As Eleanor laughs her little heart out day and night, we’ve often wondered what Andrew’s laughters would sound like. Andrew smiles and coos like it’s nobody’s business to convey his ever growing happiness, but we’ve never heard him laugh. Until this week, that is. After fourteen months, we finally heard it. Since then, we’ve been trying to elicit laughter again but have not had any luck. It’s a magical moment for any parent to hear their child’s first laugh. But when you’re a special needs parent, such milestones are especially cherished as milestones become “inchstones”. It’s the small things.
This week, Andrew also went for his first swim in a swimming pool! And he LOVED it. It was also a great time to try out his new WaterWayBabies flotation device that we ordered after seeing it on a couple of special needs blogs. This product is awesome. It provides great head support for Andrew and allows the rest of his body to be free to move in a way that Andrew is unable to do as well out of the water. And unlike most other products for special needs kids, it’s extremely affordable. We also ordered the accompanying green pool so that Andrew can do water therapy at home, too.