Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Two Month Stats

Olivia had her 2-month well-check today.  She weighed in at a whoppin' 13.05 pounds (94%) and measured 23.5 (94%) inches long.  I knew she had grown, but had no idea she had gained close to 6 pounds and 4.5 inches in two months! 

She was happy and smiley through the whole appointment until the shots.  Since she really doesn't cry that much, it seemed extra difficult to endure her panicked screams while the nurse gave the immunizations.  The poor girl has definitely not been herself today since.  Usually content to lay on the floor and only make happy sounds, Olivia has definitely had one of her fussiest days to date and just wants to be held.

Although most everything checked out a-ok, I decided to bring up one concern I had regarding the fact that Olivia seems to only turn her head to the left.  We first noticed her favoring the left side when my sister pointed out that the left side of the back of her head seemed flatter than the right.  Since then, we've tried to get her to fully rotate her head to the right on her own and have been unsuccessful.  Even when we move her head to the right, we have to hold it in place or else she moves it back to the left.

After observing her, the doctor diagnosed Olivia with torticollis.  Torticollis, also known as "wryneck," is a condition in which your baby's head is tilted. One of your newborn's neck muscles is shortened. So the chin points to one shoulder, away from the shortened neck muscle. And the back of the head tilts toward the opposite shoulder (thank you, WebMD)So, basically, our baby girl has a crick in her neck (which was either present in utero or happened during delivery) and if left untreated can cause developmental delays.  Here's an awesome pictorial description thanks to WebMD as well: 
And, here are a couple pictures of Olivia proving to be a perfect real-life model for torticollis:

Treatment is in the form of physical therapy that will teach us how to help her stretch that shortened neck muscle several times a day.  The doctor did not seem to think that her case was very severe and was pleased that we caught it before it caused any developmental delays.  We have our first PT appointment next Monday.  I'm guessing she is not going to be very fond of the exercises, seeing as she HATES it when we try to turn her head/neck the opposite way. 
Otherwise, we are thankful for a happy, healthy, chubby, pudgy baby girl! 

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