When I was pregnant with Matthew I was put in the hospital at 32 weeks because I was dilated to about a 4. My gyn doctor was worried that I’d have the baby at home if I wasn’t hospitalized. So after being in the hospital for a total of 4 weeks, my high risk doctor decided to do an amnio test to see if the baby weighed enough and that the lungs were mature.
So I was allowed to have Matthew at 36 weeks and once my water was broken, Matthew came very quickly! He weighed 6 pounds 2 oz and was 18 1/2 inches long. As far as I was concerned he seemed very normal and nursed very well. We always referred to him as being such a good baby because he hardly ever cried and slept a lot. In fact I remember taking him to a funeral that lasted 3 hrs. long and we hardly heard a noise from him!
At the age of 4 months, we noticed that something was not right. Matthew would not hold his head up and was not able to grasp anything with his hands and was not making sounds. He was also very “floppy.” The pediatrician recommended that Early Child Hood Intervention (ECI) evaluate him and determine if he was delayed. Matthew began receiving services through ECI at the age of 7 months. He also suffered with many ear infection and finally at the age of 7 months had tubes put in his ears. Matthew did not sit up until he was almost 12 months old and even then we had to put pillows around him to protect him in case he toppled over.
He began to crawl at the age of 18 months (not very much because he hated being put on his tummy) and finally started walking when he was around 3-4 yrs. old. Matthew was released from the ECI program and was put in a PPCD (Public School for Children with Disabilities) class. When Matthew turned 5 he was transferred to another public school to attend a Functional Life Skills (FLS) class at an elementary school here in Weatherford.