Monday, October 5, 2009

Reflecting

Today is our anniversary! Crazy that we have only been married 2 years- feels like we have been with each other for a lifetime already. I wouldn't trade a single day! Love you, Bryan!

We have had a few discussions and a few people have asked if we think the HBOT was worth it. Bryan and I talk about this all the time. We never change our opinion- it was worth every penny! After the HBOT, Roa is just a different kid. He is happier, calmer, more open to change. Roa is showing more control of his neck and trunk and is allowing stretching of his arms and weightbearing with his arms. We are seeing more fisting lately, but I think it is due to the fact that Roa is attempting to reach and grasp toys more. He is very driven to play lately. He also attempts to get on all fours alot and moves his arms and legs, but isn't yet coordinating the movements.
We are still considering the purchase of a chamber for our home possibly this winter. I have been happy to email and speak by phone to my new friend, Heather, mom of Carson whose family purchased a home chamber. They have been seeing nice little changes continuing in Carson since treating at home- stronger army crawling, vocalizing, stepping to walk with support. Heather has been a great friend and resource for me! Thanks, Heather!

This weekend, we have played around with the prone stander that we were given to try from Andrea, PT at Courage. Roa really like being in the stander! We were very surprised! He works on hip placement, weight bearing through the legs, balance and stability in the stander. It is going to become a big part of our home therapy for Roa! Baby steps towards independence....

Roa is such a nature lover! He laughs with such joy at butterflies and grasshoppers we chase through the flower garden! The birdfeeders outside our window are better than any DVD! :) This weekend, we picked the last of the tomatoes and peppers from our garden and Roa is such a good helper- pulling at every plant around. When the dogs run around the yard, Roa just squeals! Now that the leaves are changing, Roa walks with us through the grass and picks up the most colorful ones. How HARD he works to stoop and attain that leaf! Those are the moments that we will remember forever. Hands On Experiences that are better than any toy in the world!

5 comments:

  1. Happy Anniversary, Bryan & Jen.

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  2. Happy Anniversary Bryan and Jen! I completely agree when you say that Hands on Experiences are better than any toy in the world. You are a great writer and we enjoy following the blog. Dan and I give our best on this special day.

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  3. Happy Anniversary, Bryan and Jen! My how time flies. Love reading your blogs. Roa is such a determined little trooper. With you and Bryan's wonderful support and perseverance, he will accomplish great things! The sky's the limit!!!

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  4. Sending best wishes from all of us on your wedding anniversary, Jennifer and Bryan.

    The "Prairie dog delight" photo of Roa is so cute.

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  5. Happy Belated Anniversary, Bryan & Jennifer! Sorry so late - we have had a stomach virus at our house and have all had it now... so glad that's over! The night of our 17th anniversary was the night Nick came down with it. No matter how big my guys get, I still worry over them like a mother-hen:( Josh & I got it next - I missed work & Josh missed a football game with his team (so I KNOW he was sick!). Gene just had a mild case so powered thru. Our love to you guys & Roa! Praying for you daily! Kathy, Gene, Nick & Josh

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