Wednesday, December 23, 2009

18 Months!

18 months old just in time for the holidays! These shots were taken a few days late for the occasion but close enough to count.

Milo - 19 December 2009

Maddy - 19 December 2009

Unfortunately, it has only gotten more difficult to photograph Maddy and this was the best I could do. It was either the shot above or this one....

Or this one...

I think I made the best choice best on the available selection of photos.

In other news, the monthly Mr. Bear photos will become a thing of the past with this post. We had originally planned to cut them to once every six months after M&M turned one year old, but at the time they were still making big jumps in growth. It's fair to say things have slowed down since then. The kids are definitely getting bigger, but the month-to-month growth just isn't that dramatic anymore. I'll still be doing blog updates (with pictures) regularly, but the bear pictures will be bumped to once every six months.

And speaking of growth and development, the kids had a couple of big assessments in the last couple weeks. Overall, everything looks good. As of early this week, Milo weighed in at 19 lbs 8 ozs and was 30.5 inches tall. Maddy came in at 21 lbs 9 ozs and 31.5 inches tall.

Milo & Maddy at the Alta Bates Follow-Up Clinic - 15 December 2009

Developmentally, the babies are basically on track for their corrected age (which is about 14 months) with some exceptions. They are behind bit on their expressive language and their gross motor skills in particular, but they have been making some good strides of late. They can both walk now, but not really well enough to call them "walkers" -- they still crawl plenty but their walking is coming along quickly. Both babies will be receiving some additional physical therapy, which has proven very helpful already. Milo remains in the high-risk category for cerebral palsy, due to high muscle tone in his legs, low muscle tone in his mouth (partly why he sticks his tongue out so much), and of course the fact that he had a grade III IVH at birth. The good news is that if he is diagnosed with CP, it appears very likely that he will fall in the mild category. For example, he might have trouble using scissors or kicking a ball -- it's tough to say exactly how it might manifest and we won't know until he's at a stage where it will be noticeable.

In other developments - at long last, the babies are getting ready to make the transition out of the infant room at daycare to join the other pre-toddlers.

Have a great holiday!


Mom said...

I love Maddy's series, very, very funny! Looks like M&M are becoming more tod-like! Big kids, no longer babies! Before you know it they're off to college (I am expressing my own fear here ;-)

Linda said...

Thanks for continuing to blog on the twins. It's a great legacy for the kids, inspirational for new NICU families, as well as for other M & M fans to keep in touch with such a wonderful family!
Happy New Year to the 4 of you.

Sarah V said...

Happy new year to you all! You know, as I read your comments about potential concerns about the kids' development and CP, etc., I was struck by how this journey of yours has been undertaken with such strength and resilience and how you all are thriving as a family despite the anxieties that may persist while you watch M&M's progress. You have all handled it so well, and the kids have done so well it is easy to sometimes forget that their rocky start in life could continue to impact them. I look forward with great hope to a day that those concerns are not so present and all that remains to report are amusing anecdotes about their experiences in the world. Now that I am bringing another little one into the world, with all the uncertainties that come with that, you're great models for me. Thanks! :-)

Kevin Mc said...

I'm no doctor, but I'm thinking that the high muscle tone in his legs *could* possibly be due to his love of bouncing, and have no doubt he'll rule the soccer-playing world should he so desire! Give everyone smooches from the east coast! Kevin, Tracy, Evie & Allie