My Beautiful Phoenix
Phoenix is doing great! She is 4 and we had a small party with some of our DS families at a local gym. It was "lead" by some of the staff but really involved a lot of free play in the gym with props, balls, scarves, scooters and hoops. The kids had a super fun time, especially the birthday girl who kept trying to escape to the other half of the gym where basketball practise was happening.
Phoenix continues to do well in her preschool and has been in the middle of a language progression: moving from 1-2 word sentences to 2-3 word sentences. I get a lot of "Thank you Mom" and "Ok Mom" and describing things with the colour and the object. It's wonderful to see her continue to make progress and be able to express herself more fully.
The twins are also doing well and are only a lb apart now in weight. Ash is 10lbs 13 oz and Wren exactly 1 lb more. At one point there was a 2 lb spread after Ash had been hospitalized for NEC and had to be off food for a week. But she has definitely rebounded and is catching up to her sister. The just went for their 5th round of RSV antibodies yesterday to prevent them from getting sick. As preemies they are more susceptible to respiratory illnesses and more likely to develop pneumonia and to be hospitalized if they do get sick. So any added protection is a bonus. They are 4 months old today, but we and the doctors still treat them like 2 month old babies - which is what they would have been if they had made it to their due date. This is called their adjusted age. They are doing all the things they should be doing for 2 months so we aren't worried about their development. They are bright, look around the room, have started to coo and smile at people and bat at their toys on their play mat. Life is good folks. Life is good.