Carter progressed rapidly in the last few months, and it has been truly astounding to witness! He went from not being able to roll over at 7 months to now crawling and pulling himself to standing at 9 months! It feels like the puzzle pieces we’ve worked to create through hours of small physical therapy exercises are coming together. It’s all we’ve hoped for since that traumatic day he was born – that through diligent early intervention, we can help his brain create new neuro-pathways around the damage. And he’s doing it! He’s so strong, and we love watching him crawl around and explore the world around him. There’s still so much to ahead for us to work on with him in the next few years, but our hope is stronger than ever.
At his 9 month checkup, the pediatrician was so impressed with his progress and reiterated that baby brains are amazing. We did notice his right eye-crossing recently, and we don’t know if it’s neurological or just a regular baby thing, so the doc recommended a pediatric ophthalmologist. We hear it can be common in babies and corrected with physical therapy, so we are hoping for that. It’s just one of the many challenges of Carter being our first – we don’t know what’s normal and what could be a result of his injury so we are always cautious.
He loves music – we play it around the house throughout the day, especially “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”, “Rockin’ Robin”, and “Get Back Up Again”. He bounces/dances in his seat when he eats, it’s so cute. He’s always trying tostand up – I have a feeling he’ll be one of those babies that climbs out of his crib! He is babbling, squealing and such a smiley baby with us, though since he’s been home most of his life he is still hesitant around other people.
He still has a few more weeks left with the helmet, but in the meantime, it’s a huge relief that it protects his head when he falls while exploring.
We have to reiterate that the Ryder’s love grant truly changed our lives. It helped us be able to balance one of us only working part-time so we could alternate being home with him. With that gift, we could constantly monitor his progress as well as work on his PT way more than if he had been at daycare all day. His success now is due to that attention from the very beginning. Not to mention, the support from Sahra throughout the emotional roller coaster of a traumatic birth and brain surgery when he was four months old is something I’ll carry in my heart forever.
Watching Carter grow and thrive gives all of us here at Love for Lily an extra dose of gratitude for what is possible. Thank you to the Allen family for continuing to share the absolute joy and opening your hearts when things are bumpy. Keep shining sweet Carter, we are all routing for you.
The Ryder’s Love grant is made possible through a partnership with Ryder’s Fund through the YMCA of Northern Colorado.