Friday, January 8, 2010

14 Months Old!

Wow, I can't believe Nicholas is 14 months old. Time has just flown by since he came home from the NICU. This week was originally going to be busy with an appointment every day but we ended the week with only 2 appointments. On Monday, early intervention was rescheduled because the EI's daughter was sick. Nicholas can't be around anyone who is sick or has been around someone that is sick. Tuesday he had PT and his therapist was really happy with him. She said that she can see a huge improvement in his trunk and neck with the Theratogs. He keeps his head held up much better when he is sitting and he can even hold himself up on his tummy for a few seconds before falling. Wednesday he had OT. She was very happy with him too. She worked on grabbing for toys while sitting and he did well with that. She also had him hold a little block in each hand and showed him how to bang them together. He held them for a little while then dropped them. She also wants us to use a massager on his left hand every morning to wake the muscles up. He keeps that hand in a fist when he is relaxed. He will use it when he is playing and it is easy to open but he definitely likes his right hand better. On Thursday he was supposed to have an appointment with the Theratogs guy but he had a death in the family so that was rescheduled. Today he had an appointment for his monthly Synagis shot. That had to be rescheduled for next week because of insurance. Mark's insurance started this month and it is the primary insurance so they had to get pre-approval for the Synagis shot from BCBS. They called like 10 minutes after Mark left he office and had approval but wouldn't let him come back in for the shot. So now he has to get it next Wed. before OT.

The Theratogs are definitely helping. He is getting used to them more and wears them from about 7 am to 6pm. When we take them off he does what I call the I'm free dance. The hearing aids don't seem to be helping. He also learned how to pull them out. They also got clogged with wax so even if they did help him hear anything he wouldn't have been able to with a wax clog. He is doing well with eating jarred baby food and prefers fruits. His favorite is apple/blueberry. He is not a fan of green veggies or meat. We gave him a turkey kind the other night and he hated it so we gave it to the dog. Bella was eating it and Sydney came by her and Bella picked the whole jar up and took off. We took it away from her right away but that was really funny. Puffs have been more of a miss than hit. One night he ate 5 in a row but then earlier this week I gave him a half of one and he gagged an threw up. Mashed up table food causes gagging and vomiting too. He has 2 top teeth coming in. One is much further along than the other. He also has 2 teeth on the bottom and all 4 of them look to be a nice shade of yellow/brown. Prolonged use of TPN, the nutrition he was on in the NICU, can cause teeth to be discolored. Of course this would happen to him. His toy penguin has been yelled at a few times for being in his play area. Both Mark and I have mistaken the penguin for our cat Zorro. Poor Zorro must hate the penguin because he keeps getting in trouble for looking like a penguin. That's about all for now.

Blogger isn't letting me upload any pictures so I will do that later.

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