(I preface this post by saying I LOVE Annabelle's physical therapist...)
So, Annabelle's sweet PT lady used the B word last week.
Braces. For her feet/ankles.
While Annabelle has made some GREAT progress in the last few months as far as using those cute legs of her and cruising, we've kinda stalled out there. She won't let go of things at all. And she is still pretty wobbly, especially in her ankles, when we try to have her use the walker.
There is also talk about a type of undergarment that will help keep her hips steady too.
Lord have mercy on us all.
Now, let me just say. If she NEEDS them, we will buck up and do it. I know a lot of kids need them, but in my brain, Annabelle shouldn't be one of them. Yes, she's delayed because of so much time in the hospital. And her little muscles and bones may need some extra time to figure out how to do this thing called walking. But her bones and muscles are whole. There is nothing "wrong" with them, except that they need to catch up.
But at the same point and time, she is having to catch up with a bigger/taller body than most, and due to her lack of good nutrition and health issues that first year, she lacks that stability that most babies gain.
I just... *sigh*. I don't want this for her. And a wee selfish part of me groans at yet another thing heaped onto this already struggling to stay afloat Momma, although I stuff down that complaint pretty quickly because in the end, I'll scrounge up the strength to do what is needed somehow.
This next week, Annabelle and I are on "walking" mode. We are going to go buy her some "good" supportive walking shoes that will help her ankles. We're going to be pushing things around this house like crazy, walking and chanting, "We don't want no stupid braces, Nope, Nope, Nope!"
Do I think I can cure her wobbliness in a week?
Nope. But I figure it doesn't hurt to try, right?!?
Annabelle tried some braces on today, by the way. Uh, yeah. Anyone remember the picture of when she first tried on her glasses? The holy ever-lovin' terror on her face?
This was worse.
And she stopped the second we took them off.
So, your prayers this week as we practice walking are appreciated!!
The girls go back to school from spring break this next week too, so we're going to be readjusting back to our schedule as well.
I wasn't a huge, huge schedule person until Annabelle.
I now crave it.
And have been known to yell with the best of them when someone gets me off said schedule. (not proud of this... just stating a regrettable fact...)
Discussion: Are you a scheduler... or a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants-er?