It wasn’t too long ago that we couldn’t get Jude to stand up on his own. His feet were still sore from being casted and he, frankly, didn’t want to stand when kneeling and crawling would do just fine, thank you. So it’s just been in the last several weeks that he is standing regularly and is actually enjoying the benefits of being completely upright. He has discovered his sisters’ kitchen and boy, does this kid like to cook. He is hilarious to watch as he grabs a knife to stir up the soup he has brewing on the stove. He throws open a drawer, pulls out a ‘can’ of tomato soup and pitches it in the dishwasher. It’s hard work, you know, cooking for a family this size 😉 We’re just thrilled to see him pulling to stand on his own and enjoying his newfound freedom. Walking is still quite a ways off for him as his progress is steady, but indeed slow. Not only is he weak from being limited during his time at the orphanage and his clubfoot, but his legs got even weaker in his casts. So we’re catching up, but doing it on Jude’s schedule 🙂 I have to admit, doing the PT thing and watching him cry and resist as the therapist works with him is hard. But when we’re all done and he’s covered in sweat, he has a great sense of accomplishment. The PT explained to me that since he is normal neurologically, once he’s done something a few times, his brain puts it together and he’ll be able to repeat it afterward very easily. It’s just the doing it the first few times that’s so tough. But he’s making steady progress every week. We’re so proud of our little man and the obstacles he’s already overcome.
C’mon over, the soup might not be hot, but a fun time is guaranteed 🙂
Mom of 5 says
It looks like great progress !
YEAH, Jude!! You go, you handsome devil, you!!
GREAT photos!! We should get Jude & Kiara together…she makes a mean “pretend cake” & loves to take “orders” with her pad & pen! 😉
I’ll take a bowl of soup from your little cutie any day of the week! Congrats to him for all the wonderful things he is doing. What a blessing…
Chris & Deb says
What great news about Jude’s progress! He sure does look like he is enjoying the kitchen! 🙂
The Ferrill's says
You da man, Jude! With that perseverance and determination you will do great things for the kingdom of God! You must inherit that gusto from your momma! (i.e.–taking your casts off herself! Stefanie, that is still my FAVORITE post in all of bloggy world!)
What an inspiration your little boys is…and your entire family!
Maybe we’ll see him soon on Food Network. What great progress!
When I nannied and the little boy with his club feet started PT, I was in tears for him. He would look at me and say “there’s no crying.” (I used to tell them “there’s no crying in baseball”
Praise God for the progress this little guy has made! It’s great to see him standing on his own. Have a great weekend with all your kiddos.
Mike, Hayley & Piper says
Jude is hanging with his girls! betcha he could whip up some mean ramen noodles and ketchup if given the chance
Aww that’s so amazing that he’s making such great progress and that he’s learning to make soup, too. What a smart (and handsome) boy.
A trooper, your Jude… He has a look of determination. And he wants to cook? He is going to make a fine husband someday.