Initial Scallop Art


This scallop art isn’t necessarily tot related, but it’s going in Buddy’s big boy room so I thought I’d share. I’ve been trying to find cheap artwork to make for a gallery wall over the dresser, and I found this on a blog and thought it could look like waves. Since his room will be nautical I though it would be cute to do it in shades of blue. The instructions on the above mentioned blog are very detailed, but I kind of winged it and it was very simple, although not perfect. You just need a few basic supplies. I used color cardstock from the craft store, Mod Podge, a foam brush, and the backing and frame that I found at Goodwill.

suppliesI used 1 1/2 inch circle puncher. It was a nice size for the overall project. You could measure some lines to help guide you, but I just eye balled it. I did mess up the bottom part. I should have put the circles halfway down at the bottom of the page. Oops. I used a little white acrylic paint to fill in that part since the backing was off-white.

scallops in processYou can see some of the Mod Podge got on a few pieces. It wasn’t noticeable on the white and light blue, but you could see it a bit on the navy.

completed scallop artI was pretty happy with how it turned out, but thought it was a little plain so I added Buddy’s first initial to it.

art with initialIt’s not perfect by any means, but the flaws aren’t too obvious. The initial also helps to distract from the little bit of Mod Podge that dried on some of the navy circles. It only took me about an hour and cost about $5. You could easily do it with an older child or let a young one punch out the circles.

DIY Watercolor Paints

I used frozen blueberries since that's what we had and it's much cheaper than fresh.

Little ones seem to love to paint, but many paints on the market aren’t safe for kids that want to put everything in their mouth. I  remembered seeing some websites around Easter using food to make dyes for eggs. I thought I would try something similar to come up with some watercolor paint that Buddy could use to paint. I used red onion skins, lemon zest, and blueberries. I didn’t have all these at the same time so I made them as I could, poured it into ice cube trays, and then froze them until we had (what I thought) three colors. I don’t have measurements, but I think the color intensity will be better if you have more food than water. I will show you pictures of the blueberries. Simply put blueberries in boiling water!

I used frozen blueberries since that's what we had and it's much cheaper than fresh.

I used frozen blueberries since that’s what we had and it’s much cheaper than fresh.

Once the water was boiling I used a fork to mash the blueberries against the side. This helped to release the juice and darken the water. I let it boil for about 10 minutes. For the red onion skins, I boiled until they started to become transluscent. The lemon zest didn’t get too dark. I just boiled until it was a faint yellow. I strained the water to try and get the blueberry bits out, and let it sit until cooled. It made a beautiful dark purple color.

blueberry paintOnce we were ready to paint a couple of weeks later, I put a cube of blueberry water in a ramekin and microwaved it.

diy watercolor paint

The bottom one is the red onion skin. The color is identical to the blueberry paint.

If you have a surface that you don’t want to get dirty or will stain easy, make sure you put some paper down. The blueberry will definitely stain. I just put some tissue paper over Buddy’s high chair tray. You can see that the red onion skin paint is the same color as the blueberry, but when you put it on the paper it will be brown, then turn to yellow as it dries. Kind of neat.  It ended up being the same color as the lemon paint. The blueberry paint made a really pretty slate blue color.

buddy with diy watercolor paintThe colors are pretty faint here, but darken up as it dries. The paper did tear in the middle, but he didn’t care. After a few minutes he wanted me to paint with him and here are the final results.

final diy watercolor pictures

Buddy’s masterpiece is on the left.

The yellow is a bit more lime in real life. The colors were really pretty together. They did fade a bit over the next few days, but still look good. I would like to try this with strawberries or cherries in the future. I wonder if pomegranate would make a pretty color, although that would be expensive to try. Buddy really enjoyed this activity and actually painted longer than he does with finger paints. We will definitely do this one again in the future.

DIY Kids beach bag

beach bag with cuts

We are headed to the beach in a few weeks and I thought Buddy might want his own beach bag to carry his toys. He’s loved putting things in bags since he could walk. I was going to use a small canvas bag and decorate it. I found the bag and paint pen, but couldn’t find any appliques I liked that weren’t girly. I found a few cute, nautical themed ones online but they would have been at least $10 when you added in shipping and handling. I didn’t want to pay that much, and if I was I would order a cute one from Etsy. Then I remembered this tutorial on a DIY produce bag and thought I would make that. I never made the produce bag, but I used the idea to turn sentimental t-shirts into small bags to use on trips. They are great for putting smaller items in without taking up much room. This project could be completely free if you already have a shirt on hand. I didn’t have a summer-ish t-shirt of Buddy’s that I wanted to sacrifice so I bought one from Goodwill for $2. It is a 3T. I wanted something big enough to carry a few toys, but small enough that he could easily carry it.

