Monday, September 14, 2009

From Combat Crawling to First Steps!

As of two months ago, Isaiah was still combat crawling. Then, one day we took him to a local pool and he didn't like how it felt to combat crawl on the grass with no shirt. So, he popped up onto all fours and started crawling back to the pool - he is obsessed with swimming. We were totally astounded...after months of work, he just popped up and did it. And then, he pretty much never went back to the combat crawl.

The best thing - about four feet into this crawling - he looked back over his shoulder and gave us this huge "I'm so proud of myself" grin. We immediately started cheering and whooping and clapping, not stopping despite the odd looks we were getting from the many parents who stared not knowing how much work had gone into that moment or how proud we were of Isaiah's perseverance. Isaiah has a diagnosis of right hemiplegia and schizencephaly.

Over the past month, Isaiah has been standing independently and taking 3-4 steps before getting down to crawl. This morning when I dropped him off at daycare, I put him down in the middle of the floor and he walked about 10 feet before getting down. And, about halfway through he gave me that same over the shoulder look of being so proud of himself, and I cheered. The big difference was that this time his teachers joined in and the other kids of course were mimicking us, and the teachers knew how big this was for him and exactly how much work has gone into it. It was amazing! And, I felt so thankful to be able to share that moment with his teachers who are so supportive of him day in and day out. When he dropped to his bum, he joined in the clapping! ~ Isaiah's mom

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