When Morgan Kate first started physical therapy I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I had read numerous blogs about babies that had physical therapy, but I still wasn't sure what it would look like for us. Even still I was really excited about MK starting physical therapy. I know that there are areas that she lacks in or needs a little assistance with and I know that there are others that can provide valuable information and expertise that I am not equipped with.
I just want to say that I have been so impressed. I absolutely love our PT and Morgan Kate loves her too. The PT comes once a week for an hour and MK works the entire time. Today she worked the entire sixty minutes without a break and without crying. In just the three or four short weeks that she has been coming I can tell a big difference. MK is trying to stand more, really likes sitting in her Bumbo and is starting to use both sides of her body equally. Prior to PT, Morgan Kate preferred the right side of her body. She preferred looking right, turning her head right and using her right hand and arm. Morgan Kate only rolls to the left, but that is because she can swing her right arm over to help her. The reason she doesn't roll to the right is because she doesn't use her left arm as much and it's harder to swing over. Does that make sense? Anyway, I have seen such strides and improvements and I couldn't be happier. Often times during PT I find myself in tears because I am just so proud of her. She is absolutely amazing!
Yesterday we stopped by Dr. G's office for a weight check. Travis and I have been trying to weigh Morgan Kate at home. Well, let me rephrase that, we have been "attempting" to weigh her. Travis will get on the scale and weigh himself, then get on with her and weigh together and we subtract the difference. It is usually not very accurate, but we felt like she had probably gained some. I was very anxious yesterday morning about having her weighed. I am trying not to freak out about weight, but premature babies often have an extremely hard time gaining weight. Premature babies with chronic lung disease often times have an even harder time. So, I just want to make sure that we are doing everything possible to ensure that she is healthy and happy. I am happy to report that Miss Morgan Kate has gained weight, approximately eight and a half ounces in two weeks. She is now tipping the scales at twelve pounds and eleven and a half ounces. I must say that I was very, very excited. We go back in about two weeks for her nine month check-up and by that time she may be over thirteen pounds. Wow!