First you will need to cut off the arms and neck. Do not leave the seams on these parts. For the initial cut on the neck I cut right below the collar so I would have a thick enough strap left. I went back and cut the neck a bit deeper so the opening would be large enough.

beach bag with cutsObviously, these are not the cleanest cuts. I’m okay with this, but if you want it to look cleaner make sure you are using super sharp scissors.  Next, I sewed the areas where the seams meet at the shoulders and arm pits to reinforce them and keep them from unraveling. I don’t know how to use a sewing machine so I hand-stitched everything. Unfortunately, I don’t know the names of the types of stitches. You could easily sew the raw edges of the straps with a machine, or even by hand, but I didn’t care to do this since it will be used by a little boy at the beach. I’m okay with it being imperfect since it will probably only last this trip.

Place a few stitches where the seams meet

Place a few stitches where the seams meet

Next, I turned the shirt inside out and sewed up the bottom. I have no idea what kind of stitch this is. A cross-stitch maybe? It seemed like it would be strong enough to hold a little weight and withstand the washing machine.

beach bag bottom

Once I finished sewing I put the bag in the wash pile to make sure it would hold up. It worked. I didn’t have any unraveling.

All done! The edges of the straps curled up a bit, but that was all.

All done! The edges of the straps curled up a bit, but that was all.

I put a few toys in to make sure it would hold it and it was fine. I could fit a small bucket and some shovels in. I also put in a reusable produce bag I found at the Dollar Spot at Target. We’ll use it to collect seashells.

finished beach bag with toys

That’s it! An easy, cheap (or free) beach bag for your toddler!


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Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Oars before stripping

Buddy’s big boy room is a work in progress. I’m trying to use a lot of what we have or get most of it at the thrift store. I picked up a couple of small oars at my local Goodwill for $8 each. The ones used for this tutorial are bigger, and given to me by my uncle. They are a stained and have a layer of polyurethane. I had them sitting around for a bit because I knew I wanted  paint and stain part of the oar which meant I would have to strip off the polyurethane and stain. I hate doing that. I have yet to find a paint stripper that works and I just don’t have the patience for it. I used a regular paint stripper. I have used Citristrip before, and while I enjoy the low odor and fact that it doesn’t burn a hole in my skin, I just haven’t had much luck with it working well. It seems to work well for a lot of other people though. Please excuse the bad pictures. Most of this was done on cloudy days, in the garage, or at night.

Oars before stripping

Oars before stripping

If you are going to strip something, make sure you do it outside or in a well ventilated area. Wear gloves! I got some on my arm, and boy does it hurt. I didn’t really have this problem when I’ve used Citristrip in the past. Once you have the stripper on let it sit until it bubbles. Use a flat tool or scraper to scrape off the varnish or paint.

oars with stripper

Oars after having the stripper applied

I did have to sand the oars after this to get the remaining varnish that was left. I wasn’t able to get all of it off, but I knew I would paint and distress so it wouldn’t be that obvious. After sanding, I wiped the oars down, let them dry, then applied painters tape to the areas I wanted to be stained later.

Apply the tape to the areas you want stained later. If you don't want any natural wood showing, then skip this step.

Apply the tape to the areas you want stained later. If you don’t want any natural wood showing, then skip this step.

After that I spray painted the oars with white. I know this is not very eco-friendly, but it is the easiest and fastest way to get the oars painted. I painted the smaller paddles with acrylic paint and it took FOREVER to get the white thick enough. The spray paint is so much faster and easier to get this project done when you have a two year old. I use Krylon spray paint for nearly everything I spray. I have tried Rustoleum and don’t like the way it sprays. I think I get a wider range of coverage with Krylon and the consistency seems smoother. I did one thin coat of primer and 4 coats of flat white. I probably could have done 3, but I was in the garage (with the door up) and it was hard for me to see if it was covered completely. I let anything I’ve sprayed sit outside for 24 hours to off gas, and longer if I can. I think these were outside for 2 days and didn’t have any odor when I brought them inside for the next step.


