Beating the Odds

Jacob had his well child-check up today, finally after two cancelled appointments because of being sick. After having to receive the RSV shot every month the poor little tyke has gotten to the point where he starts crying as soon as Deb, the nurse, stetches his legs out. It was nearly impossible to get the little guy measured for his height. Heh. Though, I don’t think little guy is quite the right terminology here, he’s really quite a hefty boy, 24 lbs, 3o 1/2 inches (roughly anyway). πŸ™‚ Well, other than an ear infection he is checking out just fine, which is always a good thing to hear.

Now that we have hit the year mark we really start keeping an eye on his developement. His oxygen levels were so low for a prolonged period of time that brain damage was a real concern. They didn’t find anything at the time when they did the brain ultrasounds but they did say there may be some developement issues down the road. Frankly I don’t mind the hurdles we might have to jump, at least he is alive and we are jumping them. πŸ™‚ The doctor said that so far he is looking right on track and even ahead of the game, but did suggest getting involved in early intervention to have some extra eyes on him etc. They or we might decide it isn’t neccessary but we figure we might as well work with them, the educational benefit would be great, and I’m not sure quite what things to look for either, not to mention the other benefits should something come up.

We are remaining very positive though, especially as he has so far proven to be bright, engaging, and an early mover, just keeping both eyes open wide. πŸ™‚ After all he is our miracle boy and has a habbit of beating the odds, lets just hope he keeps right on beating them! πŸ™‚



Filed under Heart, Jacob, Parenting

6 responses to “Beating the Odds

  1. Sound like he’s doing great. And you, too. It’s always good to have extra, and trained eyes on him, but remember that once you get into the “system” in public schools {special ed] it’s not easy to get them out again. Tread warily, and best of luck with your little one. Also remember that most damaged parts of the brain can be “reprogrammed” or another route for the same kind of info can be forged. So, even when something goes wrong, it does not have to be a tragedy. You and yours remain in my prayers.

  2. I wrote you a long comment but Blogger ate it and I’m too discouraged to try to retype it right now. I’ll be back, though.

  3. I LOVE the early intervention programs. M was involved with them when she was a baby, and let me tell you, they are the best thing since sliced bread! You should really try to get them to assign you an occupational therapist, they are the ones who come in and tell you what exercises and such you need to do with him to help get over those early hurdles. Trust me, they are worth having! M was about 3 months behind in everything and they helped me get her ahead in just about every developmental area by age 2 1/2. Go for it!

  4. So great the Jacob’s appointment went well! Even when going in for a well-baby checkup, it’s such a relief to hear those words, “he’s doing great!”.

    Jacob certainly sounds and looks like he has no issues from his lack of oxygen. Having that one-on-one time will definitely be a bonus for him though…. who wouldn’t love that?

    Blessings on you all!

  5. With such an on-the-ball and vigilant mother as you, Jacob already has so much going for him!

    And you’re not kidding that he’s big! I think he weighs more than Little Red –but I’ll know for sure next week.

  6. i’m absolutely crazy about this kid.

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