Monday, February 2, 2009

Absolutely Awe-maze-ing!

When Elijah was still quite little, I made some modified goals for him. I never wrote them down; I just kept them in a file in my head. I wanted him to sit up by nine months, crawl at 12 months, and walk by two years. I was thrilled when he sat up at 8.5 months, but discarded the goals when he didn't crawl by a year. After that, I learned to relax a little and stopped trying to figure out when Elijah would do things. I can't even begin to describe how happy I was when he started to crawl. I still get a thrill seeing him crawling around the floor going from one room to the next. And the walking…I didn't know when that'd happen, but even with my crazy optimism, I believed it was still a long way away

At our last appointment with Dr. Nice Guy (Elijah's rehabilitation medicine doctor), he said he wanted to see us in three to four months. Elijah had just started crawling and I said, "Hey, maybe he'll be walking by then!" Dr. Nice Guy shrugged his shoulders and said something to the effect of, "Well, I suppose it's possible." It was obvious to us that he didn't expect Elijah to be walking in that amount of time, but being the Nice Guy he is, he was still…nice. J Let's just say we're looking forward to having Elijah walk into his office in early April!

I have to admit, though, even I didn't expect this so soon...

Elijah and I had quite the thrill showing his Early Intervention PT his new found skills this afternoon. I think the word she used was, "Amazing!" and I'm pretty sure we made her day. J

Yep, he's absolutely amazing all right. I wonder what God has in store for our little guy. If you want to know if prayers make a difference, just watch that video one more time, because somehow amazing doesn't even do it justice.

6 comments:

Hannah McClelland said...

Wow Lisa and Andy! That brought tears to my eyes. Truly wonderful.

Karen said...

What a champ......Look at him go!!! I started clapping with glee over here with my fun little party of one when I saw Elijah walk all around the house!!! One day a walker, the next on his own....he sure is a miracle boy!
Karen Vaughan

Jim Buckmaster said...

Way to motor Elijah! You and I seem to be on a par with the steps to falls ratio recently. We had that ice storm here and boy was I sore for a couple of weeks after that! I don't bounce nearly as well as you do.

It was absolutely awe inspiring to watch you get into high gear and put the pedal to the metal! You just keep doing better and better all the time. Just wanted you to know that we are keeping tabs on your progress and while we are not astounded (We've seen this whole miracle thing a time or two before) we are nonetheless extremely pleased, amazed and gratified for you and your entire family.

So far you've followed the natural progression just fine. Next thing you should focus on when this walking routine starts to get a little boring is CLIMBING! You want to hear Mommy yell? Just wait until she's busy fixing a meal in the kitchen and slip into the dining room and grab one of the chairs and wiggle it away from the table. This step is very important because if you skip this step, once you get up on the chair, there's no place left to go because you'll be trapped between the cahir and the table and then it'll be you doing the yelling instead of Mommy! (Don't ask me how I know this, just trust me on this one).

OK remember, wiggle the chair away from the table a little bit and then pull yourself up on the chair. Once you're standing on the chair it's easy to pull yourself up onto the table top. When you've gotten that far, you've almost reached your goal. Just make a little noise so Mommy comes into the dining room to see what you're doing and viola! Mommy will be yelling! Works every time! It's actually quite entertaining and you'll get a big kick out of it, I know I did!

Of course, after a while, it will take more effort to figure out how to get the chairs wiggled away from the table because Mommy and Daddy will start stacking heavy things on them or tying the chair legs to the table legs but don't worry, I'll help you deal with those minor impediments when that happens.

You just keep up the great work Elijah. God is a long way from done with you!

See ya buddy,

Jim Buckmaster

Lisa said...

Thanks for the comments everyone! Elijah keeps proving his miracle status time and again. I think I'm still in shock at this point.

Zack said...

Wow. At this rate he'll be rock climbing in 8 months!

Lisa said...

Haha, Zack, I think he might be!

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