We have started a new fall therapy schedule with Price that hopefully will allow us to only go on Mondays and Thursdays. Because we are only going two days a week, he will have back-to-back physical and speech therapy. I know it will be a little rough on him at first since he will be missing his morning nap, but I am hopeful that he will get the hang of it soon. It will be so nice to have 3 days a week where we don't have to get up in the morning and rush out of the house.
I just went into Price's room and peaked at him sleeping. He used to sleep with his head slightly tilted to the right and stayed pretty much in one position the entire night. The past couple of nights he has had his head completely turned to one side so that he is lying on his cheek. Nathan and I just stood in his room amazed at his progress. I know it doesn't sound like that big of a deal, but to us it most definitely is! He has looked like he is about to roll from back to stomach for the past few days, and he sure looks like it tonight while he is sleeping. He has been rolling from stomach to back well for about 3 weeks and if he could just figure out the other direction, he could roll to wherever he wants to go! He is also trying to get his legs under him a little bit while on his stomach which is great too.
In speech therapy today Price was making choices. I know that sounds weird but I have discovered that speech therapy isn't just speech! They work on so much more. His speech therapist gave him the choice of an animal cracker or some peaches in syrup....such healthy options. She changed up how she held each choice a few times and each time Price chose the animal cracker. He definitely knew what he wanted! Just the fact that he is looking at both choices and using his hands to show us which one he wants is a big step for a little guy that lacked muscle tone and control to extend his arms. He is also babbling more. His vocabulary is mostly limited to "ga-ga" and "ah-ga" but it is obvious he is trying to hold a conversation.
With all the progress it is still hard sometimes for me when I see what Price should be doing for his age. My mom and I took him to Picture People for some one year pictures last week and I left in tears, partly because Ellery was out of control and partly because it made me sad that he couldn't sit up unsupported for very long or even attempt to stand on the little #1 box that they have as a prop.
Sunday was suppose to be Sunday school promotion day. Ellery moved up to her 3 year old class with Miss Kristen (when I told her that was her new teacher's name she declared, "That's weird"). Price was moved up to a one year old class which had me a little skeptical but we decided to give it a try. Well, the poor guy would have been trampled, although size-wise he fit right in. Most of the kids were walking and all were crawling. There were no swings or exersaucers like in his nursery room. These kids were attempting to go down slides and eating crackers! The teachers and Nathan and I quickly decided he wasn't ready and he went back to the baby room. I love his nursery room workers and of course they love him, so I wasn't sad for too long. They said the oldest baby they have ever had in their class was 18 months old, so we will see if Price breaks the record.
I'm so thankful for a good and encouraging day of therapy after this past week. Pricey is making progress, slowly but surely. Although he is turning one this Saturday, he is developmentally more like a 6 month-old. I sure do love 6 month-olds though, don't you?