Obsess Much?

So Lou.

We’ve made some progress with solid food–he seems to be doing just fine with fruits of all types–bannanas, apples, pears, grapes, and prunes have all worked out. He still seems to be having issues with oatmeal, so I may try rice. Rice was a disaster for Charlie, so I’ve avoided it, but maybe it will work for Louie. Who knows?

Well, Lou started crawling about a week and a half ago. It’s a commando crawl and he is into EVERYTHING! Charlie likes his boundaries, but Louie has never even heard the word–one minutes he’s in the room and the next he’s two rooms over flipping the dog’s water bowl over. The Hubs and I are 90% amused and 10% scared that he’s going to do something disastrous.

Then I noticed that Louie’s crawl is very one-sided. He uses both arms, but a lot of the time he’s only using one of his legs. I watched him for a long time and then I began to panic–just a little.

Now, I KNOW you’re not supposed to consult Dr. Google in these situations, but of course I did, and I found an article all about how asymmetrical crawling can be an early warning sign of autism. Louie’s already at a higher risk for autism since he’s a preemie and he’s got these food issues, which I’ve seen in other children with Autism, so basically, I freaked out. I mean, not crying or anything, but I went into crisis-management mode. I thought about diet. I was considering what to do about his vaccine schedule. Thought about having Early Steps come out and do another evaluation to see if he would qualify for services. Should I add private OT to his services? I was in Special Mama Mode.

Two boys in a crib dressed in green

Just Chillin'

So when we got to the PT who he sees for torticollis, I pounced: Look at his crawling! Potential early autism marker! Are you seeing anything else? Do I need to get him into OT?!?

And she? Well, she chuckled, and then told me that about half of her torticollis patients eventually show asymmetry somewhere else on their body. As for other signs of Autism? That was why she was chuckling–because Louie is so intensely social.

I’m relieved. Mostly.

I still might stick to organics and slow down the vaccine schedule. You never know.

Also: I might be a little bit crazy.

two babies in a crib dressed in green

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  1. Crazy like a Mama Bear.

  2. He he. I freak out too. I think it is pretty normal. Sweet photo.

  3. Hey, I get that. Having a son who has autism (and crawled perfectly typically, as did my brother & my husband, who are both on the spectrum), I am watching Baby J’s development like a hawk. But, although he has some sensory and feeding issues, he is VERY social. I mean, M was a happy kid who would make fleeting initial eye contact, but he didn’t communicate with us at all. J is speech delayed but has started making sure we understand what it is he wants. Try to trust in the social. If Lou is a social butterfly, that’s a great sign :-)

  4. Those thighs are adorable! I think you are pretty normal after what you have experienced, and glad that you have so much expert help available.

  5. My oldest son has Autism. And at some point in time, all 3 of his younger brothers have been diagnosed (ONLY IN MY HEAD) with Autism and about a hundred other things. They’ve all turned out to be totally typical, with the exception of some mild speech issues. You’re not alone in the crazy!! But It’s not a bad thing. :)
    And oh my word… The chunky thighs are killing me! Adorable. You make such beautiful boys!

  6. So glad Lou is doing great with his solids. I don’t think you’re crazy too, you’ve been there and done that with Charlie, and I too agree considering what you’ve been through in the past, I think I’d be doing the same x

    Your boys are gorgeous xxx

  7. this is not even close to crazy. Your boys are crazy cute though – those legs, they are scrumptious I want to bite them!

  8. Those baby thighs are so cute! Why is it that my thighs look like that, but they aren’t cute anymore? Not fair! ha!

  9. Lauren, 9, has PDD-NOS and it’s been a road. I had been able to hold my anxiety in check when her sisters were little mostly because by the time she was diagnosed it was clear that the other girls were boring, wonderful amazing typical kids. And they were girls.

    But then I had a boy. I swear I went from “Oh, my God it’s a boy… we’ve never had one of those.” to “oh, my God that significantly raises his chances of having Autism. in a few hours.

    But the worse was one night when he cried and cried and showed classic signs of reflux. No big deal except that my only other kid who had reflux had Autism so in my mind they were interlocked. I woke my husband up and ugly cried that Ian, who was 1 month old, and he had Autism.

    Thankfully, I was much able to make situation the next morning.

  10. Crazy? No! Sounds pretty normal to me! How cute are your boys? I just want to nibble on those chubby little thighs!

  11. Your boys are adorable. I just read on Babycenter .com yesterday that the one leg crawling thing was perfectly “normal”. It is all a matter of perspective, right? My daughter was born a month after your boys and even when we are watching we still couldn’t describe what she does to get from point a to point b. It’s a wiggle, roll, shimmy, stretch combo.

  12. They are so cute! My oldest had torticollis and was asymmetrical in hand movements. We hypothosized it was because she could only see one hand gazing in the direction she was looking in. We tied bells to her unused hand to help her attend to it. I cried the day she crawled with a perfect 4 limb crawl. She is now a perfectly normal kindergartener with beautiful handwriting. My younger child scooted on her bum so sucessfully that we had to force walking at 16mths. At barely 4, she is “quirky” but social, appropriate at preschool, and reading and writing at a kindergarten level. My husband sums it up by saying that little kids are weird, but most end up perfectly normal. When I put aside my degree in education and my pages of statistics, I tend to agree with him.

  13. Those chunky thighs are too cute for words. How do you not bite or pinch those all day long?!

  14. Aren’t we all just a little bit crazy? :)

  15. I hope what the doctor said was somewhat reassuring. Never hurts to be prepared though.

  16. That is interesting. I am glad I wasn’t exposed to anything regarding autism when Sam was a baby. He had (still does) problems with food. He would eat nothing but fruits and then those were limited as to what he would eat. And he did that commando crawl, which if my memory is any good he favored one side.

    Glad to hear you can relax. I do understand worry about what might be wrong with your child. I had that with Evie. I still wonder about her legs and balance, but since she has improved so much I put it to the back of my mind. *sigh*

  17. Stop it!!! LOL LOL
    You have me going crazy here too. Because my daughter crawled to one side as well. I went into panic mode
    It is going to happen you watch them like hawks for any little telltale sign.
    I would still watch the vaccinations and the diet. Their little bodies could take as much time as you can give time to grow into all these stuff.

  18. oh by the way the same daughter refused any form of ‘porridge’ or cereal until she was about 2. Yup only a few months ago would she tolerate it.

  19. Just as I was about to comment and tell you that asymmetrical crawling is SUPER DUPER COMMON in babies with torticollis, I read that your PT filled you in. I’m so glad. Seriously, at least half of the babies I’m treating with torticollis now have an asymmetrical crawl, especially when they first start out. Just be glad Louis isn’t doing the monkey crawl (one leg up, one under), because that is not only hilarious, but really difficult to break and get them to do crawling on all fours from.

    I wouldn’t worry too much, it sounds like he’s just fine.