So…. I’ve gotten so much positive feedback from this here little blog of mine! Since sharing the site on my Facebook page about 24 hours ago, I’ve received almost 700 page views, some coming from as far away as Italy and France! I will NEVER doubt the power of social media… it is amazing! I’ve taken time to read, re-read and internalize every comment and private message. With each comment my heart gets a little bigger, I walk a little taller, and I look at my two boys and know that so many people out there are cheering them on! So, that being said… thank you.
This morning Caleb had his second visit from the physical therapist. She is a wonderful woman, who happens to have 40 (yes, 40) years of experience! She’s very grandmotherly and has a way of talking and holding Caleb that calms him down and gets his attention immediately. She hums little songs and moves his limbs to the beat, so he thinks it’s a fun game and in actuality, she’s working on relaxing his muscle tone. We worked on a big stability ball to teach him how to use his core in an effort to sit upright. The therapist is just so encouraging and pointing out lots of little things that give us hope. “See how well he reaches both hands outward?” “Look how good he chews and swallows, he should have no problem feeding himself in the future.” She studies the way Caleb moves and picks up on things that I don’t think twice about.
At our first session, she laid out some skills that she hopes Caleb will have mastered in 6 months time. These include rolling both ways, sitting on his own and army crawling. I like to think that she’s not setting us up for failure and since she’s worked with lots of kids in her 40 years of experience she must see qualities in Caleb that cause her to believe these goals can be met.
When these goals were first outlined I got a little misty-eyed as she spoke because I visualized the day both boys would be sitting and playing next to each other without Caleb having to rely on his little seat. And don’t think for a second I won’t be right there too, with cameras/recording devices in hand!