I put more tape on the oars so I could mark off where I wanted to use the acrylic paint. I overlapped with some of the other tape so I would have a thin white part between the color acrylic paint and the stained part. I painted the oars with navy, red, and yellow. I pulled the tape off when the paint was still damp. I did have some bleed through, and some of the white paint came off with the tape. I didn’t mind either of these since I would be distressing them, but if you want clean lines I would try a higher quality painter’s tape.


Some of the white paint came off with the painter's tape.

Some of the white paint came off with the painter’s tape.

After they were painted I distressed the oars using sandpaper. I used a hammer to create dents on the smaller oars. I tried to distress in areas I though would naturally get beat up. I focused on the top at the handles and around the edges.

distress 1

distress 2

After distressing, I used a dark walnut stain to age the oars. I just did one coat. I used an old t-shirt to apply the stain and then immediately wiped it off. It left a light stain on the paint, but was dark enough to bring out the wood tones in the parts I left unpainted.

Side by side of oars before and after staining

Side by side of oars before and after staining

The stain can have a strong odor so I let them sit in the garage for a few days before bringing them in. I love how they turned out.

oars after

I love the variations in the wood that came out with the stain

I love the variations in the wood that came out with the stain


This project took me about 3 hours total, spread out over a few days. I only spend about $5 on the acrylic paint since I had everything else. Otherwise, the cost would vary based on where you found your oars. If you can find them at a thrift store, this project shouldn’t be more than $25. Ebay seems to have some large wooden oars for about $35. This was a fun, easy project and would be cute for summer decor. I will do a room reveal when Buddy’s big boy nautical room is done.

Check out some other cool projects over at Thrift Decor Chick’s blog:

Thrifty Decor Chick


When Life Hands You Lemons


Make lemonade. Or if not, go to the grocery, buy a bag and make it anyway. Buddy has lost interest in his almond milk and either wants water or juice. I only give him juice once a day because of the sugar(and the fact that it really isn’t good), but I figured he was probably getting tired of just having water all the time. I remembered a lemonade recipe I had and thought I would try that. I made it regularly in the past and remembered it being really good. All you need is a juicer, water, sugar, and lemons. It does use a good bit of sugar and I know that will discourage people from trying this. I figured it was still much better than the other junk that is marketed as a healthy drink for kids. I’m looking at you juice.

I have two different kinds of juicer. A hand-held and a cup with the juicer on top. Sorry, I don’t know the technical names for these. I tend to just make up names for things. Usually I just call it a “thingy”. So I prefer the juicer on top thingy. The hand held one is pretty hard to squeeze and doesn’t get out as much juice as the other.


I like to roll the lemons before cutting to soften them up and make them easier to juice. I also rinse them to get any dirt off so it doesn’t go into the juice. The recipe calls for 2/3 cup of lemon juice, but I usually double the recipe. One bag of lemons doesn’t make quite double the recipe, but I like the way it turns out. You can always add more lemon juice if you like it a little more tart. If you hand pick the lemons it’s usually easier to work with ones that are softer. After juicing I pour the lemon juice into a measuring cup with a strainer on top so I can get out any small seeds and thick pulp. I don’t like pulp in any juice so you can skip this step if you do and can get all the seeds out. I take the back of spoon and press on the pulp to make sure I get as much juice as possible.


I set aside the juice once I have as much as I need. You’ll take one cup of sugar and one cup of water and bring to a boil. This makes a simple syrup. Once it is ready it will be clear. Let cool.

The sugar water mixture will be clear when it is ready.

The sugar water mixture will be clear when it is ready.

Once it is cool combine your juice, simple syrup, and 3 cups of water. You’re done! It is sooo good, doesn’t taste artificial, and is extremely easy!


Simple Lemonade

1cup sugar

4 cups water

2/3 cup lemon

Combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil. Let cool. Juice lemons. Add sugar water mixture, lemon juice, and remaining 3 cups water. Enjoy!

Fun New Ways to Use Buttons

Our friends at have found several blog posts on how to reuse buttons you have laying around . Check it out and maybe you’ll find a fun craft to do with the kids!

18 Blogs with Creative Uses for Buttons

I especially like the DIY button monogram and recycled button artwork. The DIY monograms could be fun for older kids to make for their rooms. Have fun!

