Yesterday, you turned 21 months old. I still cry whenever I see photos of your very first days. I cry because I’m happy. I cry because I remember those early days in the NICU so very well. They seem like just yesterday, yet at times they seem so long ago.
You will be 2 years old on November 11th. How quickly time flies.
Yesterday, you spent your monthaversary in the “Big Smoke”. You dazzled your medical team at your Neonatal Follow-Up. You showed them that you could dance, run, clean up after you’ve played with toys (something you have never done at home!), colour with crayons, twirl, sing, tell stories, feed a baby doll, and do all kinds of amazing things.
It really is hard to believe that when we first started going to your Neonatal Follow-Ups, you were so tiny. Now, you’re pretty much caught up. The Speech Pathologist was very pleased with your ability to communicate. The Physiotherapist was impressed by your range of motion and ability to do so many things that they didn’t expect you to do until after you turn 2 years old.
You are still only 21 lbs. We thought you’d be much heavier because of the way you eat. You are an eating machine! Your nutritionist said that we can bump up your fat intake if we want to. They aren’t worried about your weight and say that you are well in your range and just have a very fast metabolism. In other words, you are so active and burn off your calories quickly. In any case, we were told to put extra butter on your veggies, potatoes, and bread, and give you milkshakes (with fruit!). The medical team really isn’t concerned though. They say you’re absolutely fine and not all babies are chubby babies.
The only thing that Mommy is worried about is your night terrors. Apparently, this is not uncommon for wee ones. Your pediatrician said it’s due to an active imagination combined with a developing brain. There isn’t much Mommy and Daddy can do about this, but keep you safe and comforted. It really is sad and scary to see you screaming in your sleep at night. Hopefully, your night terrors go away soon.
Happy monthaversary, Little One.