Developmental Pediatrician

Today Lola had an appointment with Dr. Tom Lock who is a developmental pediatrician at Riley Hospital for Children. At this point in the game you sort of go into these appointments with little expectations as it comes as no surprise that Lola is developmentally delayed. But per the suggestion of one of Lola’s therapists, we thought it would be a good idea just to hear what he had to say. Seeing that we blew Lola’s general pediatrician away with our detailed knowledge of her conditions, we felt it would be nice to have someone understand the lingo we were speaking. Unfortunately we had to wait almost an hour for Dr. Lock to enter in which Lola was not in the mood to be playing anymore. She was...
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Enough About Me

How is Lola? Lola is awesome! I swear she learns something new every single day and we sit back just in awe of every little thing she accomplishes on her own. Sure we push her with therapeutic tools, but sometimes with developmentally delayed kids you have to just take a step back and let them flourish. Remember that line from my favorite children’s book, Leo the Late Bloomer? “A watched bloomer doesn’t bloom.” Well I whole-heartedly believe it to be true. She’ll get it when she’s ready and able. She may not be average on a developmental growth chart, but she’s still developing and that’s what matters. Plus average is such a mediocre term. Lola has this strong fascination with large objects such as doors, dressers, entertainment centers...
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El Museo

On Tuesday, Lola and I had a play date at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum with a friend and her son. The Children’s Museum is amazingly cool and I am excited that it is only a couple of miles away from our house. When we got there, we quickly realized the kids were on Spring Break as the place was a madhouse. It was rather loud and I worried about the noise being too much for Lola’s delicate senses. She retreated a bit in the beginning, but she soon adapted. A few months ago I probably would have felt a tinge of sadness seeing all of the kids Lola’s age crawl and probably walk. But Tuesday, I didn’t focus on what she couldn’t do. Instead I simply looked around...
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A Visit with my Mom

Last week my mom was here for a short five day visit. We had such a good time just catching up, spending time with Lola, eating lots of yummy meals and of course…shopping! While I love the time we got to spend together, it seems to get harder every time we have to say good-bye. For selfish reasons, I wish that she lived closer. I’m at the point in my life where I long to learn about domestic things from my mom such as when to plant perennial bulbs, how to get my grass to grow thicker and how to make my grandmas fried chicken for Rob. We would go on walks throughout the neighborhood and she would point out tips for my future gardening days. It’s those...
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Improvements and Much “More”

Lola girl is finally over her first cold and the second top tooth is ever present which means…our happy baby is back! [column size=”1-3″ last=”0″ style=”0″][/column] [column size=”1-3″ last=”0″ style=”0″][/column] [column size=”1-3″ last=”1″ style=”0″][/column] We have witnessed such changes in Lola this past week. There is a level of awareness that is emerging in really all aspects of her life. She is becoming aware of her body and its movement. She watches her hand as she waves it by or she’ll look at her toes as they wiggle. The other day at lunch, I snapped this photo of Lola observantly watching as her finger tapped the table. She’s also much more purposeful as she plays. Of course she still bangs everything in an effort to hear a noise...
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