Bunny has been going through a very stubborn stage with his therapists. If he decides he doesn't want to do something he will not do it. Fortunately, as stubborn as he is, he is also very polite. He doesn't scream or yell....he just locks his body and grunts and gets twisty. When that doesn't work he gets very charming. He smiles his big toothy smile and babbles and tries to charm his therapists.
I know that this is normal 19 month old behavior. I hear "no" from Buddy's mouth a million times a day. Bunny shakes his head "no" or says "all done".
What frustrates me is his lack of motivation to do new things. I finally thought we were making progress with pulling to stand and now he is refusing to do it. He is also perfectly happy commando crawling and has no desire to try to 4 point crawl. It's not that he doesn't want to move because he commandos all over the place and loves to explore but he is perfectly content doing it his way.
I am trying everything I can think of to get him motivated to work on things to strengthen his arms and legs. I pulled out the crawling track last week so he could push his way down. I took him into the playroom so he could pull to stand at the train table. We practice the wheel barrow position while he is on my tummy (the only way he tolerates it). I am just at a loss. I know he will get there and I know I have to have patience but I just wish I could find a way to motivate him.
Our PT is ordering come orthopedic braces for his feet/ankles to help him not lock out when he stands. A friend of mine is also going to make him a tummy band so that he has more support and feedback for his tummy. I hope that these things will give him a little boost and desire to keep working.
He really LOVES music so I've been putting music on in the background when we do exercises. Tonight I got him to stand for a few seconds and we "danced". He loved that. I think I just need to get REALLY creative.
He may have gotten some of his strong will from his extra chromosome but he also got a nice healthy dose of it from his parents. He has met his match in his mama bear.