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Growing Pains

15 Aug

Recently, we took the trio to their second developmental appointment. They are rather routine in the world of multiples. For those of you unfamiliar with these appointments, though, multiples are often discharged from the hospital after birth with a recommendation to visit Dr. Developmental’s office in order to ensure that any developmental delays are caught in time and physical/occupational therapy can be given. I left the hospital thinking that I would go simply because I was curious. I wasn’t concerned about the babies – they would develop what and when God created them to develop. I also figured the doctor would immediately place us in some unnecessary therapy for three month olds.

Our first appointment was when they were three months old – the week after Christmas. I went. But was skeptical. Turns out, they were fine and did not immediately place us in therapy for (in my opinion) no reason. In fact, they suggested we schedule just a follow up appointment for six months from then. Wow! I was shocked! And I was thoroughly impressed with the doctor and the staff. Oh, and the babies were doing all the newborn things they were supposed to be doing. Yay!

Jump back to our recent appointment, we scheduled it for 9-ish months. This was much different than the last appointment in that they were all, well, awake. Haha! Gone are those newborn-sleepy days. :sigh: Anyways, they took in every inch of their surroundings and stared wide-eyed as the ENTIRE office staff giggled and pointed and laughed and looked and oohed/ahhed at them. There are seriously times, when I want to just gather my chicks under my wings and tell everyone to BACK OFF. …ahem…sorry. They really were nice and sweet and funny, but it does get old.

When we got to see the doctor, she did a series of “tests” on them in their little “desks.” It was so cute! There were language and problem-solving tests. David and I were cracking up! Nine months, people!! It was so funny. They had to find the bright red bead, listen for the bell, find objects, jabber away, stack things, etc. The scores were added up and…they tested right at their actual age!!! I have to admit it was a very good feeling to know that my babies are testing well (SATs, here we come, haha!). Often, babies born prematurely are meeting milestones for their adjusted age. And since ours were born eight weeks early, their adjusted age was seven months – but there they were meeting the milestones for their actual age! We are very grateful for healthy babies (though we certainly would have been thrilled if God had chosen us to care for a special needs child!).

We left the office planning to schedule another follow-up for six months from now (a full year from our very first appointment!). I made one because I can’t wait to see what they use for those tests. …smile…

Enjoy the pics (and props to whomever guesses correctly which girl is which)!

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Posted by on August 15, 2012 in The First Year, Triplets

 

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6 responses to “Growing Pains

  1. Susan Wilson

    August 15, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    This IS such a blessing!! I know someone who has triplets that have all kinds of learning and physical delays. YOU are Blessed!! I know you know that BUT it never hurts to be reminded of God’s great mercy shown to you your hubby and the 3 babies !! 🙂 To God be the Glory! ~Susan

     
    • Jennifer Fountain

      August 15, 2012 at 8:10 pm

      Hi there! 🙂

      And yes, that is so true! Thank you for reminding me! We are amazed that our 32 weekers are doing so well. We recognize, too, that all kinds of delays could crop up in the future. But for right now we marvel at their absence.

      Hope you guys are doing well!

      Jennifer

       
  2. Danny

    August 16, 2012 at 9:23 am

    That’s Noah in the middle – do I get a prize?

     
    • Jennifer Fountain

      August 19, 2012 at 11:05 am

      Hmmmmm…he will high-five you next time he sees you. 🙂

       
  3. Brian Lightfoot

    August 22, 2012 at 11:50 am

    That’s easy, Makenna on the left and Jennifer er um Emma on the right. 😉 sorry.

     

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