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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Stepping Out in Style…Orthotics Style

This past week Midwest Orthotics and Technology Center called to state that Lola’s orthotics were ready. Seeing that I had missed the initial appointment due to work, I was still very curious as to how the orthotics would function. I have to admit I also had visions of Forrest Gump and the knee high braces he had to wear on his legs in an effort to walk correctly. I was prepared for anything, but was pleasantly surprised when I actually saw Lola’s orthotics. The orthotics tech took her time explaining to me about why Lola needs the orthotics and how they will help. Anyone that has been around Lola knows that she is a toe pointer. If we let her continue to do this, she would probably walk...
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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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Therapy Began

I had been anticipating Tuesday since we said our good-byes to Moises (Lola’s Costa Rican PT) this past November. I worried Lola would fall behind without the help of Moises and Melissa as we simply didn’t know what was to lie ahead in her future yet we knew we were seeing something awaken within Lola thanks to their team. So the long drawn out process it took for Lola to get approved for First Steps was agonizing. But then something happened I didn’t expect (and shame on me for not thinking so)…Lola began to blossom developmentally without the help of any therapist or team. She just started to get it. She taught herself how to sit up on her own, how to sit up from the lying down...
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PT with Moisés and I’m a Freaking Nervous Wreck

Usually I write what phase of therapy Lola is in, but we are continuing with the exercises Moisés had assigned before. The girl is doing awesome though! Moisés was so thrilled to see her creep backwards. He then asked if she cross creeps meaning putting one hand over the other in an effort to see what is next to her. Yes, she in fact did this a few days ago while we were doing mat work on her belly. I was lying to her side and sure enough she began to kind of creep in a circle to face me. I didn’t think much of it although I was stoked to watch her look for me, but Moisés said this is all part of the crawling process. 1....
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