April 13, 2010



Two peas in a pod: Fiona sings while Whitney claps.

Yes, I am standing by myself and I am NOT moving!

I have way too much to update you on so I will try to keep it brief. Let me first tell you about our doctor appointment today. We had Whitney's hip x rayed after the last 6 months of 12 hour bracing. 6 months ago her left hip was about 50% behind developmentally from the right. Today? They are the same! You might say, amazing, but I say what a miracle! I have to admit that I am shocked. The girls and I pray so often for Whitney's hip to be protected, grow, and heal. So, on the way home I explained to them what just happened. I told them that God healed Whitney's hip and Fiona said, "The Lord God Almighty?" I told her that was exactly right with a huge smile on my face. We will have the next 6 weeks brace free and then go in to check how it is responding.

A therapy update for you:
1. Three weeks ago Whitney took 5 consecutive 4-point crawling movements! She has done so many times since. This is proof of how much strength she is gaining over time.

2. Two weeks ago she began to lift her feet off the ground in a walking motion with the walker! She has someone behind her helping to support her hips at all times during therapy but she is now actively moving them on her own where before we always had to make the motion for her.

This past week was spring break from The Conductive Learning Center. Many times over the week Whitney yelled, "Me WALK!" She wanted me to support her body so she could 'walk'. I did indulge her as it was a request I could not deny no matter how rude it was presented. (: This past week we did take a few days to visit Chicago. We visited the Shedd Aquarium, the Smucker family, the Malhowski family, and my brother Michael's family. It was a joy to see all of you!


Anonymous said...

WOW! That is amazing that Whitney's hip is healed! Praising God with you! Thanks for sharing this exciting news and the pics of your beautiful girls--they are so precious :-) We will continue to pray that Whitney's hip will continue to stay right where it is! Hugs

Kathy said...

I am reading this update with tears in my eyes! Our prayers are answered in ways we don't always understand.The pictures of Fiona and Whitney are great and I can hear both of them talking:)XXOO

Nate and Emily said...

What a great update! I am so proud of her!

Leigh and Andy said...

God is so good!!! :) What great news!!! That little sweetie is such an inspiration to us all!! Keep up the great work Whitney!!!

ErinM said...

WOW!!!! I am so happy for Whitney.... Andrew and I were so happy that we got to see you all this past weekend, and it was so exciting to witness how great Whitney is doing. That little dynamo is such an inspiration-- and so huggable! Sonia was a huge fan of both Fiona and Whitney. Those pictures in this blog post are the best!! What a couple of beautiful chickies.

The Gypsy Mama said...

Hi there Susan -

I have followed your family's amazing journey for a while now, but don't usually comment. But I had to today after our family got to have lunch with Matt here in DC. It was such a blessing to catch up with him - can't believe it has been so very many years since Law School. We have two boys very close in age to your girls and each of them managed to spill something on Matt during the course of lunch! But he was a real good sport about it! ;)

I wanted to tell you what I told him - you guys move us by your faithfulness and courage in parenting. It is a blessing to read about your journey! Thank you for sharing it with so many.

Many blessings,

Lisa-Jo Baker

Smuckers said...

we loved seeing you all! thanks for coming to visit us in naperville. :) and we're so pleased to hear the wonderful news of whitney's progress! God's gracious and loving hand is evident in her life.
love you guys,