Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
We told Timothy that we'd celebrate his birthday today with lots of fun...well, apparently he got a little over-excited about it, because he work up at 2 in the morning and stayed awake until 5! Finally at five we pulled the swing into the bedroom and he fell back asleep until 6:30, then he was up for good. What are you thinking, kiddo?
As we layed in bed like zombies this morning with Timothy between us, Timothy touched daddy's eye and daddy said "That's daddy's eye." Then, Timothy touched mommy's eye and I said "That's mommy's eye." Then, he touched daddy's cheek and then my cheek, and daddy's nose and then my nose. He had some look of wonder in his eyes, as if he figured something out. We're not sure what it was, but we were really impressed!
Timothy and daddy have been creeping together this morning...they've been chasing balls and following mommy and having all kinds of fun! Timothy's really enjoying having his daddy home!!
Update this evening with six month pictures!
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Friday, January 26, 2007
Overall, Timothy is doing WONDERFUL! The doctor asked if he was starting to roll over yet and was very shocked that he was already crawling! He said, developmentally, Timothy is doing extremely well!
Timothy makes excellent eye contact and responds well to noise. He's starting to separate his identity from mommy already. His physical development is great.
He does have some problems, though. The entire time that we were there, Timothy arched his back and strained his neck. He does this a lot and we try to get him to relax, but we didn't think much of it. My dad calls it "raring back". Well, it's not normal, and the extent that Timothy's doing it worries the CST a bit. Some arching the back is normal, but the hyperextending the back and neck as much as Timothy does is NOT normal.
During the evaluation, Timothy became extremely upset whenever the doctor touched below or slightly behind his ear. The CST could not feel any movement of the cranial fluids in this area, but ever other bone in the skull felt just fine. He said this area was extremely tense, and we could tell by how uncomfortable Timothy was (he cried every time the CST even came close to touching it). This area of the skull is the temporal bone. You can read about whta the temporal bone does here: http://www.csuchico.edu/anth/Module/temporal.html.
The temporal area controls language (the tongue and autitory processing and output) and vestibular/balance. We knew he had a problem with language, and we try really hard to give him a good vestibular program (spinning him, swinging upside down, tossing in the hair, etc.) but there are some minor problems there.
*Note - the CST was quick to tell us that these are not very serious problems. We could not do anything and he'd adapt just fine. The analogy he drew is that a person can be born with only 8 fingers and do just fine all through life, but it's better to have all your fingers.
Basically, the CST recommended 3-4 sessions to address this issue. He said that it's more than likely caused by the C-section birth. A vaginal birth is much better on the baby because it compresses all the cranial bones. The CST hopes to loosen the temporal area of the skull with treatment.
The CST worked on his stomach (for reflux) and back (for the arching) a great deal. Timothy was upset and hyper at the beginning of the session, but at the end he was just butter in the CST's hands - he melted and was so relaxed. We carried him out of there asleep!!
Our "homework" is to touch that area of the ear (ever so lightly) so that he's used to the touch. Right now he hates it!!
And the CST was VERY impressed with DADDY!! We already knew that David was a great daddy, but it was nice to see someone else realize it, too. He said David was the first daddy he had ever seen go to an appointment with a child, and was very impressed with David's knowledge of Timothy's development and health.
I'm so proud of my boys!!!!
Obviously, the large stuffed bear wasn't too interesting to him. Of course, nothing is as interesting as MOMMY!
Coming soon...our discussion of our Craniosacral therapy appointment we had today. Don't drop dead of anticipation, please!!
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
First, I have an exciting announcement to make -
Friday, January 19, 2007
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
The first picture is him eating a banana puff, the second is zwieback toast.
Monday, January 15, 2007
Sunday, January 14, 2007
They did an RSV culture and it was NEGATIVE!! Horray! Timothy has a viral Upper Respiratory Illness. They called our family doctor and she said there's nothing we could have done to prevent it - it's everywhere right now and one of us probably caught it when we were out and have the immunities for it...Timothy doesn't.
Wow, I wish I could have breastfed.
Anyway, we have a prescription decongestant so that it doesn't go into his lungs and if it isn't better in 3 days or if it gets worse we're going to see about some breathing treatments.
But, wouldn't you know, the whole time in the ER he was in SUCH a great mood. Smiling at everyone he saw, cooing, and when the doctor listened to his heart he giggled so much the doctor couldn't even hear!! The kid even laughed when they took his blood in his heel!!! I have NO idea what got in to him today, but I wish he was in that mood everyday!!!!
The nurses and doctors kept commenting about what a great happy baby he was....if they only knew.
