Happy New Year! What is it about almost two year olds that make it so hard to carve out blog time?
Last week, was a huge week for us. Well, it was half a huge week. We were supposed to have our second to last NICU follow up clinic, but Drake was sick and coughing so no way was I taking him to the same floor the NICU he stayed in is on. I called and rescheduled. I hated having to do it because the next slot available was March 11th. Those appointments go fast and you schedule them about 4 months in advance. I was also hoping to have his Neonatologist and Physical Therapist’s input for his IFSP meeting last week.
We reviewed old outcomes with both therapists and his coordinator for Early Intervention. I am extremely happy with how much he progressed in the past six months. I am sure he would have done some of it on his own, but the guidance I received to help him has been invaluable to me.
Last goals were to sit up without support and without using “W” leg placement, to use gestures to indicate wants and needs, sign or use words to label objects, stop throwing food and utensils in frustration and eat solid food regularly, and transition from cruising to walking without support for several steps. These goals were set last July at 17 months.
This time we’re working on walking fast without balance isssues, his flat feet, chewing and swallowing more solid foods, learning to reach for objects on tip toe in preparation for jumping, and the strength of his left hand/arm which he refuses to use. He’s being switched from mostly developmental visits to mostly PT and some occupational visits.
Drake’s first day of school is scheduled for this Wednesday. I am worried about how sick he’ll be at first and excited to see how he is with other children. I know I’ll be both proud and weepy and can’t wait to take first day pics.
I also learned last week that this is as north as I ever want to live, and that my house was built in the 60’s and is drafty as hell. -48 windchills are too much for this Louisiana girl to handle! Today it is 100 degrees warmer. This 51 degree day feels like May.