First off, we ended up raising $2,000 dollars from Brady's Walk -- how exciting!! I am just about done writing the article to put with the picture to send to the WSA. I will be sure to post a copy of that article when it comes out in the newsletter. I was so amazed at all the people who donated and/or walked... people who didn't know Brady but just wanted to help. I am excited to make next year's event even more fun.
And last but certainly not least, Mr. Brady. Brady has been doing AMAZINGLY well - his gross motor skills have improved greatly, his cognitive skills have improved, his facial features have gone CRAZY - he smiles now purposely, a twinkled-eye one and a scrunched up face one that makes you just sigh and smile back. Although he doesn't smile on command, I no longer have the fear that he is uncommunicative. It did take longer than anyone I have read about, but I am going to make sure that I post how long it took in the bios on WSA and WF so some other mother out there doesn't freak out when her child is 9 months old and not smiling. Brady always had other ways to show he was excited - he flapped his arms and wiggled his body - and I see it all coming together now.
Although he has gotten taller, he has not gained the weight his pedi would like to see. His nutritionist is on maternity leave and I have emailed her privately to see what she says. The thing is, Brady has been the most responsive and happier than ever, so I am very hesitant to change his diet. His sleeping is great. His playtime to great. He's rolling all the way over around the room now. He is eating more baby food than before, which is ironically part of the problem - he gains more weight on formula. Go figure.
We're all very excited over here also because we just learned the WSA conference next year will be in Anaheim, California, a mile from Disneyland. We were planning to go to the WSA conference no matter where it was, so this is just a little bonus to be near something so fun. I hope all the WS buddies will be able to go!