Thursday, April 28, 2011

ABM: Day 3

Sorry for the late update! We left right after Grant's second session yesterday and we were non-stop until we went to bed at 11:30 last night!

Session 1: Went much like session 2 yesterday! I held Grant the entire time and he did great! Chad had his hips/pelvis area rotating and moving all around! He had Grant reaching out for his cup with an open hand and Grant was listening so closely to what Chad was saying! It felt like a very productive session.

Session 2: My sweet baby turned into Mr. Crabs!! He was very much a krabby patty! He wouldn't let Chad touch him (which of course he did anyway) :) We had to keep moving around to keep him happy. He did have Grant giving me "hugs" and wrapping his arms around my neck! Chad said for children as young as Grant usually by the very last session they are just done!

He did send us home with some homework! We are supposed to lay him on different surfaces and make him start feeling okay with it. If we lay him down on the floor and he starts to cry we are supposed to tell him that "mom is going to walk away until you stop crying because there is no need to cry. When you quiet down I will come back in". In addition to that we are supposed to start trying to get him used to people by starting out with group hug and then playing games with me, him and the other person so that he can learn that it is safe! Hopefully these methods work and we can get him better about that before his next set of sessions!! :)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

ABM: Day 2

Well Day 2 had fewer tears! :)

Session 1: Again Grant cried the entire hour! :( Luckily Ryan took over the hour for me and I played with Matthew! But Chad worked with Grant again on rolling over and crawling and he really seems to be getting the hang of it! I'm really impressed and so excited to see what he starts trying to do over the next couple of days!

Session 2: In between sessions Chad had talked to another practitioner, Karen, who we met at the free children's clinic last month. She works out of Philadelphia and travels to New York several times a month to work with Maureen who is Anat Baniel's (ABM - Anat Baniel Method) right hand man. So Karen is very trained in this method. He was asking for different ways to try working with Grant to make it even more effective. She said maybe Grant's crying isn't all stemming from manipulation but maybe it's a little bit of a separation issue and not wanting to be separated from me and Ryan. So he had me hold Grant the entire session and it was great!! He worked a lot with his spine and his legs and arms! Grant didn't cry at all...he started to fuss towards the end but no crying! So it was a very good session!

We just got back to the hotel and got Grant down on the floor and we can already see some small improvements!! When he's on his belly he gets both arms up very quickly and bears a lot of weight on his arms. He even army crawled forward and moved his left arm up before his right arm. It's usually his left arm that lags behind!! :) So we are feeling really confident that good things are coming for Grant! God is amazing and works in great ways!

Monday, April 25, 2011

ABM: Day 1

Well Day 1 would prove to be somewhat successful even through the tears and crying! No sooner than Grant saw Chad (ABM Practitioner) he started whimpering. Then when he laid Grant down on the table the fun was over!! :(

Session 1: Grant cried the whole time...yes the full hour!! BUT...he wasn't resisting movement. He was actually working really good with Chad. Grant was letting Chad move him all over the place! He had him rolling from back to tummy and tummy to back by just barely holding the back of his pants. I was pretty impressed. Chad had asked if I thought his crying was fear or manipulation. We both agreed it was a little bit of both. When the hour was up he had me grab Grant. As soon as I picked him up he immediately stopped crying looked at Chad and smiled the biggest smile as if to say "Ha I got my mom!" Chad said he thinks it's manipulation :)

Session 2: Same ole, same ole...he cried the entire hour. This time he tried something with Grant. He would try to tell him that he had to be quiet so mom would stay in the room with him. When Grant got loud he made me leave the room until Grant quieted down. Needless to say I spent a lot of the hour and 15 minutes watching through the window but I think he was starting to get the hang of things! This time he not only worked hard on rolling over which Grant has almost got all on his own already but he was working on crawling. Grant is becoming an expert at getting his hands up in front of him when he gets on his belly!

So like I said I feel like today was pretty successful! I can't wait to see what the next two days bring...hopefully less tears!! :)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

So Much Excitement Around Here!

Wow...I know it's been a bit since I've last posted but there hasn't been a whole lot to post! Until now that is!

So the ABM practitioner in St. Charles called and we are scheduled to go for Grant's first session next week! It will be a three day session with two sessions per day! I cannot wait to see what this does for my baby boy! Since he rolled over after just a 45 min visit I can't image what 2 hours a day for three days will do for him! He is so close to doing so much! He can sit for about 10-15 seconds on his own and he is trying so so hard to start crawling! I know the results won't be instantaneous but they will happen I just know it!

We also get Grant's gait trainer tomorrow! I cannot wait for that. We went to watch Ryan and Kyle play softball Sunday and all this little boy wanted to do was stand! And he would stand on my lap. He wanted down on the ground with his big brother!! :) So for the entire two hours I was either sitting leaning over holding under his arms or standing leaning over holding his arms! Needless to say my back was broken by the end of the 2 hours but he loved it so it was definitely worth it!

So there are a lot of exciting things getting ready to happen for Grant! I can't wait to see how he responds to each!! I will keep you posted! :)

(Grant propped up and sitting like a big boy! He was playing monster trucks with Matthew!)

(Grant laughing at Toy Story! That boy cracks me up!)

(Mini Spidey!)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Anxiety and Excitement!

Well there is a lot going on to be excited about!!

We are anxiously awaiting Grant's gait trainer!! It should be here any day and everytime I hear anything that sounds like a UPS truck I got running to the door!!He is so excited to get moving. This gait trainer is going to make him so incredibly happy!! I can't wait to put him in it when the kids are playing outside and watch him have fun.

That being said with the anticipation of the gait trainer we are hoping that he won't need it very long due to starting ABM at the end of the month! We got a call from the ABM practitioner in St. Charles and we are going out there at the end of the month for 3 days and 6 sessions! I really think this is going to do great things for Grant! It seems like since his last visit when they worked with him for only 30 minutes he has been more aware of his body. I can't imagine what 6 sessions will do for him.

So we sit and wait for all this new exciting stuff to happen! I have a feeling this is going to be the longest two weeks of my life!!

Monday, April 4, 2011

What a week!

Sorry for the lack of updates for the past week! My computer crashed and I haven't been able to get online...and there hasn't really been too much to update on! Unfortunately Grant hasn't rolled over again since last Monday but Ryan and I truly believe that it was the ABM he had that Saturday that caused him to roll over. I just can't help but think if 45 minutes will get him rolling over what will one hour twice a day for five days do for him? I'm really excited to get the ball rolling on this now if everyone else involved would be too.

I did get an update on Grant's gait trainer. It has been ordered and hopefully we will be getting it this week. I can't wait! It's going to make him so incredibly happy to be so independent! I can't wait to see the smile on his face when he really gets the hang of it.

Bath time has turned into a complete nightmare! Grant recently got a bath chair to help him sit upright when he takes a bath. The first time we tried it he LOVED it! But he hasn't since then. I put him in the chair to take a bath and he screams until I'm done. I don't know what to do about that but I'm sure he will get it worked out soon.

So that's about all the excitement I have to share this week! :) Hope you all have a wonderful week!