Today was Gabi’s due date. But it’s too late. She is already born. We both had doctor’s appointments today. I just had a follow up visit with my doctor, but Gabi’s appointment was a little more interesting. Premature babies are at risk for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) which, as I understand it, is the formation of scar tissue on the retina, that can, if left untreated, result in blindness. But it is easily treated with lasers. When Gabi was discharged from the NICU I was instructed to see a pediatric opthmologist to have her screened for ROP. We were instructed to wait until now, which obviously we did. So after all that background information, Gabi does not have ROP (no scar tissue). I guess the more premature, the greater the risk. The doctor said that she is still at risk for two other eye issues. One is being cross eyed, and the other is amblyopia, also known as lazy eye. It will be a little while before we can find out if either of those are problems.
Tonight we went to the playground at Moser Farm. There is a big rock there that Rachel discovered is a great place to climb. I guess Rachel is going to be a rock climber too. I really wish that I had brought my camera to catch it, but Rachel climbed up the rock, then I help her climb down, over and over (and over and over) again. Then she took to sitting down. It was funny because she sat down, then scratched her bottom on the rock, then stood up and sat down somewhere else and scratched her bottom on the rock again. She did it several times. It was kind of funny.
A lady showed up at the playground and told me about another playground that she said was really good for somebody Rachel’s age. It is at Norton Commons. I don’t know where that is. She explained (sort of) where it is, and I think one of these days we will try to find it. Should be fun.