Thursday, May 14, 2009
My Son Ezekiel
On Saturday, Ezekiel turns nine months old. Life has been very interesting and exciting with four children five and under. God has truly blessed me with such a wonderful family.
Let me tell you about my son. Before Ezekiel was born, we were told we were going to have a girl. We had a beautiful name picked out for her, and were pleasantly surprised when she was a he. We spent the morning discussing names and settled upon Ezekiel Peter because Ezekiel means God will strengthen. We settled on this name because I firmly believed that I would need God's strength in parenting four children so close in age. I am constantly amazed at how my kids names really fit each one including their personalities.
At this point in time, our family truly needs God to strengthen us. At Ezekiel's six month check up, everything seemed fine and normal. He was a little slow -- only having rolled over once or twice (which I now think was probably the way we had set him down rather than his own effort). and he wasn't sitting (which I thought was because with three little kids I didn't put him on the floor very often because I didn't want him to get bowled over by the others). Well, when he still wasn't rolling over or sitting up in March I began to get concerned. I began working with him, and within a month and a half, at eight months, he was able to sit up unassisted (when put into a sitting position). However, he still wasn't able to roll over.
I scheduled his nine month well-check visit two weeks early because I didn't want to wait much longer before having him looked at. We took him in, and our nurse practitioner wanted him to see the physical therapist. Monday afternoon I took him in for some physical therapy. She was able to teach him how to roll over, and he is very proud of the fact that he can roll across the living room (although he does still struggle a bit). However, she did notice something else that was wrong. The right side of his body is pretty much on schedule for development, but the left side of his body is significantly weaker (something I had not noticed before). The left side is about three months behind in development.
Tuesday I received a call from Tammy (our nurse practitioner), and she wants me to take him to a pediatrician about two hours away. Ezekiel will be seeing the pediatrician Monday at 4:00 p.m. I want to ask you to please be praying for us and especially for Ezekiel and the doctor that he will have wisdom to discern what the cause of the delay is. We know that God is in control, and that no matter what the problem whether it's nothing, or something much more serious, God will have His way and will give us the strength to face the challenge. Ezekiel is a precious and sweet little boy, and I can say with confidence that even this trial is a blessing from God. His way is perfect, and I do not doubt that He will be glorified.