This is one proud mama right now!!! Today was our two year NICU follow up and Xander rocked it! Like “Super Hero Fire Fighter Xanderman” Rocked It! They give the Bailey Test to check on development and he scored 29 months in most areas! He is 28 months old, 25 adjusted so he is even ahead of his ACTUAL age! Sorry but not sorry, there are going to be a million exclaimation points in this post! He scored a 27 month or so in gross/fine motor skills but a couple of the things I think he could do just fine but he hasn’t tried them before. (He couldn’t string the blocks on a string and had trouble putting the lego blocks back together) I even started crying when he was doing a puzzle because I was just so proud of how well he seemed to be handling everything the tester put in front of him. After his crazy start as a teeny tiny 1lb 5oz baby who ever dreamed this was even possible?
This news is excellent as they like to stop adjusting his age for meeting developmental milestones at two years old. So not adjusting his age he is on track and even ahead in most development. The doctors were not surprised that we had been dismissed from Early Intervention services (but we miss those ladies!). They loved to hear him talk and were just overall impressed with him. They were also looking for attention problems and said they usually start testing for that at this age but he concentrated and focused so well on things that they didn’t feel the need to do that. Our next NICU follow up isn’t until age 4!
I asked the question about trying to feed him extra calories and growth since that is what I’m usually worried about. They said he is doing great in their book. As long as he is staying on his curve (at the bottom of the charts) and he is proportionate they are not concerned. The extra calories wouldn’t do him much good as he just wouldn’t eat as much and you risk him getting rolly polly instead of growing up in inches. He knows when he needs to eat and his body is getting what it needs to grow without forcing it. He is just going to be on the low end of the growth charts and that is ok. If we are really that worried about it they could refer us to the endocrinologist but the only thing they could do is growth hormone shots and they don’t do much good in kids that are growing at their own rate and proportionate like Xander is. Plus we don’t really want to do growth hormones.
This is just a huge relief. Now off to find some more challenging legos and I think I have shoestrings around her somewhere! I need to keep this development rolling!