The Continuing Adventures of SuperPreemie

Back to our roots…

Posted on: July 15, 2006

I don’t often post really preemie-related things here anymore, largely because we are fortunate enough to not have Shoshanna’s prematurity affecting our daily, or even weekly or monthly, lives. But then I see stats like these (posted by PeepsMama) and I get a little reality check. We know how lucky we are to have Shoshanna be so very healthy, so developmentally on track. I think we sometimes forget how lucky we are to have her be ALIVE. We were talking last night about how her being big for gestational age at a pound-thirteen probably did help her, because it meant the difference between her dropping to a pound-five at her lowest and somewhere barely over a pound. When you’re that little, those few ounces really do make a difference.

And then while I was changing her diaper this morning, I noticed that for the first time in a really long time, I can see Shoshanna’s ribs; they’re not visible ALL the time, but when she’s lying down and giggling and squriming, they definintely are. She’s been doing some good growing – her percentiles have increased in both height and weight, but her proportions have changed. Several months ago she was roughly 20th percentile in both height and weight; now she’s more like 30th for weight and 50th for height. Seeing those little bones sticking out of her chest reminded me of when she was so very little, and I found myself reminding myself that it’s normal for toddlers to alternate growing vertically with growing horizontally. And she’s definitely been on a vertical-growth tear these past several months. Almost daily, we put something down where we’re sure she can’t reach it, only to be proven wrong.

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1 Response to "Back to our roots…"

She’s certainly a miracle, that little girl. It’s amazing to me how babies like Shoshanna can go from being so fragile and outlooks being so grim, to toddlers who are healthy, running around and talking and just being normal kids. Nothing short of miraculous, in my opinion.

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