Now that all of the festivities from the birthday party have died down a bit, I finally have a chance to update you all on the DOC Bands. Also, the babies all went for their 12 month pedi- checkup this week and I have the newest stats to prove it! More on the stats later, but first I have to say that we feel so incredibly blessed with the health of The Fab Five! To think that only 12 months ago, not one of these little guys weighed more than three pounds nor could they eat or breathe on their own simply blows us away!! Today, the hum, beeps, and nerves of the NICU have been replaced by laughs and squeals and countless smiles to brighten our days…good stuff!
So, first with the DOC Bands…all is going very well! The pictures above are of our two little head-knockers getting measured for the bands. It’s a really cool process – the stocking over their faces helps to get a very accurate, 3D picture of their scalps by pulling their hair tight against it. With that picture, they create a full sized model of their skull so they can make the bands the exact right size and shape. Pretty amazing stuff! The bands are not tight in the least bit, but they provide very gentle pressure in the areas that we are “holding back” from growth which allows the other areas to round out as they should.
Jack and Lila, from the moment they had their bands on, have not noticed them a bit. It has not affected their moods, their sleep, or anything else at all (as you can probably tell from the pictures above and below)…thank God! Every once in a while, they will pull on them and the other three like to have their fun every once in awhile, but these times are rare. I don’t have any pictures that do the decorating justice so look for that in future pictures. All in all, it has been pretty seamless, except for when Ryan first saw Lila wearing her band…she pointed at her head and started cracking up!! It was really funny and so typical of Ryan!
Stats! Stats! I have stats!! The babies all made the trek to the pedi- this week, Lila and Ryan on one day, Brooklyn, Britton, and Jack a few days later. And let me tell you, they are doing great! They are all caught up to a full term baby in terms of their motor skills and behavior development and only Britton is still small for her age. There is a chance that she may catch up, but she may be a tiny thing her whole life…only time will tell. The only issue we have now is with Jack, believe it or not. There is a heart murmur that our doctor has been hearing consistently at each of his checkups. At this point, we do not believe it is an issue, but Dr. Ma recommended that we take him to see a cardiologist and we are doing that tomorrow. Pray a little prayer for Jack, if you can! Here are the stats and a couple of cute pics from the doc’s office…
- Brooklyn Faith: weight, 18 pounds 10 ounces (25%), height, 30″ (90%)
- Britton Grace: weight, 15 pounds, 8 ounces (3%), height, 25″ (3%)
- Jack William: weight, 22 pounds, 1 ounce (55%), height, 30″ (75%)
- Lila Addison: weight, 18 pounds, 15 ounces (30%), height, 28″ (40%)
- Ryan Elizabeth: weight, 18 pounds, 11 ounces (25%), height, 28″ (40%)