Friday, September 30, 2011

How to keep perspective

You may realize logically that people have it worse off than you. You may not ever meet a starving Ethiopian or know someone personally who is homeless. You drive by a hospital and know the people in there are worse off than you. You will know, logically, that those people exist and that "they" are worse off than you. Sometimes, however, it does help to know, to feel, to interact with someone who is, in fact, in real life, in front of your eyes, worse off than you.

Ellie just turned 14 months. Much like crawling, she seems to have the mechanics of walking down, just not the confidence or desire. It sort of hurts my heart. I know I'll be semi-regretful the day she takes off running and hurts herself as she knocks everything I own to the ground. Her friend has started walking which makes me hurt more. I was so depressed I told other special needs moms that I gave up, she is never going to walk. I refuse to stop being hurt about it.

A mother responded:

Our son is six and has been walking really well by holding our hands for the past 3 months I would say. He has been using a walker for almost a year and is a pro at it. We are starting hand crutches now and moving to the next stage to walking without any assistance. It may take time and patience but it will happen and be so worth it in the end!! :-)

6. Her son is learning to walk at SIX. I need to shut up.


We're up to 4 yes FOUR teeth! My goodness!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Third tooth

Ellie cut her third tooth, top to the left (her right). Such a big girl!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

random thoughts

Ellie is applauding all the time, its hilarious. She loves to play in the dishwasher. She pivots on her butt around and around. She's convinced she can walk, which results in a lot of falling down after about 2 steps, hahaha!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Weigh in!

She did it! She weighs 16 lbs 5 ounces!!! The GI dr said that if she hits the growth chart then he'll cut us lose. We have to come back in Dec and see where she is. I can't believe it! She's turning into a normal kid! We're almost done w/PT (since she's close to walking) and now we're almost done w/GI!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

1 year check up w/EI and PT

Since it's been 1 year since Ellie started Early Intervention w/Babies Can't wait/Children First/Easter Seals. Our social services coordinator came back so we can set new goals for the coming year. Last year our goal was to have Ellie be able to sit alone so I can leave the room without falling over, and if she did fall over, to be able to catch herself. We're MILES past that point. Really, all that's left is walking and talking. Our services coordinator even said once they stalk walking often a huge upswing in speech will follow. Our PT was there during the one year eval and was exceptionally helpful in helping the coordinator fill out all the paperwork. I guess since she knew what the paperwork was looking for, she knew what to say to help the coordinator in filling it out. Ellie's met a ton of milestones. In fact, the coordinator was almost reluctant to mark Ellie as "delayed" but the PT convinced her that Ellie was moderately delayed so we could continue LOL. She said her speech and walking was delayed so that was good enough. Our goal is to have Ellie pick up and put toys away in her box via walking. Although it looks like Ellie will be walking soon and we'll be able to voluntarily back out of the program. We can re-enter if we feel she's starting to lag behind again. It makes me happy and nervous.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Walking- sort of

She pushed her walking toy across the living the last few days. She's been able to cruise around the couch and coffee table. She can even go back and forth between the two. It may still take a while but it looks like she'll be walking soon-ish. She gets weighed on Thurs.

I'm only slightly disheartened since my 3-month-old nephew got weighed today and he weighs 15 lbs 4 ozs. We're praying Ellie is 16 lbs on Thursday.