Tuesday, September 6, 2016

NICU Follow Up - August 31st, 2016

This morning we had an appointment with the NICU follow up team. We were one of the first appointments. The nurse that took us back was one of our NICU nurses, so it made us feel comfortable from the start. She took and weighed you, but she did so with your clothes and diaper on, so it wasn't a true weight. She then told us how well you looked, and told us that the doctor would be right in.
The doctor came in and was so excited to see us. She said how wonderful you looked, and did a bunch of different things with you. She said that your tone was great, and that usually when babies are in the NICU for so long, their tone isn't so good. She listened to your lungs, put you on your belly, watched you track objects, and talked to you. All you did the whole appointment was talk, and she kept saying how she felt the need to talk back to you since you were talking so much. After doing all the things that she needed to do, she said that you were on track for everything, and that you were even ahead in speech. We were laughing because we told her all you do is talk at home.
She said that we would need another appointment in 4-5 months, so we scheduled that for February. She said that during the next appointment, we would be seeing a psychologist as well who would do a few tests with you. The psychologist actually stopped in for a few and introduced herself and told us that we would be seeing her during our next appointment as well.
The doctor told us about a NICU Graduate Reunion, and told us that we should have received an invitation in the mail. Since we didn't "graduate" from Virtua, I am assuming that is why we didn't get one. She invited us, and we got the information from our neighbors that we in the NICU with us. We registered, and we will be attending the reunion on September 24th. We are pretty excited to go and see the nurses that took care of you! When you get older, you can attend and go on all the rides!
We are so happy that the appointment went so well. You have come such a long way, and we continue to be amazed by everything you do. You are our little hero, and we are so blessed to have you in our lives. We love you so much, and can't wait to see what the next few months bring!