Thursday, January 22, 2009

Making great strides

We had a great appointment with Drake's developmental pediatrician today. She saw him for his 15-month (adjusted) check-up. Most kids go every 6 months, but at his 12-month appointment, she asked to see him again in 3 months. He has progressed a lot in the past 3 months as I have mentioned before. It seems to me that at about 12-months, something clicked and he started to do a lot more. The doctor noticed this, too, and was so pleased with all the things he is doing.

First off, she said his tone was great, so relaxed in the legs, hips, and ankles. She didn't see any reason why he would need AFOs at this point since he has such good range of motion in the ankles and she is confident he will quad crawl in the next 6 months or so (!) and doesn't want his feet to be braced when he crawls. My heart squeezed hearing this. He is making attempts to crawl now (when he is on his stomach he kicks his legs like he is crawling, but without them being under him), but it's hard to imagine him actually crawling.

She loved his sitting and that he can transition from sitting to quad to rolling. He did great on all the cognitive games, too, looking for the duck under a blanket, playing peek a boo, pulling the string to get the ring, clapping on command, and mimicking me when I said "Uh oh" (his favorite thing to mimic). She is going to put in a request for speech therapy now, even though our state's program usually makes you wait until 18 months, because he is doing so well verbally.

AND she doesn't want to see us again for 10 months! YAY! I am so proud of Drake and my family for all the hard work.


Ellen Seidman said...

I just got so excited for Drake reading that! Nothing's better than hearing the doctor tell you he doesn't need to see you for a while. Max saw a really sweet developmental ped for years, we hung on every word he said, especially the good ones. :)

Hopeful Mother said...

Fantastic update!!!