Monday, February 13, 2012

Speaking and Occupational Therapy

Luke has some new words and phrases! This week he started saying "mama needs that" and "morning". He also has some new approximations, such as "Oreo". Sometimes it takes a little bit to understand what the approximations are for, but it's exciting.

I've noticed also this week that he has been struggling to get some words out. It's heartbreaking to watch and listen to.

I am so proud of him. He works so hard and almost never gets frustrated. He will repeat what he's trying to get us to understand until we do understand.

Luke had an evaluation this week for occupational therapy. He saw the practice that his developmental pediatrician recommended. I went in with two necessities in mind. 1. They had to take our insurance, no having to submit our own claim and 2. We had to be able to get a regular session time either before or after one of his twice a week speech sessions, as his speech is across the street. Amazingly, both worked out so I think it was meant to be. Luke will receive OT every Monday for 50 mins before speech, as long as it doesn't cause problems with him tolerating both. Speech most definitely takes a priority, so if he has trouble getting through speech following OT we'll have to re-evaluate.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Cody's 6th Birthday Party

Cody turned 6 earlier this week, and we had his birthday party today.  I can't believe my baby is 6 already!  What's even more amazing to me is that Luke is 6 months older now than Cody was when Luke was born.  Time goes by way too fast.

We had a Lego themed party, because it's one of Cody's most favorite things right now.  Mama's too...I was never a big Lego person growing up, but I love building them now! 

Friday, February 3, 2012

Developmental Pediatrician - Follow Up

Today we made the trip into Bethesda, MD for our follow-up visit with Dr. Conlon.  The appointment went well - the doctor was pleased with the progress that Luke has made in the last 6 months.  Not just verbally, but also fine motor.  He noted a couple of small delays with some skills that he tested, but nothing major to be concerned with.  Just some things that I need to work on with him.

We talked about the sensory issues.  The doctor wants us to see an occupational therapist, but he sees the sensory issues more as a side effect of Apraxia (which is super common) than being it's own disorder.  So, no diagnosis.  He doesn't feel that Luke needs a lot of visits with an OT, just a couple to mostly teach me how to work with him at home. 

Luke gained 4lbs, and grew some, since the last appointment.  He's up to a whopping 2 percentile for weight!  Whoohoo!  Ha!  He's less than 2 percentile for height.  And his head circumference was 52 percentile.  So basically he has a tiny body and a normal size head.  Cody says it makes him a bobblehead =)  His growth curve doesn't seem to point to any hormonal issues causing his small size (according to the doctor), but Dr. C. wants us to take him to an endocrinologist to be sure.  So that will be our next venture I guess.