Monday, June 28, 2010

8 Months!

Well, it's hard to believe that my sweet little Chase turned 8 months old on Saturday! Where has the time gone?? He's turning into such a big boy and I couldn't be more proud of him! I figured it's been a while since I've shared a little update on the boy, so here goes!

Chase has been seeing an occupational therapist (OT) every 2 weeks for about a month and a half now. We determined through an assessment that he's lacking a bit when it comes to fine and gross motor skills, and the OT has been a big help! After our first appointment, I started working with him on sitting up independently. When the OT came back 2 weeks later, he was an old pro at sitting up all by himself! He's not quite figured out how to catch himself when he starts to lean to one side or the other, but we're working on that. We've also been working on tummy time. Specifically, I want to get him to push up on his hands since this is one step closer to crawling. He still is NOT a fan of being on his tummy, but I know he'll get there eventually. He does a great job of rolling from his tummy to back (especially with his temper -- when he gets mad with being on his tummy, he's quick to flip over on his back!), but of course he has no desire to roll over from back to tummy. He'll hang out on his side for a bit, maybe, but has yet to make it all the way onto his tummy.

This Thursday we have a physical therapist (PT) coming out to do an evaluation on him. I've been noticing he seems to only want to use one hand/arm at a time when playing, eating, etc., almost as if the other hand/arm doesn't exist! I'm not terribly concerned about it but the OT and I agreed it would be a good idea to at least have an assessment by a PT to make sure there's nothing going on that might need to be worked on. We'll see what she says on Thursday!

The other big Chase news is that he has a cardiology appointment with Dr. Horne Friday morning. If you recall, it's been TWO MONTHS since his last cardiology appointment! Although I've loved having two months of NO doctor's appointments, the heart mom in me is very nervous and somewhat scared that they will find "something" on Friday. They'll check his o2 saturation, his blood pressures and pulses, and of course do an echo. I've been praying already that they don't find anything and that his heart is functioning as wonderfully as ever and his valves aren't leaking and his artery patches are holding nicely. It's crazy to think of how our world can be turned upside-down in the blink of an eye if this appointment reveals anything that would need to be addressed. That would obviously require an unplanned trip to Charleston, possibly a heart cath, and who knows what else! But right now I'm going to try NOT to worry and NOT to think of all of the "what if's" that could happen. I keep reminding myself that my job is to LOVE LOVE LOVE my boy every second of every day with all that I have in me since we, like everyone else, aren't promised tomorrow. If you think about it, please say a prayer for this appointment Friday morning, for Chase to have an excellent report and for me not to go too crazy with the waiting and worrying. :)

Also on the horizon is Chase's dedication at our church, which I happened to (purposely) schedule for the same day as LO's 3rd birthday (when all of the out-of-town family will already conveniently be in town)! So yes, I'm going to be QUITE busy over the next 4 weeks trying to get everything lined up for a dedication AND a birthday party. Good times!!!

Oh, and last night hubs and I put Chase in his walker for the first time and he was so cute! He really liked it and was already scooting himself around a little bit within minutes! See how precious?


I also had to share this pic of him from the pool the other day. Such a cute little dude!!!