Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Walking Update

I guess we should be more clear when we say Brody doesn't walk. Apparently, when you say that, most people have the impression that he physically can't take steps. The boy can walk all over the house by keeping a hand on the couch, a wall, a cabinet or someone's finger. And, he can walk pretty dang far without holding onto anything. However, he usually has to be coached to do this. What we mean by he doesn't walk is that he only walks alone, without holding onto something, if you are coaching him and he is walking towards someone who he knows is going to catch him. He finally has started walking from one couch to another without anyone urging him. Or from the ottoman to this wicker basket we have under our bar. He'll randomly make a run for something. But he does not just walk from one room to another, or even to an object in the middle of the floor. He walks from one stable thing he can grab onto to another. So does Brody walk? Physically yes. But can I just put him down and will he walk around the house. No way.

We went to see a physical therapist yesterday and after evaluating Brody, he says there is nothing wrong with him. He thinks that since he has waited so long to start trying, that now he is too smart. He knows he can fall and get hurt. So why take a chance? We know that he is scared. If you let go of him in an open area where he doesn't know what to walk to, you can see the fear in his eyes.

So now we're working on how to get over this. How to encourage him to walk towards something, such as a toy on the floor, and not needing to keep going until he gets to where he can grab on. We're praying for him constantly that his little ankles are physically strong enough to hold him up since he waited so long..and that he would overcome this fear of walking. We don't know if we're supposed to continue therapy or not. The PT made some calls to some pediatric PTs and I guess we can set up appts with them. But we're not sure if we're supposed to or not. We don't know if he needs it or if he just needs confidence. But maybe working with a PT will give him some confidence?

So keep praying for him..we feel he's getting closer. We NEED it to be closer. Mom can't carry a 2 month old and a 20 month old everywhere!


  1. you may not be able to carry both but then again, if brody starts to won't need me as much.

    kidding. he is gonna walk soon. i just know it!


  2. madison was scared to walk for the longest time...we took her to a splash pad and she started walking all around trying to catch the water as it came out all over!! it will happen!!


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