Friday, June 08, 2007
Ethan is really blossoming these days, I don't even know where to start.
He has added several new foods to his diet, including 2 fruits and a vegetable. As recently as March, Ethan would only eat creamy baby food and no table food whatsoever. Lots of progress in a short time. I'd love to think that the new muscles he's using in his mouth will help him start to make new speech sounds.
We've been on a break for 2 weeks since the university students finished up their clinical work for the quarter. Next week we start going to the Columbus Speech and Hearing Center and we'll work with a therapist who has experience with implanted toddlers. Really looking forward to that!
He has been taking assisted steps for months now and we've been hearing people say "any day he'll be walking" since January. Now it looks like that is actually going to happen. He is starting to gain the confidence to walk short distances around the house without any parental pressure. Yes, I know that this is going to change my life in a big way, and no, I'm not sure I'm ready for that.
Ethan's vision has worsened to the point that after only 4 months he is in need of new lenses. So we ordered the lenses only, then that weekend he broke his frames! The lenses have been in for one week but we can't put them in a broken frame and the new frame is on back-order. In another week or so he'll be in those new lenses and I'll be interested to see how it affects his walking.
Ever since those 7 electrodes were turned off he has been very good about leaving the coil on his head. He also seems to be hearing really well and will turn to his name even if you are down the hall and around a corner speaking to him. Something that really has his father and I excited is the fact that twice this week when his coil and ear piece fell off, he attempted to put it back on himself or handed it to one of us. THAT'S BIG! He must be starting to make the association and is also sending the message that he enjoys hearing.
We start up with a new PT next week and we are really excited to hear what she has to say about his walking. He hasn't been in PT for about 2 months and the timing is just right to get him back into it.
That's all I can think of for now...my sleep deprived brain is especially taxed out today.