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Jensons 1st Birthday

Posted on: 11/08/2011

I still cant quite believe that Jenson is now 1 years old, where has the last year gone?!

Even though the year has flown by Jenson has come on in leaps and bounds over the last 12 months. From weighing a tiny 3 pound 14 ozs to now well over 20 pounds, to look at him you wouldnt know that Jenson had been born 8 weeks early.

Its scary to think that if things had of been different Jenson may not have made it through his first night without the help of the doctors and nurses on NNU. Im so very grateful for the staff that looked after Jenson during his stay in NNU, and I am a very proud mum and still marvel at every new thing that Jenson learns.

At Jenson’s last hospital appointment the consultant completely discharged him from the hospital, meaning no more check ups for Jenson. Such an immense relief! Knowing that after spending nearly a year going backwards and forwards to the hospital making sure that Jenson was developing properly was no longer needed was a huge weight off of our shoulders.

I remember the doctors telling us when Jenson was first born that it would take him up until he was around 2 years old to “catch up” with other children his age, at being told this I was shocked! That long?! As in previous blog posts Ive written about worrying over Jenson not being as developed for his age as he should be, but now thats all gone. The consultant was happy with Jensons development and basically told us he had caught up already.

And over the last few months Jenson has become less of a baby and more of a toddler, he is now starting to learn how to put the shapes into his shape sorted, he pushes his cars along the floor and has started to copy things that me and his Dad do.

Ar Jensons party last weeked my husband stood up and spoke about our proud of our son he is, mirroring my feelings.

Nobody tells you how tough its going to be being a parent, you can go to as many anti natel classes as you like but nothing can prepare you for the lifelong journey of being a parent. The journey is made even more tough and stressful when your son/daughter is born premature. Even now when Im sitting playing with Jenson I try to make special allowances when showing him how to do things, spending twice as long as I probably would have done, in the hope that his development will quicken.

I read an article in a magazine the other day that discussed the issue of children that are born at the end of the school year i.e. in August, and that results had shown that their development was significantly slower than those of their peers born in September. Will Jenson be doubly disadvantaged being born in August and being premature when he eventually starts school?? I guess this is something that can not be answered until he starts to go to School, but I know I will try my hardest to make sure Jenson isnt!

Ive attached a picture from Jensons birthday last weekend, enjoy 🙂


3 Responses to "Jensons 1st Birthday"

That’s too early to tell, you are right you can only tell if he is a fast learner or not when he starts going to school. But for now let him enjoy his childhood, he looks really innocent in this photo.

So glad that Jenson is doing so well. He looks like a proper little boy in his ball pit there, it really is quite amazing.

I really hope that he continues to progress as quickly as he has been doing so that before long you’d never know he was a preemie 🙂

As mum to a little girl born at 27 weeks who turns 2 next month (eek!!!) though I just want to say that if he seemingly slips back again please don’t be too alarmed or disappointed. Charlotte did aftr being deemed ‘advanced’ at her 12 month check and it really upset me – and my friend’s prem twins did the same, but a couple of months later and they’d all leaped forward to meet their ‘actual age’ development again. It wouldn’t have been worrying at all had we known it could happen, so really I hope you don’t mind me telling you about it. So much for the rollercoaster ride ending once you leave SCBU behind!!!!! 🙂

Anyway, congratulations again. That’s one gorgeous and amazing little fighter you’ve got there x

Thank you so much for this lovely comment 🙂 And thank you for the advice in regards to Jensons development, he is booked in for his 1 year development review next week, im hoping we get some positive news from this. Fingers crossed! Oh wow! 27 weeks!! Its always great to hear from other parents who have had a premmie baby 🙂

Jenson was always a fighter from the start, so very proud of him 🙂 x

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