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?!