A friend of mine emailed me a few weeks back to let me know that I had not given an update about you for some time. Sure, there was your Half Birthday post, which was SUPER important, but I haven't given a, you know, update since you were about 4 months old. Whoops! I guess it's because there really hasn't been a whole lot going on around here, but wait, there HAS been!
At your latest 'regular' appointment, which was nearly one month ago, you weighed 15 lbs. 4 oz. and were 25 1/2 inches long. You were in the 9th percentile for both height and weight. This was NEWS. Exciting! You're still pretty itty, bitty, but up until your six month appointment, you were not even on the Growth Chart, because you were so small. If you're a Mommy, you know all about the "chart". It seems everytime I turn around, somebody's telling me what percentile their baby falls in for height and weight, which up until I had a premie (uber, teeny tiny baby) I always enjoyed hearing about. But, when your baby is not on the charts. When your baby is so small, it's really hard to hear. For such a long time, I dreaded those charts. I especially hated waiting to hear where you fell on the head circumference section... most Mommies don't have to worry about that section, but we did. We never wanted it to be too big (that meant fluid could be on your brain), but we never wanted it to be too small (that means your brain isn't growing). So! The fact that you're on that dumb ol' chart, which really doesn't mean squat makes me happy! We must be doing something right, you're getting mighty chubby, Mister!
You rock! You're right on, so they say. They are the therapists from Birth-3. About a month ago, you were evaluated by a speech therapist, an early childhood teacher, and a physical therapist from the Birth-3 program. I know your language and communication skills are a bit delayed due to your hearing loss, but I was more concerned about your physical development - both gross and fine motor skills. I was concerned with your lack of core strength and your balance/coordination, which can be a little off due to the fact that you can't hear. Congenital CMV itself can also result in neuromotor disabilities, which can effect things like sitting, crawling, walking and even things like holding toys, spoons, and writing. Did you know you attend "Mommy BootCamp"? It's true. I'm crazy! I research everything and probably know too much, but I need to make sure you're getting everything you need!
So the physical therapist and early childhood teacher asked a bunch of questions, made you show off your skills and filled out a couple of tests, which resulted in A LOT of paperwork. They tested your language and communication skills along with gross motor and fine motor skills, your personal and social development and your problem-solving skills (who knew babies problem solve?). They came just this last week to tell us that you're doing great. No developmental delays in any area of development. In fact, your doing everything a 6 month old should be doing, with the exception of mimicking sounds and responding to your name (obviously). This was great to hear and is easing my mind quite a bit. You do not need any physical or occupational therapy at this time, so you are starting your first Speech Therapy session at the end of the month and will continue with one hour, monthly sessions until the end of January. It's nice to have only one therapy to juggle because the appointments just keep comin'.
Speaking of Appointments...
You've had quite a few recently because of your half birthday!