Sunday, August 19, 2012

Liam's Baptism

We finally got around to having Liam's baptism this past weekend.  I know a lot of people thought he was baptized in the NICU but he wasn't.  A priest actually came out and told us there wasn't a reason to baptize him unless he became very ill which is when he would baptize him and also give him the anointing of the sick.  Thankfully he didn't need those services in the NICU and we were able to celebrate his baptism this past weekend. 

The service was very nice and Liam cooperated when we had to dunk his little head.  We had a party at our house after where we celebrated with everyone and had some yummy food and cake to enjoy.  It was a great day and thank you to all who attended! 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Pampers Gift to Grow Points and The Graham's Foundation

I'm currently sitting here plugging away my Pampers Gift to Grow Points.  For those of you who don't know, Pampers places a 15 digit Gifts to Grow code on their diapers and wipes.  You can redeem your codes for many different items including prints from Shutterfly, toys, magazine name it!  They have quite an extensive rewards catalog.

They even have organizations that you can donate points to which is pretty awesome!  My favorite organizations to donate to are the March of Dimes and the Graham's Foundation.  Both of them are very special to me but I feel like everyone knows about the March of Dimes but not a lot of people know about the Graham's Foundation yet.  I'd like to let you all know about this awesome organization.

The Graham's Foundation is an organization for preemies.  They have been a great source for me while Liam was in the NICU and even still after discharge.  Their Facebook page is very active, check it out here.  One of the best things about them is that they offer care packages to families while in the NICU.  A friend of mine Jessica (who also has a micropreemie, you can read her story here) did this for me and I remember feeling such hope when I was going through the package.

Please consider donating some of your Pampers Points to the Graham's Foundation.  Every little bit helps!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Micropreemie Mom domain!

Well I finally did it, I took the leap and bought a domain!  I kept on going back and forth of what I wanted the domain to be and finally decided on Micropreemie Mom.  I thought the name was fitting because I want this blog to serve as a resource to other micropreemie parents out there.

Hopefully in the near future my blog will get a new fresh face lift.  I've loved the look of my blog but I now need to move on to a new look.  Any blog designers out there want to help? 

Physical Therapy Update!

I was so excited to finally get the call from our Children's Hospital that we were finally off the waiting list for PT!  Our evaluation was last Monday and things went pretty well.  The evaluation lasted about an hour and she mostly just let Liam play while she observed him.

The PT told me that he is behind but he is doing well for his adjusted age of 7 months.  He is on track for his 3-5 month milestones and is doing what most 5-7 month olds are doing.  He is not doing any milestones for his actual age of 10 months which is totally expected with a micropreemie.

Liam qualified for physical therapy twice a week.  We went on Monday and Tuesday of this week and let me tell you, Liam is pooped after his sessions!  The PT is working with him a lot on the yoga ball with him trying to gain his balance (the OT does this as well).  He made such a change just from last Monday till yesterday.  Today he actually was able to sit by himself for a total of 10 seconds!  My goal is for him to be sitting up unassisted by his birthday.  I'm not sure if this is realistic or not but it's always good to have goals, right?

Also, about two weeks ago I had a meeting with our case worker with Early Steps to add PT to his schedule.  There is a lapse in time between the meeting and when services can start and I just got the call yesterday to schedule Liam's first PT appointment with Early Steps.  Things are rolling right along for us!  Liam will be receiving PT 3x a week now which is awesome.  However, his schedule is filling right up!  The only day we don't have services/therapies is on Thursday.  He is one busy micropreemie.

Till next time.