Fast forward a few hours and we are at our first Physical Therapy appointment. Walking in the door I was immediately impressed. I watched a therapist work with a child and kept wondering if it was her mom or her therapist. You could see the love and genuine interest she had in helping this precious little girl. (Btw, she was the therapist - not the mom!) There were encouraging scriptures posted everywhere and everyone was super friendly. Avery's therapist, Karl, came out and I knew I recognized him. Turns out, he is a life group (a.k.a. Sunday School) leader at our church -First West! He spent some time with Avery and listened closely to all of my concerns (wow, this is starting to sound like a commercial!) and determined that her flexion (sp?) has not developed. He said he spent a long time working in a NICU with the positioning of babies so he realized that this was not done in most NICU's and I know that Avery did not have a Physical Therapist at St. Francis. He explained that because she was 2 lbs she never got very squished in my belly. Then she came to the NICU and was sprawled out in her Isolette 24/7. Because of this, NICU babies tend to like to 'sprawl out'. I have noticed lately that Avery's arms are constantly back and half the time she is laid all the way back when she eats her bottles. The best way I can describe it is being completed 'sprawled out'. As you can imagine, babies can't learn to sit if they like to constantly lean back and stretch out. He showed me some techniques of how to walk around the house with her to discourage her from leaning back and also to build the muscle tone in her abdomen. Then he sat her down. I thought to myself "she's either going to fling back as usual or if he forces her to sit she'll throw a fit." Neither. Avery sat. She just sat and played. While I freaked out. I only had my cell phone and these are the best pics I could get. Again, I almost started to cry - happy tears this time! God knew that I needed that today. Reassurance that I halfway know what I'm doing, that Avery is normal and that everything will come with time. Thank you Jesus! And thank you Melanie Massey Physical Therapy! When she was doing that I said quietly "Thank you, Jesus!" as I so often do not even realizing I'm saying it because it is 2nd nature. Karl looked at me and said "Thats right...Praise the Lord...give him the glory...thats what I pray every morning." Isn't it amazing when you can find a staff of people who's prayer every morning is to help babies and children like Avery and not so they will be honored, but so He will. Isn't that what it's all about? So, once again I will say it. THANK YOU JESUS, FORGIVE ME FOR WHEN I QUESTION THINGS....I GIVE YOU THE GLORY FOR THE MIRACLE YOU HAVE GIVEN US!!!
Here are the pics of the miracles I got to witness today:
Avery and Karl, this is the technique of how I need to hold her - see her arms inside? And he lets go little by little so she is supporting herself!
Even mommy learned how to help her sit!
Doesn't she seems so proud of herself?