Wednesday, March 2, 2011
My sweet baby girl is 71/2 months old. It is hard to believe. She has brought so much joy into our lives. Lately she has started doing this girl sequel when she doesn't get her way. Mike and I think it's so funny. She has her diva moments, but mostly we just love her. Karver can't get enough of her and probably is the source of much displeasure to her. Every time I turn around her is "hugging" her or kissing her or " wrestling with her". But I love that he loves her even if it is exasperating.
For those of you who don't know at 3 Months Hanna was diagnosis with torticollis and plagiocephaly(flat spot). Laman terms her neck muscles were way tight on her left side which makes her hold her head tilted. Totally curable but it takes time, physical therapy and patience. and So I have been patience knowing most kids it takes until they are 9 months old until discharge and I have dutifully done the stretches at home everyday for the last few months. Rough at first but we got in a pattern and not so tough. Today I brought her to physical therapy and good news she has really improved she can tilt her head 35 degrees one way and 25 the other. Full range of motion and lots of strength. PT thinks she will be pretty symmetrical by next month. YEAH! BAD NEWS her sense of vertical is off. What does this mean it means when she sits up she does it crooked. Her back is a big C. Which means if not corrected then it might turn into a S. You know what that means scoliosis, back braces and pretty much something that can affect her whole life. WHAT!!!!! How common is this , oh it happens in 5-8% of kids with treated toticollis.
So as the PT is laying this on me it is taking all my strength not to break down and cry. I mean I've done everything in my power and now she has something else wrong with her. Is this kid ever going to have a normal day where mom isn't pushing or pulling her some way or the other. Plus she is not that far away from crawling and walking-what are we going to do then. I feel like such a failure. It's just so hard when your kid has problems, you know just want to give them the best in life, like a working body.
So what do I have to do now, more stretches for the next month and if that doesn't work(which by the way hardly ever does) a baby collar, yep a big plastic collar she will have to wear 4 hours a day, and if that doesn't work botox. Big sigh- We'll get through this, just needed to vent.
Hanna is a strong willed girl I am sure she will make ti through this. Even my physical therapist said the stubborn ones do the best, well at least some one else sees her spicy little attitude.
I just like this picture-oh little boys!