Sunday, August 02, 2009
There is so much to say but I can't seem to motivate myself to update the blog. Not that I don't have MANY wonderful things to say...it's just that my mind is mush nowadays. Everytime I sit down at the computer, I stare at a blank screen and my fingers don't seem to move. So I'll try to update as much as I can right now while I feel somewhat coherent.
I'll start off by saying Sophie remains SEIZURE FREE!!! It has been 2 months and 3 days!!! Her development has really taken off. She is doing so much more than I would have ever expected. Both physically and cognitively. I had no idea that her physical development would take off too. She is hopping and running. Her gait is much more steady and normal. When she came out of physical therapy last week, she ran to me. Really ran to me. It wasn't her usual head down, knees locked, funky little run. She looked straight at me and ran by lifting her feet off the ground and bending her knees. My heart about bursted out of my chest with excitement. Her therapist said that she had worked on running that day. Therapy...what a wonderful thing. It is amazing how they know exactly how to put a child into position to help them learn. I remember when Sophie was learning how to transition from laying to sitting. There are so many steps involved that normally you wouldn't think about. But they know exactly what muscles are involved and what exercises need to be done to get those muscles working properly. I am so grateful for ALL of Sophie's therapist.
Sophie is learning NEW WORDS EVERYDAY!!! Words that I don't even teach her. She is picking them up on her own. Just this past Friday, I was talking to her therapist about how happy she is to go to therapy now. Before surgery, she would scream and cry when we walked into the building. Her therapist had to carry her off because she would cling to me or drop to the floor. After surgery, she wouldn't cry as hard but when we walked into the building she would point to the door and say "bye-bye" and "door". Now she is SO excited to go to therapy. She walks right into the building and plays with the toys in the waiting room. When the therapist comes to get her, she grabs their hand and walks away without giving me a second glance. So as her therapist and I were discussing how happy she is now, Sophie was busy munching away on a snack. I didn't think she was even paying attention to what I was talking about. That was until I was buckling her into her carseat. She said in a clear voice without her little spin on the word...HAPPY. Just like that. With no prompting. With no teaching. She is now learning things without having me sit down with her for hours trying to teach her something new. Absolutely amazing!!!
I promise to update again soon...with photos and a video. I am trying to capture some of Sophie's new words on video so you can hear her sweet voice.