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Friday, January 12, 2007
Thursday, January 11, 2007
I know you all are still sceptics out there, but babies REALLY can learn and read - I have no doubt. They just can't PROVE it at this age (nor would we really want them to...they're not a sideshow act). I've heard the question "How can he learn math? He doesn't even talk yet!" a hundred times, but you don't have to be able to talk to know math! Timothy knows lots of things, but he really doesn't have the ability to show us that he knows them. Doman feels very strongly that you shouldn't test a child. It's disrespectful to make them prove they know it over and over again, and it sends the message "I don't believe you can really do it", which isn't fun at all. So, I'm just going to have faith that everything we're doing is getting through.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
- The world has looked at the brain growth and development as if it were a predestined and unchangeable fact, instead, brain growth and development is a dynamic and ever-changing process.
- This is a process that can be stopped. This is a process that can be slowed, but most significantly, this is a process that can be speeded.
- All that we do to speed the process is to give kids visual, auditory, and tactile information with increased frequency, intensity, and duration in recognition of the orderly way in which the human brain grows.
- It is easier to teach a one-year-old to read than it is to teach a seven-year-old.
- The first six years of life are the genesis of genius.
- The brain grows by use.
- All humans are born with a greater potential for genius that Leonardo daVinci ever used.
- The brain is the only container that the more you put into it, the more it will hold.
- You can teach your baby anything that you can present in an honest and factual way.
- Mother brought us form the caves to the Age of Reason. Professionals brought us from Age of Reason to the Atomic Age. Mothers are the best teachers (sorry daddy).
- Geniuses are made, not born.
There's one I'm really not so sure about, though.
- Timothy seems to like to eat his word cards, and daddy seems to like to let him do it!!
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
He is one of the most patient individuals I know. He is faithful and devoted, and always so enthusiastic about every new skill that Timothy develops! He shares my enthusiasm about teaching our son, he makes Bits of Intelligence cards, and he's even read the entire "How Smart is Your Baby" book. I've seen him panic when a video started teaching the ABCs and run to turn it off. He's a heck of a guy! Now that's a great father!!
We tried the sippy cup again yesterday when Timothy was fighting to hold the bottle himself (and couldn't). He can hold the sippy cup just fine and he chews on the spout, but very rarely does he actually tip the cup to get some milk!! I'm sure that will come with time, though.
Monday, January 8, 2007
Saturday, January 6, 2007
Timothy's had 5 creeping opportunities this morning, so I'm very glad of that!! We're trying to give him plenty of short sessions throughout the day so that he can creep but not feel like he's spending all day on the floor!!
Thursday, January 4, 2007
Alas, though, Timothy is a bully - a bird bully!! We put up a finch feeder right before Christmas, and I think every finch for 100 miles has found it!! We have 30-50 finch that hang out in our backyard and eat the food out of the feeder and off the ground. I haven't walked by and seen the feeder without a bird on it EVER!
Well, Timothy likes to be put on the floor in the living room so he can look outside our large sliding glass door. He sees all of the birds at the feeder, and then he'll squeal very loud and they'll all fly away. Then, he'll cackle like crazy. They'll wait a few seconds until they think everything is safe, and then he'll scare them away again and laugh like a madman!! He'll repeat this for 15 minutes!!
In a way, I think it's really cute and it's GREAT because I can empty the dishwasher and clean up the kitchen during this time. But I have to comfort myself - at least he's not flushing thier heads in the toilet or taking their lunch money...yet.
I think our total creeping distance today was 17 feet - really great for as little as he was one the floor!! We focused a great deal on swimming today since we've been neglecting it as of late due to the bad weather. Plus, it's really relaxing - for all of us. We found that if we just swim through fussy time, there ISN'T a fussy time!! That's great!!!
Timothy did EXCELLENT swimming today - we submerged him 9 times and ever time he closed his eyes and held his breath. Daddy says "It's time to swim to mommy" and he dunks Timothy under the water for the length of the hot tub and I grab him when he gets to my side. Lately, we've started letting go underwater for a few seconds so that he can swim on his own - he does really great!! It's like he knows exactly what he's supposed to do...he kicks his feet and paddles his hands and gets where he needs to be!! We'll start letting go of him for longer and longer periods until he can swim 3 feet underwater on his own. He's doing great, though - we've just been doing it with him for about 2 months!!!
Blockbuster sent us the video "Baby da Vinci" today and he really enjoyed it. So, since we need to start a new category of Bits of Intelligence tomorrow, we'll go ahead and start Da Vinci paintings. I think he'll like them - he likes art!!
We're ready for a new day!!