourself, everyone does it. I do it!) Numerous times I’ve found that my first reaction is to look at the kid’s environment for fault rather than at myself.

Well, lucky for me, I didn’t have to worry about the negative stuff!! They were evaluated at, or ahead of their age range in a number of areas! There are a few things that they were a month or two behind in, but it’s absolutely normal for kids to range two months ahead or behind their adjusted age. They’re right on target!

[Side note: Peanut’s gross motor skills were evaluated far behind because she isn’t able to crawl or walk. Her current evaluation age is probably as good as she will ever get because of this. BUT what she can do, she does phenomenally. The therapists who tested her said they were amazed at her core strength/control (abs). Her abs are, in their own way, replacing the “responsibilities” of her glutes. I guess not a lot of kids can do this, so I’m really proud of her for taking control and making the best of her situation!]

Here are their report cards:

PEANUT:
age from birth date: 15 m – 21 d
age from due date: 14 m -21 d

GROWTH PROGRESS
weight:       20 lbs      10%
length:        29″            10%
head size:  17 3/4″    45%

BAYLEY TEST SCORE: AGE EQUIVALENT
cognitive (play skills)    16 mo
fine motor                          20 mo
gross motor                       8 mo
receptive language         13 mo
(understanding)
expressive language      13 mo

BEAR:
age from birth date: 15 m – 21 d
age from due date: 14 m -21 d

GROWTH PROGRESS
weight:       21 1/2 lbs     35%
length:        29 1/2″          10%
head size:  17 3/4″          45%

BAYLEY TEST SCORE: AGE EQUIVALENT
cognitive (play skills)    16 mo
fine motor                          20 mo
gross motor                       14 mo
receptive language         13 mo
(understanding)
expressive language      14 mo

Yay!! Can you believe it?! 14 months is their adjusted age, but they evaluated at 20 months for fine motor skills! Their cognitive play is ahead as well! The rest, (besides Peanut’s gross motor skills) is right on target! They’re little superstars!!!

I’m a very proud mama. 🙂

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