In just a couple of days, (Jan. 24th) we will officially have a 19 month old on our hands! Braxton continues to make significant progress in all areas, and we could not be more thrilled. Braxton is truly starting to come into his own person. This little boy has developed an entirely new personality, perhaps not completely new, but we are starting to see new traits. He is quite the little jokester. He is really starting to do stuff like drop things on purpose to see if we will pick it up, all the while looking and grinning at us like he knows exactly what he’s doing. He’s also developed purposeful play. He will crawl over to a toy with intent and actually sit and play with it for long periods of time before moving on to the next toy. You can tell that he is very focused and concentrating on the fine/gross motor skills required for the task at hand.
At the end of November, we sent his hearing aids off to be repaired and we JUST got them back about 2 weeks ago and he is adjusting to them again, but we’re definitely seeing improvement. He is making new sounds throughout the day (naturally, he says and does nothing when the Speech Therapist is here – jokester, I tell ya) and laughing so much. It is such a joy to sit back and watch him play and crawl around like I never thought possible. Every single day I see him do something new and I just want to cry because I’m so happy to see him developing despite the initial prognosis. He’s even enjoying playing with his sister more. Aileen really loves that she can play with him and get feedback from him. He laughs and squeals and is just overjoyed by the interaction. It just melts my heart.
Developmentally, I’d say Braxton is more on track with a “typical” 9-10 month old who is actively crawling and playing and making attempts at standing/walking. He still has no real speech. He makes sounds and babbles a little bit, but no words yet. I get to sit and make silly sounds back and forth with him and am just thrilled to see him carry on the turn taking as he should. Not quite imitating yet, but natural turn taking seems to be kicking in. We are trying to focus on more sign language and even though he hasn’t quite developed the coordination, I’m hoping that seeing the signs over and over will help him to eventually pick it up.
We’ve even seen more cognitive problem solving skills develop. He is actually thinking about things and how to do things differently. For example, I’ve had to section off the living room to keep him from going to the kitchen and staring out the patio window. I set his playpen between the couch and the wall so he can’t pass through. Well, Braxton will often kneel and try to push the playpen out of the way so he can get through! If I leave even a small crack and he thinks he can get through he will squeeze himself in and push and push until he gets stuck or edges the playpen out of the way so he can get through. Absolutely amazing.
There are significant advancements being made here and I’m so grateful to see Braxton reaching milestones left and right. It’s literally like a light switch flipped on in his mind. He may still be quite a bit behind, but you can’t rush perfection 😉 He will do it in his own time, in his own way. Keep up the great work, little man! Mommy and Daddy could not be more proud.