Progress and Stuff

Charlie and I have had head colds this week, so I’ll use that to explain why I haven’t been posting. Truthfully, I feel pulled in a lot of directions and it’s hard to organize my brain enough to put together a meaningful post.

Charlie is making some progress and I thought it was worth noting. Charlie is drinking from a sippy cup by himself (on occasion). He’s understood the concept for a while, but hasn’t been strong enough until recently. Feeding is going well. He’s been eating two full meals and either a snack or a third meal every day. It’s getting to the point where he complains if we’re all at the table and he’s not getting something to eat. He’s also getting more than twelve ounces of liquid every day. He hates to drink, but we’re getting pretty close to twenty ounces on some days. He’s chubbing up nicely and my back is sore as a result.

We continue to work on the commando crawling. He’s getting better at it, but he does seem to drift to one side–I’m assuming that this is because one side is tighter than the other. The most exciting part is that he seems to be needing less and less input from me to go–hopefully, he’ll be going without me one day.

Supposedly we have a new speech therapist and I’m just waiting for her to call. I hope this is a good fit for us because I HATED the idea of “firing” the other girl.

We’ve started doing “math” with Charlie and he really enjoys it. I enjoy it too since math is always easiest to plan for. I have lessons plans plotted out from now til the end of the year.

The final bit of news is that I think that Charlie is ready to begin learning how to walk. My family was pretty incredulous at this–how can a child learn to walk when they can’t crawl? The thing is, when your child has a host of issues, you need to begin early and not necessarily after the completion of the last developmental stage. I am hoping that ABR will improve things, but I can already see that his right arm may inhibit true crawling. Anyway, they make walkers that have little sling seats and I think that something like this might be the key to getting Charlie up. He loves to stand with his Daddy and he’s pretty good at holding himself up with his arms. I’d love it if we had a place around here that had a treadmill and an overhead support system, but I’m not sure they exist in my area.

So. . . that’s what we’ve been up to.

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  1. Sounds like Charlie has been busy (you too!). Could you e-mail me what you’re doing math-wise with him? You peaked my interest and I’m wondering if it is something that would work with Emmaline. Hope you’re feeling better soon!

  2. Small Town Girl says:

    Glad you hear you guys are doing well, even if you do have head colds. I had a pretty severe cold last week and it’s still lingering with the snottiness and coughing but hopefully it’s gone soon.

  3. You are such a great momma! I’m sorry you two have been sick and hope that you are both well soon. My friends daughter went right from sitting to walking never even crawled. So I think your right on track sister!! Take care ttfn

  4. Hope you both feel better soon! I can’t wait to see video of Charlie walking 😉

  5. That is A LOT going on. And head colds on top of it. Hope you’re feeling better soon.

  6. Hey have you ever seen the litegait system? It is kind of like the picture of the kaye walker you have but it can be used as a walker, as a crawler and to help with gait training on a treadmill. Just thought I’d throw that out there for you. If you need more information on it you know where to find me.

    I, like Jen would also like to know what you’re doing math wise with Charlie.

  7. Litegait were the first and do research, but either can be useful and helpful. I’m glad Melanie mentioned it. It’s late, and I’m not taking the time to sign-in. nite.

  8. Nadine Hightower says:

    You might be right about walkin’ and crawlin’…He may just take right off walkin’.

    You just watch!!


  9. Since our kids love to keep us on our toes — it totally makes sense that they work on things to come down the line RIGHT NOW! lol

    I think the walking, standing, crawling, sitting, rolling, etc. all mean so much but Jack could belly crawl before he could get into a sitting position…he learned to use his walker before he learned to pull to stand. I call those the transitional movements — he always had a harder time with those…and still continues to improve upon them (for example learning to climb on to the couch at 5 years old)…

    I hope this helps a little! I can’t wait to see more Charlie pics — hope you all feel better soon!

  10. You guys have been busy for sure but I always like hearing about what’s going on with Charlie.

    Bennett took a long time to crawl. Just when we had pretty much given up and decided to focus more on the walker, he took off. It’s amazing that sometimes, something just seems to click and they get it.

  11. Wow! Good luck with the walking! that would be great for him!

  12. go charlie, go! it sure looks like you are a pretty busy pair these days.

    feel better soon!