I can't believe she's 4 months old already... Happy Birthday Madeline!!! Maddy has
|She loves her play mat!!|
|Tummy time turned nap time!|
|Love those eyes!!|
A couple of weeks ago, Maddy had her first Early Intervention (EI) evaluation. For those who are not familiar with this, it is a state-run program aimed to catch developmental delay in infants and toddlers as early as possible. Maddy's birth weight automatically qualified her for the service. For babies, its crucial to get treatment for abnormal/delayed development early because their brains are very plastic and they can really do some amazing catching up with early help!! Maddy was evaluated by PT, OT, Speech and Developmental therapists and because she is doing so well, they all decided there was no need for services yet. This is good news and she will be evaluated again in 3 months to make sure she's still on track!
Also in this past month, we attended a NICU reunion. It was nice to see some of the nurses and doctors who cared for Madeline, and it was truly a sight to see how many preemie success stories there are just at our hospital. We decorated a butterfly with Maddy's name and birth stats to be displayed in the hospital. I definitely got a little choked up to look down the table at all of the butterflies! There were babies who weighed half of Maddy's birth weight, and some who weighed significantly more...all alive and well! I can't imagine a more rewarding (and challenging) job and we are eternally grateful for those directly involved in her care!
Will also ran theSoldier Field 10 miler at the end of May, which he dedicated to Madeline and The March of Dimes. Thanks to some generous donations from friends and family, we were able to cut a check for $1,000. Thanks again to those who donated to this cause so near and dear to our hearts!
That is about all for the updates for now. We are looking forward to the rest of our Chicago summer with visitors and trips to see family in Ohio and Virginia! Thanks again for keeping our family in your thoughts and prayers! Here are some more pics from the past month...enjoy!!
|Enough with the pictures, mom!!!|
|The beginning of a beautiful friendship!|
|Still my little girl with teeny hands!|
|I want to soak up this precious face!!|
|All dressed up!|
|Always with the arms up!|
|Cutest stink eye ever!|