Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Physical therapy

The day after Charlotte was born the pediatrician told us she "favored her neck on one side" meaning she tilted her head to her left. This is called torticollis.

 It wasn't a big deal and was probably due to the way she grew inside me but he wanted us to watch it. It got better but by her 4 month check up it wasn't completely straight so we were referred to a baby orthopedist at children's hospital. Charlotte was a perfect angel at her appointment and all of the nurses told her how pretty she was and they loved her blue eyes! 
Not tilting at all in the waiting room of course... 

The doctor was actually impressed with her physical abilities and said she was advanced for her age in her sitting and pushing up capabilities so her neck issue was not hindering her development. Hooray!

 She then referred us to a physical therapist at home for regular therapy. We started going to physical therapy every other week in Gadsden with Barb, Charlotte's wonderful therapist. Barb truly was a joy to work with and a blessing to us. C was not always thrilled with therapy and whined a lot but Barb was so patient and unfazed by Charlotte's behavior. She was very encouraging and made the process very easy for me to understand. Most therapy involved Charlotte playing with toys and Barb trying to make her turn her neck to see them. We worked at home as well and I also had to stretch her neck when I nursed her. 
This is therapy! Looking down to her left. 

Every now and then, if she was tired or not feeling well, her neck would lean again but for the most part she straightened right up with the help of therapy very quickly. We went to her last appointment last week! We still will continue stretching and manipulating her play so that she turns her head the opposite way as often as possible but for the most part she doesn't really need to do anything else. 
Straight straight straight! 

We are so lucky that we had not only a great physical therapist but also pediatricians who stayed on top of her progress and didn't wait until the therapy process could have been harder or longer. Thanks guys! 

Never under estimate the power of a little head tilt for maximizing cuteness...

Where Charlotte went

Before I had Charlotte I liked doing a post on Mondays about what we had done over the weekend as kind of a fun little diary. Now of course I'm lucky if I post once a month. Between work, being a mom, and everything else my poor blog is often neglected but I don't want to forget a single thing so I'm trying extra hard to record as much as I can. This month we tried to take Charlotte out for a little fun as often as we could. She is very curious so she usually does great when we are out so long as she gets fed on time! I know she learns so much just by seeing new places and things so even though it's difficult sometimes we try to let her experience as much as possible. 
She loves to go to my office and visit Pop and all the ladies. Here she is with my dads secretary Cathie. She really liked the computer screen. This month she also visited the courthouse! 

She has only been to a restaurant twice that I can remember but this past month we took her to Local Joes marina and are be outside. She already loves being outside so she was very happy but she also liked seeing all the people walk by. Her favorite was watching the ducks swimming. 

Charlotte isn't a regular at church yet simply because she is sometimes napping at that time. However she is quite the hit when she does go and gets passed around and loved on by so many sweet people. On this particular day she was extra sweet in her sailor dress and even tried to sing with the music. She loves all the songs and looking at the stain glass. 

We also took her Chattanooga again this month to visit auntie m and to celebrate momsie and pops anniversary. She slept through most of brunch but woke up long enough to take some sweet pictures. 
She was also delighted to find a friend in my sisters dog Georgia, who let her pet and pull on her ears and was so gentle and loving. 

Here are a few cute pictures from her visit to the habitat for humanity dragon boat race. She loved visiting the bar association tent and cheering on the law-yoars team and helping her pop grill hotdogs. 
We also attended a bridal shower for my soon to be sister in law ann in Atlanta. She really did great although she decided to take a nap during the gift opening. I especially enjoyed meeting Anns sisters and other bridesmaids and now we can't wait for the wedding! After the shower the bridesmaids went to the Luke Bryan concert Anns bachelorette party and so my mom stayed with Charlotte in the hotel, since Forrest was with my brother on his bachelor party in myrtle beach. It was Charlotte's first girls weekend and she love it! 
That seems like a big month for a little girl!! 
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