Learning to crawl, evaluators and check-ups

This boy wants to crawl so badly! He is almost there too. So far he is able to get on all fours by himself and pushes with his legs, but he forgets to move his arms or lift his head. So he doesn’t get very far very fast. The whole thing keeps him up at night. We find him in the middle of the night shouting, trying to crawl, but fast asleep. Once he can start to move, we are in a lot of trouble, because even just with rolling, he can get all over the place.

This long weekend Benjamin finally got his evaluations for both feeding/speech and occupational therapies. The evaluations were very interesting, and I’m glad I was able to be home for them. The feeding evaluation was done by a speech therapist because… speech and feeding both use tongues? That sounds right. Anyway, he got to see Ben puke after trying to eat solids and gave us hope that things could improve with help. It was weird going over Benjamin’s medical history again – had to dust off that part of our brain to remember all the scary details. Though looking at Ben while we walked the evaluators through all of that made it seem like we were talking about an entirely different baby. In the end both evaluators will be recommending services, and once they get accepted by the state we hope they will start quickly.

Now quickly is a relative term it seems and it sounds like we will need to push this along in order for it to happen in a reasonable time. Funding for early intervention has been cut over the last few years and they aren’t chomping at the bit to give out services. And this coming year it might get worse. The governor has submitted a budget that in effect cuts all State money to early intervention – making insurance companies cover the services. After dealing with insurance companies more than we ever wanted to I can tell you this will only lead to less services for everyone. If it ends up going through it will be an extremely short-sighted policy. Early intervention is meant to reduce costs in the long run by helping kids grow up to need less (or no) services as adolescents and adults. So yeah…

In other Ben news – he had his 12 month doctor’s check up and everything checked out. He is still small for his corrected age – just 14 lbs, 12 oz. but he’s growing. He also got some shots, including his synagis (It’s still RSV season). Other than that he was a happy healthy baby for the doc.

And now I will leave you with a cute photo of a boy and his dog:

Sleepy baby, sleepy pup

Sleepy baby, sleepy pup


9 thoughts on “Learning to crawl, evaluators and check-ups

  1. I so vividly remember the trying to crawl in the middle of the night while sleeping with both my girls…. The same happened just before they walked too…. With Twyla I ended up spending an entire weekend to “make” her (does that sound cruel? maybe teach her) take her first steps…. and as soon as she did, immediately back to sleeping like a champ. Ah…babies.

    • I feel bad for the boy – I can’t imagine sleeping, shouting and trying to crawl all at the same time! Hopefully he’ll get it down soon. Glad to hear it’s normal

  2. He must be tiring himself out even when he’s sleeping! My youngest did that too. It’s great that he’ll be starting with EI soon. The earlier you start, the better. Once you’re in with EI, you’re all set. Our rep helped us a lot along the way. My son now gets speech through the public school system and we really love it.

    I’ve heard choking is common among preemies. A friend of mine had her son at 25 weeks. That was 16 years ago and he is doing well today, you’d never know he was a preemie. Speech worked with him to get him to move his mouth and tongue around, and to build more awareness. My son does similar things in speech with whistles, flutes, chew straws. I think the muscles are week in their mouth, just like they are in the rest of their body. Eventually, they all catch on.

    That picture is so sweet. Looks like he has a best friend.

    • Ben actually gets some EI already – PT and Vision, both twice a week. I guess they take their time once you start adding stuff though. Although once we add OT and Speech we will have to put in a revolving door. Ben is Cayman’s best friend because in his mind there is nothing better than baby spit up. He has to stay close because you never know when it will come (and has to get to it quick before we banish him from the room) So gross

  3. Love the picture of Ben and Cayman

  4. Aw, what an adorable picture. I’m so glad to hear Benjamin is doing well. Maggie (who was due only a day away from Ben’s original due date) only started crawling last week, so they are really on the same track for Ben’s corrected age. 🙂

  5. i just want to say that i also have a baby Ben, who was born at 23 and 3! he is 18 months old and just starting to walk. you would necer know he was so early!

    congradulation on your miracle!!

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