Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Reflux {Payton's got it}

Today we went to see a pediatric gastroenterologist because Payton has been waking up during the night for the past week and I believe it is due to her reflux. It seems the Prevacid we give her in the morning isn't lasting the full 24 hours, so the last two nights I have supplemented her with 2mL of Zantac and that gave her enough relief to let her sleep through the night again. So, I decided we needed to see the doctor to see if we needed to do any testing. The GI advised that they don't want to run any tests (i.e. upper GI or a scope) at this point because Payton is still young and it seems we are able to control her reflux with meds. If she is symptomatic as she gets to be a little older, then they will look at running tests. I feel comfortable with that, only because she does seem to be okay on the Prevacid/Zantac combination.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Early Intervention

Today we had our 6-month IFSP evaluation. She was evaluated on expressive communication and gross motor....she was ranked at 6 months developmentally in both categories. Payton is now 7 1/2 months old, so she is a little behind, according to them. She ism however, on the cusp of moving to the next range, so that is good. For gross motor, they won't increase her range until she can sit unassisted for 10 minutes. While she CAN sit for 10 minutes, she still falls over on occasion, so we have to get past that before they'll bump her up. Either way, she is doing great in the whole scheme of things!!

Up until this point we have only had PT twice per month. Although the therapists don't feel Payton needs it, we will be adding ST once per month.


ST home activity suggestions:

*Try hard/tough solids to encourage gumming/chewing on the sides - the goal is not biting and eating! This is a nice way to work on bringing food to her mouth (holding and bringing to mouth). Try using pizza crust, hard edges/pieces of bagel and/or beef jerky/fruit strips.

*Place the meltable solids towards the sides of her mouth to encourage chewing (i.e. fruit puffs).

Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Payton Giggles

We took this video of Payton giggling today (don't mind the crazy lady off to the side...LOL)...

Monday, August 7, 2006

We finally got it {bloodwork}

Well we tried the blood draw again today...and we were successful, if that is what you want to call it! After getting half way through, her vein collapsed and we had to go to the other arm. At least this time we had a tech that was able to hit a vein in each arm!

Good job my brave little girl...mommy loves you!

Tuesday, August 1, 2006

Payton is famous!

A few weeks ago, Payton had pictures taken for a calendar that is being put out by our local Down syndrome group (DSANV). We found out today that she made the cut and her picture (granted...a "small" picture) will appear in the month of April. We wish she could've gotten a "big" picture, but we shall see what it looks like whenever the calendar is done!