Elijah had an excellent day.
This morning in speech therapy, Elijah was grabbing his vibrating elephant. He was using both of his hands to reach for it. What was really cool was that he was so fast and accurate in his response. I've been noticing that he is definitely using his hands more and he's just getting so fast with them. He looks, he sees, he wants, and then he reaches – and that process (at times) can take only a matter of seconds. This is so new for him and I can't even begin to describe how exciting it is. He's reaching for things on a regular basis. Finally, finally, finally our little boy is starting to use his hands!
He's also doing so much better closing his mouth. Today, his speech therapist was giving me tips on how to feed him. He's gotten much better with his lip closure and I'm learning to be patient while feeding him. Instead of shoveling his food in his mouth, I need to wait for him to take the food off of the spoon by himself. This is possible now because he's actually closing his mouth on the spoon! It's so cool. Who knew eating was so fascinating?! Speech therapy is definitely paying off and I can tell his mouth muscles are less sensitive and stronger. So exciting!
Elijah did well with PT today. He got to spend some time in the "cage", do more obstacle courses, and learn how to climb on and off of raised surfaces – to name a few things we did today. Today was also the last day we'll work with one of Elijah's PT's during our time here, so I thought I'd include a picture of Elijah and Lynn.
Elijah was so interested in the "cage" today. He wanted to touch the sides, so I got some funny pictures of him in "jail" – he's not really in a cage so don't send me to jail! I thought these two photos I snapped were hilarious, especially the one where his little eye is squished and he looks so destitute. The other one he looks like he's an animal in a zoo.
I'll leave you all with these pictures of Elijah…We were driving home this afternoon from therapy and Elijah had his hands so open. He was grabbing the book and trying to turn the pages by himself it seemed. Things ARE changing..
Do you see how open those hands are? Do you see how he's actually trying to grab the book?!!