we have had a busy week and an update is needed, but first and foremost..Parker took forward steps without assistance Monday!!! He's been side-stepping and walking with our assistance for what seems like forever and Monday at his neurodevelopmental 3 month eval he took 3 forward steps from chair to chair!! For the last week or so, every person I see says "he's almost walking!" While I still am wrestling with the "FINALLY" and reminding myself that all the cross pattern creeping is necessary and SO IMPORTANT, I can officially say that that "what if he never walks" that always sticks somewhere in the recess of my brain is gone. Now I'm obsessed with will he walk PROPERLY. Geez!
He has become the tornado toddler we all know and love. He's into everything, drawers, closets, bathrooms (unrolls and eats toilet paper when one is not looking). He's learned to go DOWN the stairs feet first as well. He is climbing on and off his riding toys and riding his cars using his feet to move them along the floor. Still pushing walking toys, but really his favorite thing is to get into anything and everything. He's started coloring and prefers the walls to paper. I guess I fooled myself into thinking he would NOT be typical in this manner, LOL. Everything goes into the mouth still, He's cutting two more teeth on the bottom and 4 molars at once. No teeth until 14 months and now look MOM!
Medically he's doing terrific, had a wonderful ENT visit Tuesday, Dr. wanted to know what I was doing different. Totally unsolicited. His speech is rapidly developing, we have lots of new words, and he's starting to put two words together (couplets!) So glad I bypassed signing. We made that decision early on and I can say for our family it was the best decision. Parker is required to tell us what he wants and he does! A few posts back I mentioned his lack of weight gain in 4+ months. In November Parker was dx with hypothyroidism. Again, no outward symptoms, but we put him on meds. Mike and I fly to Chicago Sat to see the specialist. Unfortunately, even in Houston, the pediatric endocrinologist's aren't the best. And none have the experience that the specialist in Chicago has. We've had the appt for 5+ months and are anxious to talk to him "live." My sense is Parker has had a growth spurt in these last two months, we shall see if it is thyroid related or if we have other issues to contend with.
For now, we are celebrating life and health. We head to Disney end of the month for a much needed family vacation. God is so good and we have lots to celebrate!
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.Jeremiah 29:11 Our unexpected journey with Down syndrome, babies with heart conditions, T21, and AVSD.
Lara, 40 year old wife to Michael (married 17 years, best years of my life)! Mom to 4 wonderful kids! Taylor, 11, Mallory, 8, Madeline, 6, and Parker born 5/23/09. We found out after delivery Parker has Down syndrome and a complete AVSD. He was scheduled to have open heart surgery at 4-6months, but God intervened! His surgery was postponed until July 2010 and God healed his VSD hole in the process. So, on July 20, 2010, Parker had open heart surgery to repair his transitional AV canal defect. He was in ICU for less than 24hours and home in 72 hours. We never looked back! I own an Executive Search Firm focused on Accounting/Financial placement (used to work in Big 4). Actively involved in my kids activites and school; all are competitive swimmers and son Taylor plays tournament baseball. Girls do tumbling as well. Avid runner and boot camp fanatic. Used to be a competitive figure skater growing up. LOVE to shop, ebay/etsy crazed, addicted to Starbucks non-fat lattes, a child of the KING, thankful that we are saved by faith and grace!