Thursday, May 21, 2009

You go, Matthew!!

Our family tradition is to go out to eat for birthdays. Well, we saw no reason to not continue this tradition for Matthew (and I was too exhausted to cook!), so off to Applebees, we went.

Megan, Mason and I visited and sipped our drinks.....

Steve and Micah watched sports on the big screen nearby...

And Matthew, well....

We will be having his official party on more pictures to come then!


How does a baby who doesn't roll start his nap like this.............

And 1 hour later when his mommy checks on him he looks like this??

One has to wonder??? (BTW, I took the first picture because he looked so sweet sleeping, and later I was glad, because I had proof of his antics!)


We've noticed in last couple weeks that Matthew's head control seems to be improving, you can really feel him working to keep his head up. We've been able to challenge him by giving less of a tilt to his blue feeder seat. His therapists on Wednesday were so impressed by the way he was sitting in his seat and the difference in the amount of control he had from the past times they've seen him in his seat.
Today, at therapy, he pulled his head up FROM THE FLOOR and held it up for at least 15 seconds. Chrissy, his PT, said we should have timed it! He did so well, I was cheering so loud.
So this evening, I decided to put him in his highchair. His highchair has three reclining positions. His school therapists, Jill and Beth, had brought out a neck 'contraption' to help with neck control and I tried it out in there. It didn't work as it was supposed to, so I rigged it a bit and it worked really good to position him. So good, that I set him up to the most 'unreclined' position, and he sat up nice and tall for over 5 minutes before he got tired!!! He never used to be able to sit in the middle reclined position, even with support. So I can really see a tangible increase! Here's pictures to prove it!

Don't quite know why my camera has a smudge on the side of his head

And here is a side view!


Sherri said...

Wow! Lots of great news!!! Looks like he had a great Birthday :)
He looks so awesome sitting in his highchair :) Brings a huge smile to my face! Isn't it funny how you don't even sometimes notice improvements until all of the sudden, they can do something completely new!

Tyler said...

Way to go Matthew!!! He looks so big sitting in his highchair.
I also wonder how they get into so many different positions when they sleep. You never know how or which way they are going to be.
I hope Matthew has a great time at his birthday party. I can't wait to see pictures.

Diane, Tyler's mom

Kristen said...

In the first picture of Megan at Applebee's, it looks like she is drinking out of purse...haha, I'm not sure why, but I thought that was funny. It doesn't take much to entertain me after hours of stripping wallpaper.

Matthew looks incredible sitting up so tall. I can just picture you loudly cheering for him!

Keesler Chaos said...

Hooray for Matthew! And Megan's short hair looks so cute!

Anonymous said...

What exciting news! Matthew looks so good sitting up so big & tall. :o) I'm sure he loved hearing the excitement & pride in his momma's voice during therapy. So cheer on!!! Hope you have a good holiday weekend. And a very Happy Sabbath!

Zoe said...

This is all terrific news! The dinner pictures of the family were so sweet. I did notice that there wasn't a photo of you though.

It's great to see Matthew sitting up big and tall!

Kristen said...

I didn't get Matthew's package in the mail yet. This week I'll be sure to get that done.