Good Times

To some three weeks with your mother staying in your home may seem like an eternity, but for me…it simply wasn’t long enough. We had a great time with her here and looking back at our pictures brings not only tears of joy, but also tears of sadness because we had to say good-bye yet again. I can only hope that someday the stars align in our favor to bring my mother and Steve closer to me. Closer to Lola. And while most husbands can’t stand their mother-in-law, I think Rob and my mom formed their own bond in these three weeks. We had a good time and I can’t wait for her to come back so the good times can continue. The Pool I have become obsessed...
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Learning to Stand…When She’s Ready

“Lola had a good day. Able to maintain balance with rocking stool by herself in standing. Better from for bench sit to stand – leaning forward instead of pushing back into support. Completed stand to bench sitting by herself several times.” This was Lola’s physical therapy report from Tuesday and by far the most positive one she has ever received from her PT. While we are diligently working with Lola’s use of her orthotics, standing is proving to be quite difficult for Lola. We were told that when one area of therapy excels such as crawling or her vision, the others may regress or be harder to achieve such as standing or self-feeding. Lola’s biggest challenge in standing is her low muscle tone. Sister has abs of steel,...
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Pure Michigan

Last weekend was a girls getaway as my mom, Lola and I headed up to Michigan to see friends and family. For those of you that don’t know, I grew up in Battle Creek, Michigan aka home of Kellogg’s and Post Cereal. That was and is Battle Creek’s name to fame. I can recall waking up in the morning and enjoying the smell of cereal being freshly made. Perhaps this is why I’m still a cereal junkie to this day. My husband knows my dinner will be cereal if he isn’t around to deter me from it. But when your mother has a maiden name of “Flake”…well I guess it’s in my genes. So I was rather excited to be home when the Battle Creek Cereal Festival was...
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A Feeding Frenzy

While Lola’s skills seem to be blossoming on a daily basis, the one area that seems to be the most troublesome is in the self-feeding department. And naturally, have you ever tried to feed yourself with your eyes closed? I mean, we know Lola can see, but the low vision proves to be a challenge when it comes to feeding time. Lola does great with large items that are easy for her to hold, but if there is any type of odd texture (for instance – a banana) she simply wants to mash it into an oblivion. Out of curiosity, I checked out a feeding class for kids with disabilities. Typically for an eight week class with the child going once a week, it is $90 – $140...
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A New Found Freedom

I underestimated this little girl. A few days ago, I decided to try and let Lola sit in the bathtub unassisted meaning without her bath chair and without my arms holding her up. I had crazy images of Lola falling backwards and cracking her head on the tub, but my girl is much stronger than I gave her credit for. Not only did Lola do perfectly fine on her own, but she LOVED the freedom of being able to explore in the bathtub. She played with the gazillion bath toys she had never touched before. She splashed the water and giggled out loud. She crawled in the tub and babbled most likely about how neurotic her mother was. She would ever so gently immerse her face in the...
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