Where I Should Write an Actual Post

. . .but instead I’ll just update you on Charlie’s progress.

This week Charlie has taken a vested interest in his toes–he wants to grab them and eat them. He can’t actually get them in his mouth, but if we help him a little he can manage it. All the therapists are saying, “important developmental milestone!” Months behind schedule, but whatever!

He has fully abandoned prop sitting. Prop sitting is so three months ago. He wants to play, and a boy can’t play if he’s holding himself up. It’s good and bad: his trunk strength is improving by leaps and bounds, but there’s no way to measure it–we just know. He could play with his Mozart music cube for as long as I’m willing to help him. He just loves to sit there whapping it, and sometimes if you take your hands away, he’ll play with it for a little while before he notices and falls over.

His PT and OT want to introduce Theratogs to get him to independent sitting. The OT said that she knows he’ll sit and it’s only a matter of time. She also talked about his potential, which makes any momma smile.

He teacher called him smart. Did you hear that? My boy. Smart. I felt like Violet from Willy Wonka. I am a swelled up balloon that could bust with the joy and happiness that statement brings me. Granted, his teacher works with impaired kids all day long, but it’s so nice to hear someone say good things about your child–it isn’t an everyday occurence around here.

His OT has moved on to putting him into crawling and walking positions. He looked good in both and he actually took a step of his own volition.

He’s becoming semi-mobile. No longer can I leave my child unattended on beds, sofas, and changing tables. Actual vigilance must be used. I’m like a real parent or something. Anyway, what I mean to say is that through a scrunching/semi-roll the kid is wiggling all over the place.

He grabbed something with his right hand. More specifically, he grabbed a yellow block with his right hand. He might have been going for his toes, but he made contact with and and grabbed a yellow block. Previously, his right hand has been good for propping and not much else. This is progress.

He is completely done with signing “more.” He was actually giving his speech therapist looks like she was crazy. I’m not sure what is going on there exactly, but I’m sure we’ll work in out. . . I suspect he’s inherited my attitude.

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  1. Elizabeth says:

    I humbly request the most adorable picture of Charlie grabbing at his toes and gobbling them up. :)

    We all love updates on Charlie’s progress. I only wish I could give you (and Charlie!) a high five.

    You’re turning violet, Violet! 😉

  2. I love Charlie updates too. Way to go Charlie!

  3. Antonella says:

    I’m so happy that Charlie is making so much progress! He is signing more???? Dante just started signing more, but not for more, for him it means, “I want food or milk.”

    You’ll have fun here in NYC. You should take Charlie to Central Park and the Central Park Zoo….I’m not sure if he’ll appreciate it yet, I know that Dante only appreciates it when he feels like it, but it’ll be fun for you.

    I always try to plan way ahead of time. September’s not that far away…I’m already thinking about what I’m gonna to this Christmas!

  4. Go Charlie!! I love hearing about his progress, I know I keep saying it but he’s so lucky to have you to make sure he’s the best that he can be!

  5. blairspage says:

    I’m SO glad to hear how well Charlie is doing and improving! That is wonderful!!!!

    I agree with Elizabeth about giving you a big high five! :)

    I just updated and am going to update the other blog site with more pics… only because it’s faster than blogspot!

    Hugs – Tiffany

  6. therextras says:

    I’ll be watching to read what you think of the Theratogs. Starting them in summer in LA could be challenging, but if you can get the hang of them before fall – the real difference is in wearing ’em, daily.

  7. What a boy! I love your updates! You have grown so much as a mom! You know that? You really make me smile, almost as much as Charlie!

  8. Barbara says:

    I always love reading about updates. Charlie’s doing some great stuff! I too would love a picture of him grabbing his toes! Well done mommy & Charlie!!

  9. Awesome progress! Yay for Charlie!

  10. Nathan Charlan says:

    Wow! Thank you so much for your comments to my blog. Going through your posts, I find that you are absolutely correct – we do seem to be experiencing a parallel journey with our children! Praise God for all of Charlie’s milestones he’s reaching. That is amazing! Zachary is so similar in many regards – his left side is actually more affected than his right.

    He has a Mozart cube too and loves it. Still playing on his back mostly, though we try to do the prop sitting with him as often as possible. And we try and try with the signing, but the hypertonic muscle control doesn’t allow for much fine motor control to sign.

    We’re finding silly things that make him laugh – like sniffing his feet and saying “Pew!” and clucking with our tongue. It’s such a joy and a struggle at the same time. Always questioning: Are we doing enough for him? Are we working with him enough? Is there anything else we can possibly do?

    Thanks for connecting. I will definitely keep checking back.

  11. I too love to hear about Charlie’s progress. Just think… your personal cheerleaders!