I think Lisa coined the term inchstones on her blog. An inchstone is one of those tiny steps that your special needs child takes on the way to a major milestone.

Charlie had two inchstones yesterday.

Yesterday, for the first time ever, at eighteen months of age, Charlie sat in a shopping cart. I had a padded cover on it and he managed the entire time I cruised around Lowe’s. He did have to keep a hand down for support and balance, but this is such a big thing for us. I MAY be able to switch us over to an umbrella stroller now.

Also, yesterday, Charlie sat with no hands down for about five seconds. His physical therapist was strapping him into his theratogs and he was playing with two rings in his hand and he just sat up playing with them–no hands down.

My boy is doing well.

In other news, I suspect that Charlie is allergic to milk. Since we started ABR, he stopped refluxing almost completely. After a while I noticed that he mostly just spits up his bottle. This started when he was about nine months. I spoke to another mom whose child has a milk allergy and she said that it also showed up at about nine months. We’ve had three days without milk and we’ve had three days without spit up. Today, we tried Lactaid milk and that seemed to stay down. I guess I need to schedule an appointment with our pediatrician to see what he thinks.

Also, my new, super-duper awesome scanner has shown up and I have scanned in some of my paintings. I love, love, love this scanner and owning it is going to enable me to make prints of my paintings. Here’s one of the two paintings I posted before; this time I scanned it in and you can see how much better it shows up.
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  1. Aren’t those inchstones great? I love making note of them because in my house they are such a big thing!! Its the little things that count! Great Job!

  2. Inchstones… I would call sitting unassisted, esp. without balancing with his hands, MILESTONES if I have ever seen one (no matter for how short a period of time).

    Yea Charlie!!

    And that scanner is cool. You can see the artwork in such better detail.

  3. WTG Charlie!

    drake doesn’t ride in the shopping cart and i am waiting for that to happen. right now, i have lucy in the cart and drake in the baby bjorn. mind you he is 23 lbs, so i am looking forward to the day when it’s drake in the cart and lucy in the bjorn (since she’s a petite 16 lbs!)

  4. Aw man and I was trying to take all the credit for inchstones:

    Hehehe…but like Erin, I would say, sounds like a MILESTONE to me. I would pass out if Nathan sat up in a shopping cart.

    Way to go Charlie!

  5. Small Town Girl says:

    I’m so excited for you to be doing stuff with your business. :)

    By the way, I noticed that the Best Western here had open swim on their sign when I drove by yesterday. I don’t know if you have that chain down there or if there’s one close, but that’s something to look into. I thought of you when I saw it.

  6. blairspage says:

    Awesome news girl! I love the artwork!

    Hugs – Tiffany

  7. that’s huge! i would definitely classify those as milestones–charlie is making such progress, i actually clapped and did a little cheer as I read this post.

    the scanner is great–big difference between the scanned painting and the picture of it.

    i have gotten the e-mails but i keep getting distracted whenever i try to respond–but i will soon.

  8. White Hot Magik says:

    Sound bigger than an inch to me! I guess I missed that first post and I am in awe of your organization. I make charts but don’t keep up with them.
    I was trying to get the pic to enlarge to read the words but couldn’t. Bummer.

  9. Gina (Mannyed) says:

    inchstone…that’s a great word! I’m glad Charlie is collecting those inchstones!

  10. OK, one, cool painting. And two, GO CHARLIE!!! “Inchstone” is such the perfect description although I have to agree, sitting unassisted seems milestone-ish! Aren’t you so on a high? I have been in the best mood since Max started feeding himself.

  11. Oops, sorry, spacey tonight. Max had a milk allergy when he was little, we knew because of the famous day I decided to try him on cottage cheese and then go for a long car ride! Genius! Anyway, he grew out of it. Hopefully Charlie doesn’t have it but if he does, it’s not a big thing to deal with. What would we know about big things to deal with, anyway? :)

  12. Inchstones … Love that! I can’t imagine how proud you must be of Charlie … He continues to amaze me so much. How exciting for him and for you / the husband … Keep celebrating those inchstones! :)

    By the way, Haz Bien has been replaced with a new blog! You should come check it out! :)

  13. Yay for inchstones! Yay for Charlie. What an amazing kid you have there.