We made it! Felix is a year old! He has grown and changed so much since he was born. For the first six months of his life I didn’t think we’d make it to this day, but we sure did. Nowadays, Felix is a very busy boy. He is working very hard in physical therapy, building up those muscles that it takes to crawl and eventually walk. He crawls a little bit at a time once or twice per day, so he DOES know how. But he finds it easier and faster to army crawl on his belly to get to what he wants. He likes to use his walker toys to pull himself up onto his knees or his feet. But he’s not at all steady on his feet yet. I am excited for him to learn how to use his body in these ways, but I am in no hurry. He’s moving on his own timeline and I’ve finally come to a place of acceptance with that. He’s healthy and happy and that’s what matters the very most.
Felix is still breastfeeding, though less these days. He eats breakfast, lunch and supper with the family, mostly eating what we eat. He still has some purees and softer foods because with his motor delays, he has some delays in how he eats as well. But its getting better every day. He loves bath time…. in fact I think anything involving water is his favorite! He splashes and crawls around in the tub. And when I take him to the pool at the local YMCA, he is very excited and kicks and splashes the whole time! His other favorite part of the day is breakfast time with mommy and daddy before work.
I don’t want to jinx anything and say everything is on track with sleep… because nothing is perfect. But for the time being things have improved. In general he’s sleeping more at night, but still never took up napping. I’ve accepted that as well, and quite enjoy him being awake and keeping me company during our days. He’s so fun, smiley, and really likes helping me do household chores and having me play with him in his playroom. He also has a couple of friends for play dates now.
Some things coming up for Felix: he had an eye exam and they found he needs glasses. Hopefully that will help inspire him to keep working on crawling. We’re hoping if he can see further and more clearly, he will want to explore his surroundings more. Also, when he stands, he has a tendency to turn his feet over and stand on his toes and the tops of his feet with his toes curled under. The PT says that is what some kiddos do for stability, though it is terribly counter-productive. So he’s getting SureSteps (braces) for his feet that will go with shoes and help create the habit of standing on his feet properly. He is expected to need them for only about 6 months, since he’s so young. Also, since we’ve been working so hard on large motor skills, we’re going to get new evaluations for fine motor skills and feeding. He’s making wonderful progress, so we expect a little extra help will help him get caught up all the quicker.
This has been a challenging, but exciting year. I’m very happy with how far we’ve come, and where we are now. I’m excited to see what the next year brings and beyond. Felix has become such a wonderful little boy. I don’t know what I’d do without him.