Little Bits

Sometimes it’s hard to see how far your child has come when you can see how far they still have to go. Sometimes it’s good to take a step back and celebrate where things are.

So where are we today? On Saturday Charlie will be twenty months old. This is both terrifying and amazing. There was a lot of question as to whether or not he would make it past his first week, so to see him travel so far and to thrive is is s wonderful thing. I try not to forget that.

So I looked around and tried to get a feel for the kinds of things a typical kid can do. Many, many of the milestone charts are geared towards gross motor skills, which is not our best area. When I try to find more than that then I find that Charlie is not SO terribly behind. He can’t talk, but he seems to understand. He learns daily. He attempts to feed himself with a spoon and we are teaching him to drink from a cup using an independence cup:

He uses the top one. He also drinks from the faucet, which he finds completely delightful. He figures out how things work with a quickness that amazes me. He’ll give you a kiss if you ask, but you can’t complain if it’s a little slimy. He shows people preferences and recognizes voices on the phone.
He’s making some new advances as well that I’m thrilled about. In his walker, he usually just stands there. Now days he manages to make it move. He’s still not taking independent steps, but he’s starting to figure it out.

I’m excited to report that the Feldenkrais seems to be having a positive effect. I realize that I was conflicted because of the amount of energy it takes to go to sessions. Our practitioner is wonderful and she loves Charlie so much. He definitely seems to be developing a better awareness of his legs. I haven’t said ONE WORD to his regular physical therapist about the Feldenkrais because I already feel like a bit of a loon with the whole ABR thing. Well, on Wednesday she said, “these last few weeks he’s really been doing a great job with his legs.” He pulled one up to attempt to half-kneel and he also has begun moving them a little while he’s commando crawling. These are small things, but they are changes.
I the most exciting thing has been a overall increase in babbling. Yesterday he said, “Aggie,” which in my sleepy haze sounded like Daddy. This morning he said “amma,” which he has said once before, but it’s been quite a while.

So, we’re chugging along. . . slowly but surely.
I’ll leave you with a video I took. In this video, Charlie has found a glass of ice that I accidentaly left on the floor of his room. He’s pushing it along and laughing at the sound it makes when it bumps into things. SO cute. Also, you’ll se a little of those leg movements I was talking about.

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  1. therextras says:

    “Little” bits is an understatement. Charlie is on target for much more. So long as you keep up all those (not) ‘loony’ things you do with him.

    He looks great!

    So how about celebrating – with some enchiladas, or gumbo?!

    (spicy food lover) Barbara

  2. Gina (Mannyed) says:

    Those little things will add up to many, many big things! I love Charlie pictures, he’s so adorable!

  3. He is turning into such a big boy since I have started reading your blog. Wow!

    He always looks so happy and cheerful too! I love seeing pictures of his smiling face.

  4. Nadine Hightower says:

    I can’t see the video…my pc is whacked out.

    But I know that the odd things you try do help Charlie. I don’t mean Odd in a bad way but a different thing to do….it’s like going to the gym. I feel fab riding the bicycle but I can not do the elliptical…it works different muscles that I don’t use or haven’t toned up. And that’s what Charlie needs. A change up in the routine. To use different parts of his body…The ABR and FReddy thing…it’s working.

    Go Charlie Go!!

  5. Katy, It sounds like he is doing really well! I don’t think this is “little bits” of progress; it sounds pretty substantial to me! I am particularly excited to hear that some of your alternative therapies are working. Charlie is so lucky to have you as parents!

  6. What a happy, happy laugh! Loved the video.

  7. White Hot Magik says:

    Hey, Charlie just be a NM aggie not a Texas one okay?

  8. therextras says:

    WHOOAA! If we’re gonna start talking college for Charlie, I’m gonna have to bring-out the big guns!

    That FINE institution in Texas should definitely be considered for Charlie!

  9. I just laughed right along with Charlie! Love that giggle.

    He is doing really, really well! The way his legs were moving in that video? Well, that looks like what Max was doing before he went from commando crawling to a quadriped crawl!!! He will be up and around before you know it, I’ll bet you anything!

    Max had that same exact cup!

    And, I am no expert, but those are very encouraging babbling sounds.

    Charlie is doing amazingly well!

  10. Oh that giggle! I am IN LOVE with your lil man!! He reminds me so much of Jack at that age with the belly crawling and giggling! I am so happy to read about all of the changes! I often find myself looking ahead instead of where we are or where we just came from. I love taking stock of the “inchstones”

    Way to go Charlie!! Please, tell your momma to post more giggly Charlie videos. They are the BEST!!

  11. This is all so wonderful! it makes me tear up little, in a happy way of course. Keep us posted as we continue to cheer for Charlie!

  12. You’re so right about taking a step back every once in a while. Charlie is doing so many wonderful things. It’s amazing how far he’s come in the time I’ve been reading your blog. I’m always so impressed and amazed at how much you do with him – he’s a lucky boy to have such a determined mommy and you’re a lucky mommy to have such a wonderful and amazing little boy!

  13. Go, Charlie! Woot!!

    So funny — I trained in massage and was thinking about Feldenkrais the other day and thinking that I should be looking into it. ($ being no object, of course. Snort.) Q had a great visit with a visiting OT who made him loose like a noodle and then sit TALL and hold his feet FLAT on the FLOOR… Sigh. I just always feel like I should be doing more and more, and ya know how that goes.

    Anyhoo. Charlie looks awesome. Love that walker. :oD