The evaluation went great! I'm so excited to be working with this company. Yes, "Thor" does qualify, BUT it's not what you're thinking... or maybe it is :o) He qualifies simply for his eating! He is fine and exactly where he should be in his movement, his response, etc. He's not developmentally delayed. It's just that darn eating!
GOOD NEWS though! We may have a solution. The occupational therapist that came for the feeding evaluation is thinking "Thor" has reflux! Now, I'm not glad he has reflux, but if it is, we can easily manage that. We're waiting to see if the pediatrician will let us start a med. He's out of the office today, so I will hear about that tomorrow.
Now, why all the sudden the suspicion of reflux? I'll be honest, I probably gave the therapist "you're a crazy lady" look. I feel bad, but once she started explaining and answering my questions I really think she could be right. So, "Thor" does not have the typical extreme spit-up/throw-up and he does not fuss, get colicky ... which is why I thought she was crazy. The therapist pointed out though (she tried feeding him and he should have been hungry while they were here) that he:
1) does better eating while sleeping- a sign that I didn't know about
2) it's kind of subtle, but he does have a pain response when the nipple come to his mouth and a bit during eating- didn't register that's what he was doing. noticed, just didn't think about it.
3) does better being held up when eating- once again, knew but didn't think about
4) the fact that he only eats little bits at a time
The therapist said that he may not have the colic, fussiness because... all he knows is he feels better than when he was born. He does know he can feel even better. Totally makes sense!!
So yeah... next step is doctor approval. I'm feeling like the worse nurse, momma right now for not catching all that. But I figure... nursing wise, I haven't worked with babies that much. And... everyone makes mistakes. Keep ya all posted. Until then, love to all!!