Friday, July 5, 2013

Defensive

So I was told today by Boogies OT that he is ORALLY DEFENSIVE ... Now I am not talking the captain of the offensive debate team ... His brain seems to be confusing signals that his mouth senses are sending it ... We got given some exercises to do today ...

Now anyone who knows anything about Boogie .. knows that he is a biter ... EVERYTHING that goes into his mouth .. doesn't come back out in the same condition lol .. To start his OT sat behind him doing some deep pressure therapy ... Cuddling and massaging his shoulders ...

She asked LOTS of questions about Boogie from when he was a baby ... She wanted me to go right back to the beginning .. When he was really little .. asking about how he liked to be handled ... All I really remembered (As I have blurred alot of the memories out) ... Is the screaming ... the gagging ... the reflux ... the colic ... the not wanting to be put down ... EVER!!! She slumped back into the chair .. with a light bulb almost flashing over her head ... like it all made sense to her .. She put a pair of rubber gloves on .. and from behind she reached around ... still massaging him firmly with her other hand .. two fingers on the ridge just behind his top teeth and massaged side to side 5 times - described to me as lightly applying eye shadow to your eyelids ... and then her fingers on his bottom jaw in the same placement as the top and tugged down towards his chin twice .. And not once did he bite her ... as she went to take her fingers out he pressed his teeth down on them... 


This is exercise she wants me to do twice per day .. on top of letting him brush his teeth (play with a vibrating tooth brush in his mouth) .. This will apparently solve some of our worldly problems ... I can only try at this stage ... That is unfortunately all I have left ...

I was quite teary today .. reliving every little second of his baby life... To be honest .. the first 2 years were the most stressful ... I had a non existent partner by that stage ... he was "working extra hours" .. I had been moved nearly an hour drive away from my family and friends for a "fresh start" ... I had a premmie baby ... And was a new mum who didn't have a clue .. AT ALL .. stuck in a house .. with a visiting nurse that was blowing off my concerns saying I was just an over exaggerating first time mum!!

Yep .. That was my life!! I guess you can only imagine by this stage .. that when half my friends up and stopped talking to me .. As they do when you change your lifestyle .. as most new mummies experience... That I felt isolated .. and can what only be described as sadness just started to creep up on me .. With the exception of my mum .. who was and is amazing .. but lived just over an hour way .. No one understood .. and more importantly no one believed what I was saying... I was for lack of a better word ... ALONE .. Nothing made sense ... My baby wasn't doing what babies are supposed to do .. And all I kept getting told was ... it was normal ... he would catch up soon!!! I knew deep down in my gut .. I was right ... and they were wrong ... And boy .. haven't I proved them wrong?!




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