Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Inchstones



I took this picture of Baby J and Bean yesterday before their afternoon nap. Still in their jammies. We obviously didn’t achieve the “getting dressed for the day” milestone. But that’s nothing new for us.

Bean reaches milestones at a rate slower than typically developing children. Because of that, we have learned to celebrate each and every achievement, whether it’s an inchstone, milestone, or something in between the two.

Bean has been making a lot of progress in the last couple of weeks. For the last five months or so, he had been “stuck” at pulling up and cruising. He would practice walking with both hands held and tons of support. About two weeks ago, he started walking with just one hand held and minimal support and just this weekend, he started standing up in the middle of the room without pulling up on another object. To some, these are small steps towards walking, but to our family, they are giant leaps forward. When Bean does take those first independent steps – at 18 months, 20 months, or two years – he will have put in so much effort and we hope he will be as proud of himself as we are of him.

Bean is not the only one working on milestones. Baby J is inching closer and closer to being potty-trained – at least during the day. We started with training about 6 months ago but he showed some signs of stress an regression so we backed off and have just recently picked up the pace again. He stays dry for the most part during the day as long as he is wearing cotton underpants. As soon as he gets a pull-up though, it’s all over. So, I ordered some cloth trainers with hidden waterproofing inside to try when we need to run out since he’s no quite ready to go out without some sort of protection yet. He’s doing great and we will continue to jump up and down with joy at each potty break.

And I will reward myself with lots of chocolate on days that I get around to dressing the kids before afternoon nap. And on those days that I don't, I'll relish the fact that my kids are happy, healthy and fed.

But in the meantime, as we move towards our milestones, we’re going to celebrate each and every inchstone and everything in between.



Oh, and here's another picture of Bean because he's so darn cute.

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