Earth Day 2013

Happy Earth Day!

Check out our Holiday Pinterest board for some fun ways to celebrate Earth Day with your kids.

Holiday Pinterest Board

You can also watch this short video on recyling from Sid the Science Kid on PBS. Our little one enjoyed it.

Sid the Science Kid: Recycling!

Have a good one!

Use What You’ve Got

box supplies

We recently redid the shelving in our laundry closet in an attempt to create more space and organize. When we bought the house all the closets had the standard builder grade wire shelving. Hate that stuff! I’ve seen many people use peel and stick tile over them, or slim boards to solve the problems that come with wire shelving. We are slowly but surely replacing them with wood. It’s a bit more permanent but we spend time working out the configurations that work for us, and my husband does it himself. We’ve gotten the pantry done, just finished the laundry closet, and will do Buddy’s big boy room next. To help with our laundry closet organization I figured I needed some boxes to help keep all the smaller stuff contained. We’re on a budget so I thought I would use what I had myself. Enter basic cardboard boxes, paper bags, and Mod Podge. I did this the first time with a shoe box and used a big flimsier box for the example below. First you need to gather your supplies. A box, paper bag, Mod Podge, and brush. I tried to cut out pieces of the bags with the least lines. I put what remained in the recycle bin.

box supplies

You will want to cut four pieces from the bag. One for each side. Cut them slightly bigger than the side so you will have some overlapping. I did about 1/2 inch. Then, apply Mod Podge to the first side and completely cover it with the Mod Podge. Once you have gotten it on and smoothed out as much as possible, you will make a diagonal cut from the corner of the paper to the edge of the box. Then make a straight cut, parallel to the side of the box so that the straight cut will be at the bottom and top of the box, not the side.  It should look like this, making a small triangle cut-out.

 triangle cut-out

Next, you will put Mod Podge on the overlapping edges with the straight cut, and smooth the paper down. You should be left with the overlapping edges that are cut at an angle, like this.

angle edge

You will then apply Mod Podge to those pieces and smooth down the overlapping edge which should cover up the rough edge of the other piece. The bottom will look like this.


You are done! I put dish towels in the box and have one other that I use for small pet accessories. The first box turned out better. It was a sturdier shoe box and was just cardboard. The one use for the example above wasn’t as thick and had some packing tape on it which I think caused more wrinkles. The shoe box was really smooth except for the creases from the bag. Overall, I’m happy with the way it turned out considering I didn’t spend any money and they won’t be seen by anyone but us.  You could also use some cute scrap book or wrapping paper if you wanted something a little more decorative to put out.

dish towels


Our Experience with Torticollis-Part 3

At 2 years old and 7 months post surgery

We took a couple of weeks to make the decision about surgery. We were so confused.  His tilt was much better since he started walking, but he was still slouching and tilting when he was laying down.  There was some obvious facial asymmetry that most likely wouldn’t be corrected without surgery. Even with all that I had a hard time justifying it since it wasn’t absolutely necessary. We had started just seeing the PT and OT every other week since there wasn’t much else we could do therapy wise. We finally decided to go ahead with surgery. The fact that he was still slouching and tilting while laying down was telling me there was still a problem. I was also concerned with him being picked on as he got older if  his face continued to get worse. We called to schedule the surgery. We would need another consult since it had been about 3 months since the initial visit. That was kind of a pain since it was a two hour drive, but we just dealt with it. We scheduled the surgery for August 2012 when he would be 18 months old.

The next couple of months were nerve wracking, just waiting for the date to come around. I kept going back and forth about whether or not to do it. I just felt bad about doing something that wasn’t an absolute. I wouldn’t have doubted myself if the tilt was still really bad, but it wasn’t anymore. I just couldn’t shake the feeling there was still something wrong though. We were also afraid we might regret not doing it. We knew if we went ahead, and there was still a problem in the future, that we had done everything we possibly could.

