Mommy Guilt: EI

There’s a lot of second guessing going on in my house right now. With D’s low birthweight and left c lubfoot, I could have tried to qualify him for early intervention services a long time ago. I asked the questions at his well visits and his first NICU follow up clinic, but since it wasn’t pushed very hard we opted to wait.

Of course, now I have to wonder if we waited too long and that extra year could have helped him. Despite his Neonatologist’s telling me that the work I’m doing with him has nothing to do with his low muscle tone and gross motor delays, I feel responsible.

His appointment for evaluation is set for Monday, so if anyone that’s done this dance before has any tips I’m all ears and eyes. 🙂

To add to the mommy guilt buffet, we went on a tour of his school for next year on Friday and Monday he came down with a yucky stomach virus. Fever, running at both ends, the whole nine yards. I know we’ve been taking him out in the world more after over a year of isolation and he could have picked it up anywhere, but way to make me second guess myself and his readiness universe!

Today, he is playing and resting much better, so I think we are through the worst of it. Just in time for our 2 days to Chicago with Daddy during a business trip next week. It will be our first overnight away as a family that isn’t at a hospital! We’re staying downtown and plan to take a tour of Wrigley Field, visit the Lincoln Park Zoo, walk on the shores of Lake Michigan, go to Navy Pier, and shop on  the Magnificent Mile. I can’t wait for our first big adventure!



2 Responses to “Mommy Guilt: EI”

  1. 1 kristin reed
    June 18, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    I’ve worked in Early Intervention in Texas for the past 7 years. Please dont be too scared. We all love the families we work with, and will not take offence to being asked to wash our hands immediately upon entering your house. 🙂 They will probably want all past medical history, the good and the negative. I hope they will offer feeding therapy and motor therapy. If they dont, ask about private options. Also, not sure at what age they stop adjusting for prematurity, in TX it is at 18 months. Feel free to contact me if you have any more questions or concerns.

  2. June 20, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Kristin, thank you so much for your comment.

    Yes, the first visit was a past medical history and a survey of my opinion of his gross and fine motor skills. Based on the results of that meeting, we will now be having our first at-home evaluation to determine if he will qualify for a goals & therapy meeting to determine services.

    Thank you so much for the information about adjusting for prematurity. I had assumed it would be 2 since that seemed to be the NICU, NICU clinic, and pediatrician standard. I will be sure to include that in my list!

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