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5/21/92 (Day 187) — Preemies at Home, day 54

May 21, 2011

Getting big! And really good at making funny faces. They still didn't know how to interact with one another, but they did seem to enjoy time together. I think it's so funny that this period of time, when Molly was between 7 and 10 pounds, was the only time in her life that she has looked at all round. At six months old, there were finally the size of average newborns. This was the first of many visits to Evanston Hospital's Development Followup Clinic with the wonderful Nora Manago, Joanne Breagman and Abby Adams. Dr. Adams was the neonatologist who had been on call the night Ike and Molly were born. She also seemed to be on call during every major crisis of their ISCU stay. Dr. Bregman was the director of the followup clinic and Nora Manago was the developmental learning specialist. It was always a joyful visit the developmental clinic. They were among the few people in the world who would look at Isaac and Molly and say: "They're huge!" They were the ones who told me to throw out "What to Expect the First Year." They made me feel like I knew what I was doing as a parent, even though I didn't have a clue. But most importantly, they celebrated each milestone with us because they knew where we started. Over the years, we would visit many doctors and specialists (sadly, such consultations were our major form of socialization and outside entertainment), but none were quite as special as these three women. It was here that we tracked their adjusted age against their chronological age and learned that delayed milestones were to be expected, but skipped milestones would probably mean trouble. The biggest gift they gave me was perspective, and the permission to measure my children against themselves, rather than comparing them to anyone else. It's a gift I wish for all parents and children.

Isaac — 6 pounds, 12 ounces, 19.25″ 

Molly — 7 pounds, 4 ounces, 21″ 

Home nursing notes


Awake and alert at 8:00 a.m. laying in his crib, nippled an additional 35 ccs. Placed in crib sleeping, but occasionally awake and crying. Awake and crying at 9:15 for shampoo and sponge bath. Placed in car seat and then in car for visit to Evanston Hospital for neonatal followup. Returned home at 12 noon awake and crying. Nippled 35 ccs over 40 minutes. Placed in swing. Sleeping but occasionally crying. Removed from swing at 2:1-, nipled 25 ccs over 30 minutes; placed asleep in crib on abdomen.


Awake and alert at 8:00 a.m. laying in crib. Nippled 60 ccs formula over 30 minutes. Placed in crib while brother ate. Nippled another 25 ccs between 9:00 and 9:15 a.m. Dressed and placed in car seat. To Evanston Hospital at 9:40 for neonatal followup. Returned home at 12 noon. Nippled 60 ccs over 40 minutes, eating well. Placed on abdomen in play pen, fussy periods between periods of sleeping. Awake at 1:30. Awake and crying at 2:00 p.m., nippled 50 ccs, burped well and returned to crib at 3:30 fussy and crying. Continues to be fussy except when being held.

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