The morning of surgery came around. We left very early to make his 10am surgery time. The check-in process was really fast fortunately. He was taken back and had his blood pressure checked and all that good stuff. They took us to a small room with a hospital bed, chairs, toys, and a basketball hoop. They let him pick out a toy from a toy chest that actually had some really nice stuff. The anesthesiologist came and spoke with us. She let us know that I could take him back. He would be under for about 30 minutes and bring him back to us immediately after so we could be with him as he woke up. The surgeon came in and just went over the procedure. The only real risk is that there is a nerve that runs into the shoulder. If that was damaged he might not be able to lift his shoulder up, but he said they rarely even see that nerve during the surgery. We waited another 15 minutes or so, then they came to get us. I carried him back to the operating room and laid him on the table.  I held his hand as they put him under and told him I loved him and I would be waiting when he woke up. One of the men in there told me at some point that he couldn’t hear me anymore. I really wanted to punch him and tell him a few not nice things, but I just said, “I don’t care.” I wanted my voice to be the last one he heard.  Maybe that was an over reaction, but I felt the comment was really insensitive. Obviously a mother of a small child is going to be freaking out over her baby having surgery.

A very nice nurse took me back to the room and tried to have a little conversation with me, I’m sure to try to keep my mind off what was happening. She said he was a very observant boy and seemed to know what was going on. I agreed and told her he’d been like that since he was really small. She commented on how he didn’t seem scared, and he really didn’t. Once I got back to the room I let the tears go and my husband tried to reassure me and tell me that it wouldn’t be long. They came and got us after 15 minutes and took us to the recovery room. We waited another 15 minutes and he finally was brought back to us. It had only been about 30 minutes, as promised. Buddy had started to wake up but was pretty out of it. They got me some pillows to put in the chair with me so I could hold him. We turned on a tv so he could watch Nick Jr., but he had no idea what was going on. He was very groggy and really fussy, but didn’t really have the energy to cry. We waited in there for about an hour and a half. The nurse went over some care instructions and we were able to go home. He was wearing a soft neck brace that he would have to wear for 2 weeks all day, then 2 more weeks at bedtime. We were to follow up in 2 months.

The two hour drive was uneventful and he slept most of the way. He was fairly awake when we got home. My parents were there to help out since we had been up since 5 am. It was a good thing since he was pretty much back to himself by 5pm. He was still a little loopy, but was more than happy to play and see his Nene and Papa. I was so relieved that he didn’t seem to care and didn’t seem to mind the neck brace. I did give him the prescribed Tylenol for a few days. By the next day you couldn’t tell anything had happened. He was completely back to himself.

At 2 years old and 7 months post surgery

At 2 years old and 7 months post surgery

Over the next few weeks we noticed some small changes. He was using his upper body A LOT more. Before surgery he loved to dance, but would mostly just bounce and move his legs. After surgery he was swinging his arms and using his whole body. He was no longer tilting when he laid down. He did slouch for a while, but as his upper body strength improved that went away also. We went back to PT and OT once a week for a couple of months. He was dismissed from PT at this point since he had greatly improved. We had a 2 year check up for OT and he met all the goals set and exceeded some of them.  The little bit of tilt that was left was gone after a couple of months. Even though his tilt was only minor by the time we did surgery I’m so, so glad we did it. I feel the small changes that happened because of surgery made a big difference overall. I think had we not done it we would have had some bigger issues down the road and been back in PT and OT in a few years. He is still not very strong in his torso, but it isn’t too bad. He does have some weakness in his arms and hands, but the OT said that will probably remedy itself with some exercises at home.  His facial asymmetry already seems to be improving, but I think it will take another few years to fully resolve, if it ever does. He had a small one inch scar from surgery which is now almost completely gone.  He does occasionally tilt when he is tired or sick, but it goes away very quickly.

Dealing with torticollis and the decisions that came with it was not something I want to go through again, but I’m still very grateful that it was the only health problem we’ve had with him. I have scoliosis and wonder if that might have contributed to him having it, but I guess we will see what happens when we have another. Even if we go through it again I at least have some exercises to begin immediately and know that it is very manageable.

Our Experience with Torticollis-Part 2

Buddy at 9 months old and after 5 months of pt.

