Sunday, January 15, 2012

Stubborness

Stubbornness is a trait that Colin has been exhibiting lately when it comes to walking and eating.  I know that parenting has a lot of ebbs and flows, but coming off of the high of having Colin just start walking and then eating independently has made it pretty frustrating.  We think we are seeing some regression because of the attention that Kailey gets when it comes to getting picked up to get around at times and then needed to be fed with a spoon still so we try and utilize how far Kailey has come with picking food up and standing to motivate Colin.

However, we do hear some positive things from Colin's teachers that he stands a lot at school and is still eating independently there, so we are happy with that.  It's interesting how it goes though because today Colin did so well at lunch while we were out with friends (ate every single drop all by himself), but then wanted nothing to do with eating his dinner independently.

One way that we are trying to get Colin to walk more is by motivating him through "games".  The other day I started trying to get him to walk by singing a walking song and marching while swinging our arms.  He loved it and has really gotten him to walk more around the house.  What's more exciting is that he will ask to do the "walking game" and initiates it himself.  However, he was NOT happy when he turned around in this video and realized I was taping him and not participating the way he wanted me to...

Given how far we have come with the feeding and walking, these are only minor setbacks in our journey, but it can be frustrating at times.  I think the frustration lies more in the anticipation of the excitement in all of these great things that we are ever so patiently waiting for.

One other thing we are concerned with is Colin's eye sight/eyes.  We have done all of the regular checkups since Colin was only a few months old and he has always done really well without any concern for his vision or muscles.  However, in the past few weeks, his eyes have been crossing a lot and it looks as though he is having trouble focusing on one thing.  At times, it almost seems as though Colin doesn't know where to look.  We have noticed that it seems as though it may be his right eye more than he his left and it really seems to cross inward.  I scheduled an appointment with the doctor for next month with hopes for some answers.  It just seems bizarre to me that we never saw anything like this and then very quickly in a few weeks span of time, it started to change.  Just curious, has any of you whose children are wearing glasses or have had eye surgery change this quickly or was it more than was a slow process from the beginning?

4 comments:

viv said...

Yep, we had the exact same thing with Cy, perfect little peepers until one day and the next day his right eye started turning inwards. I took him to the optometrist thinking i would come home with a patch instead we came home with glasses, he is really long sighted and the inward turning is because the eyes are way over -correcting trying to get focus. If it is let go long enough the brain will switch off the image from the inward turning eye, so its best to get onto it as soon as you can.

ch said...

I know that Jace was repeatedly tested for far-sightedness, because his opthalmologists said that often kiddos will cross their eyes in an attempt to focus when they have far-sightedness. It's also why you'll see some kiddos with strabismus prescribed glasses before surgery. Since Jace doesn't have any far-sightedness, they went straight to surgery for him. Our eye doctors also mentioned that glasses are often prescribed around the 3 year age mark because of growth that occurs and astigmatism worsening, etc. Anxious to hear what the verdict is for Mr. C!

Chromosomally Enhanced said...

sounds like Colin is rock'n! Maddie just gets lazy and has to sit on my lap and eat! I have to feed her, she holds a fork and scoops with her hand! not very clean...but like you we will take what we can! We are so proud of Colin! Maddie wears her glasses because she is far sighted...but also because her eye is turning in gradually...so to hopefully not have surgery she must wear her glasses all the time...so far so good! good luck at the appointment...smiles

Jenny said...

Oh my gosh, that little stinker can walk so good!!! Hope you get his eyes figured out and it's nothing serious.