Owen’s 6 month check-up
We took Owen in for his follow-up with the developmental pediatrician today. All in all it was a good visit. They are pleased with his demeanor and social interaction and said he is doing a lot of normal 6 month old baby discovery things. However, he still has asymmetrical movements and a lot of muscle weakness in his torso. Two months ago when we saw this doctor Owen’s asymmetry was on his entire left-side (arm/leg/neck). This time they focused mostly on his left arm and his head still lags back considerably when you try to pull him up to sitting. His muscle tone is normal on both sides so the doctor is pretty certain it is not cerebral palsy. My understanding from the doctor is that if it is an asymmetry that doesn’t involve muscle tone it is more likely a neurological issue. The next steps that we are taking are an MRI of Owen’s head to see what might be causing this (which is on October 4th) and we will also be referred to EC Cares to start early intervention services. Grace had a gross motor skill delay so we have already been through early intervention services with her and they are fabulous at EC Cares so while I wish there were no issues at all, I don’t have any problem with Owen having early intervention services and know that it will help!
So that’s Owen in a nutshell. He is starting to eat some rice cereal but isn’t really happy with it. It is hard to know what is just normal transition or what might be some eating trouble due to his eating issues at birth.
Owen is such a happy baby, he really loves life and that is obvious by the smile that is always on his face. We have been so blessed to have him in our family and we thank God for his continued strength and good health!
Thank you all for your prayers and support.
I have had a couple of people ask what gross motor skill delay and asymmetric movement are…
Gross motor skill delay is a delay in the large motor movements with arms/legs/neck/etc. that help with balance and movements like pulling up/crawling/walking.
Asymmetric movement is when one side of the baby’s body moves better or worse than the other side. Babies are supposed to be able to move their arms and legs equally. With Owen, his movement on his right side was closer to normal but on his left side he would hold his limbs stiffly and his head leaned to the right.
Hope this helps!