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Hannah’s gift

Posted Dec 19 2009 8:45pm
For the past couple of days, I had been feeling a bit down with everything, especially since we had such a rough travel to and from Dallas.  Knowing we have to make an even longer road trip in a few days to the nursing home (4-1/2 hours each way) to satisfy Hannah’s MDCP requirement so we can get medicaid and respite care is really stressing me out.

Then when I least expect it, Hannah pulls off another milestone.

Hannah crawled today.  Not once, but she did it three times!   The farthest she went was about six feet!   And not a commando crawl — a real on-all-fours crawl!  It was amazing.  I ended up calling our whole family into the living room to watch her do it.  I had to immediately text my sister-in-law and her favorite ECI therapist to let them know LOL.   I wanted to cry with happiness because this is just something that her PT and I had just written off her short-term goals at the last meeting after being on there for 6 months.  She was tired afterwards, but because we were all cheering her on, she had the biggest grin.

To understand how difficult a feat this is with her hypotonia, just imagine trying to crawl with 100 pounds of weights on your thighs.  The strength you need to coordinate and move your knees and thighs is immense.  This is how hard it is for Hannah to accomplish this.   This is such a huge thing for her to overcome.

This made everything good again.  This was such a wonderful gift she gave me.  She’s no where near done trying to progress, so I feel this is her reminder to me that I should never worry about where we are at, as she is taking her time on getting to where she wants to be.

At 16 months, she finally crawled.  My baby girl finally crawled.   She is absolutely amazing.  Thank you for my wonderful holiday gift, my dear beautiful little girl.

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