good things

Oh, hi.  I'm just going to nonchalantly slip back into the blogging world.  Pretend you didn't notice me leave.

I haven't updated since Mr. Aiden was in the hospital overnight for a possible shunt malfunction.  Well, he was discharged the next day and it turned out to just be a false alarm.  We've since followed up with his specialists and all is well.  Such is the life of parents with hydrobabies.  24 hours in a hospital is just something that we will have to do every once in a while.  No biggie.  Worse things have happened.

I'm really happy and excited to share with you what a big day today is for our family.  Today, Ryan received two pieces of equipment that are essential to his development and that will enable him to walk one day.  Today, we got Ryan's stander and gait trainer.  

Here he is, trying the stander out for the first time:

And giving his daddy a high five because he thinks it's super awesome:

Here he is in his walker:

And an ironman shot because we are a family that likes to have fun:

And finally, a video of Ryan taking his first steps totally unsupported by Mommy, Daddy or anyone else. Except for Jarvis, of course.  Totally made me teary:

So, the plan is to have Ryan spend two hours a day in his stander.  Each week we will add more time to his program, and eventually he will spending upwards of 6 hours a day in it.  This will strengthen his muscles and bones so that he will be able to effectively use his walker.  We're told that Ryan will likely be very tired on his standing program.  Perhaps this will get my little man to sleep through the night again.  Wishful thinking?  Maybe.

Good things are, and have been, happening in our household as of late.  And I couldn't be more thrilled.  Thanks for taking this journey with us.  It's nice to know that we, and our children, have people out there rooting for us.

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