Saturday, November 26, 2005

Finally

It's time to do some babyproofing.

Peanut's Grandmomma came to visit for Thanksgiving, and brought a new toy. It is a wooden ride-on toy somewhat like a motorcycle. Now, she has one already, a plastic one which was great for her first one because the seat is wide and she could sit on it without tipping. She didn't really know what to do with it, though. Mostly she sat and held her feet up while we pushed her around the house. She likes to sit on it next to other toys or furniture so she can reach them from a different angle. She'll push herself back and forth using the chair.

But, she's been in her stander, and is much stronger now. Strength, of course, is not the only issue. She needs to learn what other babies pick up naturally: how to coordinate all the muscles in your legs to kick from the knee, or take a step.

She's learning.

Yesterday, it all came together and she got on the new scooter with its narrower seat that made it easier for her to push, first with one leg and then with the next, and in the end with both together (this is why her physical therapist ultimately doesn't like these toys). She moved aross the rug. And kept moving. By the end of the day she was moving all the way through the living room, through the dining room and into the kitchen. We'd get her turned around, and she went all the way back. Again and again.

I don't know if you can understand that she really hasn't been able to move at all, no more than rolling over once in each direction (before her last two surgeries, she could roll a few more times, but she was littler and it really didn't do much for her). She can't sit up on her own from a lying-down position. She has been completely dependent on us to get her whatever she wants, to choose a toy or book that would suit her, to figure out whether she wants to sit or lie down. Think about the toddlers you know, and imagine them having to sit in a chair for even an hour while someone tried to figure out what would keep them entertained and stimulated. It's like living permanently with a toddler in an airplane seat. So when Big Daddy and I saw her intently pushing this scooter across the room to get at some blocks she wanted to play with, well, it still brings tears to my eyes.

We had a happy Thanksgiving. How about you?

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your post brought tears to my eyes too. I can't wait to see Peanut motoring on her own!! What a fantastic way to celebrate Thanksgiving.
--Jennie EP

Carlos said...

Mobile! Hurray! but you know she is going to want a motorcycle at some point.

Kelly said...

I just found your blog and know a lot of what you've gone though, though our children are different, but both special needs. What a wonderful acomplishment - mobility! I'm glad I found you and will check back.

Julia said...

I remember. And I get it. For both kids, as late rollers, crawlers, walkers, I remember the challenges keeping them stimulated as their bodies couldn't keep up with their toddler minds and wants. Your entry brought a little tear to my eye too. Yay Peanut!

betsyl said...

aw! rock on, little independently mobile peanut!

Diana said...

I'm so happy for you- what a great Thanksgiving present for you guys! I wonder what she has in store for you for Christmas??? ;)

mommyguilt said...

HOORAY for Peanut! Wow! What a wonderful thing to be thankful for! She is moving right along by leaps and bounds - and I do mean moving. You know, Carlos is right...she's going to want a motorcycle - probably a Harley - when she gets older!!

Beanie Baby said...

OH yay! Huzzah for mobility, however it comes!

Mete said...

That's so exciting! There's nothing like a little bit of independence to help a toddler's frustration. I'm very happy for you all.

Michelle said...

C, that is FABULOUS. I am so proud of Peanut, and happy for you.

CLMama said...

WoooHooo Peanut! C, that is so super awesome honey :). SO cool - let the fun begin, eh? I'm so proud of your big girl! Take a pic soon, OK?