This post is alternately titled A Numbered List of Collin's Recent Accomplishments.
Its alternate alternate title is MOOM With a Vengeance
And it goes a little something like this:
1. We had our follow-up with Collin's orthopedist last Friday. I was more than a little nervous, not really because of the possibility of surgery, but more because of all of the work that would go into getting second (and third) opinions if the doctor recommended surgery. All the worry was for nought, though, because the x-ray showed that Collin's hips are improving! The socket is developing nicely and the angle of the femur is slightly better. He will continue wearing his brace at night, standing as much as possible, getting chiropractic treatment and kinesiotape therapy and we don't have to go back for 6 months. Victory!
2. At hippoterapy Tuesday, Collin rode Captain for a few seconds all by himself. As in, no one was holding him up there. It was only a few seconds, but it was an amazing few seconds.
3. Out of nowhere at speech/feeding therapy Wednesday morning, Collin started taking sips from a straw. We only tried the straw on a whim, based on some recent improvements in lip closure, so we were all shocked when Collin accepted the straw, sucked a few times, and swallowed! The cup/straw is designed to prevent a child from getting too much at one time, which keep Collin from feeling overwhelmed and allows him to feel in control, which is where a lot of his distaste for eating (har har) seems to come from. The weighted end of the straw insures that he never ends up sucking air. Hooray for thoughtful design and hooray for total surprises. I had been resigning myself to the frustration of Collin's lack of progress. That will teach me.
4. We went to the playground to celebrate Collin's great drinking achievements and while we were there, he swang in a bucket swing all by himself with no HuggaBebe for support. He was simultaneously nervous and thrilled. Coming off his great therapy session, I was almost in tears watching him use a 'normal' piece of playground equipment. Next, we went to the slides, where I held him in a seated position at the top, counted to three, and then helped him slide down on his back. After two rounds of this, I was surprised when, as I got to 'three', he clenched his booty and pushed with his feet to go down on his own! I still had to assist to keep him from knocking his head, but it was pretty fantastic.
And no, I don't have pictures of any of this, so DON'T ASK, because my camera BROKE for NO DISCERNIBLE REASON in the middle of a weekend full of LOTS OF IMPORTANT PHOTO OPS. NOT THAT I'M UPSET.