Wednesday, October 14, 2009

31 for 21, Day 14: little by little

this week maya has been been making great progress with her standing, walking and cruising skills. every day, for the last few months we have been working on these parts of the puzzle for 3-4 months. although maya has been able to take several steps while you hold her hand, we really have to work at getting her to stand on her own.

most of the time it takes puffs or signing time to get her to pull up to stand or cruise. oh and also water, she loves watching the bath water and getting wet. i struggle a lot with trying to find things that interest her. she is good at distracting herself if she can not reach the object i am dangling in front of her.

maybe it's just me, but i seem to see some change in her lately. she has become more adventurous especially when it comes to climbing over us or standing on the couch. tonight as we worked on standing by the couch i tempted her with her flash cards. the floor looked like a wreck at the end of it because she loves to fling them everywhere but it was so worth it. while i played her music on our laptop i noticed she stood there, without my help, for 4 songs straight. i even pushed my luck by getting her to cruise. sure enough she cruised from one end of the couch to the other without one bit of my help. this was soooooo cool. it was just glorious to see her little legs moving tentatively over to the left, one step at a time. she really made my day.

as time ticks by and we work over and over with these actions i just have to remind myself that she will do it when she is ready. i have to encourage her, tempt her and show her the way. even with all the therapy i have to remember that she has to work harder than others. physically she has to work harder because of her low muscle tone....but as always she will get there little by little.

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