Friday, August 15, 2008

Learning to swing!

Last weekend was Parents Night Out (woo-hoo!) and when we picked the boys up and asked the boys what they did, Bearhug told us he did the swing without needing very many pushes. He proudly told us he needed pushes at first but then he was able to keep the swing moving by moving his legs. Cuddlebug said he did too, although he said he needed more pushes.

This was exciting news! When the boys were younger, Cuddlebug wouldn't even get on a swing. The movement was scary for him due to sensory issues. He spent considerable time in OT working on just getting onto a swing, and eventually letting someone push him a little. I was amazed the first time I actually saw him on a swing with a smile on his face (that's him to the right, Nov 2005)!

Bearhug was ok with swings but typically preferred to do the "arms over the swing" approach (that's him in the picture to left, Feb 2004). We've tried for a long time to teach them how to move their legs back and forth to keep the swing moving on their own, but while they have plenty of strength, it takes a lot of coordination and that is an area where they struggle sometimes.

So we were pretty excited to hear that they'd been able to keep the swings going on their own, at least partially. That's a big step and an indication of their developing coordination skills :).

As for Mr. Bitty, he LOVES to swing although he too has yet to learn how to swing by himself. All in good time. He'll swing until your arms feel like they're going to fall off from pushing him, seriously sometimes almost an hour! And then when you ask if he's all done, he'll still sign "more." Usually when we go to the park, he spends the majority of his time on the swing, before finally venturing out to see what else is there. He has sensory issues too, but more on the sensory-seeking end rather than sensory-avoiding when it comes to movement.

LOL, I just noticed that Bitty is wearing the same shirt in this picture (taken April 2008) as Cuddlebug was wearing in the picture above. That's the great thing about having twin big brothers, lots of cool clothes!


Elizabeth Channel on August 15, 2008 at 11:13 PM said...

I love to see my younger child in the older child's shirt. (Mine are 21 months apart.) Now I pass clothes down to a neighbor so I get to see them three times.

That's great about the swinging! (We're still working on pumping over here!)

Mom2my9 on August 16, 2008 at 4:33 PM said...

Your boys are just precious! Are your twins identical? Mine were born in different sacs but they look just alike! So we don't know. By the way, thanks so much for stopping by my blog! It sounds like you love blog carnivals just as much as I do, so I just wanted to let you know that I’m starting one of my own on Monday, August 18th, – with prize attached! Thought you might want to check it out. Hope to see you again soon!

lonestar818 on August 17, 2008 at 12:10 AM said...

@Elizabeth - me too! Especially when Little Bitty was a baby, I loved dressing him in the cute little outfits that his brothers had outgrown so quickly! Except that it was weird having coordinating outfits and no one to "coordinate" him with lol. Sometimes it's fun to dress all three in coordinating outfits, when they'll go for it :)

@Mom2my9 - yes, they are identical. They had separate inner sacs but one outer sac and shared a placenta. They had TTTS so BH has always been a little bit bigger and to me they're easy to tell apart (of course) but people who don't know them well sometimes have trouble. I'll be by to check out your blog carnival, thanks for letting me know!


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