Monday, December 3, 2012

A whole year and a half!

This past Friday, Cooper was 18 months! Can you believe it? He has come leaps and bounds from where he started. 

He’s your normal 1 ½ year old toddler. He loves to be outside, play with his cousins, eat, play… you name it! He hasn’t caught up 100% to his peers in all developmental categories, but he’s not that far behind anymore. They say that most preemies are caught up by 2 and he’s well on his way! He is hitting a few of the 18 month marks and is diligently working on the rest. 

Despite the mop on his head, he has had a couple of haircuts; I just can’t bring myself to cut it off. He has such pretty hair.

Statistics that Cooper has overcome
·        Extremely premature babies are born between 24 and 28 weeks, also called Micro-Preemie
·        Extremely low birth weight babies weigh less than 1,000 g (2.2 lbs)
·        Babies born at 24 weeks have a 39% chance of survival
·       1 in 10 premature babies will develop a permanent disability such as lung disease, cerebral palsy, blindness, or deafness
  • 50% of premature babies born before the 26th week of gestation are disabled, a quarter severely disabled
  • Of children born before 26 weeks gestation, results at six years indicate a high level of disability as follows:
    • 22% severe disability (defined as cerebral palsy but not walking, low cognitive scores, blindness, profound deafness)
    • 24% moderate disability (defined as cerebral palsy but walking, IQ/cognitive scores in the special needs range, lesser degree of visual or hearing impairment)
    • 34% mild disability (defined as low IQ/cognitive score, squint, requiring glasses)
    • 20% no problems
  • This study also showed a greater risk of severe disability and lower cognitive function results for boys compared with girls. This supports the theory that the male sex is an important risk factor in extremely preterm infants
  • Cognitive and neurological impairment is common at school age amongst extremely preterm children

Enjoy the pictures! 

This was about the day 2.

This was today.

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