This will be a quick post. I am in the midst of running errands (sitting in a waiting room) in preparation for the busy week ahead. Our week ahead will start off somewhat stressful and will end in relaxation.
First, there is Charlie’s NICU reunion. Earlier this month, I have written about whether or not we will attend. I have decided to attend and tomorrow is the big day. I must admit that I am a little nervous and uneasy about the reunion. Because of this, I have recruited a friend to go with Charlie and me.
Next, Charlie has an appointment for a follow up evaluation with the developmental pediatrician clinic on Monday.
In April, Charlie was assessed to have the skill set of a four to five month old. With her recent progress, I hope she is assessed at the ten month level in gross and fine motor skills. If so, she will have reached the minimum expectations for her adjusted age.
Despite her motor skill success, she is still significantly delayed with speech and feeding. I am optimistic they will have some useful suggestions. While I am hopeful about the appointment, I am a little fearful of being blindsided by an unexpected issue.
From the middle of the week on, we will visit a few state parks. It will be nice to have some relaxation and bonding time. I like the fact that it is a week off of therapy appointments.
Overall, I am trying to think about the holiday as little as possible this year. It was around the 4th last year that Charlie had her NEC scare. This year, I want to make happy memories that I will think about in the future when I think of the fourth.
I have my fingers crossed that we have an enjoyable and uneventful week ahead of us.
This sweet picture was taken by Monica DeMariano.