(If I had time to send Christmas cards this year, this would have been it!)
The boys have been released from Early Intervention - their assessments in September and October placed them in the 26-30 month range, and they were 27 months at the time. They are right on track! They will still be monitored every few months per my request, but we have no expected developmental issues.
William is wearing his glasses more consistently, which helps with the right eye that likes to turn in. We switched back to our original pediatric ophthalmologist who believes that we should continue with glasses before patching the left eye, now that he's in the right prescription :) He's still just slightly farsighted, but also has astigmatism, so he will be wearing glasses or contacts for life. Aaron is still solidly nearsighted, but his vision has actually improved. He does really well wearing his glasses.
They're both running, jumping, and speaking in sentences now. They can count to ten and sing their ABCs. They know many songs by heart, and their favorite is "Jesus Loves Me". William is still more of the wild man - very loving and full of spontaneous "huggies" and "I love you's", but also more prone to temper tantrums when he doesn't get his way and when he's overtired. He is also super independent and whenever we try to do something for him (even get his milk from the refrigerator), we are met with a cry of "No! I need to can do it!". Aaron is still more laid back and easy going and pretty much the model child :) I can tell he'll have the witty sense of humor when he gets older.
The boys are constant entertainment. They have their fair share of fighting already, but also love each other and wake up every morning talking to each other or singing with each other, and share the occasional unprompted "I love you brother" with a kiss. They have their own funny conversations and are fun to just watch.
Other than monitoring William's eye, we have no preemie-related appointments in the future. I'll update when I can to show their progress, or if anything new arises.
Happy New Year!
Bigger picture of the Little Men:
|William & Aaron|