Owen at Two
I realized I have been neglectful in updating about Owen and how he is doing at TWO…
We had his two year check-up on his 2nd birthday, I know nice of me, huh? It was only one shot and he handled it well.
Owen is still in the <5% for height and weight and now his head is down to 55%, so maybe his head and body are evening out. He weighed a wopping 21 lbs, 13 oz, a weight that lots of kids reach by their first birthday, but that’s ok. He actually has put on a pound in about a month which is great for him.
The developmental assessment also went really well. Owen had been behind in language and gross motor skills at 18 months, now he is up to his age in everything and even ahead in some areas. Such a relief!
The doctor agreed with us about discontinuing any visits to the developmental rehab place here in Eugene. Every time we go, they send us in for some scary test like brain MRIs for neurological problems or blood tests for muscular dystrophy. The results have always been normal, but as I wait for results, in my mind he has whatever it is they are testing for. Since his developmental assessment was normal and he is still getting therapy with Early Intervention we figured we would all notice if something wasn’t right.
Six months ago our biggest struggle with Owen was communicating. He has progressed so much in the last 2 months in particular. He still uses some signs- “please”, “airplane”, “thank you”, but he also says “peas” and “tangtu” while he is signing. I don’t know that very many people would understand what he is saying, but we do and it has made a huge difference. Just this morning he was sitting in his high chair and shouted TOAST, which sounds kind of like “dirt”, and then he shouts PLEASE! I asked if he wanted more and he used his newest word “ya”.
When I got Owen out of his crib this morning he kept saying a word, I couldn’t tell if he was saying “bird”, “Burt”, “bug” as they all sound the same, then he said “fell”, and I said, “oh, did the guy fall of the BOAT?” and he said “ya”. His favorite part of the Little Mermaid is when the guy falls off the boat…So he is able to communicate little bits to us, even when it isn’t something that is happening right then.
The only medical issue that we are dealing with right now is the undescended testicle that was detected in our very first ultrasound at Legacy when I was 34 weeks pregnant. On Friday, as my healthy two year-old son was getting his own ultrasound, I couldn’t help but remember 2 years ago when that darn doctor saw his undescended testicle in-utero and said “well, it looks like this baby has multiple abnormalities so we will want to do more testing to see how aggressively we will want to treat this baby.” If he could only see him now! This is the only issue that we are still dealing with from the time he was born. I would expect that we will have to get it taken care of in the next month or so. And of course I’ll keep you updated.
Danny and I have both been reading the Legacy series that I posted about the other day and are reminded just how blessed we have been with Owen’s health. With a birth defect that has a 50% survival rate, you really don’t know which outcome your child will have, but we are thankful and we will never take for granted the blessing of healthy children.
I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him. 1 Samuel 1:27