Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Look who's walking

You can definitely say that what the kid is lacking in style, he definitely makes up for in determination! Nathan wants to walk so much that he doesn't crawl nearly as much at all. He wants to either walk or be carried.

We had a great PT appt yesterday (or like Abby calls it: the PTologist). We are on an "every 6 weeks" schedule, so it has been a while since we have been. We have seriously missed seeing everyone from there, so it was so good to catch up with them. Nathan put on his typical Nathan-charm and was the biggest flirt ever. He gets showered with kisses from quite a few of the ladies at our therapy place, and he soaks up every bit of it. These women have essentially watched Nathan grow up over the past year...they have been there with us through trials and triumphs, and the bond they all have with Nate is wonderful to see.

Anyway, his therapist did pick up on a few problems Nathan is having with his hips and ankles when he walks that is causing him to buckle and crumble quite a bit more than usual. Some of it could completely be just "learning to walk", but some of it is due to his tone problems. She wants to give him another 6 weeks to work more on walking and then will probably send us to get him fitted for some orthotics that fit along his feet and shins to help keep his hips from rotating inward and help keep his ankles from pronating. Kids with low tone often have to work harder to make their muscles do what they want them to do, and having orthotics can help aide in this process. We'll see in the next few months whether he will need them or not.

And yes, Nathan was indeed in shorts and a onsie...gotta love these Florida winters. We had a few 20 degree nights last week, and this week it is in the upper 70's. Crazy!! Don't mean to rub it in to all of you trying to endure the ice/snow storm in the midwest. We keep trying to convince Jay's parents to drive down here since it looks like they won't have any power for a week or two from the nasty ice storm they got in Western KY. I do have to say that this is my absolute favorite time of year down here.


Emily on January 28, 2009 at 3:27 PM said...

You knew that post was coming soon. Look at him- awe!! It will be neat to see how far he gets before needing the orthotics.

Michelle Garvin said...

No Way! Avery is officially walking too! WTG Nate! He is doing so great!! Avery's orthodics made a huge difference once she started walking. Sharing in your joy!

AmyG on January 29, 2009 at 8:49 AM said...

Oh Wow! I can't believe how well he's been doing! Look at him go.

Shanna on January 29, 2009 at 11:16 AM said...

He is so determined, and he looks great!! James was watching with me and each time Nate fell he'd say "Oops, try again" I love the hearts of 3 year olds!!!!

Doris on January 29, 2009 at 3:33 PM said...


Jill on January 29, 2009 at 5:43 PM said...

Hey - tell Nathan all the cool kids have Orthotics! I do now!

We'll be praying for Bro Danny and Ss Adele.
Love, Jill

skye on January 29, 2009 at 7:53 PM said...

AW, you go little man! That's awesome :)

mollie on January 29, 2009 at 11:53 PM said...

his determination is so cool.
THUD...I'm Good!
THUD...still smilin'!

So sweet. What a blessing that boy is. You Go, Nate-Man!

Anonymous said...

OMG...look at him go! Way DUDE!
Sister Nina

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