Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Trip the the Dentist

Today was Nate's first trip to the dentist. Jen and I have been a little concerned that only 6 of his bottom teeth have come in so we scheduled an appointment with a dentist who specializes in special needs patients.

Dr. Graham was great and Jen & I could not have been more pleased with the visit. He spent a few minutes looking at Nate and then spent the next 30 minutes just talking with us. He asked a lot of questions about Nate, SMA, his life and his medical care. Basically, he said that we should just continue to be patient and wait for his baby teeth to come in. He did not see any cause for concern at this point. He told us that he was going to call a few oral surgeons to get their thoughts and that he would call us back later that afternoon. We were pleasantly surprised that he called back less than 2 hours later to let me know that they agreed with his assessment.

After the dentist, Jen & Sue took Nate to Incredible Pizza and he had a great time. He was full of smiles and made sounds throughout his visit. Needless to say, he was pretty worn outwhen they got home and he fell asleep almost immediately after they got him squared away in bed.

The Little Man is watching Veggie Tales as I type this update and we all look forward to a restful night.

Thanks for checking in on Nate...


Sunday, February 25, 2007

2/24/07 Update

Here is a long overdue picture of Nate...

It was taken yesterday afternoon when he woke up from his nap and watched SpongeBob.

We have had a busy week and, best of all, Nate has been doing good. The weather finally warmed up some so Jen has been able to get Nate out for some walks and he even spent some time in his swing. He has been getting in his stander every couple of days plus we've been using the lift to get him in his KidKart. It is amazing how well he has adapted to the ceiling lift. We use it to get him in and out of the tub plus the PT & OT showed Jen how to use it to get him in & out of his KidKart.

We just weighed him the other day and he weighed 43 lbs! Yes, 43 lbs... He is getting so big that it is best for all of us to use the lift...much safer for him and much better on his parents' backs!

Nate's lungs have been sounding much better and while we are still fighting the Pseudomonas, he has recovered from the cold that he had a couple of weeks ago. He is also spending a little more time off his BiPAP. When we take it off, he immediately starts turning his head to the left and then to the right. His mood has been really good and, as always, he is full of smiles.
Thanks for checking on the Little Man!