Evening everyone! I’m so excited to post this update on my son Baby G and the progress he’s making despite his chromosomal abnormality. For those of you who are like, “Huh?”, my son was diagnosed with XXXXY Syndrome in utero, and I’ve written all about his challenges and victories here.
So in my last post, Baby G had attended his first physiotherapy appointment at Niagara Children’s Centre, where we worked on movements and positions that would strengthen and tone his abdominal muscles. Low muscle tone is common in babies with XXXXY Syndrome, so this hurdle wasn’t completely unexpected. Our genetic pediatrician had also advised us that we would likely see delays in gross motor skills with Baby G.
Since that first appointment, Baby G has started to gradually lift his belly off the floor, and began rocking back and forth, with great big smiles on his face.
Last week, despite the fact that we had to miss his physiotherapy appointment, (B was home sick) he started to crawl!! I was so excited to see him begin to explore his little world. It was wonderful.
We had another visit to Niagara Children’s Centre and worked more on rolling and transitioning from laying to sitting, but now his therapist has started to encourage standing as well. She did this by using a ball or hard pillow up against a bench (same height). She guides him up to kneeling, with his hands supporting him on the bench and his belly resting on the ball. She then lifted one knee to a flat foot, encouraging him to move his hands up to the wall in front of him. She guided him up to standing from there, and all the while he’s supported, but he’s also beginning to use those stand-up muscles. It was a real treat to see him reach this milestone.
His care provider is keeping up his exercises during the day, and with another baby with him (who is full-on cruising), he’s got lots to learn from. Today, he transferred from sitting to tummy all by himself, as well as standing with minimal help. It was a pleasant surprise to see his face, crawling out beyond our living room this evening, and when bedtime came along, he passed out on my shoulder, snoring.
Just tuckered out, poor little guy.
And while all this is wonderful to see, I have caught him eyeing the stairs with curiosity. Oh shit. Baby steps, buddy.