Tuesday, May 31, 2011

May 31, 2011

We hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day Weekend. Patrick got some extra sleep while Charlotte and I enjoyed spending the weekend at my parents' house. Grandma and Grandpa surprised Charlotte with a perfectly-sized play structure. She liked this swing very much because it was close enough to the ground that she was able to hop out whenever she wanted.

She loved the slide!

And definitely preferred being caught at the bottom.

She enjoyed helping grandma cook.

We visited Red Wing with my uncle Lyle and acted like tourists with one of the famous (?) Red Wing boots.

Uncle Lyle introduced Charlotte to one of his kittens, and Charlotte was very interested in petting it.

We also learned how much fun jumping on mom is.

Charlotte has been saying Daddy with increasing regularity, but in reference to me (Katie). Hopefully we can help her figure out whose who in the near future.

Charlotte has her new lens! Her right lens is significantly thicker than her left lens, but it's hardly noticeable with the thick infant frames. We decided not to invest in prescription sunglasses in anticipation that her prescription will change again in August. Charlotte is not a fan of this decision, and we've resorted to hiding her sunglasses so she doesn't get upset that she can't wear them anymore.

Now that we're in Minnesota Charlotte was evaluated by the state's birth to three program. We posted about the evaluation results a while back and while everything was pretty positive she qualifies for services because of her prematurity. We've agreed to have an occupational therapist visit us in-home twice/month, and are pleased that she is able to come after 5 p.m. so that Charlotte can benefit from her services and we don't have to miss work.

She's only come once so far and it sound like she'll try to help us with feeding and also focus on Charlotte's gross motor skills. This means fun trips to the park and practicing stairs, which Charlotte has gotten quite good at.

We haven't made much progress with feeding. We switched to the more elemental formula, Peptamin Jr., a couple of weeks ago and have seen little change. In fact, the first few days she was on the new formula her vomiting increased. She vomited twice overnight (instead of once in the morning) and also at lunch time - prompting daycare to express displeasure over the switch. Things seem to have leveled out to where we were at with the Pediasure. She still vomits and has trouble sleeping, but Dr. Erickson said it could take up to 6 weeks to see improvement. Stay tuned.

We've been having mashed potatoes pretty regularly. She also tried some BBQ sauce at a restaurant this weekend and seemed to like it. She's turning out to be quite the homestyle girl.

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