First game? Get some vitals:
|So much attitude in such a tiny body.|
Moving on, it was height and weight time, and this is the first time Bea's height has been measured this way:
I have been concerned for a while now that Bea's weight isn't what her friends and peers seem to be. But Dr. Calm, calmly explained that she is just a "petite princess" and may always be a a little smaller. Whether this difference is because of her premature or because of her genetics, we'll probably never know.
Overall, Beatrice Kate checked out perfectly perfect. Dr. Calm was so happy to see how well Bea has progressed. She's been our doctor since the day Bea came home from the hospital and knows just how far she's come.
As has been the case her entire life, Bea's body is a little slower than her brain. Mentally and intellectually, she's off the charts. She knows her letters, can carry on a full conversation, can retell stories and songs, can recognize patterns and repeat them, she can sight read words and tell a story line based on pictures and she role plays with her dolls and animals. She's incredible, honestly. It's not just because I'm her mother (well, okay, maybe a little).
But physically, and particularly in gross motor skills, Bea is pretty significantly delayed. She can't throw a ball, she just started jumping with two feet, running doesn't come easy to her (well, that may be genetic, poor kid), she climbs stairs without alternating feet, and most importantly, she is STILL toe-walking. The toe walking is the biggest deal because Dr. Calm says she should have grown out of that last year. Again, we're not sure if this is an individual thing or if it's a lasting effect of her prematurity. It was a brutal reminder that Prematurity truly is a life-long condition, even when you have an a-typical, super healthy, otherwise normal preemie like ours.
What does this mean? Well, we'll be seeing a physical therapist to help learn some stretches to loosen her tight heel cords. We'll continue with dance class and probably enroll her in a gymnastics class to help her balance and coordination. And we'll keep telling her that she's amazing at everything she does and tries, even if she throws a ball backwards or trips on a flat surface.
On the way out of the office, Beatrice Kate looked back and announced, "She was a really good doctor, Mama". I had to agree!
Anyway, after our visit, we met our friends Cindi and Livvy and Baby Jolie at the park as a reward for Bea's extreme good behavior:
This was the mother of all parks, and had a train and motorboats:
Seriously, this two kill me. Cindi and I had the same due date when we were pregnant with these girls and all their lives they have looked and acted like twins. Weird:
After our ride, I tried to get Bea to smile and take a picture. This was her response to my request to "smile normal":
This kid, I tell you. I have been keeping track of a few of these funny things she's been saying lately and can't wait to share them with you. You'll be on the floor laughing at her humor. It's pretty witty.