The Little Things

There are certain milestones that gets nearly every parent excited. Like this one:

I could watch that video all day long.  That sweet voice and I love how he puts his hands over his face when I show my excitement.  Even better, when I do replay it (over and over and over) he says, “mama”

But sometimes, the little things mean just as much.  Like this:

truckThere is so much in this picture that makes me proud of Owen.

  • Look at the way he’s sitting.  Stretching across those belly scars that prevented him from sitting independently before he was 21 months old.
  • He’s using the toy appropriately.  It’s not in his mouth.  He’s not solely focused on the buttons that make noises and lights flash.  He’s pushing the truck forward, like a real truck would drive forward.
  • Speaking of those buttons, that he does occasionally push.  They are tiny.  To make them work, Owen has to point one isolated finger to softly jab the buttons.  You can’t see it in this picture, but that is some beautiful fine motor achievement, Little Boy!
  • He’s playing independently.  I did not pull the toy out and initiate the play or show him how to use a truck.  Owen found the truck and started playing by himself and decided for himself what the appropriate use of the truck was.
  • When I did sit down to take this sweet picture, Owen pushed the truck towards me.  He was initiating that I play with him.  He can play alone, which is important for his independence, however, he also has social desires to play with someone else when there is the opportunity.

I will watch the “mama” video 100 times with a huge, proud smile on my face, and I have the same pride when I see this picture of a little boy playing with his truck.  These, seemingly, small milestones, are just as important because they are the foundation of the next big thing to come.

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Owen’s Amazing Week

I’m not really sure where to begin. It’s as if Owen’s turning 15 months actual last week caused this transition from passively amused observer to active participant in the world around him. The only thing a little disappointing is that I have no good quality photos and videos, so bear with what is here to see and help me celebrate Owen’s amazing week.

Owen achieved each of these milestones in a span of ten days.

Imitating sounds and using repeated consonant sounds: Owen and I had just picked Kellen up from school. Owen got a little fussy so Kellen and I started making his favorite sound, “Owen, Ba Ba Booom”. Kellen reported after the first, that Owen started smiling. After a few times, we stopped and then I hear, clear as day, “Ba Ba Ba”. Kellen and I started cheering and Owen did it again!

Clapping his hands and doing it Interactively: A couple weeks ago, as I was writing a post, I reported that Owen was clapping his hands together for the first time. At that point, it was physically the act of putting two open hands together. By early last week he was doing it in a social context. He claps to “Clap, Clap, Clap”, “Yeah”, or “Patty Cake”. Last week when his Early Intervention teachers were visiting, Barb was smiling at him and saying, “good job, Owen” and he started clapping with excitement. Here’s a 7 second video of him clapping for me last week.

Up on all Fours and Rocking: Last week, I reported that Owen was just starting to come up on his arms or legs, but was still working on getting them both together. By Thursday he was up on all fours and by Saturday he was staying up for 30-60 seconds and rocking. With assistance, he will raise one hand at a time and has made some tiny scoots backwards. He is really interested in moving, he practices and practices all day and night. Sunday/Monday night his monitor started alarming at 2:30 AM because it couldn’t get a reading. I went in to check if it came off his foot and there is Owen facing the foot end of the bed on all fours and rocking. It’s time to move the crib down.  Blurry picture alert, but here is an image of him this weekend when he was still using his forearms.  As of the last couple days he’s using his hands, not his forearms.

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Standing Against the Couch:  This one shocked me a little – We were playing at his Leap Frog table on Saturday and he was really close to standing against it without my help but couldn’t hold it for more than a couple seconds.  I then tried the couch, thinking it might be a little more supportive since it’s higher.  I put a book out, stood him up and let go and he kept playing with the book – long enough for me to grab the phone, turn on the camera, take a picture and cheer (and tear) a little.  it was at least 20 seconds.  He’s since done it several times.  Besides talking this is the skill that really meant something to Kellen.  He’s so excited to watch Owen “not be a baby anymore”.

Taking Steps in Assisted Standing:  This one is still in the earliest stages, but with us leading his weight, he will pick up his legs and step.  They are active steps, not just feet dragging.  He walked, while I held his hands, a couple of feet into Kyle’s arms when Kyle got home on Sunday.

I’m seriously grinning as I type all of these.  What a wonderful week to savor.  To me, what’s really amazing is that he made significant advancements in fine motor, gross motor, language and social all in one week.  I actually am excited to go to his Gross Motor evaluation on Thursday so he can show his Physical Therapist that he’s not been resting since he last saw her a couple of weeks ago.