Monthly Archives: July 2013

Chiropractors and Umbilical Hernias

Joey was born with an umbilical hernia. It’s actually not uncommon in preemies – simply because of a less developed body. His abdominal muscles were weak and didn’t have a chance to fully grow/close. It’s not something they worry about until the child is preschool age – it usually closes on its own by then, but if it doesn’t it can be surgically corrected. But it freaked me out. Ha! There were times it was HUGE. You could push it back in as long as he wasn’t screaming/straining which was their stipulation for it being “ok”. You could even feel the hole in his muscles, about the size of my index finger. And it gurgled. Haha.

I had wanted to get Joey in to the chiropractor for quite some time after he was born – just thought it would be good to have him realigned after birth. I put it off and put it off because its a little nerve-wracking to hand your tiny, fragile preemie over to someone who may be thinking of contorting their body to try and make their back crack. He was having latching issues with breast feeding and it was suggested to me that I should see a chiropractor as they can also do adjustments to help with latch. So I finally made some calls and made an appointment.

We ended up with Dr. Alyssa at First Choice Chiropractic in Overland Park, KS. It was so far from anything I was worried about – she is amazing. She is so very gentle with him and he just melts every time he lays down for his adjustment. It is so relaxing for him!


She very gently manipulates his spine all the way up to his cranial bones.


He LOVES it. Just last week he was quite fussy while we were waiting our turn, and then I took these pictures once we started.

With his reflux/gas/digestive issues, I was really hoping this was the miracle cure. While it has not been (we’re trying other things now), I still absolutely believe its been beneficial. One thing I didn’t even think would come of it is his hernia is relaxed and all but healed.

This picture was taken 3 days after his first adjustment. This was a “relaxed” state.


It could get hard and even bigger when he was crying. After he started getting adjusted, it’s like his gut could finally let out the big sigh it had been holding – it could relax. And it did. This is a month and a couple days later, after 4 adjustments. (And while crying!)


I’d say that’s a victory in itself! Thanks Dr. Alyssa!

(and don’t worry, Milo was on his way over to save the day 🙂 )



4 months!

I can’t quite believe that here I am writing a 4 month post already (and a few days late at that – ha!). I feel like Joey has changed so much over the last month – and in the last couple weeks specifically.


A month ago he could barely lift his head off the ground when he was on his tummy – now he pushes himself all the way up! (Although, his face will tell you it’s still a lot of work! And he still needs breaks as you can see…)


This month he went from sleeping a 4-6 hour stretch at night to sleeping 7-8 which is awe-some!!

He is very aware of people he doesn’t now. He often sticks his lip out or even cries when first meeting someone, but does usually eventually warm up.

He has lots of awake time and is loving his play mat. Uncle James got him a little monkey that he is in LOVE with! He finally figured out on Monday how to grab it and he held on to that monkey tail with all his might 🙂


He just can’t get enough bath time. It never fails – if he’s cranky and nothing’s working – bath is always the answer. He screams when you take him out now! He even has started playing with his duckie when I put it in there – it takes a lot of coordination and concentration, but he can usually get it!



He has started sucking his thumb pretty consistently! He was sucking on his fists for a while, and it almost seemed like an accident one day that his thumb popped in his mouth. Now he tries to get it all the time – but still lacks great coordination so he struggles sometimes.


He is obsessed with his tongue – and anyone else’s! He loves if you stick your tongue out at him. He will stick his out too, and also tries to mimic any noise you make with your mouth.


He is getting so good at his smiling 🙂


He loves looking at himself in the mirror – and is getting close to rolling from tummy to back!


Monday night Joey got to go to his first Royals game (thanks to MHC Kenworth)! He slept through the whole thing (despite taking a 3.5 hour nap before we went!), but got his official Royals fan certificate for his first game.


First Steps will be coming out every 6 weeks to check up on him and do some therapy with him. I can’t wait for her to see how much he’s changed and all the things he can do now that he couldn’t a month ago!

Sunday night we all went out in the pool – the puppies weren’t being so cooperative, but you can at least see a part of each of the 5 of us all in the pool that night! Joey loved it of course 🙂


Just one more – our little (big!) answer to prayer.