Big boy works hard hard every day. He is determined to do IT, whatever IT may be: walk, talk, feed himself, go down the stairs, etc... What is so simple and easy for typical children takes so much effort and energy for a child with Down Syndrome. I get to see each developmental stage that usually goes by so fast the first year at slow speed. What is it that a child has to do to walk? If you only knew all that has to happen and how strong all those muscles from your head to toe need to be, you would be surprised.
So Big Boy is now cruising (which means he walks with one hand on any piece of furniture an he walks with a toy walker.
Big boy also works hard at exploring EVERYTHING! I have lost 5lbs since he started getting into everything!!
Big boy is signing and has picked up the rate at which he learns new signs. He understands and signs when words are said in English or Spanish. So, exciting.
Big boy has therapies weekly. He has Physical therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Group Physical Therapy, Group Aquatic Physical Therapy, and an overall Developmental Session. He is still attending a KinderMusic class which he absolutely loves.
Big boy has now begun to copy all sounds that you make. He speaks 3-4 words. "Yay, Bye, Bye, Mama and Dada"
Big boy is a great sleeper! He sleeps straight from 7pm-6am. He has done this since very early in his life. He is taking one to two naps a day. He is moving to that one nap a day. He gets very very tired after therapies and playgroups or music class.
Big boy LOVES to be outside but then what kid doesn't!! His loves are music and outside.
|In our backyard. Big Boy loves to swing and Mommy #2 loves to help!|