Derby's First Steps

We received the following email and video from Tadd, proud dad to twins Derby and Loen.

My twins were born 16 weeks early, at just 24 weeks and two days gestation weighing only one pound, six ounces each. They both were in the NICU for nearly four months and came home in February 2008.

We were pleased with our NICU outcome, especially considering some of the hurdles that they both overcame. Fast forward for about one year – February 2009. The twins adjusted age is now around one year. My daughter starts to walk and is pretty much on pace with her adjusted age.

My son, on the other hand, is clearly not going to be walking in the near future. We received a cerebral palsy diagnosis for him sometime in the middle of August, 2009 and the doctor prescribed him a DAFO. At this point, I was hoping that he would be walking on his own by Christmas. Then, he received his DAFO on Monday, August 31, 2009 and proceeded to amaze us by taking his first steps only two days later. You can only imagine the elation that his mother and I shared that day.

Here is a video so that you can experience his first steps yourself.