Daxton is currently getting lots of therapies. He goes to occupational therapy once a week. That frequency will increase as he is expected to do more, ie. rolling over, sitting up, crawling, etc. (Thankfully it is just down the street.) And a physical therapist and speech therapist/feeding specialist come to the house. The speech therapist, Mark, is a friend of ours, so I called him when we got home from the hospital and told him Daxton's history and that we needed his professional help and referrals. Mark and a developmental specialist came over within a short time to assess Daxton. They were amazed. Mark said based on Daxton's medical charts, they were not expecting to see him acting like he was acting. They either expected a baby so stiff that he would need meds to relax enough to function, or a baby so limp that, again, he couldn't function. Repeatedly we have been told that Daxton just doesn't fit his charts.
When the pediatrician saw Daxton drinking from a bottle, he stopped in his tracks. He was amazed that Daxton had the ability to coordinate the suck-swallow-breathe pattern as well as he was. Later in that visit, he mentioned that when Daxton smiled at me the first time I would probably cry. I thought to myself, "Yeah, it's always such a sweet moment when a baby smiles at Mommy for the first time." I didn't realize that the doctor considered a smile a "maybe" for my baby. Daxton smiles, SMILES!!, all the time. He has even giggled a few times too. He is cooing and gooing like a baby his age should. I didn't know that the medical professionals thought he might never do those things.
|Yeah. He made me cry. :)|