Monday, July 25, 2016

First PT Appointment - July 20th, 2016

This afternoon was our first PT appointment. I wasn't really sure what to expect, but I knew that the appointment would last an hour long. I was hoping that I could get some good ideas of what to work with you at home on so that we could get you as strong as possible! Luckily, the PT came with tons of ideas for us.
Your PT came at 12:30 and introduced herself to us and immediately sat down on the floor to work with you (after washing her hands of course). She spoke with me about our goals for you and what we expected you to do in 6 months. I told her that when we had our family appointment, we basically felt as if we were laughed at when we said we would like you to move towards crawling and she said that it is just a goal, and if we hit it, great, and if not that is okay too. She really wasn't too concerned with the goal, and said that yes, it is a little harder of a goal for him to reach, but it is definitely possible.
After we spoke about the goal, she took you and did a few things while asking me questions about what you have been doing. She was very nice. She said that you were such a calm baby and that she now has baby fever (haha). She taught us so many things to do together to work on reaching some milestones and developing your strength. I was worried that I wouldn't remember everything that we did together, but luckily she wrote it down for us. She said that we should aim to do your exercises 3 times a day for 5 - 10 minutes each. One of the helpful things that she taught us was to keep tapping a rattle on the floor next to you when you get upset at tummy time. It really works to calm you down. You are now able to tolerate tummy time a lot longer than usual!
We are now going to have a new schedule incorporating tummy time and the other PT exercises she taught us. About 15 minutes before your feed 3 times a day we are going to work on these exercises so that you get nice and strong. Hopefully after doing them so much, we will see improvement next week!
One of the things that she said you were "behind" in, was grasping toys. You don't really grasp anything yet (occasionally you grasp our fingers), but that is another thing that we are going to work on. She also said that OT would work on that with us as well. Another thing that I liked about this lady is that she said early intervention does not correct for prematurity, but she likes to because obviously you are not going to be doing the same things that other babies your age will be doing.
I am so happy that we now have a plan with PT to get you working more to strengthen your muscles and practice skills so that you can meet more milestones. You are doing so great and we can't wait to see how much you improve in the coming weeks and months with these therapies. We love you so much!!