At Max's six month pediatric check-up, Dr. Patel recommended physical therapy for Max to help with his gross motor skills. Although Max interacts socially as a normal baby and his fine motor skills seem to be on track, he is not sitting up on his own or rolling over from his back to his stomach. After calling numerous physical therapy locations, we finally found one covered by our insurance that was able to take us quickly. Initially, I had an appointment with Early Childhood Intervention (state program), but I canceled it when they told me it was going to take at least two months to start services. By that time, Max would be in surgery and physical therapy would not have helped him at all. Our new plan is to take Max to physical therapy once a week at T.E.A.M. Approach. Yesterday was our first session.
Max did really well and only got cranky when he was hungry. We worked on rolling over tummy to back, and back to tummy, as well as sitting up and trying to maintain his balance. The therapist thought that he wasn't really delayed, and that he showed normal development for a baby that is a back sleeper. She did, however, understand our pediatrician's request to build his strength now before his next surgery so that he doesn't get too far behind post op. We were assigned homework and we'll report back next week.
Other than that Max has been amazing. He's started to eat solids. I introduced all the vegetables first and his favorite, like his sister, seemed to be carrots and squash. I started to introduce fruits this week and he absolutely loved it. He would take a bite and make little noises like "mmm." So cute. His breakfast consists of fruit mixed with cereal which puts him into a food coma coupled with a three hour morning nap!! Seriously, I put Max down at 9:30 (half-way through Sesame Street...yes this is how I assess time in my house) and it's currently 12:30. Incredible.
All in all, we are doing really well. We're enjoying the Advent season and preparing for the birth of Jesus. Clare is having fun counting down the days and she loved putting up the Christmas tree.