Friday, September 16, 2011

A week of doctors

On Monday Caleb had a weight check at the pediatrician's office.

On Tuesday he had his first ever g-tube button change at the surgeon's office in Salt Lake. (From now on we'll be able to change his button on our own at home when we need to.)

On Wednesday he had a flu shot at the pediatrician's office.

On Thursday he had a follow-up appointment with the GI doc in Murray.

Yesterday he went to the NICU Follow-Up Clinic. He was assessed by a developmental pediatrician, an infant psychologist, a nutritionist, and a speech therapist, all in the same place, all there to follow the development of micro preemies born in Utah in the last four or so years. It's pretty cool. This was Caleb's third time going. He graduated from needing to see the PT and OT last time because we didn't have any concerns.

This is what we found out yesterday:

Caleb's head circumference is in the 40th percentile! WOW! He is 31 inches long, which is in the 10th percentile! HIS LENGTH IS ON THE CHARTS! YAHOO! His weight (20 lbs 1.5 oz) is just barely off of the charts, which, let's be honest, is pretty good!

And...Caleb's cognitive development is absolutely incredible. One year ago, he was at the level of his adjusted age, and a few things were slightly advanced to his actual age. Today, he was very advanced from his actual age. The psychologist said that he would be "challenging" because of his curiosity and how fast he learns things. He said that a year from now, between 2.5 and three years of age, he will be very, very advanced. He said that "kids like this turn out to be the top of their class."

Then...the speech therapist, who was in a completely different room, doing a completely different evaluation, said that he will be "challenging" because of how smart he is! That it will be a lot of work to keep up with his learning and energy. She literally said that we'll need to look into charter or private schools for him so that he can continue to be intellectually stimulated. He's currently expected to be at a 19-month-old level with speech (even though he's 22 months), but he's at a 24-27 month level.

I always knew he was smart, but I really never expected that THIS would be my "challenge!" I mean, this is the kid with BRAIN BLEEDS! He had an MRI, and we know he had actual "brain damage!" I am so proud of him, and everything that he has done and gone through and continues to do. I'm so impressed by him every single day. And now I'm a little overwhelmed. Two doctors in one day tell me that he will be "a challenge?"

Heaven help me if this next baby is born with a healthy brain.


Katie B said...

I guess two smart parents make super smart kiddos. Enjoy those challenges!

*Alice Anne* said...

I'm so impressed with his progress!

Nana said...

Make sure he has challenges to keep him busy. Remember the Leader Dog for the Blind puppies we raised? We were told that super smart dogs were apt to be challenging and they would get into trouble with their curiosity. With good guidance and constancy, the pups all turned out to be successful. And I was told the same thing about one of your sisters- to always keep her challenged to keep her out of trouble. We were challenged! Kids and puppies. But you've all turned out great and I'm proud of you all!

Kemp Kuties said...

Anna, this is Amanda - from the NICU. I saw your comment on my blog and had to come see yours! Such encouraging words from the NICU Follow-up Clinic. Both my girls saw the specialists there for the full 5-years, and we were so grateful for them & their assessments. Dr. Mike, child pyschologist, said the same things about my little Mary-Gail (grade 3 bi-lateral brain bleeds). I wanted to prance her and Becca around to the Neo's and say, "told ya so!"

Keep challenging Caleb - puzzels, art, word/pciture finds. Can't wait to hear more!