Monday, February 8, 2010

Early Intervention and vaccinations

Claire had her first Early Intervention (EI) meeting with providers today. I had met with the service coordinator last week, but it was mostly to go over the program in general and to set up this meeting with the providers.

Today we met with an Occupational Therapist and a Registered Nutritionist. They came during Claire's morning feeding so the first half of the meeting was mostly just chatting and getting acquainted. Once she was done eating the OT showed us a few things we could be doing with her tummy time to help strengthen her neck. She said that her the amount of movement of her head and strength in her neck was very good. She also mentioned that her muscle tone in her arms and legs was good. The OT recommended that in addition to tummy time we prop her up on her sides to allow her to work with her hands at her mid line.

The nutritionist did a bunch of calculations based on Claire's weight to make sure she is eating enough. She is eating an average of 3-3 1/2 oz per feeding and that is over what her caloric needs are. The nutritionist said that she thought we could stretch Claire's 1 am feeding out a bit, which would allow me a little more sleep! We go back to Claire's Dr on Friday for her 1 month check-up so I'll ask him what he thinks about this too. Before the nutritionist left she weighed and measured her. Her length is 18.75 inches and her weight is 6 lb 15 oz! Claire weighed 5 lbs 12 oz at her Dr appt less than 2 weeks ago, so I am thrilled that she is gaining so much weight.

For Claire's appt on Friday I also need to decide what I want to do for vaccinations. I want to do a delayed schedule, but don't have a specific schedule in mind. Did any of you do a delayed schedule and was there one that you would recommend?


  1. Since he is in daycare we went with the standard schedule. I did a lot of research though and would recommend Dr. Sears delayed schedule - his book The Vaccine Book is fantastic!

  2. I did the regular schedule with my son because I had been told that he would need surgery between 4 and 6 months old. I, like my doctor (who is not a hard case on vaccines) didn't want his surgery to be postponed because of a missing vaccine. Also, a kid that will be in the hospital will be around all the nasty germs so they are the ones that need the vacs more. That was my logic anyway. With my daughter, who is so typical it drives me insane, I've been a total slacker and only gotten her the vacs that I wanted. I really am a hippie about that stuff, just was freaked out about OHS, ya know?

  3. First of all, congratulations! Claire is just beautiful :) I found you as one of our "followers" on our blog and left a comment a little while ago on your other blog.

    I just wanted to share with you about what we are doing with vaccinations. We are spacing them out and kind of just doing our own schedule. We are for sure waiting until after age 4 for the MMR vaccine for both our 3 year old Anne and our 18 month old Whitney (Ds). I am also delaying the Hep B vaccine for Whitney (I did not know to do this with Anne, but still spread the shots way out, so later than what the routine schedule recommended). Whitney had Open heart surgery at age 3 months and I just went with what our pediatrician recommended by that time. She is also delaying/spreading out vaccinations for her two daughters that are about the same age as our daughters, so that has been helpful! Although I am staying home with my daughters, they both go to the playroom at our gym + anne is in preschool 3 days a week. I have not given either one of them the flu shot and did not do the h1n1 shot and both have been super healthy (I give vitamin D3 supplements + try to remember to give children's multi-vitamins and they eat lots of fruit and veggies, so I think that has helped.) Just my two cents, which I normally would not share, unless someone asks... and since you asked, here it is :) Hope all goes well with going back to work - thanks for sharing Claire with us!


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