We brought the boys to their first dentist appointment this month. We started taking Anna around 2.5 (excluding the time she knocked out a baby tooth!), but I read somewhere that the recommendation with preemies is one, or as soon as they have teeth. William now has 5 teeth and 2 more coming in, and Aaron still has 4. One of the concerns with preemies is a high palate due to intubation, but both boys seemed to be "normal," which is good. William's enamel is thin, so the dentist did comment that he may more easily chip a tooth, but that's common with little boys. He is also about 2 months ahead of Aaron in tooth development, so we'll get a preview of Aaron's mouth through William. I am already budgeting for braces in my head, as at least one of the three should need them given my history.
Early Intervention Assessment
No more physical therapy for Aaron! When he first started walking, one foot would slightly turn in and the other out. This seems to have corrected itself with time and the little man is now actually running. He is also wearing his glasses fairly regularly, finally. Because he is still lacking in the word department, we will have him evaluated for speech therapy when we move to Hanover. Since the appointment, he has started to repeat sounds more and I'm pretty sure he's saying "bye bye" and that he has said "woof woof".
William is walking more, but he does still qualify for physical therapy. His walking is not yet as fluid as Aaron's. He can go straight from crawling to standing and walking, and stop and pick up toys, he's just stiffer in the legs and I feel like he still holds his legs in a wider stance than desired. Nothing to worry about, though. He is really starting to repeat things back to us, which is fun, like "Night Night". Super cute. The coordinator is still concerned about his right eye crossing at times. The next eye doctor appointment is in March, so we'll make sure it's looked at then.
We were approved for another season of the RSV vaccine, Synagis. I feel incredibly fortunate for this, although it does mean a painful monthly set of 2 shots which really breaks my heart for the boys. I did discover the healing power of the lollipop at the appointment though, which helped to put those pieces back together :)
William had an extra follow-up from his circumcision and all is well. This isn't really noteworthy, just another appointment to cross off the list, and another doctor to hopefully remove from our repertoire for good.
The boys have been battling colds for the past few weeks thanks to the sudden leap into winter, which are hopefully on their way out. We may be absent from church until spring if this continues, as the nursery has a no runny nose policy. I'm a fan of the policy, but it does limit our participation.
Everything is moving forward with our new house - we close NEXT WEEK (still can't believe it) and will move in January, after the holidays and painting and carpeting.
Next month: We have hearing tests, developmental clinic, neurologist, and more shots. I'm very curious and slightly nervous as to what each appointment will bring.
|Aaron & William|