Today we celebrate our princesses turning one year old. We had a party last Sunday with all family members in both size to a restaurant in town.
Natalie and Nicole are changing every day when we look at them each morning. In just one year, they have transformed from a completely helpless premature newborn into independent little children.
They are developing so fast now that we always see the differences in their behaviors and movements day by day. They are both can stand up by themselves and Nicole can cruise everywhere very well. About 2 months ago, Mom erected a fence and some boxes in our living room to keep them safe, but sometimes Nicole climbs up and sit on the boxes so Mom added some heights to the box by attaching some bags of diaper to prevent her to do so. Nicole even have taken 2 to 3 first tentative solo steps. Natalie a little bit slower and not take any step yet but she would catch up Nicole in no time.
Natalie has 3 lower and 4 upper teeth but Nicole has only 2 lower and 2 upper teeth. The funny thing is we not sure the Nicole's upper teeth come out yet or they did but distance between them is quite big and we need to talk about that with her doctor on the next checkup routine in 8th May, from there she may need to see a Dentist. They are so engaging with us, crawling onto our laps, playing peekaboo, hide and seek, and pat the cake with us every day.
Both are starting to understand what people are saying to them, and they are using their newfound language skills to get the attention of those around them. Nicole is responding very well when we call her name or say “no” to her for something we do not want her to do. Nicole was very shy or anxious around strangers, she crying and clinging to us when we try to leave. Natalie is less shy and more friendly to almost everyone.
Natalie still attend in the Early Intervention program for next 6 month, Marcia visits her every 2 week to help Natalie build her stronger muscles to move and Marcia very fond of Natalie.
Both response very well with solid food. Mom offers them 2 solid food meals a day and a couple of snacks as fresh fruit, puffs, container baby food, yogurts, and cheese. They continue to have 3-4 bottles of formula a day. They are both happy girls who are into everything they are just wonderful.
We have been so blessed and will always be so grateful to Dr. Samit and our wonderful surrogate and all the team at KIC.
So Happy first Birthday to our precious little princesses. They are both happy girls and light up our lives every day. You really are the best thing that ever happened to us.