Going on 2...WOW!
|Our daughter Hazel recently turned three. She is a former 24 weeker and has come so far. Hazel loves to read books, play outside on the trampoline and enjoys making all sorts of Playdoh creations. She knows the alphabet like nobodies business and can spell and read 10-15 words. |
Hazel is heading to preschool in September where she will receive speech-language assistance. She is a happy, healthy, 'normal' three year old. The NICU was such a scary time in our lives but seeing our little girl thrive makes it all worth while.
Adeline Marie Stowe was born at 3lbs 12oz, and is now a very healthy 19lb thirteen month toddler. She is getting on track with her milestones. It has been a very challenging year for us, and since the NICU. She is definately finding new lessons to teach us each day. Her pediatrician remains happy with her progress, as well.
Addie is just full of life and loves to laugh at everything. We have spent a small fortune on elaborate toys and stuffed animals, but her favorite toys remain my car keys and our smartphones. This fathers day I'm looking forward to spending it with my wife and daughter, Shanna and Adeline.
Last fathers day, Addie had just come home from the NICU and it was very interesting to say the least. But, I was with my new formed family, and now, that's all that matters in this world.
It's so strange how your life changes as your child grows out of the "preemie" stage, with milestones and obstacles steadily changing. We have come a long way since Jayden was born seven weeks early. It's fair to say we all have learned and grown as a family; Gena and I as parents and Jayden as a growing toddler.
I am so tickled by Jayden's progress, especially over the last six months. To think about where we are in regards to Jayden's speech as to where we are when we started Early Intervention services when he was two is mind-boggling. While he still has a way to go, it doesn't put the weight of the world in stress on it like it used to.
Jayden is making new friends at his preschool extended school year program, and he will be back with his same teachers when the regular school year comes around in August. We certainly feel blessed to work with amazing staff.