We had a great day with Colin today!
First, he had his first session with his developmental therapist and we loved her! She has a great personality and you could just tell that she loved working with Colin. She has 3 kids of her own, with one on the way, and she could relate on the parent end because one of her childred needed early intervention as well. It seems that her therapy mostly involves playing with Colin with different toys that required him to track them with his eyes and she was also trying to get him to reach out for the toys. He was showing her how he can reach and grab onto different objects. She sung to him at different times and used a puppet book for Old McDonald that I loved!! My goal is to try and find that book! He was very attentive to her throughout the first half hour and unfortunately he was really tired for the 2nd half and started getting pretty fussy.
For the last half hour she just talked to us casually about different things. I've been very happy and very encouraged so far that we feel really comfortable with both therapists and that Colin has been very comfortable as well. I think it's really important for both Colin and Chris and I to feel that comfortable with them since we will be spending a lot of time with them over the next few years.
Later in the day Colin had his 2 month checkup and shots. He now weighs 9 lbs. 10 oz. and is 23 and a 1/4 inches long! Dr. Uma was so impressed with his weight and height gains that she took him off of the Neosure formula (higher calorie formula) and said that we can go back to normal formula again! Colin hasn't been on normal formula since the 1st 2 days in the hospital!
She was very happy with how alert and active he was while he was there and she took the time to answer all of my questions regarding different things such as reflux (she felt it was very minor and didn't require any medicinal interventions but suggested putting a pillow under his mattress to elevate it to a 45 degree angle), whether or not I should follow up with an ear nose and throat (ENT) doctor (not needed at this time since he is not having any problems) and the coloring of his skin when he is cold (normal). I told her about our visit to the Jersey Shore ITAP program and about his therapies so far and she was very happy to hear how great he was doing (plus she could see it herself).
She had another doctor in the office with her today and he also did a full evaluation of Colin; he was suprised to hear that Colin had Nondisjunction trisomy 21 (where there are 3 chromosomes instead of 2 in the 21st location) as compared to Mosaicism (only some cells in the body have 3 chromosomes instead of 2) because he felt he had minimal physical traits and was surprised to see how active and alert he was during the evaluation. Dr. Uma had me show this doctor the video I have on my phone of Colin rolling over at 4 weeks old because she still couldnt' get over how he is doing that already.
She said that he is really going to be all of our special baby. I love that she wants to take ownership as well because she has been so wonderful to the 3 of us and has been there since the very beginning. She was there at the delivery and has taken the time through this whole process to really sit down and discuss everything with us. Every time we are there she spends the last 5 minutes of the visit just holding Colin and really talking to him. She was disappointed she didn't get a smile from him today so hopefully next time! All of the books I have read say that you should have a doctor you really trust and we couldn't have asked for a better pediatrician.
Finally, Colin didn't even flinch when he got his 2 vaccinations today (one in each thigh). He was such a strong little boy...but does that surprise you?