Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

I could have cried. In fact, I think I shed a tear. This morning in therapy, Jack picked up a cheerio and put it in a bowl.

This seemingly insignificant action is a HUGE cognitive step in development and we've been working on it for two years. Two years, people. Until this day, Jack has never put something into another something. He has never picked up a toy and put it in the toy box. He has never put a ball in a basket or a book on the shelf. He has only taken objects out of something. Typically with a dramatic throw of the object overhead (watch out!).

I think the OT and I screamed so loudly that we scared Jack half to death. Not only did he do it one time, he did it multiple times. I am so proud of my boy. I called Jon afterwards and on speaker phone he told Jack how proud he was of him. Good job, buddy!!

Sometimes you are stuck in therapy and you don't see progress.... for years. You work and work and work at something. You question why a therapist spends so much time when it seems like a hopeless endeavor. Can't we just move on, you say? We know there are building blocks to development, but is it really that important that Jack learns this?  Apparently, it is. Suddenly, one day, the stars align and the light bulb goes off.

Jack picks up a teeny tiny cheerio and puts it into a bowl.

Take that Cerebral Palsy/Sensory Issues!! We don't like labels anyway.


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10 comments:

Angie said...

Yay Jack! So happy to hear this! Keep up the awesome work :)

Samantha Lindsay said...

Go Jack, Go!! What a wonderful session!! All your hard work on display!

mouse said...

YESSSS! Go Jack! That is such good news :) so happy for you all x

Julie said...

Yay Jack!!! I can understand why cheering and tears are in order!

Michelle said...

It may have been a teeny, tiny Cheerio for man, but a great big huge leap for Jack! Fantastic!

melissa said...

Hello,
My name is Melissa Felker and I'm from metro-Atlanta, GA. I saw your post on "Life After NICU" and read a good bit of the blog starting at Jack's Journey. I too had a Micro-Preemie born at 24 weeks to the day at 1 lb. 9 oz. and 12 and half in. long. Our son Noah David spent 143 days in the NICU (almost 5 months) so I know what you mean about the tears and screams of excitement when an action of something so small is SO BIG! Every little milestone and achievement is HUGE! Noah is 3 now and doing GREAT considering everything he went thru. I don't have a blog but I am on Facebook. Jack is Adorable and Amazing and I will pop in here and there to check out your blog! I enjoyed the readings!

Melissa from ATL

Amber said...

What a great feeling in such a proud moment! I understand feeling like that with the therapies. My son has pt,ot and speech and I do sometimes feel like there is a rut but then everything starts to click.

Jessi said...

Hey Melissa!

Thanks for stopping by and reading some of the blog! I always LOVE to hear from new readers... however they happen to stumble upon this little slice of the web. That is so great to hear about Noah and how well he is doing! Aren't micropreemies AMAZING?! Thanks again for commenting!

Becky Price said...

AWESOME!!! Jack, Bella says you are one of her heros.....I agree!

Amy Sullivan said...

Big, big celebration in this step. Cheering for you.