Can you believe that Emily is 23 months old today? My "baby girl" is going to be TWO in one month! I am still trying to wrap my mind around that.
She has 3 molars through the gums now (well, mostly through - you can see 1/2 to 3/4 of the top of all 3). The fourth one still has a ways to go. She has been working hard on those teeth!
We have been putting her orthotics(AFO's) on more and more often and she has been doing really well with that. She now wears them for naps and keeps them on the better part of the day. I remember when she HATED wearing them, so it is good to see her learning to accept them. She does whine about it occasionally, but I guess that is to be expected. She is really getting used to her turtle shell (TLSO) and Hensinger Collar too. It is amazing how well she tolerates all of the little "torture devices" we put her in!
Here she is wearing some of that stuff when I had her in the stander the other night. She was playing with a ball popper toy that she has. She can turn it on with her koosh switch. It is loud and obnoxious and keeps her attention pretty well (she really likes those kinds of toys - lucky us!). Well, I decided to take one of the balls and put it in her hand to see if she would hang onto it. She did for a while. The ball is kind of big for her hand, but she gripped onto it pretty well. It was a good opportunity to practice her grasp and to open her hand (they are usually clenched in fists). I didn't know at the time, that it would be good practice for her therapy session today.
Today, she had a great time with her OT (occupational therapist). Have I ever mentioned that we love Emily's OT through First Steps? Well we do! Today she was working on playing with toys, holding a ball, grabbing a knob on a wooden puzzle and she even did some swinging and bouncing (Emily loves that part the most!). One game involved holding a ball and then dropping it onto a track. This might sound easy to you and me, but for a kid with CP, it is a pretty tough task. At first, Emily would get really frustrated and whine about doing it. We could see that she was trying to move toward the ball and do what she was asked to do, but her body just didn't want to cooperate. With a lot of help and a lot of encouragement, she started to enjoy it. It was really fun to see the proud little smile come across her face when she started to get the hang of it.
It was so nice to see her understanding what the therapist was asking her to do. It was great to see that she could grasp the concept of the game and play along at her own pace. With CP, we know there will be physical limitations for Emily, but we don't really know about her cognitive development. Since she is nonverbal, it is hard to know what she is thinking sometimes. It is also hard to know if her movements are intentional or reflexive sometimes. So when we have times when we can see that she "gets it" and that she is working to accomplish something - we want to jump up and down and celebrate.
Here is a little video of Emily with her OT today. Enjoy!