"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
--Jeremiah 29:11

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Developmental Screening Results

Connie was screened today by the Parents as Teachers parent educator. It was a 2nd Edition "Ages and Stages Questionnaire"--12 month/1 year ASQ Information Summary. He got 10 pts for each YES, 5 for Sometimes, and 0 for NO. There were 6 questions/skills in each section. The sections were Communication, Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Problem Solving and Personal-social.

1) Play a nursery game such as so big, clap, etc--YES
2) Follow a simple command without gesture (he did "give it to me")--YES
3)Say a word other than Mama or Dada--NO
4)Look at objects when you say "where is the . . ."--YES
5)Shake head when he means no or yes--YES

Gross Motor:
1)Bend down to pick up a toy and stand back up--NO (he does this with help though)
2)Lower himself while holding on without flopping down or falling--YES
3)Walk along furniture holding on with only one hand--NO
4)If you hold his hands will he take several steps without tripping or falling?--NO
5)Take several steps forward holding on with only one hand?--NO
6)Stand in the middle of floor by self and take several steps forward?--NO

Fine Motor:
1)Pick up a string with first finger and thumb?--YES
2)Pick up a cheerio or crumb with tips of thumb and finger?--YES
3)Put a small toy down without dropping it and then take hand off toy?--YES
4)Use pincer grasp without resting his arm or hand on the table?--YES
5)Throw a ball with overhand motion--NO (he does roll the ball back)
6)Help turn pages of a book?--YES

Problem Solving:
1)Clap two toys together?--YES
2)Poke or try to get something that is inside a clear bottle--YES
3)Find a toy that you've hidden completely)--YES
4)Copy you after you put a toy in a bowl or box?--YES
5)Drop small toys, one after the other, into a container?--YES
6)Scribble on paper--SOMETIMES (he went back and forth but was holding it wrong so it didn't make marks)

1)Offer toy to you when you ask?-YES
2)Push arms through sleeves once arm is started in hole?-YES
3)Let go of a toy when giving it to you?-YES
4)Lift foot for shoe, sock or pant leg?--NO (he never wears shoes!)
5)roll a ball back to you?-YES
6)Hug a stuffed animal or doll?--YES

Overall Scores:
Communication: 50/60, norm is 15.8 to 60
Gross Motor: 10/60, norm is 18-60
Fine Motor: 50/60, norm is 28.4-60
Problem Solving: 55/60, norm is 25.2-60
Personal Social: 50/60, norm is 20.1-60

AND this was on the one year old (12 month) level. I'm just ecstatic that he didn't have to be scored on a younger form--like the 8 month old or 10 month old forms, let alone do this well on this form!

After the seizure and all the questions we had about him neurologically after such a long time on bypass, this is VERY reassuring to me!

2 other cute things he did recently include trying to comb his hair with his comb (on command even) and taking turns playing with two objects with Ms. Deb during PT on Friday. He would bang them together and then hand them to her and then she'd do the same and hand them back. This went on several times back and forth and was very cute. His receptive language is definitely right on! Yay Connie!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

One Year Check-Up

Conway went to Dr. Davis this morning for his 12 month check up and shots. He got four shots and was very unhappy about that. He made it through and settled down and then as soon as I laid him back down to dress him so we could leave and go to the dentist, he must have thought I was laying him back down and he was getting more shots because he started crying hysterically which makes him cough and gag and of course, vomit the entire feeding he had just finished! The tube came up and all. He was a mess. The nurse helped me clean the exam table so I could clean him up and dress him. It was awful! Dr. Davis is happy with his growth and developmental progress. He is in the 50th %ile for weight and head size and the 75th %ile for height. He'll go back somewhere between 15-18 months unless he gets sick before then.

Then it was on to the dentist. The snow had started by this time and getting both kids to the car, buckled in and stroller put away was a chore. I guess I'm out of practice since we really haven't gone anywhere all together since last summer! We made it to the dentist and were watching the local news in the waiting room and seeing how there were inches of snow in most parts of the city and county, but right around us the roads were great. This lasted until we got home and then it started a lot more. Thank God that the roads were clear and we made it everywhere safely. The dentist agreed that it was good to get him in to have a look since he has all that reflux and we talked about down the road possibly putting a protective layer (crowns) over his teeth to protect them from all the acid. He counted his teeth and took a look. Mookie had a turn too and did great. She let the doctor have a look-see and count her teeth. He said she is delayed in getting her back ones in(duh, she didn't get her first tooth until almost a year old!) but they are in good shape. She goes back in two weeks for a cleaning.

Thanks for looking in!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Conway is ONE!

Connie is officially one on March 3rd, but we celebrated his birthday on the 2nd. It was a beautiful day weather-wise and all around. Friends and family came from near and far to celebrate this miracle child. He was awake from 10:45am until around 5:30 pm. We tried to let him nap but I guess he was too excited for his big day. He was such a trooper. He let everyone hold him and he was a love bug all day. He sat on the floor and played while I opened the presents and didn't throw up one time on his birthday clothes! Finally after everyone was gone, he slept for about an hour and a half and then went to bed for the night at about 8:30.

I'm falling asleep as I post this, but I knew everyone would be anxious to see his birthday pics.

Here's a movie I made outlining his first year of life. What a year it has been!