July 17, 2009

Busy week

Last week Monday we had Whitney's 18 month appointment at the pediatritian. Here are her current stats for you:

Head circumference: 44 1/2cm (10th percentile)
Height: 32 1/2" (80th percentile)
Weight: 22# 6oz (30th percentile)
I have been asked a few times if they are concerned about her small head size and the answer is, no. She has always had a small head and it is growing at a steady rate. We would be concerned if it grew too much too quickly.

Wednesday we had our first group therapy at the Conductive Learning Center. There were two other children and two conductors plus the three parents. The other two children are older and have been in a group setting previously. Whitney was very overwhelmed and cried/whined for the first hour. The second half of the session went better as we both got used to things. She is still pretty young to follow directions and is not always sure she wants to. (: I was very impressed by how organized the session ran even with all the noise Whitney was projecting. We did many exercises trying to do them simultaneously with the other children. It was fun to see Whitney watching the other two very carefully. When we got home she tried a few new things like it was no big deal. Sometimes peer pressure can be positive. We have our second and last summer session tomorrow and plan to go daily in September.

Thursday we saw her pediatric orthopaedic doctor or as we call her, the hip doctor. All is looking well! Every time I have anxiety as we wait for the x rays and once again I breathed a sigh of relief. The femoral head is continuing to develop very nicely. It is always amazing to see the x rays side by side from where we started. What a miracle that if you put the bone where it is intended to be it will start to form and grow. How amazing our Creator is! The current plan is to be in the hip brace for night time sleeping for the next 3 months and then if all is progressing well we will do a four week test. This would mean going without the brace for a week and then checking to see if the hip continues to form. We would do this for four consecutive weeks.

Thank you for checking in. We are so thankful for all of you.