It's hard to believe that the car seat is actually getting too small for Maddy now. A year ago she practically disappeared in the thing, and we needed to tuck blankets around her to keep her snug. In fact, we bought new car seats today for M&M.
To celebrate this latest milestone, Maddy and Milo got a little something extra with dinner. What else? Madeleines, which the kids obviously liked since they contain the dietary staples sugar and chocolate.
So what was Milo up to a year ago? As you may recall, Milo decided to hang out with the nurses and docs for another 15 days after Maddy went home. But for posterity, here's the comparison.
Milo: 3 October 2009. Weighing in at 7 lbs. 8 ozs. (including a lot of edema) and sporting a nasal gavage tube for feeding. Looks like a whole different baby. The amazing thing is that the little guy had every right to cry and whine about everything, but he was almost always all smiles all the time.
Milo: 3 October 2009. Weighing in the high 18 lb. range. Along with a much healthier disposition, Milo has developed a bit of a temper -- which he clearly gets from mom since I was a perfect child. Above he is seen throwing a little tantrum while I was trying to photograph Maddy. What would his nurses think? To be fair, he's just getting over a fever, and he's got two new teeth coming in. All in all, he's still a pretty happy little guy.
In other news, we attended the Alta Bates NICU reunion last week. It was a great chance to return and visit with the all the great folks who were so vital in getting Maddy and Milo so healthy and strong. And we also got meet up again with other friends and alumni families.
Left to right: Elaine, baby Ruksana with mom (Preema) and dad; Nurse Janet; Dr. Espinoza (in the shades); and Jesse & Kat.
Janet and Milo and Madeline. We were hoping to get pictures with Annette, Aneko, and Dr. Kao, but they snuck off before I got out the camera.
Krista & Molly hanging out with Elaine and Milo. You may remember Molly and family from earlier posts. Molly overlapped with M&M at the NICU.
Dr. Espinoza, Baby Loki, Janet, and Jesse and Kat (Loki's parents). Kat and Jesse have kept a great blog about Loki, which you can - and should - check out here: http://babylokisky.blogspot.com/. It's definitely an amazing story - Loki is a 24-weeker who was born at Alta Bates the day after Milo went home. Highly recommended!
Elaine & Milo, Preema and Dad with baby Ruksana. Like Loki, Ruksana was another 24-weeker born right around the time M&M came home.
A rare moment. Maddy sits still in the grass without tearing her hat off.