When I first got to the baby house, Arsen was about 13 months old. He didn't have any teeth, he didn't ever try to talk, he couldn't do anything besides lie on his back. But slowly, slowly he has been improving. A tooth is finally growing in, he is an expert roller and can get anywhere he wants to by rolling, he sits well, and he can even stand for several minutes.
Yesterday he crawled. He has absolutely refused to crawl in the past. Certainly some babies never crawl, but since he wasn't moving on to walking, it seemed that helping him crawl was a good option. I'd get him into a kneeling position then lower his hands. He would always flop back down on his stomach even if I tried to hold him in a crawling position. But yesterday when I tried it again, he just crawled off. It looked like he'd been doing it forever. Since he's 18 months, he should have been doing it forever.
He still can't change positions very well. Lying/rolling to sitting or standing is impossible. But I'm so pleased that he is improving. His little personality comes through a lot more strongly. He talks a lot. I hope that he will be more likely to be adopted or taken home if he seems to be a bit more on track developmentally.
Esen isn't likely to be adopted for that reason, and that's sad. He is a sweet boy. But adoptions are a business, and few families are looking to fly halfway around the world to adopt a baby who will need a great deal of care.