Odds & Ends

Their hair is like delicious blonde cotton candy. 

The boys had their 15-month check up at the doctor’s this week and all is great! I love our doctor and how straightforward and real she is. She’s also very laid back but respects the fact that if something is concerning me, she won’t just blow it off. Wyatt is still in the 9th percentile for weight which is where he’s been for most of his short life. Caleb’s weight always differed by an ounce or so but this time, Caleb weighed about 12 oz. less! He’s now in the 4th percentile which seems crazy to me because when I carry these boys, they feel huge! Exactly how big are “average” babies?!?! Our doc isn’t concerned about their weight at all because they’re still on the same growth path as always. I ended up taking the boys to the doctor by myself since Shane couldn’t skip out on work that day, which was a bummer. Let me tell you, there is NOTHING worse than having one kid get their (5!) shots and be screaming in pain and you have to strap them into their stroller just to do it all over again! I try to go to my happy place and remind myself just how lucky we are to live in a country where we have access to these vaccines for our kids. The rest of the appointment was pretty uneventful; C&W are eating well, pooping well, sleeping well and aside from their newly developed clinginess, behaving well.

Yesterday, we had Caleb’s weekly physical therapy appointment and my little guy was such a rock star. Within a couple minutes of the session, Caleb transitioned from sitting to hands & knees so smoothly. From there he rocks back and forth, pushes himself backward, or can reverse himself back into sitting. Oh, well, he can also plop down onto his tummy but from there he has no problem pushing back up into hands & knees when I say “Up, Caleb!” It’s pretty amazing to see all of this new-found mobility! When I leave the room while he plays, I’ll come back and he’s facing a different direction and he’s 3-5 feet from where he originated!

The one thing we’re working really hard is for him to crawl forward. Pushing backwards with his hands is easy but telling his little legs to move forward has been proving to be quite tricky. Our secret goal is for him to be crawling by Christmas. I like how we also work on standing up nice and tall. Caleb is no where near being able to walk, but it’s important to work on skills that his typically-developing peers are able to do. When we stood him up his feet were nice and flat on the floor, but I noticed his ankles rolling inward. I don’t think they used to do that as much before and the therapist agreed that hadn’t noticed that much pronation before.

Only Caleb can make cankles look cute!

We have our first appointment with our orthopedist at the end of this month and our therapist said she’d be surprised if Caleb didn’t need AFOs (Ankle Foot Orthotics). This contradicts what our previous therapist at Kennedy Krieger told us but a few short weeks ago, so we’ll see what the outcome is. I agree that Caleb’s ankles are rolled inward and the sooner we can address that problem the better. I’m going to be researching what to expect from our visit and the different types of AFOs that we might be dealing with.

Wyatt is walking all over the place now and hard to keep track of! He’s into everything, especially things that he’s not supposed to have. If I even try to take my phone or the remote away from him, he dissolves into a puddle of tantrum on the carpet, rolling all around and crying (no tears at all, mind you). It’s quite the scene and I’m getting used to it. Our pediatrician said now is the time in their lives where we need to tell them what they can’t do. No rationalization or explanation necessary, just a simple “NO BITING.”  She raised her voice during the appointment as an example and you should have seen those two boys. They looked at her like deer in headlights. You can tell we don’t raise our voices often ever. Oh, and she said not to laugh when they do something naughty, which is so hard because some of the stunts they pull are really funny.

We think Caleb’s eyeglass prescription has changed recently. Lately, he will not keep his glasses on. He yanks them off every chance he gets and when he actually does wear them, he’ll peer over the top of them like a chubby little professor.

You talkin’ to me?

We hope to get that resolved soon! In the meantime, Wyatt has been trying to put them on to look like his brother. Pretty adorable until he gets frustrated and melts down.

Anyways, that’s all I have for now. Let me leave you with this beautiful essay penned by Allison Tate for the Huffington Post. Such a great message for all moms (and dads too!) about the importance of getting out from behind the camera once and a while!

The Mom Stays in the Picture



I'm a working mom of three fantastic boys: Caleb, Wyatt and Parker. My husband, Shane, and I live in the Washington DC suburbs where we enjoy playgrounds, pools and never getting to sleep in. This blog is a journal of our day-to-day lives as well as a chronicle of Caleb's progress after a recent spinal surgery to alleviate the effects of his cerebral palsy.

Posted in Caleb, Cerebral Palsy, Inspiration, Physical Therapy, Wyatt
4 comments on “Odds & Ends
  1. Louise Nadeau Beaulieu says:

    Love the top picture….2 little brothers playing….he is so cute looking over his glasses like that!!

  2. Megan says:

    Those growth charts are based on formula fed babies in the 70’s. Breastfed babies almost always bottom out the bottom of the charts. Don’t worry about your little ones, they look like they are doing great!

  3. mommasylvia says:

    These little boys are adorable! I love that Wyatt wants glasses too!

  4. Those pictures are precious! Caleb and Wyatt sound like such sweet boys. It’s great to hear that they’re doing well. You said you want to do research on AFOs and what to expect – if you’re interested, there are a number of resources on Cerebral Palsy Family Network that you might find helpful. Under the “resources” and “news & blogs” sections, you’ll find advice for all things CP – from therapy options and choosing a wheelchair to summer camp plans. Hope you find it helpful, and good luck to you and your boys!

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