I've been meaning to post a little about Ryan and his development for a while now.  When I think of Ryan, I instantly smile.  He is such a fun, happy, little boy.  And in the last few months I've realized just how determined he is.  Ryan does not walk yet.  He doesn't even crawl.  But really, that doesn't stop him.  Because Ryan gets around just fine.

He still gets physical therapy four times a week.  And we are getting him fitted for his new stander this week.  The way Early Intervention works, we may have to wait a few more weeks before we get it, but at least it's a step in the right direction.

In the meantime, Ryan has been getting better and better at standing with our support.  Here he is, standing all on his own, holding on to a bar at the park.  He held this position for a good five minutes without any complaining.  

He's been practicing his walking (while holding our hands) a lot as well.  He still needs some encouraging, but he totally gets the idea of walking.  Placing one foot in front of the other.  He is so proud when he does it too.

Ryan is also using his right arm more often.  He likes to play with blocks and he's been challenging himself by placing a block in his right hand.  Here he is bearing weight on both arms, completely unprompted, which is a huge accomplishment for him.

Last week, Ryan said goodbye to his last tie to babyhood.  He weaned himself off his bottle.  Honestly, I couldn't be happier, because we've been wanting to wean him for a while.  But he was so attached to it that any attempts of taking it away led to a drama filled bed time routine, if ya know what I mean.  Anyway, one random night, while we were giving A&R their bedtime milk, Ryan reached out for Aiden's sippy instead of his bottle.  We decided to go with it, and we never looked back.  It took him two bed times and one nap time to really get over it, but there wasn't much crying involved.  He still asks for it sometimes, but we just give him a sippy and he drinks happily.  Well played Ryan, well played.  

What other random things can I tell you about my little boy?

He loves grapes.  Here he is chomping on some while brother napped.  

 He doesn't mind being dressed up as Thor.  He really enjoys it, as a matter of fact.

He frequently falls asleep on our Friday morning runs.

He is a lover of football.

Oh, and his best friend is Opie the cat.

Our little man is doing amazing.  With the help of his therapists, our family, and of course with all the hard work he does at home, he is making wonderful progress.  Just this morning, Seamus told me that he stood unassisted for five seconds.  Without holding on to anything.  He sure is making strides.  And we are so proud.  

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