Doc Band

Bailey received her first Doc Band from Cranial Technologies in early February. She was still small so we had weekly visits to Dallas for adjustments. The girls did really good at first traveling that far. But it soon became stressful. A month and a half after she had the band, they switched her to two week visits which was very helpful for me and the girls on the five hour drive.

Bailey was making amazing progress. Her forehead was moving back into the correct place and the back of her head was beginning to round out. We knew that we still had another band ahead of us but saw a lot of progress with the first band. We were so impressed that we decided to have Brooke evaluated as well. At the end of March she was evaluated and qualified for a Doc Band with the diagnosis of Brachiocephaly. Evidently it is very common to have twins in which one has Plagiocephaly and the other Brachiocephaly. Brooke received her Doc Band the last week of March.

Both girls continued to make progress in their bands over the next month. Bailey outgrew her first band in April and had to be measured for a second one. She received the second one at the end of April. It was much larger than the first one due to the fact that she would be in this one longer. At the end of May we were told that Brooke was almost finished with her band. She will have her last appointment this week, on June 21. Bailey still has at least two months to go in this band and possibly move towards a third band. At the last visit Bailey was in the middle of a growth spurt so she had 4 mm of growth in two weeks. That is very awesome to hear. Her ear had shifted back a little but we still have a ways to go for it to be in the right position. We are very excited about Brooke exiting from her Doc Band but are eager for Bailey to be accomplishing this as well.
-Stephanie

Thanks for installing the Bottom of every post plugin by Corey Salzano. Contact me if you need custom WordPress plugins or website design.

10 Months Old

We went to Dallas for the girls appointment last night, the appt was this morning. Brooke took her final DSI pictures to show her progress. Her head is BEAUTIFULLY round. So as of today, no more band for Brooke. It will take some adjustment for her because she has become accustomed to the band protecting her head when she bumps it or falls. We are very excited about her progress. I also want to add that she is now a crawler. Earlier this week she decided to finally start moving. She is not up on all fours crawling but she is army crawling all over the floor. Bailey’s therapist told us that it is easiest for her to move like this because she is a healthy stocky baby. 🙂 

Bailey had her appointment as well today. She is still making wonderful progress. I am not sure how much she grew this time because her records are at the Ft. Worth office and we were at the Dallas office today. I will be able to find out the exact measurements at her next visit. It appears that she has gone through another growth spurt, two in one month! So hopefully she got some more of the growth we need. She still has a few months to go in this band. She is not officially crawling, but she is wiggling as much as she physically can. Due to the torticollis in her neck, she is having to learn how to move other parts of the body. Her therapist told me that babies that have this issue are usually stiff and struggle with movements such as crawling. She has started pulling herself around the floor but does not have the persistent movement needed for crawling just yet. We are still working on it so I expect that to come soon. 

-Stephanie

Thanks for installing the Bottom of every post plugin by Corey Salzano. Contact me if you need custom WordPress plugins or website design.

They Grow Too Fast!

The girls have been going to Ft. Worth for their two week visits on the Doc Band. Both girls are making huge progress. Brooke will be finished with her band as of Friday, June 21. They will take her final pictures and get the ending measurements on that date. We received her head mold from her first scan last Friday. Bailey still has a bit to go and there is talk of her having a third band. Her head shape has corrected itself tremendously but her ears need to realign. I am hoping and praying that she will make the full growth that she can before she leaves this band so that we can be finished. She becomes very frustrated with the band so I am ready for it to be gone. She made a lot of progress the past two weeks. She grew 4 mm in two weeks. Which is HUGE when you are working on the reshaping. We hope to see more of those growth spurts within the remaining two months of this band. 
I weighed and measured the girls on May 31. Brooke is 21 pounds and 27 1/2 inches long. Bailey is 20 pounds and 27 inches long. As of Saturday morning, the girls have decided that they will no longer eat baby food. They only want table food and to feed themselves. This includes their bottles. We have had to be creative in their feeding so that they will eat. This decision of theirs only came after I had spent four hours making homemade baby food for them and we had purchased two weeks of stage 3 food, which they hate. So I am now trying to figure out how to incorporate baby pureed foods into table foods for the girls. Any suggestions would be fantastic! 🙂 They have not officially started crawling but the rocking has started. They get up on their knees and rock. They also move all around are living room by scooting. Brooke is pulling up on the coffee table trying to get up to stand. She is not very successful at this but I am sure she will figure it out soon. 

Bailey is doing fantastic with her physical therapy. The therapist has us doing maintenance only on her neck stretches and we are mainly focusing on the issues that come with Torticollis. Such as not knowing how to shift your body with movement. It’s amazing how much this affects her entire body. So we working on crawling motions, being up on all fours and fighting gravity, and other things that babies usually come into on their own. Her therapist tells me every visit that she is an extremely hard worker and is determined to do anything we give her. It makes Joel and I happy to know that she is working so hard and that some day this will all be behind us. The girls were supposed to have their 9 month appt this week but the doctor’s office canceled and rescheduled for after they turn ten months old. This makes things difficult for me since I have so many questions about their feeding and changes that they are going through. Hopefully we can get some answers before too long. 

-Stephanie

Thanks for installing the Bottom of every post plugin by Corey Salzano. Contact me if you need custom WordPress plugins or website design.

%d bloggers like this: