Monday, December 8, 2008

Please tell me this isn't something I should be worried about . . .

Check this out:


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Is this weird? He just started doing this today, moving his arm up and down repeatedly. He's only doing it with his right arm, and he's been doing it on and off all day. Not just sitting in his Bumbo, but when I hold him and in his carseat as well. What the . . . ??

12 comments:

Liz said...

Totally normal baby development. He's just figuring out that the thing attached over there moves and that he can make it move!

Leigh Anne said...

nope...no worries. sydney does it all the time!...

Tricia said...

I don't know. It kind of looks like he's just "discovered" that his arm can do that and so he's checking it out. I wouldn't worry too much about it right now (if at all). If he keeps it up, I suppose it's possible that he's just trying to stimulate various parts of his body (due in part to the low tone). Georgia does a bit of self-stim...I've been MEANING to post this including video and trust me, Georgia does WAY MORE OBVIOUS STUFF, I am not at all convinced that is what Finn is doing. But, from all the therapists who have witnessed G doing her little..."thing" (several therapists in three states) all of them have said it's likely just her way of trying to get feedback in parts of her body. Self-stim is a scary sounding word and often associated with autism, but EVERYONE does it to an extent (think twirling hair, chewing pencils etc) and it does not mean "My child has autism." NOT BY A LONG STRETCH.

I hesitate even mentioning it at all b/c it DOES look like Finn is just checking himself out,and I don't want to worry you, but if it really bugs you I'd ask the pedi.

Amanda said...

am in agreement w/the other people who said that it looks like he just discovered his arm does a cool, waggy thing!

Karly said...

He's totally just working the new arm movement. I wouldn't worry at all. He'll grow tired of it and move on to give you something else to worry about soon.

I know how hard it is to always be watching out for "normal vs. not." {hugs}

He's looking great in his Bumbo, BTW!

Erin said...

I agree, normal..just wanted to say hi! and nice to "meet" you. My daughter Addie was born July 1st and was diagnosed at birth with DS as well. It is so cool to find another baby with DS so close in age! I will be back to visit!

My name is Sarah said...

Finn is just so adorable. I think he is developing his dominant hand/arm first, which would make me predict he will be right handed. I remember both my boys doing the same thing in their high chairs. Those Bumbo seats are amazing by the way. I have noticed what a difference they make with trunk control. I wonder when those came out? Great invention.

Jeanette said...

I agree with everyone else, just normal "hey check out what I can do" baby stuff. Syd did some odd things once in a while. They all passed, but because DS was all new to me, I would question if it was typical stuff or DS related.

Jen said...

I would try not to worry...seems normal to me. All 3 of my kids did stuff like that. Have you tried holding his arm down when he does it, to see if he tries to get it away, or if he starts banging the other arm? Not that any of that means anything...just curious as to what he would do. But it totally looks like a cause and effect thing to me, like he just figured out that he's in control.

Ann said...

I wouldn't worry. My Caleb does the same thing with the same arm. I'd just encourage him to reach with the other arm as well.

Megan said...

I completely agree with everyone else....just discovered that arm.

Tara Marie said...

Looks like typical baby movements to me. I did watch a video recently of a little girl who has infantile seizures, and what she experience was nothing like Finn's movement. [just ruling that out]

I just love that little boy of yours.