Thursday, November 4, 2010

7 months old (3 months adjusted)


Camdyn and Cade are 7 months old today.  I don't have current weights on the babies because we don't have our pediatrician appt. until next Wed.  We are finally settling into our new house and getting all of their therapy and doctor's appointments lined up.  Hopefully, we will at least soon get into some sort of a routine.  We are having so much fun with them.  I just love watching Brenna play and interact with them.  Although, she is getting quite frustrated at Camdyn's new-found voice.  Camdyn now lets us know very loudly when she is unhappy.  While I am celebrating that her little lungs can do that, Brenna just wants her to be quiet.  She told Camdyn yesterday, "If you can't be quiet, you are going to have to go to your room!"  A few days ago we were in the car and Brenna asked me to turn up the radio because Camdyn was being too loud. 

Cade - Cade is getting his helmet next week.  I hope he doesn't hate it too much.  It ended up costing us $3500, so I sure hope it works.  (Thank you all who donated money for our babies.  Some of the money raised is going to his helmet.)  Cade will start seeing the occupational therapist from the private company three times a week to work on feeding as well as the speech therapist from ECI once a week.  He also is seeing a physical therapist from the private company once a week and a physical therapist from ECI once every other week.  The new ECI program seems to be much better than the one we were in which makes me very happy.  They sent the physical therapist to evaluate them, and she actually got down on the floor and worked with them unlike the previous program.  Cade is making progress, albeit very slow; it is still progress.  He was gagging on his pacifier a lot.  Now he loves his pacifier.  Then he was gagging as soon as the nipple of the bottle would touch his lips.  He now accepts the bottle in his mouth, but as soon as he starts to suck and gets liquid in his mouth, he freaks out.  He does manage a few sucks and swallows each time but a very small amount.  We will be starting the intensive feeding therapy next week, so I hope to see a lot of progress.

Camdyn - Camdyn has, as mentioned above, become quite vocal.  I'm pretty sure she is going to have an attitude very much like her big sister and her momma.  Fortunately for Daddy, Cade is very laid back.  Camdyn is getting speech therapy once a week from ECI to work on feeding as well.  Sometimes she takes her bottle beautifully and sometimes she flat out refuses.  It is very hit or miss with her.  Unfortunately, we can't just let her decide when she wants it and when she doesn't.  She has to grow.  I am excited to see what both of their weights will be next week.  Camdyn also qualified for physical therapy with ECI two times a month.  She is beginning to scoot (not really crawl).  It is very cute.  She wants to be on the move.  She just isn't strong enough yet.  I don't think she realizes that she is little bitty.

Camdyn must have thought something was pretty funny.  I just love Camdyn and Brenna's matching outfits.

Camdyn with Great-Grannie Stahmer - I don't know why we didn't get pictures, but the babies also got to meet Great-Grandma Hensel and Aunt Sandy for the first time this week.

My little cuties doing tummy time.

Cade was fussing so Brenna decided that what he wanted was all of her stuffed animals so he could sleep better.  I had to take a picture of her arrangement here.  Pretty sweet!  She also had put a bracelet on Cade a few days ago and told me that he liked it because it made him look pretty.  Poor Cade - he is outnumbered.

Don't forget to vote for Camdyn and Cade in the Preemie Power photo contest once a day through Nov. 11th.  It only takes a few seconds.

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