Monday, August 24, 2015

FDR is Nine Months Old

Dear Frankie,

You are NINE months old. In just three months, we will be celebrating your first birthday. Why is it that time is speeding up as you get older? Nonetheless, this serves as a reminder to absorb every moment, and to count our blessings as they come. 

You recently visited the beach, and loved it. You had so much fun sitting in the shade, playing with sand, and a pail of water while Forrest was off swimming in the lake! You boys also went to Milwaukee Zoo for the first time. Forrest had so much fun learning signs, and the facts about the animals. We visited the dinosaur exhibition, which Forrest was absolutely in love with. On the other hand, you were content with sleeping away the entire morning in a comfortable stroller. It was truly a perfect family outing. 

You are officially done with cranial doc band treatment! It came to us as a big surprise when we went in for your last appointment with Dr. Staci, because we were not expecting you to be done with the helmet until September. However, Dr. Staci noticed that there was no space left in your helmet; she decided to take measurements, and scan your head to check whether you had made any progression. As it had turned out, you were at 6 mm, just one mm away from 5 mm goal, and the scan showed that your head shape was close to perfect round. In the duration of helmet treatment, you made 18 mm of improvement, and it was a huge progress you had made in four months! Based on this finding, Dr. Staci decided to graduate you from cranial doc band treatment. Mama and Daddy could not be any prouder than we already were of you, dear Frank. The last growth spurt you went through must have done it for you! Good job, little man, good job! 

Mama, Grandaunt RO, and Grandma took you to Build a Bear store with Forrest. We build Fury the dragon for Forrest, and Chewbacca the doll to become a new wearer for your helmet! You boys loved your stuffed animals, and you often liked to cuddle with Chewbecca as you fell asleep.

As soon as your helmet treatment was completed, you did something started rolling over! Once you realized that rolling enabled you to reach your destination, you started rolling everywhere, and more often than not, you found yourself stuck under random spots! Mama, or Daddy often have to rescue you, and make sure that you don't wind up stuck again.  Sometime, you roll toward Forrest, or Bea to join the fun. You are a rolling bug! It is awesome to see you so mobile now. Mama is going to have her hands full with two very mobile kids!!

Dave has officially released you from his care. It is amazing how far you have come from being a 6 week baby with so many obstacles to overcome. Your head range is amazing, and your tilt is nearly nonexistent. You are still getting your daily stretches, and exercises as well as visiting Dr. Katie every three weeks for an adjustment. Dr. Katie is always remarking how great you feel, and is impressed with how well you've been doing. Mama, and Daddy are so happy with the integral care you've been getting for your Torticillis, because it has been helping you so much.

Due to how successful this integral approach has been for you, Mama and Daddy decided that they would like to see you to continue with PT, and had an early intervention team to come in to evaluate you for home visits. From the evaluation, it was shown that you struggled with balance with sitting unassisted, fine and gross motor skills, and eating. You were said to be two months delayed in those areas. As for social-emotional, language, and cognition; you were just wonderful, and everybody loved you! It was determined that you would benefit from in home PT with Jen in order to help you to improve some of the weaker areas.

You began working with Jen at home. It has been amazing to see how quickly you have been progressing under her care. You started sitting up longer, and longer with play therapy. Play therapy consisted of you playing with your toys that are placed a bit out of reach so you have to teach yourself how to use your hands to balance yourself as you move around. It has been most helpful in teaching you to become more mindful of staying upright. Jen taught Mama a way to enable you to sit up straight by using a rolled up towel behind your back, and neck. You took off after that!Your first official finger food was sliced avocados. You made a huge mess out of it, and everybody were so proud of you for being able to eat finger food without having any struggle with it.

Ever since, you took off with eating finger food, and had no to very little trouble with eating. You were able to pick up food, and bring it to your mouth, then practice by chewing food. No more choking or throwing up! You've had prunes, sweet potato slices, banana, butter squash, avocados, zucchini bread, zucchini fritters, cheerios, and crackers. You came to a point where you no longer needed a towel behind your back...two weeks after PT sessions at home! Food was no longer safe around you anymore! You were always clamoring for food when you saw someone eating!

You are starting to learn how to use a sippy cup. It is a bit confusing for you, yet you are getting the gist of holding a cup, swallowing, and sampling something different. Mama is planning on discussing with Dr. Karbon to see what kind of milk you can be introduced to, most likely soy milk, since there is a history of dairy, and nut allergies in the family.

With you being so successful with eating, Mama is starting to plan on weaning you from nursing, and it is a sad thought for Mama. It is a sad thought, because it means your babyhood is coming to an end soon, and she is not sure if she's ready for that. Ready or not, you will be a toddler before all of us know it! Nonetheless, the weaning process will begin in September, and hopefully, by your first birthday, you will be weaned from nursing!

Jen also had been working with you to get you a-crawlin'. You were unsure of it in the beginning, and fussed quite a lot. Once you realized that it meant moving quicker, you were quite determined to get crawling, even though you had not accomplished this yet. You kept rocking back and forth, trying to stay on your knees, and use your hands to keep yourself in the dog stance. Jen was quite pleased with your incentive to get this done, and she felt that you should able to grasp the concept of crawling in time with a lot of practice!

For a kid who is quite determine not to be on his belly during his awake time (because you are always rolling), you sure love to sleep on your belly, and it is rather befuddling to see you loving it so much. If it makes you happy, our dear boy, then it's all good!

You recently celebrated with rest of the family for Forrest's third birthday, and your baptism! Your Uncle Alex, and Aunt Lauren were thrilled to be your godparents. It was a great day for everybody. You enjoyed a cupcake along with some other yummy food!

Mama is looking forward to your 9-month old wellness check on August 25th to see how much you weigh, and how much you've grown in height. You are definitely tall for a baby, and Mama is rather curious to find out what your height is. When you stand up straight, with a help from Mama or Daddy, you are almost at half way to Forrest's height! Mama and Daddy think you will be the tall one, but time will only tell.

We are looking forward to see what this month brings to you, Dear Frank. We love you so much, and we are so blessed to have such a ray of sunshine of you in our lives.

Mama, Daddy, & Forrest