Well we have some updates and there really isn't a good way to start, so I will just dive right in. Anyone who has been a follower of our blog might have noticed that Logan has been a bit behind his sisters in terms of development. At 11 months he still does not roll over or sit up. He has trouble eating and using his hands or arms. He is starting to grab at things and will even shake the rattle back and forth. These are all good signs but....
About a week and half ago we had our Developmental Pedi follow up. As expected the girls are great, right on target for the actual age and way ahead for their adjusted age, we couldn't be happier. As for Logan, we kind of knew what the diagnosis would be and this appointment would just make it official. The reason for Logan's developmental delays are because he has Cerebral Palsy.
Cerebral palsy (CP) is an umbrella term encompassing a group of non-progressive, non-contagious motor conditions that cause physical disability in human development, chiefly in the various areas of body movement. Or to speak English, at some point in the womb or very shortly after birth Logan suffered some sort of brain injury, the result of which will leave him with some physical and mental disabilities that will never get worse but never get any better. At this age it is impossible to tell the extent of his disabilities or for that matter his potential abilities. People with CP can have full motor skills but simply can't close their left hand, on the other end of the spectrum some will never walk or talk. The key is to get him as much therapy as we can try to maximize what ever his body and mind will let him do. He is in for a fight every step of the way, steps that will go on for the rest of his life. It will most likely be years before we know the extent of his development, so for now we just wait. For more info on CP check out this Wikipedia page on CP here.
In the mean time we are waiting on some results from an MRI that he had today. Poor guy had to be put under anesthesia. He did great though and we now just wait to hear from the Neurologist hopefully tomorrow. We are still putting together a plan but hope everything will fall into place quickly.
One last thing I want to say, Amy-Jo and I debated whether or not to post this information for the world to read. I fought hard to do so and I thought I should explain why for any that would question my motives. My son is in for a life long fight, both physical and mental that will make even the simplest things difficult. And not to mention this world is cruel to anyone that is labeled as "different" and this could be his biggest fight. I plan to prepare my son for these challenges and as far as I'm concerned that starts with opening up to the world and not hiding behind or denying his disabilities. He is different but that isn't a bad thing. Logan is still a happy boy who is always smiling and laughing. He has two sisters and a mom and dad who love him no matter what, and to us he is PERFECT. The thing I want him to know is he has done nothing wrong, this is just the hand he was dealt and we will teach him to handle anything that may come his way, good or bad.