Laelia can stand by herself!

She just did it! I was talking to Charley about something, I forget what, and looked over and she did it. And we both kinda looked at her like stupid people and said, “Good job,” in an automatic way. It was really weak. We didn’t know what we were seeing. Then the squealing happened (okay that was me, not Charley) and the breathless rambling and the tears. Then we calmed down a bit and I got it on video. Once she did it one time, she could do it over and over! It looks so easy for her, but this has NEVER happened before!

In fact more than one doctor either directly said or strongly implied that this would never happen!

The day before we had watched YouTube videos of kids with arthrogryposis walking. (Bonnie is super amazing for one. She even was a flower girl in a wedding and walked down the aisle ¬†in her walker that barely contained that ¬†pretty poofy dress.) (That’s why our kids are on YouTube, people!) After all the videos Laelia expressed an interest so we got out her knee immobilizers and tried “walking” with me holding up her body weight. It was… discouraging. Then today she stands without the immobilizers (which is hard) and without prompting! In fact we weren’t even ready for her to be amazing! We just stared at her dumbly. :)

So tonight she stood by herself! All by herself! For the first time ever!!! And seriously for the first time in my life I’m thinking, I’m just for real thinking, “My gosh, she could walk one day.” And I’m out of breath. And I can’t see because of the tears in my eyes.

I know we ask for a lot with her, but just thank you God for giving us this one thing.

5 Responses to “Laelia can stand by herself!”

  1. Laura says:

    This is awesome!!! :D She can do it!!! And I just thought of this, have you guys tried taking her to a rock-climbing place? I just went to one on Sac State campus last night, and even though I couldn’t do much, it was still really cool, and it motivated me to exercise even more :) She might have a lot of fun! And it’s sooooo great that she’s standing!!! YAY!!!

  2. Kristin says:

    Tears, tears, and more tears of joy!!!

    God is sooooooooooooooooooo good!!!

    Hugs to all!

  3. Kristin says:

    Yay Laelia… way to go :).. so beautiful :)

  4. Anna says:

    OH MY GOSH OHMYGOSH OHMYGOSHOHMYGOSH!!!!! That cute little princess! Yay and Yay for Laelia and Mommy and Daddy and that cute little red ball-her bouncing on that little ball to give a lift up is too cute! That’s enough happy to cross off a lot of stormy days-eat you some of THAT, Mickey Mouse!!! Little redhead can stand now and she’s comin after YOU!!

  5. Donna Murray says:

    What wonderful, amazing, breath-taking, awesome news!! I know this is a milestone that you’ve dreamed about, so now that the moment is here, breathe it in. Savor it. Wrap yourself in it and allow yourself to truly experience the joy that comes with it. We have so many difficult moments on this journey, so that is all the more reason to stop and celebrate moments like this.

    Way to go, sweet Lali!! You inspire me! :)

    Praise God!
    Donna (Olivia’s mommy)

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