I haven’t gotten a chance lately to give everyone an update on Carter’s progress. It’s small in nature, but big to us.
He is currently seeing a Physical therapist, Occupational therapist, Vision therapist and special instructor. They all come to our home now, which makes it very easy on all of us.
We have learned a lot about Carter recently. His mannerisms, his communication style. It’s quirky and it’s his. I hope to share some so when everyone meets him, they have some background.
I want everyone to have a happy and positive experience when they hang with my dude. I say that because Carter doesn’t really give you any feedback and does not react to voices or faces or noises like a typical baby. BUT, and that’s a huge but, if you know my mans mannerisms, you will be more prepared.
Here are some pointers!
- In addition to Carter avoiding eye contact, his eyes are also crossed. Pointer 1: the eye that is crossed is the one looking at you. Pay attention to that particular eye.
- If Carter is on his back, he WILL look at your face. He will follow you. Not every time, but most of the time.
- When Carter throws his hands in the air like he just don’t care, it’s stimulating. Let him grab your face or a toy. He will inspect both.
- Carter likes rough play. He thinks being drug on the ground or flipped upside down is hilarious. If you want him to laugh, be rough. (Or be me. I’m amazing.)
- He will not babble in front of strangers. If he hears voices he doesn’t know, he will be silent. He will stare in one direction and that means he is listening.
- He will vomit. Period. For no reason. Guard yourself.
- He’s cool in 15 minute increments. Be prepared with a different activity every 15. Or you deserve whatever you get.
- When Carter is irritated, he stiffens up and puts his hands behind his head. Don’t freak out. Calmly say no no, and be soft with him. He will calm down easily if you give him a safe space.
- He will not turn to your voice. No matter how hard you try. Enjoy him anyway!
- He’s a hoot.
I will update as I learn more, but this makes me feel good and positive. The more we know about Carter, the more we can help him be the best he can be.