Monday, September 29, 2014

Mobile Stander

Most of you know that Caleb had tethered cord release surgery in April of 2012, so it's been about 2 1/2 years since his detethering. Most of you also know that prior to the surgery Caleb was standing and walking very well with just his AFO's and walker. And you also know that Caleb pretty much lost all function from the waist down after TC and it has been a long hard road of therapy and rehabilitation. Caleb still isn't where he was....and he may never be...but he continues to get stronger. I really wanted a way for Caleb to be upright for longer periods of time. He has KAFO's that he can stand in but he does fatigue quickly so I wanted something that would allow him to stand and move freely. I present the mobile stander!

This is a loaner that we received through our local SB clinic. Basically Caleb is strapped in and supported in a standing position. It allows him to be upright and mobile at the same time. Now this isn't our first time using a mobile stander....but as you can see, it's been a few years. :)

Oh my. I can't stand the cuteness of that chunky 18 month old on the left! When did he get so big? I blinked and he was nine. Seriously. 

Caleb loves the mobile stander. He's spinning circles in this pic. I think he just loves being so tall and mobile at the same time. 

Little bro had to hitch a ride. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Basketball, feeding ducks, and a pigeon attack

Wheelchair basketball is officially in full swing these days. While I miss the lazy, let's sleep in a bit, Saturday mornings...I love watching Caleb play. I love seeing all of the kids and coaches. It really is a blessing, even if it is at 8:30 Saturday morning. Yawn.

I've seen so much improvement in Caleb recently. He is getting stronger, faster, and closer to making a basket. I can tell that his confidence is growing too. 

After practice we headed outside with some friends and fellow teammates to feed the ducks. Our intent to feed the ducks rapidly turned to a plague of pigeons. We were surrounded. Wings flying everywhere. It was a bit unnerving. 

Of course Caleb (my obsessed bird lover) was in heaven. Pigeon heaven. 

Seriously, the kid was crazy happy over these pigeons. 

Caleb and Abby are 2 peas in a pod. I have so enjoyed watching their friendship grow over the last couple of years. 

Hmmmm....what's Abby writing?

"C heart A"
Can't stand the cuteness people. 

Can't stand this cuteness either. 

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Walk-n-Roll for SB 2014

This past weekend was the annual Walk-n-Roll for Spina Bifida. Thanks to all the donations we received, we raised $1,100 for the Spina Bifida Association of North Texas!

Caleb was anxious to get through the 1/2 mile walk so he could start swimming. 

Every year the walk is held at a local water park. The boys love it because it has somewhat sandy beaches.

Caleb was under water pretty much the entire time. He barely comes up for air.

Taking a quick break to play in the sand. 

The boys had a blast and they look forward to this event every year. I'm thankful to everyone that donated. We are so blessed to have such an active SB chapter in our area. It is a privilege to show our appreciation by raising money.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

At MeMe's

We took advantage of the long Labor Day weekend by taking the boys down to the "farm" (aka MeMe's house). The boys love going there and it has been quite some time since we've made our way down there. We divided our time between staying out on the land and spending time at MeMe's house.

Someone is excited.

Benjamin was definitely in his element. He loved having all this open land to roam and run through. He was on a grasshopper hunt when I took this photo.

The boys met a neighboring horse and donkey.

MeMe has some land with cattle so we took some time to drive around and say "hi" to the cows. We also saw a gorgeous sunset. 

Hi cow.

Our mornings were nice and leisurely. It was a welcome blessing to have a break from our normal routine. 

Surrounded by nature. It really is just beautiful out there.

The boys got to ride around in Uncle Mike's truck.They thought that was pretty cool. Not sure what their poses are about.

He's handsome.

A little bird watching.

The cows were a bit curious about Benjamin but they were so skittish too. 

Benjamin was so excited because he found dozens of cicada shells. Seriously, we came home with a bag of cicada shells. He loved you can see from his face.

The boys had such a great time.

This photo is hanging on MeMe's wall....

.....look like someone familiar? 
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