Gabe had taken the children to the pool (well, Avery went to the pool and Brogan went to the daycare, which he loves, so they were both happy), and when I got home at 11am I called and they were just getting ready to leave, so we decided to meet for lunch because I was starving and too hungry to make my own food :) So we met at Bastian's BBQ, which we've never tried before, but children eat free from the lunch buffet on Thursdays, so we decided to give it a go :) And it was yummy. By the time we were done there it was time for me to go to my next appointment, so that worked out perfectly :) Gabe took the children home so that Brogan could have his nap. The ultrasound showed that everything with this baby boy is still looking good! He is measuring between a week and two weeks ahead of schedule, but both my other babies did too. I'd like to think that he'll still weigh in at less than 10lbs, but I suppose we'll see...! Avery was 8lbs 1oz at 37 weeks, and Brogan was 9lbs 4oz at 42 weeks. So we'll see. The baby's ventricle measurements were at the large end of the normal range, but still within normal range, so that's fine. And we saw hair! I don't remember seeing hair on any of Avery or Brogan's ultrasounds, so this baby might have more hair than they did!
Friday Avery saw the ophthalmologist at 8am and the physiatrist at 11am. She had her eyes dilated at the ophthalmologist, which of course she hated. The doctor said that those optic nerves are still quite pale, but that her vision is remarkably good considering the fact that she has septo-optic dysplasia. He was disappointed that we still haven't taken her to see an endocrinologist, so I really need to get on that. In fact, I called our PCP the other day to get a referral, but Gabe wanted to speak to a friend of his first who's seen one of the local endocrinologists to see if they had any recommendations.
Even with 3 hours between appointments, we were almost late for the physiatrist appointment! They were not having a good morning there, so Laura, who normally does Avery's measurements, wasn't able to be there which meant that the Dr was the one to do it, which was sort of entertaining to watch! I don't know how much I trust the measurements he got, and I think there's a reason Laura normally does it! But it was fine. We told him about the ABM therapy, and how much progress Avery has made since going, which was fine. He was excited about the new skills she had (climbing in and out of the bath independently, getting of the toilet, etc), and he was pleased to hear that we were having a pretty positive experience with the baclofen. However, right at the end we mentioned that Carla (the ABM therapist) had suggested we look into a specific orthotist and orthopedist in New York who she thought would be able to help Avery, and the second we said that Dr Brown turned into a crazy person. He started out saying that the surgery the doctor did was exactly the same as the surgery everyone has been doing for 20 years (which it's not, but to be fair, we probably aren't the best people to explain it at this point), and ended up with asking how Carla would like it if he started recommending other feldenkrais therapists (even though we tried to explain how it was different to regular feldenkrais, he didn't seem to get it), then started slamming feldenkrais itself saying that it wasn't designed for cerebral palsy patients, and then said that if we saw those NY doctors then he wouldn't have anything to do with us anymore. So that was super fun.