Mason had a Physical Therapy evaluation a couple days ago. A wonderful company called Encompass came out to our home and ran him through some paces and gave an evaluation to see if he should be receiving some regular physical therapy. The 2 ladies were awesome and gushed about how he looked and was doing compared to other children they had seen with a similar story to ours. The highlights:
1) He is doing great in terms of muscle development and ability to keep his head steady and up.
2) He is doing really, really great in terms of his eating of solid foods. The evaluators were skeptical as to his ability to eat solids when we were answering questions about his feeding habits and such. Once we sat him in his chair and I gave him his first spoonful of rice cereal, their tune changed. In fact, one of the ladies (the real skeptical one) gasped and said "wow...I am not concerned at all about his ability to eat solids, thank you." It was pretty cool as he completely followed instructions too.
We have been encouraging him to open his mouth and eat rather than us shoving it in so we have been saying "Open your mouth please" before almost every bite and "Thank you, good boy" after. It seems to be working and REALLY worked during the evaluation ha ha. Good job Mason!
3) They were not a whole lot concerned about his lack of rolling over so that dispelled some concerns that I, in particular, had.
4) They think that he might have infant tortocullis (I have no idea if I spelled that correctly so I will explain) which is a condition where the muscles and tendons and such are very tight on one side of a child's body. If this condition exists, children tend to only lay, or look, or "operate" in one direction. In Mason's case, he tends to "go right" with his sleeping, feeding, laying, playing, etc. They said that because he does not "go left" very often he could have the condition and it could cause him some discomfort to go that way. We are not very concerned as we see him "go left" plenty and he does not seem to be in pain or anything.
After their evaluation they decided that they would assign a case worker and would suggest some regular therapy to make sure that his development continues in a good direction. That would be great as it would help us make sure that we are doing the proper exercises and playing properly to help his body grow stronger and stronger.
With that out of the way, he has also begun teething. While we have seen no tooth poke through, he is showing all the signs of teething and is growing fussy at times because of it. Still no crying, but fussy times have increased. We got him a vibrating teething toy and he is WAY into that ha ha. While no video or photos of him playing with it exist, I am sure there will be some soon.
So that is about it................EXCEPT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Granny is coming to visit. She will be here today and little man can't be more excited. He will be showered with hugs and attention the likes of which only grandparents can give. Get ready Mason!
In closing, some photos for you all!