It is hard to believe that one year ago, I was flying to FL to pick up little N.  Of our four children, he has been our easiest little guy, and is known for those killer eyes and that happy, smiling expression.  The year hasn’t been without its challenges, though, the greatest of which we are just learning about.

Ever since N came home, the pediatrician has been watching him for an issue he was having with extra tight muscles.  As the months passed, his upper body gradually loosened up, but the lower body remained pretty tight.  As a result, he was delayed for a while in sitting up.  Now that he is 1 year, it was concerning, as he couldn’t crawl normally, he couldn’t pull up to a standing position, and he has no balance when placed into a standing position.  We also noticed that he couldn’t seem to flatten out his feet.  Any ballet teacher would love his pointed toes!  Our previous appointments have led us to his pediatrician, the state’s Early Intervention program, and, as of today, an orthopaedist. 

The general consensus until today was that he had short Achilles tendons in his heels, which were preventing his feet from stretching.  So, I took him in today expecting to hear confirmation of that and possibly be prescribed some specialized boots to help his feet stretch.  SURPRISE!  Turns out, apparently little N has CP (Cerebral Palsy).  I did NOT expect to hear that!  He most likely has a very mild form that will primarily affect only his lower half, but it looks like our journey into this new chapter has just begun.  We now have to see a Neurologist to figure out the location of the brain issue, and hopefully the severity.  That will likely involve a CT scan, which will most likely involve putting him to sleep (YIKES!) It may also give us an idea what to expect in the near future with his development. 

So, now I am busy trying to learn about CP.  It also looks like we won’t know the extent of his condition for a couple of years yet, as there are so many variables with development, including environment, opportunity, intervention, etc.  Our goal for now is just to see the specialists, get him involved in therapy a soon as possible, and treat him like we have treated all our toddlers. 

But first, we have a first birthday to celebrate. 

“Do you not know? Have you not heard?  The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.  He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”                                       –Isaiah 40: 28-29