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    My name is Heather and I'm a Follower of Jesus, wife of 10 years, and mom to two young boys.

    I have been blogging on and off since 2003 and have covered a variety of topics: recipes, cooking, photography, being a stay-at-home-mom, surviving melanoma, retiring from photography, my faith, hobbies and mommyhood.

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Little Brother’s Physical Therapy Notes 8/27/14

Cuteness alert:

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This week has been pretty interesting watching Little Brother… he’s regularly pulling himself up to standing and even did a little “furniture surfing” (standing and trying to pivot & reach between two pieces of furniture).  While we were excited to see this milestone, his PT said he is physically not ready for it.  She said he has the type of personality that will keep me on my toes: bravely deciding to do things his body is not ready for.   It IS a big deal that he even TRIED this, because he’s not able to gauge depth.  Essentially, she said his core needs to develop more and crawling will do that for him.

She was encouraging and said “this is a LOT of notes and I know you have a lot going on with him, so just do the best you can with this week’s list.”

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So, here’s her notes from this week:

  • TRY to discourage pulling to stand (feet are pointing outwards, which tells her he’s not ready to walk, need to engage core more first)
  • encourage lots of crawling & crawling over obstacles
  • work more on kneel-standing (playing on knees, with knees together, not in W)
  • work on rocking side to side
  • from kneel standing, rotate him down to left hip
  • in standing at support – weight shift side to side with both feet pointing forward, hip width apart
  • sit to stand from my knee/thigh – have him sit down in your leg from stand & back up to stand (he will essentially be doing BABY SQUATS!)

I mentioned to her that when he was furniture surfing, he fell forward and didn’t use his hands/arms to catch himself.  She got pretty wide-eyed and said that is something to work on, for sure.  Here’s some games that will help with developing this reflex:

  • tummy on ball, roll forward to couch to “land” on hands
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  • flying and landing (1, 2, 3 & land) on couch
  • rolling & roll him 2x (to left OR right) after diaper change, then pick him up (alternate sides)
  • raising him up/down against your body, facing you (this will also help with vestibular development: The vestibular system includes the parts of the inner ear and brain that help control balance and eye movements.)
  • swing at playground (start with sitting with him on the big swing, start & stop… then work your way up to the baby swing)

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My Physical Therapy update

My back/hip/leg is starting to hurt less, so that’s progress.icon smile My Physical Therapy update I have been walking on top of doing the exercises and am excited to ease back into the gym.

I’ve been much more aware of my posture standing, sitting, breastfeeding and even driving! I am trying to engage my core much more often, especially while I’m carrying the boys.

Doing these simple exercises over the last couple of weeks makes me feel like a weakling.  I’m slowly getting stronger… and my PT gave me some slightly more difficult exercises to do this week.  I can add these to the previous exercises or just prioritize these:

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MY Physical Therapy Update (sessions 2 & 3)

I had my 2nd and 3rd PT sessions this week.

My physical therapist asked how I was feeling and how my exercises were going.

He made the suggestion to lay flat on the floor and let my core have a 5 minute rest once or twice a day.  He said “you wouldn’t do bicep curls all day… your core needs a break, also.”

Since I do a fair amount of driving a couple days a week, he suggested I be more aware of how I lean my back against the car seat.  He said it’s important to “press back” a little into the seat, so I don’t aggravate my issues.

He worked on stretching out my hips and legs and gave me one new exercise this week.  Instead of standing, I do it sitting on a yoga ball.  An important part of this exercise is to sit like I’m showing off a necklace… that’s a nice way of saying, you stick your chest out… lifting through your middle core, not just arching your back.  Go ahead, try it – if you are anything like me, you have to really be aware and try to do this properly!

Did you know that your shoulder posture can cause your hips to get out of alignment?! That’s probably one of my major problems… I have horrible posture while carrying my boys and while breastfeeding.  Working on it!icon wink MY Physical Therapy Update (sessions 2 & 3)

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Little Brother’s eye doctor update

Little Brother had another check up with Dr B this week.

In a nutshell, we will continue the exercises at home for another 8 weeks.  After 8 weeks, he will dilate his eyes and do an eye exam to see how his prescription is doing. 

Dr B moved the tape on LB’s glasses a little.

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The goal is to encourage his right eye to move to see stuff on his right side instead of his left eye crossing over, doing most the work.

We want to see him use his eyes equally, even though he switches between them. It’s called alternating esotropia, for those who have asked.

 

Because there was a SPLIT second last week that I saw BOTH eyes track straight (then revert back), Dr. B was encouraged to keep going with the exercises he already gave us.  We are holding off on doing any in-office vision therapy for at least another couple months… as you can imagine, it’s hard to get a baby to do any concentrate task, let alone for a full vision-therapy session.  

By moving the tape on LB’s glasses, he also was encouraged by his usage of his right eye while we were still at his appointment. 

We are praying & anticipating this continues to help and that I see more moments if him fixing both eyes straight forward. 

Emotionally speaking, hubby and I are processing all of this… Since I’m around the boys the most, I probably have more of an emotional rollercoaster to ride… but that’s not a hard and fast assumption.  I can tell my husband is having a hard time with this reality, too.  He’s just not ready to talk about it in-depth.

Little Dude (LB’s big brother) regularly said “I just want Jesus to heal my brother.”

It’s difficult to explain to him that Jesus CAN heal, but he MAY have a different plan – one that points more people to Jesus.  It’s hard for ADULTS to wrap our minds around that… how do you make that an age-appropriate response for a 4 year old? I dunno.  So far, I’ve said “me too and we will keep praying.” 

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Little Brother’s Physical Therapy notes 8/20/14

This was a big week for Little Brother, physically speaking.  He is doing an amazing job crawling… going across the room, and finally onto our tile!

He has started pulling himself to standing without help onto toys, the couch, a laundry basket and us!  He’s exploring and having a relatively fun time doing so!

He’s biggest obstacle is depth-perception… he’s running into things, but I’ve noticed is pretty smart about using his hands to gauge the space… but the sides are trickier.

His PT recommended playing with our toy tunnel… putting objects at the end of the tunnel and encouraging him to crawl through out.  It was a smooth introduction and it didn’t bother him at all to sit in the tunnel.

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She said to keep doing the same exercises we are doing, and to continue working on his core-strength… transitioning sitting to crawling from both left & right sides.

I am SO proud of him and Little Dude is getting pretty excited about his little brother being able to move around… “he’s getting bigger momma! he’s going to play with me and my toys!”

One thing that we’ve added to the playroom is a black and white foam puzzle mat.  High-contrast helps him see better… including differentiating the mat from the floor and also the mat from toys.

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He’s been rocking/bouncing on his hands and knees, but still is a little stiff in the hips. 
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His PT said to have him practice crawling over things… right now it’s difficult for him.
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His PT recommended taking the plastic stacking rings and slowly moving one back and forth for him to focus on. 
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