“If he doesn’t sit up in a few months, we’ll need to look further into why he isn’t developing.”
This was the thought running through Toni Barnes’s head one afternoon as she played on the couch with her three-month-old grandson, Amari.
Born in the fall of 2010, Amari Elijah Barnes made his entry into the world safely and without incidence. But Eli, as his grandmother lovingly called him, didn’t seem to be progressing in the typical ways Toni was used to seeing from her grandkids. As she cradled him in her arms or fed him his bottle, she couldn’t shake the feeling that something was off. “But you’re my Eli,” she whispered to him. “And I’ll always take care of you.”