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Monday, September 12, 2011

Another Early Run and 3 Month Check Up

This morning, I again got to enjoy an early -- but not too early -- 3 miler.

Jerry was home this morning because we had a dr. appointment with Caleb, so I went out for my run at about 6:45, and it really does feel like perfect timing: Temps are manageable (aside from the incredible humidity), sun is rising but not risen and it's nice to not have the sun on me without having to run in the dark; plus, it still gets done early.  It'd be great if Jerry didn't leave for work until 8 am because I could do this everyday, but alas, he leaves at 7.

And Scooter would make a poor babysitter.

Anyhoo, in other news, Caleb had his 3 month check up this morning.  He grew an inch, 25 inches now (75th percentile), and gained a little more than a pound, 14 lbs, 6 oz (60th percentile).  He's growing and developing just fine, but there's still concern over that dang flat spot.  He had his skull x-rays on Saturday, and goes back to the specialist in a few weeks, and he's going to be starting PT soon.  Aside from those measures, we just have to continue to minimize his time on his back.

I know we're doing all that we can to help his head even out, but I can't help but feel some anxiety over his head shape.  And every time I have to put him in his bouncy chair, or lay him down on the floor or in his crib (we can't hold him ALL the time!), I feel guilty -- like I'm just flattening his head out further.  It sucks too because he loves those places.  When I put him in his bouncy chair, he's like, "Heck yeah!  I love bouncing this thing and grabbing these swinging animals that are in my face!"  In contrast, when we put him on his tummy or in his Bumbo chair, he's more like, "F you, Mom.  F you!"

Oh well, I'm still crossing my fingers that it will even out as he grows, and in time, I can look back and think, "Eh, what was I worried about?"

11 comments:

RunningLaur said...

Will be hoping for the best for Caleb.

Also, I'm glad that you said Scooter WOULD make a poor babysitter instead of Scooter DOES make a poor babysitter :)

Scarlett Elliewood said...

My friend's little guy had the falt head, but now he's a beautiful, round headed two-year-old. Best of luck and try not to worry!

Beret said...

My son had a very distinct flat spot on the back of his head on the right side. He loved to lay or sit with his head turned to the right. No matter what we did his head naturally gravitated to that position. Tummy time was a real bummer for us too. His doctor was never concerned and wouldn't you know, he's got a perfectly shaped head now at 6 years old.

My cousins son's head is a bit flat but nowhere near what my son's was and her doctor already has him in PT and wearing a helmet 23 hours a day. Go figure!

Nobel4Lit said...

Best wishes for your runs and the flat head! Perhaps if he grows more hair quickly, it would at least remove the constant reminder you must have of the issue. Of course, I know nothing, so this is my weird sense of humor coming through.

Krissy said...

I know it must be hard, your a mother and your instinct is to be worried/concerned and want to do what is best while still making your child happy. I hope it all works out with the flat spot on Caleb's head, I have known of other people that this all works out in the end. Just makes for this time period frustrating for you all. Sorry!

Erin said...

We must have crossed paths at the doctor this morning. You are my "nearest friend or relative" and the doctor mentioned you were in today. He complimented you and Jerry on your nice family; little does he know. J/K!

I say get the little guy doing his PT and soon he will be in a brain drain and tummy time won't be so horrible. Play the helmet by ear. You do want to make sure medically he has no issues and you are doing just that. Cosmetics is another thing but remember, he may be bald one day and curse you for his mishapen head. He may also be the one that choses your nursing home.

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

I even have two dogs and they both suck at babysitting.

Nikki said...

My nephew's head was super flat when he was a baby - almost triangular! But it evened out without any intervention. I'm sure Caleb will be cool.

Kristi R Talbot said...

when my daughter was three months old, the doctors whisked us in for a surgery within a week for a craniectomy. she had cranial synostis. they basically scalped the poor girl and removed a 2 inch by 5 inch piece of her skull. take the pt and run!!! i wish we would have been able to have that options. luckily she has long hair and it will cover the scar that runs from ear to ear in a zig zag pattern. not fun!!!

Carolina John said...

Their skulls don't fully infuse until like 2 or 3 years old. it will be fine in the long run. Still, it's understandable to be nervous about it.

Aka Alice said...

I just wanted to add a Hooray for the three miler (that's three days in a row, right?)

Ditto on the understanding about the worry, and also that Caleb will be OK