Teeny Tiny Truman

This page is all about Truman, born Aug. 8, 2006 to Kara and Ben.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Early Childhood Assessment


Truman had his first developmental assessment by Early Childhood Intervention on Monday and was pronounced as being on track for his adjusted age. It was determined that he was right on track regarding motor skills and that his verbal and social skills were evolving toward where they needed to be. At this time, he will not be receiving any therapies from ECI to help catch him up. Because his pediatrician and therapists through Baylor are working on his feeding and nutrition issues, those were not assessed. His ECI case worker will continue to check in on him every month to make sure he remains on track.

We felt going into the assessment that Truman is just about where he needs to be for a two-month-old baby. However, we wanted confirmation of that and to make sure that he continues to be tracked due to the intraventricular hemorrhages he suffered in his early weeks. Although no brain damage appears to have ocurred at this point, the blood is still there and could cause damage in the future. He is still at elevated risks for such complications as cerebral palsy, so it's important that developmental specialists keep an eye on him.

Truman had a follow-up opthamologist appointment yesterday as well. The retinas of his eyes have moved into zone III (the final zone of development) and appear to be progressing. The ridge remains on his left eye, but it has moved out, allowing the vessels to move into zone III. So, another good report.

Developmentally, we heard what sounded like Truman's first official "coo" on Monday morning. It was a very cute squeal. I also noticed yesterday that in addition to tracking, he has started to move his gaze between objects. There is a stationary mobile on his changing table, and he was looking from one bear to another and back again.

Again, we have so much to be thankful for that considering the horrible start our little had in life, things are really going quite well for him.



Blogger Maggie (Sarah's mom) said...

I can't believe how big Truman is getting! Soon he'll outgrown the 'Teeny Tiny' part of his blog name.

Great news on the developmental assessment. Enjoy all these first coo's and smiles - they are extra special :)

10:26 PM  
Anonymous gwen curry said...

Ben, Kara, and Truman,
I continue to be ever so thankful for the good news of Truman's development, and I am sure that doesn't even come close to what you all feel. He's looking good, and I appreciate you keeping us up on his development. God continues to bless all of you every day. Gwen C.

10:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is wonderful news! And what a cutie.

Steph Anderson

2:25 AM  
Blogger scait said...

Every time I read that Truman is achieving, and exceeding, all the expecations set out for babies without his challening beginning, I am so awe-struck by both his strength, and his parents.

Thank you for continuing to let strangers be a part of your life. Knowing Truman continues to thrive puts a shine on even the gloomiest winter days!

Cait and Sevvie in -16C Canada ... yuck.

3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Kara and Ben,
I'm still keeping tabs on our little miracle man. Your reports sound so encouraging. We're so happy for all of you. Loved the Christmas photo you sent. Thanks for remembering us. Love & prayers going your way,
Aunt C & Uncle B in Denver

9:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Truman is beautiful and your detailed entries are so moving and inspirational.

I was directed here by a mother on the bulletin boards at babycenter dot com because my brother and SIL just had twin boys at 24 weeks yesterday. They were 1 lb 8 1/2 oz and 1 lb 6 oz. I had never heard of babies that small surviving so I posted looking for inspirational stories. I'm so glad I was directed here. All the information gives me a lot of hope for the little boys, but also the realization that they have a long road ahead of them.

Thank you and God bless little Truman!

Nicole (17 wks pregnant myself)

8:46 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

It is so wonderful to see how well he's doing. You guys don't know me, but I've been following Truman's story since birth. He's amazing and it's wonderful to see what God can do!

7:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I check in from time to time--he's growing beautifully (but I don't need to tell y'all that!).

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Sara said...


Much love and hugs to you and your parents!

11:17 AM  

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