Two things happened today that I would honestly have a very hard time believing if it were not for me being present.
1. It started to rain as I was heading home from therapy. Seriously, we are going through a typical Bakersfield heat wave. Today's high was 97 degrees and it was every bit that hot. But as I was driving and talking with Bob on the phone.... it was sprinkling.
2. Carson did this at therapy today.
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We started our session discussing the orthopedic appt. the other day and how we were still stuck in the hip brace. No bearing weight, no KAFOs. And it was so discouraging. His therapist and I discussed that we could work and work on army crawling but honestly this will be very difficult for him while wearing the brace.
You see, yesterday my heart broke as I witnessed Carson on his tummy with a desire to move, and not having the strength to do it. He could push up his body and rock forward, but the legs remained limp and motionless. Hard, hard, hard.
I discussed this with the therapist today..and became even more discouraged while Carson refused to even be on his tummy for us to try crawling together. But a few feet away was a wheelchair that was just Carson's size. His therapist said, "What if we just put him in it and wheel him around, letting him explore. maybe, we can get him to become a little more interested in exploring on his own. " I said, "Sure, let's try." Well as you can see not only did we just sit him in the chair. But he used it. It was amazing!!! Carson is almost 11 months old. He doesn't quite roll from side to side. He just started to hold his own bottle, and yet he knew how to move that chair, and he did it!!! I'm shocked. I'm excited, and I am so reminded that our kids are unbelievable.
As you can see.. He loved it!!! And I did too!! I have always been very apprehension of the moment that I had to see my child in a wheelchair. In fact, I've always been very against that moment. But here it is, the moment happens and I was so happy, and so excited that Carson could move. I did cry for a minute, his therapist and I both did, but we couldn't help but smile and cheer him on as he rolled... and laughed.