Thursday, July 4, 2013

Great News!



Zoë had her first physical therapy session yesterday. My fears were put to rest. The therapist said there is no sign of CP whatsoever and that she is going to be "just fine". (I feel strange writing that because I think of all the other mothers out there who are not told the same thing by therapists and doctors. It kind of reminds me of blog posts I read about when children almost die. I am always so happy for that family but part of me hurts that we weren't that family too.)

It isn't going to be easy. Zoë did NOT like all the poking and prodding and hard work. She took a long, hard nap once the therapist left. But the good news is that we have a plan. The other great news is that it isn't anything serious. She just needs help and practice and patience and coaching. She does have some sensory issues (movement) and when you combine that with lack of strength from not using the proper muscles much (never liked tummy time, has been content with not pulling herself up, etc.) it is a recipe for the ultra fast monkey scooter.

She will walk. She will catch up. The therapist said she thinks the biggest reason she hasn't done much to walk is because she's just so cute. When babies are that cute they have a syndrome (cute overload to the max spoil me syndrome) where everything is just given to them because they are so cute and they don't learn that they have to actually work toward something.

Cute or not, little missy, you are going to have to learn to walk all on your own! We will likely meet with the therapist for 6-8 months. I will keep you posted on her progress.

Thank you for all of your comments and concern and support. I was grateful to learn my "mother's gut" was correct.

If your baby isn't bearing weight by 2 or 3 months old, say something to your pediatrician. And if your baby is abnormally cute, you might want to watch out as well.

7 comments:

  1. Is it bad that I think it's actually kind of funny that her problem is being too cute?

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  2. Awesome to hear!!! Too cute. That's funny.

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  3. Great news! I just read your post about PCMC being a sacred place and it gave me the chills. I work in the NICU at the U of U and every time I cross the bridge to PCMC's cafeteria, I feel like I'm walking on holy ground. So happy that everything will be okay with Zoe...she is way too cute!

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  4. Oh - I'm so so glad Molly! So thankful!
    She IS adorable. Poor girl.

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  5. Glad for the good news.....I remember my grandson (who didn't walk until 14 months or crawl until one year) hated tummy time. He would just cry and cry until he was on his back or sitting up. My kids finally got him to crawl by putting candy in front of him. Walking was the same....just not that interested but eventually he got it and was running before you knew it. Little Zoe will do it when it is time and she will catch up too. She is adorably cute and one girl that you will have to keep a close eye on, especially when she hits the teen years!!!

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