A year ago, around this time....The Little Apple was approaching her 1st Birthday. I was a concerned parent, as The Little Apple was getting further and further delayed. She still wasn't crawling. Not only was she not crawling, she wasn't even interested in trying. She could roll over, but wasn't interested in using that skill to move anywhere. All she did was sit up with her little basket of toys, and was perfectly content with staying in that space. She couldn't transition from sitting down to her belly, nor from laying down to sitting.
But what a difference a year makes. With the help of fantastic therapist from the Early Steps program here, she is well on her way. She receives physical therapy, occupational therapy, and sees a special instructor who comes to work with her with some of her cognitive and fine motor development.
Climbing a step of stairs at the playground might seem like an easy task to parents with 2 year olds that are developmentally on track...for my Little Apple, this has been a long and hard uphill climb. And she is succeeding. I was thrilled to see her take off on her own at the playground today, and get TO THE TOP of the stairs unassisted. This is big. Heck, she finally succeeded in climbing onto the couch by herself just last week.
She still has a long ways to go to catch up with other little ones her age. Her low muscle tone in her legs does not allow her to go down the stairs yet. Or ride one of those riding toys. Or run across the crazy bad uneven sidewalks in Louisiana without falling.
But she is proving herself to be a determined and unstoppable little girl. I wonder where she will be this time next year?