Ever since we were released from the hospital in August of 2012, the twins have been followed by a developmental clinic called, “Stepping Stones.” These appointments happen every 3 to 6 months, and in February, they will have their 21 month actual (their age from when they were born) 18 month adjusted (their age if they had been born on my due date, instead of 15 weeks early) visit, in order to make sure the twins are progressing and there aren’t any concerns due to their premature birth. We’ve been very lucky, and so far, so good.
Even though both boys are walking and talking (well, babbling mostly in their own language,) I’m a little anxious about this visit. I’ve been working with them on drinking out of sippy cups, trying to name everything around them, and playing with toys for coordination. I know I can’t control what will happen, and my boys are very strong, but I can’t help but worry a little. This will be the first visit they really look at their language and learning skills, along with all the physical milestones.
While all babies reach milestones at different times, the developmental clinic will look at what most babies would be doing at their age. They have little exercises and score sheets, and evaluate everything. Even though it’s scary for me, it’s best that they potentially catch any delays as early as possible. That way, there can be therapy to help them.
Therapy is definitely not a bad thing. We had physical therapy for many months when they got home from the hospital. My bigger guy didn’t need too much help, but my little guy had some pretty tight muscles. He also hated “tummy” time, but by the time the therapist released him, he was a whole different baby. He was rolling, crawling, and even sleeping on his belly. I still remember how we all clapped and screamed the first time he rolled from his back to his belly. I think we scared the heck out of him, but we were just so darn proud.
Anyways, even though I’m nervous, I’m also looking forward to the visit. We will get to see some of the nurses and doctors that helped to save my babies lives, and show them how big and healthy they are. No matter what the outcome, I am already proud of my babies. They are stronger and braver than I ever could be.