Hard-workin’ gal

September 1st, 2010

Now we are one of those families who has therapists coming to their home!  Who ever would have thought it!

Verity’s physical therapist came after lunch today for the first time.

She explained that Verity has two goals to meet in Gross Motor Skills 101.

One is to learn to hold her body in midline.  That means that she can lie on her back and look straight ahead instead of allowing her head to flop over to one side.  In addition, she will grow strong enough to bring her hands together while lying in that position.  I had already learned some techniques to help her reach this goal, so her therapist just added a few suggestions.

Verity’s second goal is to learn to hold her head up while lying on her tummy and while sitting.  When her therapist showed me how to work on these two positions, I asked if I may take pictures, so I wouldn’t have to rely on my memory alone.

And when Doctor Morton called this afternoon to find out how Verity was eating, I was pleased to report that she is taking a full 3 ounces every feeding today, after a gradual increase from 1 1/2 to 2 ounces yesterday.  She acts very hungry when she wakes from her naps, and is not ready to be finished after half an hour of drinking.  He said it was okay for her to continue to work at the bottle as long as she is interested, but not to push her past that point.  She is taking about 1 1/2 to 2 hours on each bottle, but I am confident that she will get stronger and faster in time!

He further told me to put those baby scales back under the bed, and only pull them out once a week.

Thank You, Lord!!


goodbye feeding tube, goodbye baby scales, and did you know that 60 mL syringes make great water guns?!

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12 Responses to “Hard-workin’ gal”

  1. Denise says:

    Children really are the best.  My little Stephen is just IN LOVE with Verity.
    All I have to do is tell him “Baby Verity is on the computer”– and he comes running.  As he just did… and he got THE BIGGEST SMILE and said “She is SOOOO cute, but she still needs to eat more, right?”

    Every meal time Stephen reminds us to pray for Verity– that she will eat more!!  He is so cute–  and will walk around after seeing her picture on here talking about “baby Verity”!!  So cute!!!

    Sometime we’ll have to get together– and let him see her!!  :)

  2. danielle m. says:

    I’ll guess that the little boys would LOVE to find a bunch of those syringes in their preschool box at school time! 

  3. Misty says:

    Brought a smile to my face this morning =)  So glad she is eating better.  I hope the therapy goes well with her.

  4. Stephanie Blanchard says:

    Ohhhh hip hip hooray! Hip hip hooray! Go Verity go!

  5. JenK says:

    Wonderful news about her eating!

  6. Joy Horton says:

    Oh, those pics of her doing her PT brought huge smiles to us! Great job, Verity! We love you!!!!!

  7. Grandma Sally says:

    This Grandma cannot stop smiling……….happy, happy, happy news!

  8. Anna T says:

    YEA!!  WTG Verity!!  Praying and praying : ) !!

  9. cindy says:

    WTG Verity  the inconvenience of the therapists won’t compare to ALL the benefits, great you have them so soon.  Do you have to pay for these or is this what the state covers? 

  10. Wonderful news about her eating, I find it amazing all you have to do for precious Verity.  May the Lord be your strength, you are doing such a wonderful job!!  Verity is such a sweet looking baby girl!  I so much would love to meet this tiny person in real life!  ((hugs))

  11. Shari~hotfudgecustard says:

    Yay for finding other, more enjoyable uses for those syringes!!!  Praise the Lord!

  12. Marilyn Osborn says:


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