Hi, everyone! I had to share this pic with all of you because it's so cute, and the story behind it is even cuter. That blue toy bin holds some of Ross' favorite toys, and he empties it and throws all of the toys all over our living room every day. Each evening, I have been having him "help clean up" by putting one or two of the toys back in the bin. Usually, that lasts about 10 seconds, and he takes them all out again. Well, on Saturday, Riley somehow crawled into that empty toy bin and got himself wedged in pretty tight. Ross looked over at him, smiled, and picked that moment to decide to help clean up! He picked up all the toys and tried to stack them in the bin on top of Riley. Riley's face says it all!
I know that many of you have been waiting for a post with news about the boys' appointments with the developmental pediatrician. Overall, both of their appointments went very well, and the doctor said that we should have very high hopes and expectations for both kiddos because she expects them to do beautifully! She did formally diagnose Riley with mild hypotonic cerebral palsy and Ross with extremely mild spastic cerebral palsy. Although it was a little hard to hear the formal diagnosis for each boy, in my heart, I already knew that was the answer. She does not feel that, for either boy, their CP will hold them back in any way, which is all that I truly care about. Also, she reassured me that we are already doing all the right things in terms of therapy, and that the fact that they have been getting Early Intervention since they were 2 months old is fantastic. Finally, she also formally declared them both super cute, which, of course, I completely agree with!
In other news, the boys and I had a great weekend! Today, we went out to lunch and to the Center for Creative Play with Aunt Lys, Uncle Marc, Reid, and Gigi (have I mentioned before that Ross and Riley somehow started calling my mom, Gigi?). All three boys had a fantastic time! Riley must have put a zillion miles on his walker, because he never stopped moving. Ross did a great job with walking, too.
Speaking of Ross walking, here is the long awaited video. I'm sorry it's so dark, but it was taken after he was supposed to be in bed. He hasn't been sleeping well, and seems to need much less sleep than Riley. So, on nights when he seems wide awake at bedtime, I have been putting Riley to bed and letting Ross stay up later to play off some of his energy. I try to keep it low key, with less lights, no TV, etc. After a while (sometimes a loooong while!) he calms down, we have a good cuddle, and he finally goes to sleep. As you can see in this video...he is nowhere near ready for bed yet and is moving full steam ahead! He is wearing his PJ's, and so he doesn't have his DAFO's and shoes on, but he is still walking very well!
Thanks for checking in!