So I had an entirely different title planned for this post, and then I snapped this picture of Lily and Charlie and had to change it! Just look at that right hook! I find it ironic that her outfit says "love" on it. I have no idea what Charlie did to upset the Bug, but I'm pretty sure he will never do it again.
The babies have been doing well since our last post. On Friday we had a visit from the Early Intervention team. The babies were evaluated in several different areas of development such as cognitive, speech, fine motor, gross motor, etc. Mainly I just answered a bunch of questions regarding what Charlie and Lily do and do not do. For example, do they hold their heads up for 5 seconds when on their tummies? (The answer to that is yes, if anyone was curious!) Then the occupational therapist did a few quick tests on them, like shining a light in their face to see if they would respond to it and shaking a rattle near them to see if they would turn towards the sound.
My answers and the babies responses were combined to give them a score of their development. Both babies scored in the 0-3 month range, which is on target for their adjusted age. Lily actually scored above the 3 month mark in the areas of fine and gross motor. For as long as I can remember, Lily has been bringing her hands together at her chest, and apparently this is actually a major sign of development, as it means that both sides of her brain work well together. Charlie is not yet doing this, so that one thing helped Lily outscore her brother. Regardless, both babies qualify for additional monitoring and support due to their gestational age, and we're happy to know that we'll have experts letting us know if the babies are on track.
This afternoon Joe was on Daddy duty while I went to my friend Jill's baby shower. He enlisted Uncle John's help so Charlie had a whole afternoon of male bonding. Lily was of course, showered with affection, but I like to think she was happy to have Mommy home for some girl time. Jill's shower was beautiful though, and I enjoyed meeting her sweet family who all read the blog (hi, ladies!). Jill is cooking a pretty little girlfriend for Charlie who is due the end of November. We better not show her the picture of him being beat up by his sister - that may put his manhood in question!
Charlie looks so cute in his Ducky towel from Great-Aunt Diane!
Lily is so pretty when she's not beating someone up.