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5/13/92 (Day 179) — Preemies at Home, day 46

May 13, 2011

Ike was not a happy camper in this photo. Sometime his tummy still bothered him. Shortly after their release from Evanston ISCU (NICU), we went for our first physical and occupational therapy evaluation. One of the advantages we had of them being born so early was that everyone knew they would need a lot of help and therapy. Here is the first set of exercises we were to perform with them. I love that the orders for the PT and OT actually told us to have fun.

Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy Activities

Legs — Do while on back:

1. Bend knees up to chest and round back by lifting hips off bed.

2. Straighten legs and lift one up at a time, keep knee straight.

3. While holding on to ankle, bring toes up/stretch out heel cords.


1. Lift arms up and down and out to side (like angels in the snow).

2. Bend elbows and straighten.

These can be done at bath time and during changing.

Head Control

1) While on stomach, encourage to lift head using rattles and bells.

2) In supported sitting, let [baby] control head mobility; encourage to turn head from right to left using rattles, bells and bright toys.


5 Comments leave one →
  1. May 13, 2011 3:53 pm

    Lots of devotion went into these two growing strong and well. We had to do similar exercises with my Dad after he had a stroke — to keep muscles from atrophying. Love does wonders.

  2. May 26, 2011 8:51 am

    I hope everything is okay! I really love your daily updates and hope they resume soon.

    • May 26, 2011 10:01 am

      K — everything is fine, great in fact, but terribly busy. More posts are coming today. Thanks for your patience.

  3. May 26, 2011 2:18 pm

    I’m so glad I found your blog. Thank you for sharing your family’s amazing story. Looking forward to reading each and every entry!

    • May 26, 2011 2:22 pm

      Glad you found us, too, Jen. New posts coming today.

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