Tuesday, September 29, 2015

My Flat Headed Boy

Two weeks ago we had an appointment with a doctor at Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago to discuss Jordan's head. Our pediatrician was concerned about the back being a little flat. We were so worried that they were going to tell us to put him in a helmet. Before we met with the doctor, a physical therapist came in and looked at his head and did some tests on him. She told us that she thought that we could get away with just doing physical therapy. What does that mean? Well, working with him to build his muscles to help push those muscles out and to keep him off of his head. Here is what we were told:

*Have him on tummy time 50% of his awake time - Keeping his head up during tummy time and using those neck muscles will help push the back of his head out and his head will reshape with time. This is hard to do, because after he eats he will lose a lot of his formula if he lays on his belly. We usually have to wait a couple hours to put him on his belly. Also, throughout the week we are home with him for about an hour and a half before he falls asleep. His grandpa has him for most of the awake time, so really, we aren't sure that he is getting 50% of his awake time on tummy time. He honestly isn't a fan of tummy time, but he is starting to tolerate it a little more each day.

*Work with him on sitting up and standing to help build his core - He is doing AWESOME with this. If I sit him up, he can sit steady for awhile. Sometimes he starts to fall, but it's usually if he tries to look up or is playing with a toy. He likes to hit himself in the face with his toys and this makes him jump back. Lol


He has come so far since we started working with him more. Being first time parents, we did not know that we should be working with him with sitting and standing up already. In the short two weeks that we've been doing it, he has gotten so strong. We are proud of him and he is proud of himself.

On another note, Jordan moved to his big stroller this weekend. He was able to see so much on our walk on Sunday. He was super bored sitting around the house and watching football, so we went for a stroll around the neighborhood. He was so happy to get out of the house. I was too. ;)

I can't believe how fast time is flying! My little boy will be 6 months in 10 days! We will celebrate his half birthday (just kidding...we don't celebrate those) in the north woods of Wisconsin. Wish us luck on our 6 hour car ride up there. :/

P.S. I can't believe how lucky I am! LOOK. AT. THIS. FACE. <3


Amie said...

He is seriously the cutest thing ever!! Glad things are getting better and no helmet was needed. I feel like sometimes doctors assume we know what we are doing instead of breaking every step down and informing us of things we need to know but they don't think to tell us. I wouldn't have known to do that stuff either.

Chelley N said...

He is so cute!

futureMom said...

Awww.... he is just adorable! What a sweetheart!

Janet Off Kilter said...

6 months already...wow! He's a handsome little fella!

Risa said...

Do you seriously have the cutest baby in the world???? I die.
So glad to hear how well he's doing!! Sheesh, I mean, I know you hold babies and lay them down a lot, but good to know how you need to kind of work with them on their sitting and neck control. I guess I would have done the same. Who would have thought?? :)

ChickinNH said...

He is adorable!! So glad to read he's doing well with the sitting and standing. Hopefully his head will round out on its own.