Lauren's crawling is significant to us on many levels. First, it shows that with early intervention therapy, commitment in practicing the exercises, and with ALOT of PATIENCE and love, she will get there. Was it the therapy, or would she have gotten here anyways? I believe the physio helped tremendously and can be attributed to her success in crawling. Secondly, the reason why I'm always freaking out about things is the stupid genetics literature we received said that their study of babies did not achieve crawling until at least 18 months and that it ranged from 18 months - 3 years (with some babies never crawling). I know ppl always say the literature is worse case scenario, but if you think about it, its somebody's worse case and whose to say it may not be mine? Thirdly, we are super happy she is crawling because this will help her to build her upper body strength, overall body co-ordination and will hopefully balance out her left and right side (she seems to have a preference and more strength on her left side).
So what's next for Lauren? Hopefully i'll be able to report before 6 months time, that she is walking. Again, it seems right now we are a long ways off (she is very imbalanced), but we will just take it one day at a time.
So my next step is start working with Lauren in the area of communication, language and socialization. I'm going to talk to her doctor about this, but she is really far behind in this area, and progress has been non-existent to date. Overall she is a very quiet and content little girl. She babbled for a week, then stops, then picks it up again a few months later. Odd I know. Right now, she is not babbling. She was babbling earlier this month, but has stopped. We will figure it out. Again, one day at a time.