Isaiah will be 18 months on April 24th.
I still call him my baby because I think until he is walking, he's a baby!
So, yes- he isnt walking yet. Is there something fundamentally wrong with him? No!
He attends physical therapy 2 mornings a week. It involves all kinds of fun things like gymnastic cubes for standing against, trampolines to sit or stand (with help) and bounce on, walking toys from practicing and a firm no scooting rule. At therapy we also grab his legs and put them in a crawling position if he trys to scoot with his legs out to the side. Why is that important? Because crawling mimics walking in the hip region. Scooting isnt helping. Mostly he still scoots at home, but somethings he crawls if he is in jeans that make scooting harder. It's OK, that he scoots, but he needs the crawling practice to help catch on to walking.
He can not put himself in a standing position. Either thru sitting to standing or furniture holding to standing. He CAN walk with a wooden walking toy- and boy is he super proud of himself for that!
When will he walk? I don't know. His therapist and I have some guesses- by 20 months, but who knows. Originally we thought 18 months but I don't foresee that big of change in the next 2 weeks.
Most of the time I am fine with his slow gross motor skills. But as summer draws near, I get...anxious. I know we will have lots of playground visits and splash pad visits and he can't just scoot across the pavement. And when he is down on the floor without the ability to stand up, I worry he will get stepped on.
His therapist put in a referral about 2 months ago for some fancy feet braces but the communication flow from therapist to pediatrician to insurance company has had a lot of hiccups. I *think* it is solved now and I hope to get the approval letter in the mail next week. The braces are to help fix the pro-nation issue (feet turning inward when walking).
He remains to be the happiest baby ever. Everyone comments on his happiness. He does so well at the gym daycare and at church childcare. I am SO SO blessed to have a happy baby. It truly helps balance (well, kind of) the tornado of craziness that Jackson throws at up.
(More on that later!)
Isaiah says many words now. I am sure I won't remember them all, but here is a list:
- please (mostly still uses the sign for this though)
- bye bye
He can also howl and bark! Such necessary skills really. :)
It's going to be slow going getting back into writing regularly. Or writing WELL. But at least I am trying!