It's hard to believe that in just a few days, Liam will be 9 months old already! Time has flown by so fast and this little boy is growing even faster. He is as fun and as motivated as ever. What a joy to have around! Also, Liam's orthopedist and his Occupational Therapist have said that every one of the arthrogrypotic patients they have worked with have been exceptionally bright and quite distinctly so. We can already see that Liam is very smart too. He had started to say "mama" and "dada" at barely 8 months old! What an incredible guy!
One of my goals is to give Liam the gift of independence. It became easy for me to see now how much we take our independence for granted once I realized that Liam may not even be able to feed himself for several years to come unless we take the necessary steps to facilitate self-care. I have asked his therapists to help me brainstorm ways that we can adapt his feedings so that I can start teaching him how to hold his own bottles and eventually to bring his own spoon to his mouth. He may seem a little young for doing all of that now, but now is the time for him to start learning.
The challenge that Liam is facing is that his elbow joints are still too tight that they do not fully bend yet. They are getting looser, thanks to the daily massages and regular aggressive therapy he has been receiving. And while we haven't thought up any major adaptations yet, we have figured out how to prop his bottle in such a way that he can hold onto it while giving his fingers, thumbs and wrists the mild stretch that they regularly need. He really enjoys it!