6.10.2013

Project 365: Days 36-42

Still catching up! WE have a lot going on, so I feel i am getting more behind posting these-but I am taking photos every day! Things will settle down in the next few days and I will hopefully catch up. These are still from a month ago.

May 6

 Cupcake playing with Daddy. This shape-sorting house is one of her favorite toys and she loves playing with her Daddy-he IS a great Daddy!

May 7

 More Daddy bonding time. They are probably watching ESPN.

May 8


A tree fell on our home around 5 am. This is the felled tree and our shattered bedroom window. It about gave me a heart attack! I have a lot to be thankful for-that the tree didn't break any further down-it was long enough to hit and shatter our window, but it didn't fall through and hurt anyone; It was our bedroom and not Cupcake's-she slept through the whole thing :-), We have fabulous landlords who fixed it right away, we got to know our neighbors a little better-they were very helpful,

May 9
Our little bean getting from crawling position to sitting for the first time and I happened to have my ipod out to capture it! 

Some of you know and some don't-Cupcake was diagnosed with hypotonia, which is a fancy word for low muscle tone. Some babies are just born with it and need a little extra help with gross motor skills. Because of this, she has not crawled or pulled up yet, which led to us getting her evaluated. She now has physical therapy once a week and it has helped tremendously. Her first week's milestone was to get from crawling to sitting and she mastered it! (*More about this condition at the end of the post if you're curious).

May 10
 We took a short visit to see Grandma and Uncle Daniel. Here she is playing with them-again with her favorite shape sorter house.

May 11

 The next day, we went to Mimi's and Poppy's house and she played with them-she was spoiled that weekend!

May 12-Mother's Day

 Three generations on Mother's Day. Love my Mommy and love being a Mommy to this precious little bean. 

*Some may have questions about hypotonia, so I will answer them in short-Cupcake has a mild case and will walk without physical therapy BUT we chose to do therapy because it will help her reach her milestones faster and be safer while she is learning to walk. Because of the low muscle tone, she cannot feel her joints and therefore lacks confidence, which causes her to try to make up for it by hyper extending her legs. This causes her to fall stiff-legged when she goes from standing to sitting and is not good for her joints. The therapy will help with that. Also, thankfully, we qualified for free therapy and her therapist comes to our house-I really love CDSA. Her therapist is awesome and has helped Cupcake a lot in just a few weeks. She's a lot more mobile and is trying to pull up constantly now, where before she didn't even try.

Another question we often get is how does a baby get low muscle tone? Some babies are just born with it and that coupled with personality and environmental factors may cause them to not exercise their muscles-it was nothing we did or failed to do as parents, so if you have an immobile baby, don't feel guilt! Cupcake has always been a really laid back and content baby-whenever we moved toys to entice her to go after them, she'd just find something else to entertain herself. She just didn't care to move! She also HATED tummy time from day 1. We were pretty rigorous about tummy time, but as soon as she learned to flip over, it was nearly impossible to keep her on her tummy. She still hates being face down, so building the crawling muscles is the most challenging in her therapy.

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