Archive for December, 2011

Christmas presents!

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Laelia decided everyone was getting cookies for Christmas this year. So for the last few days we have been going around delivering cookies to our friends! (Breakfast is served!) Later Laelia said we should gift everyone with cookies all the time because we love them. Awwwwww! Then she added, “And maybe they can share with ME!” That’s my girl. :)

So this is Laelia’s last Christmas as an only child. (Cross your fingers!)  And we had a thrifty Christmas because we are saving up for her brother’s medical costs and ransom. Plus her actual Christmas present was her walking sticks she got earlier this month. But she thought it was an extravagant Christmas because,  according to her, the  presents cost “maybe eleven or something!” (Asked if that’s a lot she loudly  answered, “It is!”)

Yes it’s a cookie. But it’s a cookie she can eat FOR BREAKFAST!

Click here for the video of her opening her stocking. It was filled with rocks painted by our friend Lauren. She played with them for FOUR hours. (Then she begged to sleep with them at night.)

Yes that’s a hammer. Her grandparents got her some geodes (yes the child loves rocks!)  that you break open to see the crystals inside. So we got out our hammer, wrapped it up in tissue paper and let her open it. She was all, “It’s a hammer! Yay!” She was excited even though she had no idea what it was for. She played with it for quite a while. Ah four year olds. :) Then she made Mommy go outside in her slippers  and break open all her geodes. :)

She also got some bubbles that I found when cleaning out her closet. Seriously this kid would have been thrilled with rocks from the yard and  her own  junk  as long as it was wrapped up and she was the center of attention. I wonder if we’ll get away with this next year.

But don’t worry, grandparents and friends made up for it plenty. :)

Oh and Laelia said thank you without prompting for each and every gift. *Melt my heart!*

Laelia has a secret!

Monday, December 19th, 2011

And to figure out who she’s talking about go here.


133 then off she goes!

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Do you believe this?!! I cannot believe this!




(Sorry for all the crying in that second video. :))

Hehe, she walked right into the kitchen. Then I said, “What do you want to do in here?” And she said, “Bake a cake.”

So we did!

She walked all over the kitchen!

She practically made the entire cake herself! (It’s crunchy…)

Laelia got cake mix and frosting as a present from church this morning!

The cake came like that. *do de do*


Celebrating tonight!!!

All rise for the pledge

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011


Laelia walked into Cubbies on Sunday  to the applause of her three- and four-year old friends. It was the sweetest thing! She had waited  eight days to show off her walking skills at club.  Laelia can also now STAND for the pledge of allegiance they do every week! I’m learning more and more what a  useful and wonderful thing  standing is. (And also how our whole culture is centered around certain  abilities.)

Laelia took 50 steps after PT on Monday with her walking sticks. She stopped at the drinking fountain, not because she was thirsty, but just because SHE COULD! She played with the nobs for a while before moving on. In the past she has had to beg me to hold her up to the drinking fountain. I rarely do because of my back. And I think  the years of simply walking past them has sparked a fascination with them.  Her pure joy at  this level of  independence was so satisfying.

Before Laelia would say, “Carry me! I don’t want to come to you. Please come pick me up!” Now she  says, “Mom! Don’t hold my hand! I want to do it myself! I don’t want to sit. I want to stand! Let’s take more steps! Look at me!”

I know there’s more I need to be working on with her (she can’t stand up herself but has to be put into  a standing  position for one thing),  but right now I’m stepping back and just basking in her newest accomplishments. Before  I would say, “What’s the next thing to work on and worry about?” Now Mommy is saying, “She did it!”

My husband emailed me, “Hey did you know our daughter can walk? =] =] =] =]”

It’s just thrilling every time I remember it. I can’t even describe it! Merry Christmas to us!

Superior Piano Playing

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Here’s another oh-my-gosh-my-child-can-stand moment. :)

The gift of independent standing

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Laelia has been standing without assistance (using only her leg braces) since Saturday night. Since then I’ve taken pictures, marveled, took her to PT to hear her physical therapist squeal, and thanked God a ton. It’s been great!

But since this is all so new the implications of this new ability didn’t sink in right away. Last night they did.

The surgical site on Laelia’s left leg has a red mark on it so we took her to Rapid Care a few weeks ago and they said it was fine. But the right side is completely healed and the left side is still oozing and bright red so I dragged her to her pediatrician’s office last night. Long story short, it’s still fine. No infection. That’s not the point of the story. Here’s the point: When you take your child to the pediatrician they have to weigh them.

Laelia has had to use the infant scale at the doctor’s office her whole life. She’s terribly outgrown it as you can imagine and she’s at the age where it’s embarrassing to use. Even though she has been able to stand while leaning over something for a while, you can’t do that with a scale! You can’t even hold Mommy’s hand! You have to stand all by yourself without a walker or bar or  crutches or anything.

So last night for the first time in her life, Laelia stood on a scale. By herself.

It’s such a little thing, but I’m blubbering over here. My baby can stand! *sobs*

Farther Longer Stronger!

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

We are beyond speechless tonight! Such a wonderful gift! We thanked God during prayer time for being an awesome Daddy and cheering us on these last four years. The progress Laelia has made in one day is amazing! I am so ecstatic right now! I’m bursting! Such joy!



Can you believe this?!!!!

High Heels!!!

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

Laelia’s first pair of high heels! :)

Getting ready to do the princess walk with her pediatric crutches!

She walks much better! Click here for the video!

And she stands/balances much better! Click here for the video!

So after: 1. seeing  my favorite  AMC’er with wedges duct taped to his shoes, 2.  getting an email from someone in our AMC support group telling me she saw Laelia’s video  and that I need to put a 1 cm cork or something under  Lali’s heels, and 3. a random person saying, “You know with her knees bent like that  it would be hard to walk,” I FINALLY gave the girlie  some heels. :)

But if her doctor asks then we call them “orthopedic wedges.”  That’s just ‘tween us girls. *wink*