(Scroll all the way down to the bottom of this post for progress as of December 25. It's a physical therapists/service providers/parents/family/friends' Christmas present from Orion, too.)
More, milk, finish are words he has expressed sparsely yet in increasing intervals. The latest communication connection as discovered by Thomas is "pick me up". Orion would create the handshape "5", stick his thumbs in his armpits and move his now folded arms to his side.
He can sit up independently although I think it is out of fear of falling over. He has cried and seem to be stuck. We are working on teaching him to hold his arms out front while rotating his trunk and hip to either side to end up in an all-four, knees and hands position. From this, he could figure out how to crawl.
Orion has not been feeling well this week and has been crying whenever he is left alone. He is calm when he is in contact with someone.
|Anastasia made gingerbread dough as Orion explored kitchen gadgets.
|Orion loves holes!
|Two brothers share a chair and a moment together.
|Look, Ma, I'm sitting by myself! No chairs, hands, jumbo "L" braces (joking here)!
An all-time Orion sitting record took place today! He sat alone for approximately 25-30 minutes despite us attempting to make him get himself down around the 20 minute mark. He was happy the whole time, giggling, feeling Skyler move around and later feeling a radio play loudly on the loaner resonance board from TSBVI Deafblind Outreach. The video clip here is just short of 2 minutes of the very same sitting event. He's just going to do it again and again and one day he will figure out how to get himself down.
He has been sitting solo from time to time but I just didn't have the presence of mind to record it until today. I was very happy to let Orion demonstrate his skill to his grandparents (my parents) via videophone yesterday. He showed the rest of the family today, including his visiting Grandna. What a delight all around and anytime!
Oh, yes, he's feeling much better. Still prefers to be in touch with someone at all times. I don't blame him one bit.