Thursday, May 14, 2009

Yay! A smile!

For the first time in what is mostly likely to be years, I am on antibiotics for some infection. Just a cough / cold thing, but I was more concerned about passing anything on to Josh, which is why I took the trip to the Doctors last night.

This morning, we took a visit to another Doctor, who was one of two referred to us by our Case Manager. After the Doctors' question of "how does Josh communicate", I had just finished explaining how he tends to vocalise and makes sounds to let us know he is in discomfort (for example), when Josh made this "oooohhhh" sound. I looked over, and he almost looked as though he were smiling, and he made another sound. I stood in front of him, and his whole face looked softer somehow. He made a few more sounds, and we were so happy.

The OT came yesterday and gave Josh his new day splints (which he is wearing in the pic below). I think he looks like a boxer in training. he'll need to wear these for a few hours each day. They're a bit tricky to get his thumb into though...

Tonight though, was the best of all. Josh absolutely smiled at me, and then John and Melie. (Paris managed to grab this quick video of him.) He was also making soft "awwwww" sounds every now and then to go along with it. And he would look from me, to John, and then, when Melie came, at her, and back to me. Slowly, but surely. We interacted like this for about 15 minutes!!

To the uneducated eye, the change in Joey's mouth and face is probably subtle. To me, it's beautiful.


~EssenseVibez~ said...

wow--joshua is such a beautiful lil' boy---as a mother myself, i look at joshua and see a smile--it's like God told him to smile for you and he did---i am keeping up with his progress and am keeping all of you and my lil' joshua in prayer---remain blessed!!

Steph said...

Ahhh he is the cheekiest boy XXOO

Yay for a smile and all that following with his eyes!! FANTASTIC

Anonymous said...

I am so excited for you all. Josh you are so alert in the video, and you look great in your "boxing gloves" it's great to see your hands so open. Sorry to hear you are unwell Wendy.

Liz and Ashleigh

Jac said...

How exciting, it reminded me of when my babies first smiled but more so of when my eldest drew his first face with a smile on it - and that was only this year at 6yrs of age - bit like Christmas, hey!!!

You sound like you're doing so well - though, I'm sure there are many many days you'd say otherwise - you're truly inspiring don't forget there are people out here thinking of you daily.

Tianne said...

Josh is just amazing and what a wonderful moment for all of you. All my love, Tianne xx

Keryn said...

Thank you so much for sharing Josh's progress - I was so thrilled to see the video of him and yes - he does smile - there almost seems to be a smile in his eyes too if that makes sense. Hugs to you and your family.

vintagefabricaddict said...

I saw that smile, it was beautiful! love to you all.

Anonymous said...

oh that was so so beautiful!

I am working my way through little Josh's blog from the beggining and me heart was so heavy last night.

This morning my kids and I have been looking through Josh's photos and talking abouut his story and watching this video was wonderful - we all agreed that your Josh is both a fighter and a stunner! What a little cutie:)

Erica xox

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