At her 18 month appt, she weighed 18.2 lbs - yep, tiny. Due to her low weight (I should say, consistently low weight), she was labeled "failure to thrive." She has been in the negative percentiles the last few visits. At this visit, they drew blood to test her for a metabolic disorder. The pediatrician had contacted me previously and shared her concern, so we knew it was coming. They wanted to rule it out, so they could feel comfortable saying she was "just small." Failure to Thrive is simply a phrase found in medical books, it has nothing to do with her cognitive ability, just physical. It sounds worse than it is, honestly. We got the test results back recently - guess what....she's just small!!!! All of her bloodwork came back within normal range (a few were off, but nothing alarming). We were certainly relieved - and can feel good about her size, knowing nothing is causing her to be so small.
She is finishing up with physical therapy - that is because she is meeting appropriate milestones now! She is actually still "behind" but that is because by the charts they consider walkers at 12 months - well, if you don't walk until 18 months - you sort of have to be put on your own schedule. Her therapist feels like she will do great catching up. I am not sure how many visits we will have left, but she said today she felt great about Logan's progress. We go on Thursday to have her evaluated (per therapist) to see if Logan would benefit from braces on her legs, or possibly inserts in her shoes. Logan displays several different problems in her gate, none of which are consistant; but consistantly, there seems to always be a different gate pattern, none of which are technically correct. These gate issues are caused from weakness in her hips, knees, shins, and ankles. We also knew this was coming - no surprise. We have been told since birth the issues she would probably have (if any) would be with her walking. If the worse she has is braces - we can handle that :-) There is also the possibility he may say she needs nothing, who knows!