|Ian on the day he got his HKAFOs, experiencing standing for the first time.|
As a mother who has never seen her first born child crawl, walk, or run, seeing him stand up on his own two little feet (which are the same size as his 15 month old sister's, by the way) is amazing. It's small, but it's HUGE. I know it, and I think he knows it too. He struggles and he tries, and he wants to do it. He sees his little sister walking around with ease while he struggles just to stand up in braces with a walker. He knows it's different for him, but he wants to keep trying. He gets tired, and then he gets stubborn, but the next day he's ready to try again. I don't know if he'll ever be able to actually walk with the use of braces, but I feel like we at least owe him the chance. With two weeks of HKAFO experience under his belt, Ian can see that it's not easy to even stand, much less walk, but as long as he wants to keep working at it I'll keeping sitting by him, trying to prevent him from face-planting into the floor.
|Ian with two weeks of standing practice under his belt, using a walker for support.|