Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A new stander

Matthew got his new stander in today!! I have been looking forward to having this piece of equipment for a long time.

As soon as we got it home, we set it up in the basement and gave it a whirl.

At first he wasn't very keen about the idea:

But, after many rounds of the song "This is way we comb our hair (and brush our teeth and make the bed, and dress ourselves, {you get the picture}) so early in the morning" , he relaxed and decided he just may be okay with the idea of standing:

And then he decided he REALLY liked it: we decided to add the tray and see what he thought:

And finally I got the bright idea to turn him around and let him watch some TV, and by the looks of his cheering arm in the air, I think he approved.
His first day in his stander he lasted a whole 20 minutes. This will now become part of our daily routine.

{the picture above shows the angle he tolerated for over 15 minutes before he tired out...he's really, really working hard on head control}


Candace said...

He looks good in it! Faith hated her stander for so long as a little girl but now she tolerates it better but never for more than 30 minutes.

Kristen said...

Wow, oh wow! 20 minutes for his 1st time!! He's got some good strength for just beginning (Matthew has been holding out on us) and he will only keep getting stronger. How exciting!!

K said...

Yay Matthew!! Keep up the good work!

Sherri said...

Ok, first of all-I could just eat him up! He is soooo cute!!! I just love how excited he is! What a sweetie. And, 20 minutes?!?! That is incredible for the first time!

Michelle said...

That is so awesome! That's the exact same stander we used with Owen - and he only managed about 5 minutes his first time so Matthew's ahead of the curve! Honestly though, he just looks great!

Tyler said...

Woo Hoo!! Tyler hated his stander and I think only lasted 10 minutes his first time around. So way to go Matthew! He looks great in it too.

Diane, Tyler's mom

Lisa said...

20 minutes on day one?! Fabulous!

And I love the stander that you colorful!

Looking forward to seeing Matthew make great progress :)

Anonymous said...

This is wonderful, Jill!

You have certainly learned the benefits of incrementally increasing work for Matthew. I will comment more on the next post. Barbara