I really should update here more often even if for no other reason than to keep track of Peter’s milestones. I answered a little questionnaire about my preemie recently, and it seemed like a nice thing to post here:
Child’s first and middle name(s): Peter Thien
Actual age: Turning 2 in 6 days!
Adjusted age: 21 months adjusted
Born at gestation: 27 weeks, 5 days
Birthweight: 2 lbs, 10.8 oz
Birth length: 15 inches
Current weight: According to the scale at the post office, 25ish pounds.
Current height: 31.5 inches
Clothes size: 18 months
Shoe size: 5W
Length of NICU stay: 73 days
Major complications while in NICU: Nothing too serious… grade 1 IVH, PDA, feeding intolerance, ROP bilateral grade 2, and of course, RDS
Worst day during NICU stay: The day he was born. Peter made an abrupt and unexpected entrance into the world, and he had poor Apgar scores because he thought that a footling breech vaginal delivery would be fun. Thankfully, Peter was pretty stable by the time I saw him 3 hours after he was born.
Best day during NICU stay: The day I brought Peter home, of course!
Hospitalized or surgeries after NICU stay: Just once for one day when DS caught viral gastroenteritis last winter.
Issues/diagnoses since coming home: Nothing at this point.
Early Intervention participation?: Yes, we worked with EI for 18 months.
Biggest developmental hurdle: Rolling over, I suppose. Peter was a reluctant roller. More recently, following directions (receptive language) has been a bit of a hurdle, but Peter appears to be doing very well in terms of language skills at this point.
Biggest developmental surprise: Peter adores the alphabet. He could tell you the name of any letter you showed him by 20 months actual (17 months adjusted). It didn’t take long at all for him to learn his phonetics in May, either.
First word: uh-oh!
Child’s favorite person: Mama
Pets: A stray cat who decided to move in with us about a month ago. We call her Bella.
Child spends most of his/her days: at daycare.
Favorite main dish: chicken
Favorite dessert: tiramisu (like his mother)
Favorite fruit: blueberries
Favorite vegetable: corn
Favorite snack: Craisins
Favorite drink: milk
Favorite toy: trains
Favorite book: Thomas’s ABC Book
Favorite TV show: Super Why and Thomas the Tank Engine
Favorite indoor activity: drawing
Favorite outdoor activity: playing in water or sand
Favorite lovey/something to take to bed: He has a blue knit blanket that he calls, “Buddy”.
Your favorite time of day with your child: When I pick him up from day care.
Favorite thing(s) about your child: He’s very affectionate, always asking for hugs.
Favorite memory involving your child: His recent fireworks commentary: “Pink! More, more! Yellow! ‘Mazing! Awesome! Green! Wow! Choo-choo train!”
Child’s latest accomplishment: getting both feet off the ground when he “jumps”
Currently working on: counting. He’s pretty good at 1-20, but doesn’t always get 15-20 right. I’m also showing him how letters form words.
Three adjectives that best describe your preemie: adorable, affectionate, analytical
Your hopes for your child: That he’ll find happiness and fulfillment wherever life takes him.
I honestly don’t have time to write about all the fun we’ve had over the past two months, so I’ll just have to provide highlights in the form of photos:
May 26: New sand box
May 28th: Vietnamese community barbecue on the Charles
June 9th: Hampton Beach, New Hampshire
June 9th: Portsmouth, New Hampshirre
June 16th: Longfellow House, Cambridge, Massachusetts
June 23rd: Elizabeth Park, Hartford, Connecticut
July 1st: Fish Pier, Boston, Massachusetts
Hard to believe that my tiny baby is quite nearly 2 years old. I guess I have to stop using his adjusted now…