Monday, July 29, 2013


On Friday, Gabriel officially started to motate!
Something must have just clicked because all of the sudden he is army crawling everywhere!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Since we saw the neurologist in May, Gabriel has progressed so, so much. We still take it one day a time, but we are working with him each day to try and bring him up to the next level.
He still has good days and he has bad days. He recently started the constant screaming again. I took him to the doctor last Friday to see if something was wrong, but he was healthy as a horse. Our pediatrician and I talked about the situation for a bit and we thought it was perhaps separation anxiety mixed with an overwhelming frustration to want to do things. He has the strength and he knows he should be doing them, but his brain and body aren't connecting on all cylinders yet to let him achieve this--plus he can't tell us what he wants or what is wrong.
So, as of recent events, we don't leave the house very much.
Gibby is still attending therapies twice a week for about an hour-hour and a half.
Here is everything he can do now as a result of these therapies and working at home.
1. He can sit up completely unassisted. We are working on a straighter sit because he tends to curl his spine and sit back on his tailbone, so we are constantly working with him to sit a little straighter and tighten that core.
2. He can turn himself 360 degrees in a sitting position while pushing himself with his hands/arms.
3. He has more flexibility in turning while sitting or reaching side to side while sitting.
4. Using his arms and hands he can scoot himself backwards on his bottom to get somewhere.
5. He has much more flexibility.
6. He can go from sitting to a shoulder roll that will take him on to his back. He used to fling himself backwards.
7. He can bring himself up from a laying position to a sitting position on his own.
8. He plays with toys.
9. He plays with toys using both hands.
10. He plays with toys while on his tummy.
11. He rolls everywhere and with amazing speed.
12. He has started to slowly attempt army crawling.
13. He will bring his knees up to a crawling position while on his tummy and scoot himself forward. We are still working on the shoulder, arm, hand, and core strength.
14. He can clap his hands.
15. He can raise his arms above his head as high as they will go when we ask, "How big is Gibby?"
16. He can say "more" and "all done" in sign language with prompting.
17. He can drink from a sippy cup on his own.
18. He has eaten eggs, bread, raspberries, pears, bananas and ice cream. He feeds himself.
19. He can stack toys, take them out of stuff, and put them away.
20. He is using both hands equally and with greater strength that previous months.
He still has a long road ahead of him, but I am so impressed with how far he has come. His genetic test is next Tuesday and he starts speech therapy in August.
We are still going to physical therapy and occupational therapy each week, and we are still working with Family Outreach (paperwork stage).
He still struggles in overwhelming situations, but has also responded very well to being removed from the situation to a quiet environment.
He also got to play in a pool for the first time this week and LOVED it:
And here is an example of Gibby playing on his tummy
Here is an example of the screaming he does. The first two screams are what he does almost constantly at the moment. Taking him outside is about the only thing that will stop the screaming right now. He will scream like that as loud as he can for as long as he can, and then he takes a breath and does it all over again. As his mom, I have gotten pretty good at tuning it out. Caderyn struggles with it, so we have started encouraging him to go play in his room or to go outside until Gibby is able to calm down for a little bit.

Monday, July 22, 2013


Just a little glimpse of our lives lately.
Morning photo shoot with the boys 
We switched Gibby into a new car seat last week. He screamed for about a day and a half before thinking it was pretty cool. This was how he looked when he wasn't screaming. A little overwhelmed. 
My sons shoe choices 
Brother was in town! I took him to lunch.  
Gibby...thinking a beer bottle is pretty neat.  
Sweet boy  
Now liking his car seat and loving looking at everything.  
My dog...and my dad 
This has been making me laugh lately.

Friday, July 19, 2013


Caderyn: Mommy, Lucy is a girl.
Me: Oh really, how do you know Lucy is a girl?
Caderyn: Because I'm always right.
Shoot. I think he got that saying from me...

Wednesday, July 10, 2013


I haven't posted for like two weeks. That's too long if you ask me.
So I thought I'd throw a big picture post your way.
Nothing is really new. Jeff is gone until August 1 and my parents are here helping.
They are wonderful!
I have help with the boys and am able to focus on work and I even get to work out!
Again, wonderful! I so enjoy my parents and getting to spend time with them.
So here is what we've been up to, brace is riveting.
Gibby eating his crunchies. He has mastered the crunchies. I'm pretty proud!
Out to breakfast with my mom, aunt, and cousins in Missoula to celebrate my aunt's 60th birthday.
Jeff took the boys to Great Falls for the weekend so I had time to myself to see my Missoula family and goof off with them. Pictures below are from the you can see we all had A LOT of fun.
Me...maybe a little too much.
Flower arrangements by ME! 
My grandparents 
This picture alone is proof I was having too much fun. My silly grin and my cheeks are so rosy.  
The end of the night...

Gibby at the doctor for shots. thank you MT.
Play-learning! Look at how strong he is when he sits up now! And he is holding things so much better!
At the Great Falls 4th of July parade. A two hour parade.
Gib squared
Gibby playing with my grandma's feet.
Caderyn teaching Grandpa how to use the iPad.
And this. This was taken today, July 10, 2013 before I went to work.