Sunday, August 29, 2010

AFV follow up

It has been quite a while now since America's Funniest Videos contacted me. I thought I would browse their website to see if Adam's pie video was posted and sure enough, I found it! Follow this link below...

When I spoke with the guy on the phone he indicated it was selected for television viewing. I guess I'll have to call back and see if it is still supposed to air and when that might be.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Flashback a year

September 12, 2009

August 26, 2010

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

10, 11, 12

Wow, no wonder Adam has been drooling a bunch and fussier than usual lately - I found 3 more teeth this morning! He has the front top and bottom 4, and then 1 half way back in all 4 locations.

Sara has been sucking her thumb a lot more lately so I have a feeling that is her pain management. Nothing new sticking up, though, so she remains at 8.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


We are hearing attempts at more and more words lately.

Da Da
Ma Ma
Even Adam is trying to say Sara and just gets a little more than the S out.

My favorite? Meow.

See if you agree...

Random play time

I realized I hadn't taken pictures or video of the kids in a while so today is update day. This video is a couple minutes of the kids just randomly playing, with a few things to note. At the beginning, you will hear Adam make vroom vroom noises--he heard a car drive by outside and it's all about mimicking lately! Another item to note is that Adam has really picked up speed on his walking ability. He has times that he is almost up to a slow run, and he is rolling his feet better heel to toe. Miss Sara has come a long way in her mobility, as well. It's not just a few steps and plop down any more. She's got good distance but she is working on speed and how far apart her legs can be to give her a stable platform! They love music and dance whenever they hear something with a good beat. Adam demonstrates his white man squat. Maybe in a later video I can capture the head bob he does with it sometimes. Sara mostly just bounces but she is good at keeping the beat. They love to play together and are always on the go. I'll be worried soon--Sara is going to be my climber and she is almost able to make it up onto the couch.

I also retired some toys (the jumperoo and the exersaucer) as well as introduced some new ones - a work bench and some rocking horses I bought at the PMOT sale. All are a huge hit. Apparently neither of them can walk without something in both hands. For Adam lately, his favorites are the yellow hammer in one hand and the purple wrench in the other. We are still learning what he can and can't bang on.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Adam pulls ahead in the tooth tally

This whole teething experience has been quite interesting. There is not a whole lot typical or expected in the process, or even between the kids themselves.

Adam got his first 2 bottom teeth on Christmas day 2009.

It took a few months after that before Sara's first 2 bottom teeth broke through.

Then Adam got his top 2 front ones.

Sara waited and waited...and 4 of her top teeth came in at once!

Adam followed behind with the other top 2 so we stayed tied in the count for a short bit.

Sara's other bottom 2 have been for quite a while now, pushing her ahead with a total of 8 and Adam 6. A little over a week ago Adam finally got another one on the bottom and a few days ago the other side on the bottom poked through. So we were tied at 8 again.

Since Sara's bottom ones had been in for so long, I was expecting she would be next with the molars. Saturday Shannon said he was giving Adam Tylenol because he was fussing and drooling all day. That really didn't make sense to me because that other bottom tooth had broke through so he shouldn't have anything else coming. Yesterday he was really fussy and carrying around his blankies all day. In the afternoon I finally stuck my finger in his mouth (carefully) to see what I could find. Sure enough! He has another one poking through on the top right about halfway back. Seems like an odd position but what else has been normal about this process? We both agree that we haven't experienced any of the horror stories about teeth coming in that we have heard - up in the middle of the night, lots of crying, etc. We just check from time to time and hey, there's another one!

That makes the count:
Adam - 9
Sara - 8

If I were you, I wouldn't put any money on trying to figure out who might be next or which tooth it will be!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

TV star

How many of you remember that I submitted a "pie video" of Adam to a certain television program that shows home movies and gives winners a stack of cash? I'm not naming the show specifically because there is all sorts of legal technicality and I don't want to get myself in trouble by mentioning it if I'm not supposed to! The video was taken when I was on my way to Minnesota for the Women of Faith Conference with my aunt Robyn, my cousin Emily, and the twins last fall. We stopped to eat and Adam was infatuated with the dessert carousel spinning around.

Anyway...they called last night and said they are interested in airing the video!

Are you kidding me? How cool is that?

We have to get all the paperwork in order. Even though I sent it in months ago, they have to either locate it or ask me to fill it out again. Shannon thinks that since they aren't coordinating flying us out there that we aren't finalists for the big cash prize. But that's okay by me - we can still say 'we knew Adam when...'

I'll keep you posted on when it's supposed to air.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Our 2nd Easter Seals visit

Adam automatically qualified for the Easter Seals Regional Development Follow-up Program (RDFP) because of his grade 3 brain bleed (intraventricular hemorrhage - IVH). Grade 3 and 4 are considered severe. In grade 3, the bleeding is substantial enough to cause a swelling or obstruction of the narrow channels feeding into and out of the ventricles of the brain, which may interfere with the normal replenishment and flushing of the fluid in the brain. Long-term effects often include impairment of vision, hearing, motor or cognitive skills, cerebral palsy, or learning delays.

As a side note, it's interesting to me that Sara doesn't automatically qualify for anything. She had no medical issues and apparently 2lb 9oz 12 weeks early is too heavy for their low birth weight charts! That's okay, we know she's a wonder twin.

As time passes, we keep jumping over hurdles and crossing things off the list. Adam has passed all of his hearing tests. Our recent visit to the eye doctor showed 50% improvement of his vision. Physical therapy over the past 6 months has worked through the tone that was in his legs - there are no traces of that now. The biggest excitement for me was when I asked the doctor about cerebral palsy - how long do we have to wait to see if that will be an issue. She said typically around 1 year of age they start seeing signs. Nothing has popped up with Adam so it is not a concern. The doctor did talk to us about learning issues and that we should pay close attention when he starts school. Preemies earlier than 30 weeks sometimes need extra attention and you want to catch that early so they don't fall behind.

It was also nice to be reassured as parents. Both the doctor and the therapist assessing Adam can tell by his progress that we are very involved parents who get on the floor and play with our kids. Part of why they are both doing so well is because of us. How nice to walk away with a gold star ourselves!

As far as testing that Adam experienced, I think he would have done better in the fine motor skills if she would have given him a little more time before saying he couldn't do something and move on. She either didn't give him much time or left the toys out from the previous exercise and then he was distracted with all the things around him. He put items in a container, stirred a little spoon in a metal cup, knocked little blocks over, picked up more than one block at a time, and pulled a peg out of a board. He wouldn't put the peg back in but it was only about 1" in diameter. He also wouldn't color - he preferred to try to rip her paper. The last test he wouldn't do I am not sure why they even try it. She gave him a small bottle about the size of a prescription container and then handed him 3 Puff snacks and asked him to put them in the bottle. You take an educated guess - did they go in the bottle or in his mouth? So she scored him at 12 1/2 months for fine motor skills. He is currently 16 months old but they rate him for his corrected age of 13 months. If you have ever seen him eat, you would know fine motor is not his preference!

As far as gross motor skills - she mostly just watched him crawl, walk, sit, stand, bend over, etc. She gave him a 14 1/2 - 15 month score. We do have to watch that he doesn't sit on the floor in a "W" sit. He can sit with his legs tucked directly under him with his heels on his butt but she doesn't want him to spread his feet out and put his butt on the floor, making a W with his legs. This stretches your knees and hips and can cause problems in those areas as an adult.

They would like us to continue seeing our physical therapist once a month. Since he is just starting to walk they want to make sure that develops with no issues. We return February 15.