Thursday, October 28, 2010

Happy 18 Months to Dean!

Today was one of those days where I tried every consequence I could think of that would be appropriate for Cole's behavior and I might as well have poked my own eyes out or something. Ugh. I really do believe that Cole IS a good kid and that many of the qualities that drives me nuts about him will be useful and positive later in life. The trick is figuring out how best to channel those qualities now and how to discipline him appropriately at this phase in life.

On the upside, today is Dean's 18-month birthday!! My little boy is more than halfway to 2! That is just nuts. He's come so far. Really, we all have. This morning after breakfast, Dean was all finished eating, threw his hands up in the air to sign, "all done" and SAID, "all duh." I nearly flipped off my chair. If he had *just* signed or said anything resembling "all done," I would have been thrilled, although a bit skeptical that it really happened. But this was unmistakable. So proud. :)

Cole and Dean are now not just enjoying each other's presence more, but they actually play together. They pick an activity and do it together, like in the video I posted the other day. Dean's increased mobility through pulling to stand and cruising seems to have been a big part of it. It's like they "get" each other a little more now because they're able to do more similar things. One brother gets upset when the other gets disciplined; they're looking out for each other. It's such a nice change in their development as brothers. It will be fun to watch Emmett join their play. :)

I also took some pictures of Dean in this TheraTogs. We only use the hip/leg piece and the chest piece because it seems to be too much to use any more and honestly, the thing is a pain to put on. It goes under his clothes, but here's a pic without them for the heck of it. The white pieces are velcro. I can't say that it's a miracle product for Dean, but it definitely gives him stability where he needs it. 

And finally, do know that this is what happens if you don't get to a nap quickly enough: 

He crawls to the therapy wedge and the nap gets to him first. :) 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love the last photo! So, cute!