Only Two More Sleeps!

I can’t believe that there is only two more days until Christmas! I thought that maybe this Christmas A would understand what Santa is all about and the little things, but hopefully next year! I am so excited to teach him all about it and give him the special memories that I have from my childhood. And the added bonus of course will be using it to bribe him to do things!

So the past little while, I’d say almost a month A has been doing two wonderful things. Anyone that has a child with cerebral palsy will totally understand why this is so exciting for us. First he has been bringing his arms/hands to mid line and getting his hands to his mouth. This is HUGE for a child with CP as severe as he has. And of course with my new camera I was able to catch it all step by step! Don’t get me wrong, he has been doing this for quite a while but not as much and not with as much control as he has now.

Now saving the best for last. Up until this past few weeks A never held anything. And if he did it was not for long at all. His hands/fingers would be fisted and you would have to open it first and then give him what you wanted him to hold. Even then you would usually have to close his fist and wait till he got the idea. The things that he DID hold had to be small and basically rounded so it was easy. Well now he holds pretty much anything that you give him! He reaches for everything while he is on the floor and when he isn’t able to get it he gets VERY frustrated and upset. NOW, the most exciting part of this whole idea of holding things is that he now opens his thumb and index finger when you are passing him something! And this occurs EVERY SINGLE TIME!!! This is more than HUGE because normally children with severe CP have stiff hands that are turned inwards. The fact that he is able to relax enough to do this is just out of this world! I am SOOOO proud of him and what he continues to accomplish.

Okay so here I am holding up the cord to hand it to him and you can see how he opens his fingers…

Working on getting grip of it…

Pulling it up…

And there we go!!!!!!!!!

Just one amazing kid.

9 responses

  1. Melissa

    Oh Shannon you must be so proud of Ashton! Those are HUGE milestones and I am sure he will continue to amaze you in ways you never imagined. I hope you guys have a wonderful Christmas and all the best in the new year!!Keep up the good work Ashton!!Oh and I can’t wait to see the 2000 pictures you take over the holidays! LOL

    December 23, 2007 at 5:34 pm

  2. Lisa

    Ashton, I am so proud of you!!He looks extra cute with your fancy new cameraWe wish you the best for Christmas and hope that the new year brings words like mama and more dadas!!

    December 23, 2007 at 10:58 pm

  3. Nathali

    That is so great!! Way to go Ashton!!!

    December 23, 2007 at 11:43 pm

  4. abby

    It was so lovely to see Ashton bringing his hands to midline and grasping things. Ashton has made such great strides this year and it’s been wonderful to watch his progress. May this Christmas be a Merry one and the New Year the happiest in the world for you guys!

    December 24, 2007 at 12:42 am

  5. Miracles

    What an awesome post! I am in tears right now after reading this. He has come so far and is only to go further and further.I hope you all have a great Christmas!!I’m sure by next year we’ll be exchanging ideas on new bribes to one another LOL!

    December 24, 2007 at 3:16 am

  6. Anonymous

    Wow that’s fantastic! You’re amazing Ashton!-Vickie

    December 24, 2007 at 3:18 am

  7. 23wktwins'mommy

    AMAZING! I am so excited for you and Ashton! What an accomplishment. What a great camera to capture all of these milestones! He is truly makes HUGE strides! Merry Christmas to you all!!!

    December 24, 2007 at 5:48 pm

  8. Sarah

    Way to go Ashton, and only one more sleep! Merry Christmas 🙂

    December 24, 2007 at 9:08 pm

  9. Trisha

    He truly is amazing! Merry Christmas to you all!

    December 25, 2007 at 4:40 am

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