The red-ringed eyes, the crankiness, and the slimy nose caused me to brace for the onslaught of a Very Bad Cold. When Nolan gets a cold, it is usually a protracted one- which results in the inevitable ear infection.
All I have to say is that someone said a very effective prayer, and Nolan's cold seems to have vanished into thin air. He is still rather cranky, but the nose has cleared up and he has no congestion. With surgery in seven days, I am much relieved.
We did receive Nolan's Occupational Therapy evaluation in the mail, which shows that he is above age level for "grasping" and only minimally delayed in visual-motor integration. Nolan has mild hypotonia (the reason for his long-standing head lag and weak hand strength), so it was good to see that he is developmentally appropriate in these areas. We had never suspected a delay, but it was nice to get the objective verification that his fine motor skills are hunky-dory, and he simply needs a few hand strengthening activities to help him along. I, for one, am thrilled he doesn't need any additional therapy. I far prefer spending our free time playing outside or doing crafts!