It was about a year ago when Randy and I were trying to decide what kind of items we should add to our baby shower registry. We started to think of the items our little peanut may need or what may be helpful for his development.
Looking at our living room now, there’s no doubt the little man has moved in. What used to be empty space is now covered with a jumper, cars, planes, activity box, blocks – well you get the picture. I’ll have to admit most of these items were not purchased by our family in the store, but at yard sales.
One of the benefits of going to our therapy appointments is getting ideas of what toys are appropriate for Jordan. As we examine these items I keep them in mind as I indulge in my somewhat obsessive hobby of attending yard sales. The items I think will be more appropriate for a couple of months from now, our little peanut is fascinated with and dives right in.
Today I came across a little sit-and-spin thinking I could use it for a couple patients I see, but Randy and Jordan beat them to it. I couldn’t help but pull the camera out to tape my boys giggling as Jordan explored the “new” experience of spinning.
As we’ve been working on standing with Jordan’s super boots we’ve had to be creative to keep him interested in standing for longer periods of time. One trick we’ve used is placing a puff in each of his six stacking cups in a half circle around him.
As he aggressively picks a puff out, he pulls the cup off the table and indulges in another. It’s a great game. A couple of weeks ago at physical therapy, Jordan surprised our physical therapist and me by kneeling on both knees while playing at an activity table. So it’s been on my list to find items to keep him busy off the floor.
During his occupational therapy session last week, we discussed working on putting things in and out of containers. Something I love about being an occupational therapist is that it’s opened my eyes to looking at what’s around me to use.
We used an empty tissue box for Jordan to pull an empty water bottle out of – talk about inexpensive and entertaining. Of course the box ended up on his foot and the bottle was his new musical instrument.
We’ve also found some fun books. One of our family favorites is “Read Sing Play ABC Sing-Along.” It was funny trying to match the tune with the words on the page. The best part is when we start singing the song, Jordan looks up and starts clapping along.
Oh, the simple things in life.
These are a couple of my favorite things:
- the way he finds my ears to pull me close
- when he hears the back door open and peers around the corner looking for his daddy
Read more about Megs’ and Randy’s journey of raising a child with spina bifida through her blog, Labor of Love.