Another and Another: the ever growing list of therapists

This one is for all the special needs mommas (and daddy’s) out there.

When you have a kid you never think of needing any sort of therapy for the child in their first few years of life. Yea maybe when they’re older they’ll fall and break and ankle and need a little physical therapy after. But that’s really all you consider.

When you’re told you’re at risk for pre-term labor, no one tells you ANYTHING about what that really means.

When you’re in the NICU they kinda mention you might need to continue therapy outside the hospital. They mention that maybe in a few years some disabilities might appear.

But no one tells you of the reality.

In NICU therapy is often just the simplest thing such as touch

Therapy starts in the hospital. Then again as soon as you can manage to set up services when you get home.

We started with just occupational therapy (OT). Then a few months in it became apparent that more help was needed. So add an early childhood education specialist (ECSE).

Working with our first home OT on tummy time that works with reflux

Now it’s being noticed that major motor skills are lagging and uneven. While OT can work on this, she really needs to focus on sensory issues and fine motor skills. So add physical therapy (PT).

As we keep working on eating more solid foods we’re struggling with allergies and sensitivities along with simply getting enough calories from solids so we could wean. Now we not only need to see an allergist we add a pediatric dietician.

Working on being ok with new textures in the mouth

So now we have four different specialties coming to our home. Some weekly, some every other and some sporadically.

We’ve finally got a kid who’s doing great in major motor skills- walking and just about running. But his verbal vocabulary is almost non existent. No “momma” “dadda” here. Though we know he can. He likes to tell the dogs to “sit” ( which more often sounds like shit 😂) and I’m pretty sure he’s trying to say “this”. He communicates- just not with words. So here comes speech therapy.

And all the while we’re on a waiting list to see a specialty team that works with children with developmental struggles. Who knows how long that will be or what other list of therapists they will have to add. (Are there even anymore specialties???)

Oh and nope we haven’t hit that few years mark. This all before the age of 2.

So to all you others wondering how to do it. Hang in there. You’re not alone.

One more for cuteness. Working on balance with PT

Weaning Warning I Wish I Had

Completely off topic

Not related to mountains

Or hiking

But it is related to being a mom

I want to talk about weaning and the potential hormone storm that can follow

Little D downing some almond milk out of a running flask 😂

Did you know the weaning period is just as hormonally crazy as the initial postpartum period?!

You can get postpartum depression or anxiety either as repeat or for the first time with weaning. It can make you feel sick, even worse than the flu.

Remember morning sickness from the first trimester….yea that can come back too

First off know you aren’t alone. I know no one ever bothered to tell me any of this ahead of time (even my own mom who had similar issues). So here’s my weaning story because ladies we should be talking about this!

Still eating like a champ

My son was a little over 16 months. I had just been super sick with the crud, kept hurting my back in weird positions nursing, and had just gotten over my seventh (SEVENTH!!!) bout of mastitis. I ended up deciding it was time to start the process. Thinking I’d get my son who nursed anywhere from 5 to 10+ times a day to just 4-5 times a day. From there I planned to slowly, over the course of several months, drop down until he was done.

Only this isn’t what happened. When I tried to get down to 4-5 times a day he decided 2 was better. That’s a huge drop. My body went haywire. Mood swings from hell. Crying at everything. Nauseous. Headaches. About a week in is when it was the worst.

I literally woke up one morning feeling like I’d been hit by a semi truck. I spent 3 days basically unable to function. Spending as much time as could on the couch while my little man sorta entertained himself in the living room. Unfortunately, as any mom knows, one doesn’t exactly get to rest when there’s a 16 month old around.

He steals the remote again

Please if you feel like this see your doctor!! Mastitis can mimic the flu, make you feel dead, as can many other infections. It’s always better to be safe than sorry in these cases.

After a long talk with my doctor (after confirming no infection) I decided it was best to cold turkey the last two nursing sessions a day. Not an easy decision. Don’t ever let anyone pressure you into weaning if you aren’t ready. I’ve been told to quit over and over since my little man was a month old.

For me it was better for my overall health to wean sooner than planned. My doctors feared I might end up with a mass in my breasts from repeat infections. The hormone storm was royally messing with my mental health and ability to be functional. By weaning faster than expected the hormones sucked, but could be over with the worst of it faster than if I slowly dropped the last two feeds.

Gotta eat still…at least can enjoy some things I haven’t been eating for Little D

Lots of rest but still getting movement is helpful for regulating your hormones. It can take a few weeks to a few months for things to regulate. It’s important to take care of yourself extra during this.

It’s different for everyone, but it’s important to know you aren’t alone in feeling like hell with weaning.