Wow! Here's a little video diary showing a few amazing moments from the past month. Heath has made some doggone startling progress.
We're very proud and very amazed, since we didn't put any special practice into these activities. All kids are miraculous in their drive to grow and learn, and kids like Heath even moreso, as the brain is not just learning but orchestrating an intricate healing process at the same time. It gives me shivers to see how beautifully it happens!
On top of all that running in circles, this was Heath's first semi-informed Easter. He understood there was a theme to do with eggs, colored liquid, a traveling rabbit, and enough chocolate to choke a horse. It was all fine by him!
The cousins hunted eggs in the snow.
You like snowballs, Cousin Luke?
Grandma Marcia and Grandpa Ed drove out from Tacoma for a wonderful visit just before Easter. Heath enjoyed waiting for them in the hotel lobby.
He and Grandma enjoyed a lavish tea party. "Will you be having the mashed banana or the wavy tomato?"
Drink up, Wild Thing!
Heath and Levi keep on enjoying their weekly adventures. They love each other so much and share big hugs at the end of their playdates.
We joined a local homeschool group for pottery class. What a bunch of caring, creative, articulate and wonderful kids (and moms)!
Heath issued instructions and I helped him make a crescent moon with large lips.
Last but not least, Grandpa Tom gave Heath a treasured gift. A dropped elk antler -- now sitting on the shelf in the playroom. Heath couldn't be more in awe.
What a great month it's been! In other exciting news, I've been doing some research about what motivates people (children included) to undertake difficult things. In my endless quest to make crawling practice more attractive to Heath, I've ended up reconsidering the bribery techniques I assumed were fundamental to parenting, not just therapy. Next post: Alfie Kohn's thought-provoking book "Punished by Rewards."
Wishing everyone a splendid spring.