Thursday, February 9, 2012

Ashlyn's Development Appointment

Well today we met with Ashlyn's developmental speacialist. I wish i could report that she is right on track, but she is not =(
Ashlyn is 6 months and 24 days old, Her corrected age is 5 months and 17 days, her developmental age is somewhere right around 4 1/2 months. So yes, she is behind, which it to be expected for a preemie. Over all the specialist said she is doing pretty darn good. Which makes me very happy. BUT....... there are a couple areas of concern.

1st area of small concern: Ashlyn has been rolling from her tummy to her back for quite some time now (since around 2 months) as of recently she has been rolling from her back to her tummy, but has seemed to have totally forgotten how to roll back to her back. She gets very frustrated while on her stomach and just starts to cry till she is moved or i roll her over. We have hired Caiden to be the baby roller. We just tell him to go roll his sister over LOL. Anyway i guess it is not normal for her to have completely forgotten that she can roll both ways.

2nd area of larger concern: Ashlyn will NOT eat any solid food. I guess this is not completely abnormal, but what makes it a concern is she will put nothing in her mouth her self. She loves to play with toys and has defiantly found her hands. When a baby finds there hands and starts to play with toys everyone knows that they put everything and anything in there mouth. Ashlyn will not put anything in her mouth but a bottle nipple or her fingers when she is self soothing. I have been trying for over 2 month to feed her from a spoon and even offered her some baby snacks. She absolutely refuses to let or put anything in her mouth.

Soooooo, we will be meeting with a different specialist to try and figure out why she will not let anything in her mouth but a bottle, they will also do a couple developmental test to make sure that her rolling issues is her just being stubborn and not anything more serious developmentally. The main plan right now is trying to get her to eat some solids. She is eating 8oz every 2-3 hours, (except at night) she defiantly needs something more to keep her full longer and help her grow stronger.

I know these issues are not serious and VERY minor at the moment, but still scares the hell out of me to hear there may be something wrong with your child developmentally. Overall she is doing amazing and has made huge strides in other areas. This is just a very small set back and with the help of the specialist will get it all straightened out. I just get to enjoy each stage a little longer that's all =)


Teodosio Family said...

I know it must be so hard not to worry... but keep in mind Ashlyn is an individual baby, not just a "premie"... babies that weren't born prematurely sometimes have these issues too... especially with the solid food. I know Ashlyn will "catch up" in no time. She's amazed you (and all of us) since day one... why stop now? :) Love ya, buddy!

It's definitely an act of extraordinary ordinary! said...

Remember doctors/specialists usually err on the side of caution. They would rather be proactive. There is nothing wrong with being concerned and on top of things so to speak. You just be a calm momma, she is just developing in her own perfect timing.