If this baby didn’t have the life before, he sure does now. We had a meeting with the OT this morning and among other things, she gave me a lesson on infant massage. The massage is supposed to help with Grayson’s awake time and allow him to tolerate more “active alert” learning time.
We stripped his pants and greased his little legs up with olive oil (which by the way, smells great and is very absorbant, so it doesn’t leave a greasy mess when you’re done). She taught me the different techniques to use on his legs and feet- this is all we are starting with, and next week we’ll move to arms and tummy- she didn’t want to overwhelm him (or me).
G loved it! He smiled almost the whole time and I really felt him relax with the strokes. Ms. Joan (the OT) wants us to do the massage exactly the same way and same place every day. She said that for babies, especially with vision issues, predictability is key and will build their confidence and awareness of their own bodies.
I’m excited to add massage to our daily routine- it’s just too bad we can’t do it on a tropical island somewhere, sipping pina coladas!