Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Early Intervention Assessment

Zach had his EI assessment today. They put him through a series of tests where they held him in different positions and tried to get him to follow lights and noises. He did very well, except he wouldn't follow the light. I think he just doesn't like it. But he responded to everything else the way they wanted. He scored average or above average in all areas and off the charts in motor skills. They were impressed that he is already reaching for objects and holding onto the rings on his playmat. They told us that because his Torticolis seems to be improving with stretches, he doesn't qualify for EI unless his pediatrician writes a letter saying that the condition was congenital, which it wasn't. They were also impressed with how vocal he is.

He was so good during the whole assessment too! I think he thought the evaluators were there to play with him. He was smiley and giggly and let them do whatever they needed to do. He only started crying at the end because it was getting close to naptime.

Oh and guess who rolled over twice on Saturday! Yep, rolled over at 3 months, 2 days old. Except how he won't do it again and throws a fit when we try to get him to do it.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Three months old!

Today Zachary is three months old! I can't believe it! He's growing so fast and getting so smart. He's a really happy baby and only really cries when he is hungry or tired.

So what has Zach been up to?

He has been sleeping in his crib for about 2 weeks now. He sleeps really well, only waking up once most nights. He usually sleeps one 5-7 hour stretch and then another 4-6 hour stretch. Last night he slept all night from 8pm-7:30am!

We got him a new playmat for playing and tummy time. He doesn't like tummy time much and usually melts down after only a few minutes, but he loves lying on his back and playing. He swats at and "talks to" the hanging toys. Sometimes he even grabs the rings hanging from the toys!

We had his first appointment with Early Intervention for Zach's torticollis this week. It was mostly just paperwork, but the staff member explained a little about the program. If Zach qualifies, he will be in the program for a year and will be eligible for all their services, including meetings with a physical therapist and occupational therapist if he needs it. He has an appointment for his assessment next Wednesday and they will show us some stretches that will hopefully help. His neck already seems a little better, but he still favors the right.

Oh, I almost forgot! We got Zach his first pumpkin! He loved it! He thought the pumpkin was hilarious.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

2 month doctor's appointment

We had Zach's 2 month doctor appointment on Friday. He is now 10 lbs 14 oz and 22.5 inches tall. He's gained 4 pounds and grown more than 3 inches. Great news!

The not so great news:

Zach's head is flat on the back, which means that we need to do more tummy time so that it will hopefully round out. The doctor didn't seem too concerned. He has Torticolis, which means that a muscle on the left side of his neck is tight, preventing him from turning his head to the left. The doctor told me a few stretches to try and is referring us to Early Intervention. They will come to the house and teach us more stretches. Also, he is a little bit cross-eyed so we got a referral for a pediatric opthmalogist. The doctor is pretty certain that all these issues will resolve easily, but is being proactive, which I really like.

Zach got 3 shots and an oral vaccine at his appointment. He liked the oral vaccine and the Tylenol they gave him before the shots. However, the shots, not so much. He did the silent scream and the nurse had to blow in his face to get him to breathe. Every time. Poor little guy. He cried all the way to the car, but fell asleep and stayed asleep in his carseat for over an hour after we got home. First time I've seen him cry real tears and it was so so sad.  He was fussy and sleepy all day Friday, yesterday, and today. No fever though.