Can you believe it? Seth is already 2 months old! Time flies faster with the second child I think. We have enjoyed every minute with him- and I genuinely mean that. He just couldn’t be a better baby and everyone that’s spent any time around him says the same thing. He’s happy, content, smiley…..just all the things a mommy and daddy could ask for.
We had a big day of appointments this week. Seth had a check up on July 1st and the doc said he looks great! He weighed 11 lb, 1 oz and was 23.75 inches long….a whopping 1/2 pound and 1/2 inch longer than his sister at this age. On the “normal” kid scale, he’s in the 50th percentile for weight and 75th percentile for height….but on the Down Syndrome scale, he’s in the 75th percentile for weight and 100th percentile for height! Translation: he’s a healthy, big boy! With Joel’s and my height, we’ve thought that if any DS kid has a chance at being taller than average, it could very well be our Seth! The doctor commented again and again on his good muscle tone and said that he looks right on track with other children his age right now. He was amazed that Seth had already rolled over and said the future seems to be very bright for our boy. You know, Joel and I just can’t hear that enough. I thought my proud heart was going to burst out of my chest!
Later that afternoon, we had our first IFSP (Individualized Family Service Plan) meeting with ECI (Early Childhood Intervention). ECI is a state-wide program provided to families with children under the age
of 3 who may have developmental delays. Two ladies came to the house- one was an occupational therapist and the other was a speech and developmental specialist. They took time to play with Seth and exercise him a little to assess his current development. The conclusion they came to was that Seth is right where he needs to be. Once again, Joel and I can’t hear that enough. They looked at the following areas of development: cognitive, gross motor, social, fine motor, language (expressive and receptive) and self-help. For example, because he coos and makes grunting sounds, he gets an “A” in language. He is an eager eater, so that’s another “A” in self-help. Cognitive skills have to do with tracking toys, interacting with people, etc. It is such a meticulous process, but we’re so thankful for the help, as we are on board with doing anything and everything we can to help him along. Ella liked the ladies that came and they were equally receptive to her curious interruptions. Our plan going forward will be a couple of appointments a month with the physical therapist to make sure his leg/hip/upper body muscles are growing and forming as they should be to prepare him for sitting up and crawling.
Overall, last Tuesday was mentally exhausting, but once again, Joel and I were praising God over and over to hear that Seth is absolutely thriving and doing well. My favorite thing about this little guy right now is all the smiles. He knows his momma like no other and I can actually see him light up once I’m in sight. His little eyes squint and turn into little rainbows when he smiles- and he gets little dimples around his mouth just before he breaks into a big, gummy smile. OH! I’m head over heels for him.
Thanks as always for all the prayers and words of encouragement. God is good and faithful to provide at all times.