We had a great weekend. We celebrated Elizabeth's baptism re-newel on Sunday. Since Elizabeth was baptized moments after her birth we wanted to have a special service at church on Sunday to celebrate her baptism. It was a beautiful day, the service was held outside and the weather was perfect! All of Matt's family was there as well as my parents. Matt's brother John and his wife Janessa were there to be God parents. It was so fun to see them, they live far away in Salt Lake City so their visit was extra special. We had lunch at home and Elizabeth had her first official piece of cake. I was reminded that for Ava's first birthday I made a super healthy carrot cake, not so for Elizabeth! Chocolate cake has more calories, lucky girl! Elizabeth loved it!!! Ava insisted that we all sing Happy Birthday to Elizabeth because she was eating "birthday cake".
Ava watched some of the Olympic gymnastics. Her eyes were big as she watched them flip. She looked at me and said "I want to do that!" I asked her "When you are bigger you want to go to the Olympics?" "No, I want to do it now!"
Ava then tried to copy what the gymnasts were doing; she rolled , jumped, and spun around.
On Monday Elizabeth had her 12 month (adjusted) evaluation at the NICU's development clinic. Elizabeth had to take a "test" to check her development in cognitive, motor, and verbal. Elizabeth did pretty well although there was a major breakdown about not being able to get a rubber ducky out of a clear box. The results-Elizabeth is average! She scored smack-dab in the middle of average in cognitive and on the low side of average in the other two areas. The test is not a predictor of the future and any learning problems she may have (as a 23 weeker she is at a huge risk, but when your are born that early about the only thing you aren't at risk for is childhood obesity!) but only how she is doing right now. The doctors were very impressed by her scores and told me that many babies don't do as well as she did (and she had a bad day too, that darn duck!). We are very proud of her and happy to have a happy little girl who is "average"!
Elizabeth was born weighing just 1 pound and 3 ounces. She spent 109 days in the NICU; coming home one week before her due date. She spent a month a a ventilator, then moved toCPAP, and was on oxygen for 5 months. She had a PDA ligation, Grade 1 IVH, ROP laser surgery, multiple blood transfusions, and a sepsis infection.