Braxton just had his third birthday! We are so thrilled with the progress Braxton has been making and cannot wait to see what the future brings. We are getting ready to embark on the next journey with Braxton as he starts school in the fall, and took time to celebrate this milestone with family.
Some milestones for Braxton this year:
- Braxton is officially cruising along walls, furniture, and anything that can hold him up!
- He still likes to “walk” on his knees, but he’s doing more cruising than crawling which is exciting.
- He took his first independent steps in therapy in November of 2013, and will take a few steps now, but mostly he walks with one hand being held.
- If we try to hold both of Braxton’s hands, he decides his legs are spaghetti and refuses to walk! Little joker, that kid!
- Braxton is FINALLY eating by mouth as of January 2014 and is officially over his severe oral aversion. He eats up to 40 ounces of pureed foods a day. We are still working on solid table food, but as of now he’s not a fan.
- He is also working on straw drinking and has so far only taken a few sips, but he’s getting better!
- He still has not learned any sign language or shown any interest, but we are continuing to learn and model for him just in case he decides to catch on and begin using signs.
- We have been working with an iPad to communicate with Braxton and letting him make his own choices. We use an app called Sounding Board and use 4 pictures of objects Braxton knows. (Or 4 activities he can choose from). Braxton effectively scans the board and makes a selection indicating his preference. He understands the purpose of the iPad and will reach out for it again when he’s made the wrong selection or is done with the current activity.
- Braxton’s receptive language has grown by leaps and bounds! He understand so much more now. Some words/phrases he knows are “It’s time to eat” – he whips his head around so fast and gets right over to his chair to eat. “Let’s go bye-bye” – he will stop his activity and go to the door when it’s time to leave. “come here” – About 70% of the time when we call his name or ask him to come to us, he will.
- Peek-a-Boo is hands down his favorite game. We ask “Where’s Braxton?” and he covers his eyes with his hands and waits a minute before uncovering them. When he uncovers his eyes we say “Peek-a-boo” and he has THE biggest smile across his little face.
- We are down to annual appointments with all of his specialists, which is great! At this point, Braxton is “medically stable” and we are just monitoring a few things to make sure there is no cause for concern later.
- Braxton is still receiving Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy twice a week. Our therapists will continue to work with him once he starts school as the school therapies are not enough to ensure his success.
- It seems like there is something new every week here lately, so be sure to keep up with us on Facebook so you don’t miss out!
This year,Braxton’s birthday party was superhero themed! We asked all of our friends to come to his party wearing their favorite superhero costume or t-shirt. At the party, we had felt capes and foam masks so that everyone could decorate their own! I also made a large city scape background for photos and just as a decoration. Braxton did get a little overwhelmed again this year, but he participated a little more in activities and enjoyed his special day. Here are some fun photos from his birthday party!