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.

9/20/07:

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!

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7 responses to “Owen’s 6 month check-up”

  1. donna norvell says :

    Owen and Grace are absolutely adorable and I know they bring you much joy.

    Thanks for sharing about Owen’s 6 month check up. Will keep you all in prayer as you go through the testing and trust it is nothing serious.

    May the Lord continue to bless your family as you seek Him.

    Love in Him,

    donna 🙂 Prov. 3:5-6

  2. Bryan says :

    I love those kids very much, my prayers are with owen

  3. Allison says :

    Our prayers are with you, Danny, Grace and especially little Owen!

  4. Michelle Crowe says :

    Thanks for the update on Owen. You will be in my thoughts and prayers in the coming weeks for Owen’s MRI. Rick and I are coming up to Oregon Thankgiving weekend. I hope we can make a stop in Coburg to see you guys.

    Love, Michelle and Rick

  5. Sonya says :

    Hooray, that he’s doing so well! However, you will all be in our thoughts as Owen goes in for the MRI and you all wait for the results.

  6. Laura says :

    We are praying for the entire family! I’m sending you a big email hug!

  7. Tristen says :

    Hello! I just came across your blog post as I was googling asymetrical movements in infants. My 5 month-old has asymetrical movements in his arms and legs as well as significant head lag and low muscle tone in his trunk. His doctor found no definitive symptoms that fit a diagnosis and is requesting an MRI. I was wondering what kind of therapy Owen received to help resolve the asymmetrical movement and head lag or did he just grow out of it. It’s breaking my heart that I don’t know how to help my baby. I would love to know what steps you took to help Owen and any suggestions you may have for me. Sorry it’s a lot to ask but I’m feeling lost and desperate for some help.
    Thank you!
    Mom in Eugene OR

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