Friday, May 16, 2008

Movin' On Up

Kyle is obviously at risk for developmental delays. The doctors have warned us of this since the day he was born.


We have been very proactive in doing all we can to help minimize any delays Kyle has. Two months before his due date, our little two pound baby began physical therapy.


I have always tried to give Kyle every advantage to help him succeed.


The furniture in the room where our family typically gathers is not very conducive to babies climbing, and specifically, learning to pull up.


As such, I have bought Kyle a collection of toys that are sure to encourage him to pull up. I say that I bought these for Kyle because, each time I come home with another, Joe rolls his eyes at me. But, I tell him these toys are just so fabulous, they are sure to entice Kyle to pull up so that he can play with them.


Well, this week Kyle finally pulled himself up for the first time! And, what do you think he used?


Maybe this musical Leap Frog toy....



Or this fun little play house....




This scooter from Grandma and Grandpa looks like lots of fun...



And this Fisher Price toy is sure to get him going. It even has convenient handles to help him pull up...


Surprisingly, none of these did the trick.


Instead, Kyle crawled over to the couch where the cat was laying. Grabbed hold of the cat's tail, and hoisted himself up.



Disclaimer: No cats were harmed! In fact, the cat just laid there without flinching while Kyle "hung" on.


Perhaps this is the Lord again reminding me that I just need to have patience.


In my defense, now that Kyle has practiced on the cat, he is using the toys to stand with.







"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." Romans 12:12

33 comments:

matt said...

I KNEW cats were good for something. Kidding. I'm glad he's getting around well! Its funny, if we added up all the money we spent on toys for our daughter that she opted to discard in lieu of something free, we could probably buy a second home. A cooler full of ice was better than any other toy we could fathom...kept her busy for hours!

Stephanie said...

Go Kyle!

Isn't it funny how much we will pay for toys? Nothing I've ever bought my daughter has enticed her as such things as the remote control, the telephone, the laptop, etc.

Nan said...

Yippee Kyle! He is getting sooo strong!

Kendra said...

How sweet. My kids never.hardly.ever played with their toys! It still drives me nuts.

Apple said...

How wonderful!

In regards to the toys...I'd pay a small fortune for a toy that would guarantee to entertain my boy long enough for me to cook supper. Alas, such a toy has yet to be invented. :)

Kristen said...

Wouldn't you know it!

Kids are so funny, and I am sure he was just trying to get a better look at his toys and thought the cat would want to see too! :)

Becoming Me said...

I am so very glad I found your blog from Stephanie's. I will definitely come back. Your family is beautiful. What a miracle your son is. ANd what a cute story. Gooooood kitty too!!

Lisa said...

Boxes work wonders too :)

I'm happy he is progressing. My son has been labeled 'delayed' and I am constantly thinking of what I can buy to 'fix' him when what he really needs is support and time.
Lovely verse!

joan said...

So cute. I think little ones have a connection with animals. My granddaughter loves our cat and goes straight to her each time she comes in the door. Your little guy is so cute.

careysue said...

Way to go Kyle! How cute is that.

It seems you buy them a present and after they open it they want to play with the box it came in, or the wrapping paper!

Maybe the toys are for us adults!!

Regardless, I am so happy for his accomplishment:)

HUGS

Carey

E and T said...

Ingenious, Kyle. What a very resourceful boy you have on your hands!!

Those toy making companies sure know how to entice us mums in every time. It always seems like such a good idea in the shop and you convince yourself that this will be the toy that will be worth its weight in gold.

For us, we're now back to basics as far as toys go and we've never looked back. Simple toys or things we already have in the house - bits of material, kitchen utensils, boxes etc, are always winners and keep our little girl busy.

Love
Elise

Breanne and Rylee said...

Yeah for Kyle. Rylee is actually clapping for Kyle as I say yeah!! He is getting ready to take off soon. Before we know it both of them will be none stop. I am so excited to see you soon. I told my mom she has to come to the party because she can't miss Kyle again. She said for you-she'll be there. She can't wait to see him and you of course. Hope you have a great weekend.

twin power mommy said...

That made me chuckle.
Way to go for pulling up like that! I remember milestones being such a huge part of my girls' lives.

candidchatter said...

That is too adorable!

My kids have been, so far, more interested in the wrapping paper and boxes at Christmas and birthdays than the gifts. And if the gifts are clothes they get thrown out along with the tissue paper. They could care less about the cutest outfit on the planet.

Heidi

Fire Hunt said...

Way to go Kyle. We did all the toy to:)

amanda said...

yeah kyle!!

such a big moment mama :)

Laski said...

That is awesome!!! Your disclaimer cracked me up!

Oh, go hero cat!

WAY TO GO Kyle. Gosh, he is so cute I can't stand it!

Two blessings from above said...

Kyle, good job!
They look like great toys to encourage Kyle to pull himself up. He must have more faith in the cat though.
Kids are funny they do things on their own time.
Have a great week.

McMommy said...

Wow! I guess you could tell the cat thank you for finally pulling his share around the house! :)

Mandy said...

That is so funny. What a great cat you have that s/he didn't move! Our cats (from my childhood) would definitely have give us a swipe with claws out!

And we have the exact same walker in a different colour combo.

Good for Kyle though... happy days now that he's mobile!

Kendra said...

I was checking out your blog for a new post ... and nothing! Just wanted to let you know I miss ya! Hurry back. :)
K~

OHmommy said...

Heeheee.... all the toys in the world and kids alway pick the simplest things.

Way to go Kyle!

We are THAT Family said...

That's awesome! Our kitty is so sweet to our toddler too. I mean if you count tapping her in the head with declawed paw when she gets too close.

He's doing good, Momma!

Angie said...

I love that phase.

However, you will soon learn that the best toys you can buy are tupperware for clanging around and putting things in, a few cars and trains, a couple action figures, some blocks and well, that's about it. Until he get mobile outside - then its scooters and bikes and helmets, of course. I don't buy toys anymore.

KEEP BELIEVING

Jennifer said...

It is true that patience is a preemie mom's best friend. So glad he's progressing. We had that first toy and he has loved that thing through many stages. Thanks for visiting Gavin's blog. Hope to hear from you again.

Wendi said...

Too funny...I would say he was just very resourceful!
Way to go Kyle!

Amy Lynn said...

Awwwwwwww!!! He is adorable!!! Way to go, Kyle! :)

Jen said...

that is so sweet. The cat seems to be my youngests object of affection also!

The Walsh's said...

Oh I looove this post. I'm taught patience so often with Lincoln and each time I swear that I'm going to chill about the next thing. But I find myself all caught up in a 'diagnosis' or a Dr's prediction. God has a timing that can't compete with anything we imagine on this earth. I love these pictures and the message this post sends. Thanks for this. It just reminded me, again today, how I should approach this life...

Cindy said...

LOL, isn't that always the way!?!

Too cute and funny! Goooo Kyle!!!

shay said...

I happened upon your blog somehow and am chuckling to myself! Of course he used the cat! lol.

Your kids are beautiful btw. I'm going to have to surf through and read the whole story.

Elizabeth said...

keep at it mama...you're doing great!

check out wendi's blog at Every Day Miracles (it's on my blogroll) she has a child with Cerebral Palsey (did i spell that right?) and she has done everything in her power to give her son the advantages he needs to develope...he is SURPASSING everything the docs expected of him. You'll be encouraged i'm sure...

*elizabeth

krissy said...

Kyle is lucky to have such a wonderful mother like you! You took a scary situation and worked like hell to make it a good situation.

Good job Sweet Kyle!

Sorry I've been missing in blog world. I'm unfortunately dealing with some health issues. But I'll be back soon!