Thursday, March 13, 2014

4 months old

Little man is already 4 months old!   Time is flying by and it seems like he's turned into a big boy overnight.  At his 4 month checkup Levi weighed in at 13 lbs 9 ounces and was 26 inches long.  He's in the15th percentile for weight and 85th for height.  Looks like we've got a long and lean boy on our hands!

While at his checkup appointment our pediatrician noticed that Levi's head has a significant flat spot on the back of it and was concerned it could cause some problems down the road so he referred us to a specialist.  The formal name for his condition is plagiocephaly and could have been brought on by a number of factors (positioning in the womb, attempted vacuum extraction at birth, sleeping on his back, etc) and this could possibly cause health and/or developmental problems for him as he gets bigger (i.e. facial and structural asymmetries, jaw displacement, tmj, vision problems, motor delays such as difficulty rolling over, crawling, etc).  So they ordered us to have a skull series done (x-rays) to check out the severity.  All scans came back fine but the specialist wants to meet with us again in 4 weeks.  He said that as Levi begins to gain better head/neck control some of the issues can work themselves out but if his doesn't improve on it's own they will likely use a helmet to correct the problem.  So our next appointment is on April 7th to see where we need to go from here.  Please be praying for our little man over the next few months and for us as his parents as well. The thought of him in a helmet saddens and overwhelms me but if it's what needs to be done to fix this then we will certainly do it.  


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