Rocket Man

I usually let Noah play on the swings for a minute after his speech therapy on Wednesdays.  A couple weeks ago, I noticed he was refusing to let his siblings lift him into the swing.  Instead he stood in front of it with both hands on the chains and pulled his entire body up just using his hands and then came down with his little bum in the swing. 


So I pushed him in the swing for a few minutes and then went to sit down.  When I looked up, he was still swinging, but he was swinging higher than when I left him, and the siblings weren’t even on the playground. 


Yup, those little legs were pumping in and out and he was swinging higher and higher.

I confess, I had been working with him on that, but only once or twice. 

See, it’s all about motivation with him.  I can teach him what a square is every day for a month, and if he doesn’t care to identify shapes, he will go nowhere with it. 

But put him in a swing and let him want to go higher than Mommy is willing to push him . . .

You ain’t seen nothing yet.

So this week I watch him do that, and then he started hollering at one of the girls when they went to push him.  Hmm.

So he starts leaning forward and backward, forward and backward.  And the next thing you know, he’s got some motion going, and then he was swinging, and then he was swinging high.  All by himself.

Pretty neat trick, eh? 

Do you know how much coordination and strength it takes to do that?  He gets that from his physical therapist.  WE LOVE YOU, MISS LAURIE.  Out of all the areas of Noah’s care that I lack initiative in, exercise is at the top of the list.  So everything that Miss Laurie accomplishes, she does it alone.  Okay, so she gets a little help from Mr. Ed and the awesome hippotherapy  volunteers over at Red Arena. 

While all this was going on, Bella was sitting in a swing the entire time with no one to push her.  Once she saw Noah get going, she got the most determined look on her face and commenced to rocking.  She was up and away too in no time.  Big brother teaching little sister a thing or too. 

Love it.

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