Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Introducing...


Super Zebra Dude! (duhn duhn duhn)
This new and improved super hero's secret powers include charming the socks off of anyone who wears socks, melting the coldest and stoniest of hearts with only his smile, winning attention by batting his blonde eyelashes at any sweet thang that passes his way, and keeping his mother up at all hours of the night with an appetite that is so grand that it should most definitely win some kind of award. Super Zebra Dude to the rescue!
So, Nateman's all taped up and ready for his audition with "Smurfs on Broadway". He didn't quite care for his therapy session today because it was pretty much a solid half hour of the exercises he has grown to dislike mucho grande. We are seeing a slight improvement in his breathing right after his exercises...at the beginning of today's session, his respiratory rate was 80 breaths per minute and fell to 64 breaths per minute at the end of the session. (Normal for his age is around 40 breaths per minute) While the decrease in his respiratory rate is short lived after his exercises, it is a step in the right direction. We are hoping that using the kinesio tape for a few weeks will help bring his ribs down some and start training his brain in breathing correctly.

The kinesio tape on Nathan is designed to "strengthen a weakened muscle by providing biofeedback information from the skin and muscles to the brain to increase muscle activation" (from an information sheet Nate's therapist gave me today). Pretty cool, huh? I asked the therapist today for her honest opinion of whether she thought that Nathan's breathing issues were just something anatomical or if she though they were a result of something else we haven't found yet. She confirmed what we had been thinking over the past couple of weeks in that she thought the breathing issues were secondary to a bigger problem within him. I just pray that the neurologist will be able to figure the little dude out and shed some more light on all of this.
It has been a blast watching Nathan grow more and more each day. He's a little ham that smiles nearly every time you look at him...and speaking of ham, he's about as big as a big ole' ham too. Gosh, this kid is growing fast. After trying him for a couple of minutes at a time in the Bumbo the past few days, he was finally strong enough to sit in it for a good 10 minutes today...and he loved every bit of it. Can't ya tell?

11 comments:

momof2princesses on April 22, 2008 at 6:00 PM said...

I really hope the tape does it's job! He is so cute sitting in his seat. I love that last picture & think he looks a lot like Emma in that picture.

Melissa Mae on April 22, 2008 at 8:04 PM said...

SO DANG CUTE!!! Did you know that my Katie was taped too? Isn't is amazing?

Kathy U on April 22, 2008 at 8:21 PM said...

Amber, you never cease to amaze me, with the strength that you display day to day, as you enjoy motherhood. The Lord is so good to supply all our needs.
Kathy

oh amanda on April 22, 2008 at 9:10 PM said...

Praying for you guys as usual!

Gosh, Nathan looks like Emma!

Tara on April 22, 2008 at 9:10 PM said...

Love the last picture of Mr. Nate! And he looks so big sitting in that seat by himself, wasn't he just born????

Staci on April 22, 2008 at 9:30 PM said...

He really is just too cute for words!!

mollie on April 22, 2008 at 9:33 PM said...

How cute is that big dimple!?! He is too cute!

A Single Mom's Life on April 22, 2008 at 10:22 PM said...

Oh what a freaking doll!! Sticking the tongue out..Priceless!Good luck with the taping!

Laura on April 23, 2008 at 11:47 AM said...

Wow! What a cutie! His dimples are something else! And I hope the tape continues to help him. Have a great week!

Rodney Chandler on April 23, 2008 at 12:28 PM said...

Zebraman ... can I call him Zeb for short? :)
Rodney

Danielle on April 24, 2008 at 8:59 AM said...

He is precious. I hope the tape helps. The bumbo should help with the muscle strenght no?

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