I'm having a hard time handling Collin's awesomeness myself, so I'll try not to overwhelm you today.
Thursday during aquatherapy, Collin's wonderful therapist was bragging on how well Collin was doing and decided to push him by trying something she didn't expect him to be able to do yet. She faced Collin away from her, leaned him to one side, and said, "Sit up, please, Collin." And darned if that little booger didn't start wiggling and kicking until he got himself into and upright position, holding up his own head. I thought it was a fluke, so she did it again the other way. And then leaned him farther over. And then he did it four times with me. I was crying right there in the pool. It was amazing. Apparently, we're going to have to be careful what we say around Collin if he's understanding that much more than we thought.
Saturday, we drove to Cincinnati for Collin's quarterly NACD evaluation. Bob was really pleased with the progress he's seeing. Collin laughed and squealed and put on a big show to demonstrate how much he's interacting with us these days. We haven't received our new therapy program yet, but we know it's going to include LOTS more tummy time, stickers in his palms to make him more aware of his hands, and maybe some exercises to increase lung capacity.
This weekend, Collin also debuted on the piano. He often sits in my lap while I play and LOVES it, but he has always lacked the interest and/or ability to push the keys down himself. He wouldn't extend his arms enough to even reach the keys without bending all the way over, and when he did, he would ball up his hands. Apparently, something clicked this week, though, because when I sat him up on my lap, he stuck his arms out like he wanted to try, so we did and he pushed the keys down by himself numerous times. I had a flashback to a picture of myself pretending to play the piano at my Grandma's house when I was little and got teary. This picture goes out to Aunt Aimee.
Today, we saw Collin's nutritionist and found out that Collin has gained ANOTHER 11 ounces, which blows my mind since we haven't increased his calories since March. BUT, his fat stores haven't increased again either, which makes us think that the weight he's gaining is in muscle, which is FANTASTIC. He also grew another quarter of an inch, and -- here's the kicker -- his head grew .7 centimeters! IN THREE WEEKS! You should see his growth curve. It's almost vertical. That means he's back on the chart for head growth! (Barely, and he's hanging on right below the 3rd percentile, but we'll take it!) I guess his craniosacral work, healthy diet, and lots of specific input to stimulate development is finally adding up.
We also had a visit from Collin's OT this morning and she suggested working on Collin's hand awareness and feeding all at once by trying to eat by mouth. I kind of chuckled to myself, knowing it wouldn't work and that he wouldn't cooperate, but I put a big gob of carrots and butter in his hand when she left and his eyes got all big and after a couple of tries, he let me put it in his mouth and licked his fingers! This is huge for a kid who hasn't wanted to use his hands OR mouth for a long, long time.
Phew. I'm exhausted just writing all of this. If he didn't have to take naps, I would never get a chance to catch my breath so I could keep up with him.