Soon after the second scan we began seeing an occupational therapist. She was trained in craniosacral therapy, which involves lightly manipulating the bones and tissue in the skull, spine, and pelvis. From what I can tell this is usually done by a chiropractor. There isn’t really any evidence that I could find supporting this treatment, but other parents seemed to think it helped. I didn’t think it would hurt. She also worked with him on improving torso strength. He was extremely weak throughout his trunk. She determined he was slightly behind in some motor skills, but nothing major. He really started disliking PT and OT around this time and would frequently cry through the whole session. He was about 9 months old. I think it was a combination of being touched so much, being close to nap time, and teething. They started taking him back without us because he calmed down after a few minutes if we weren’t there to distract him. The OT gave us a compression vest to borrow after a couple of months.It’s normally used for children with autism and sensory processing disorders. Nick does not have any sensory issues, but she felt it would help him stay aligned and get a feeling of what it was like to sit up straight. The torticollis coupled with a weak torso cause him to slouch to the left when he was sitting. We tried it for a few weeks. He looked much better while wearing it, but went right back to the tilt and slouch when it was off.  He didn’t mind wearing it though, and actually seemed to enjoy it.

Buddy at  9 months and after 5 months of PT

Buddy at 9 months and after 5 months of PT

We switched to a new PT soon after starting OT. The first PT was going to be at the hospital exclusively. I also thought it might be good to get a fresh perspective after more than six months of PT with little progress. The new PT was a great change. While I liked the first, the new one seemed a bit more aggressive and hands on. We discussed a torticollis collar for Buddy but we all felt it wouldn’t work for him. The PT hadn’t personally seen much of a benefit from it and we didn’t think the collar would suit his personality After a couple of months with the new PT he suggested a neck x-ray just to make sure there wasn’t anything wrong with the bone structure. We still weren’t seeing much progress at this point and just wanted to make sure. He also wanted us to start considering surgery if the x-ray came back clear. He was a year old at this point. I had already been thinking about it knowing that he wasn’t making much progress. It was still scary to think about though and know that it was a real possibility now.

Our pediatrician ordered the neck x-ray for us and it took a couple days to get the results. The x-ray came back and showed that there was subluxation of the C2 and C3. I was dumb and googled. This was a very bad idea and turned up some very scary results. This information really scared me and resulted in a panic attack that night. After I accepted that there could be a real problem I was able to go into “fix it mode”.  We were referred to a pediatric neurosurgeon. It took a month to see him. Unfortunately, there is only one pediatric neurosurgeon in our area which resulted in an hour and a half wait in the lobby. He was very pleasant and told us that he doubted it was anything serious and was just a result of Buddy’s head being tilted for so long. He said we could do a CT scan to double check and left it up to us. We asked him about surgery. He had very negative feelings about it and thought it was just a bunch of plastic surgeons out to get money. We would probably need a CT scan though if it was something we wanted to do. We left figuring surgery was off the table. We set up a CT scan for peace of mind. If he truly had a problem with these vertebrae it could be very serious.

In the couple of months that it took to see the doctor and have a CT, Buddy began walking. He was 14 months. This significantly improved the tilt. It was still obvious when he was sitting but not too bad when standing and walking. The PT still wanted us to think about surgery since it was still pretty persistent. We debated back and forth. He was doing so much better, but not “normal” yet. What harm could a consult do? We figured we would go to have a consult. It was a two hour drive, but we wanted to do it for peace of mind. The appointment was only a few minutes. The doctor felt his neck and thought he was a good candidate (of course, easy money). He would cut the tight muscles and release them. He explained that the muscles were like rope and can only be pulled so far. The procedure would only take about 30 minutes and he would wear a soft neck brace for two weeks. Easy. He would need to continue PT for a while, but should have a lot of improvement. Buddy had some pictures take as he had developed some facial asymmetry at this point. It was a relatively easy appointment.

The day of the scan was pretty eventful. He was not allowed to eat or drink all day. We tried the scan first without sedation but it was a no go. He then had to have an IV put in for the sedation which was quite unpleasant for everyone and upsetting for me. I can’t remember what they gave him but he was out immediately. We were allowed to be with him for the CT. It only took a few minutes and he woke up 10 minutes later. Once he drank something we were allowed to go. They told us he would probably be woozy and wouldn’t want to eat. We headed to the hospital food court where he proceeded to eat a lot. He also wanted to run around. Nothing slows that boy down. We left for the appointment at the neurosurgeon’s office where we got the good news that everything was ok. The subluxation was due to the prolonged tilting and would resolve once he could hold his head straight.Now we just had to decide if we wanted to go forward with surgery. We continued PT for a couple months and didn’t see much progress after the initial improvement once he began walking. The PT let us know he thought he had gone about as far as he could go with PT and OT alone, and we should decide whether or not to do surgery. We really needed to make a decision.