June 1, 2010

Happy Birthday Fiona and many more

Time has flown by and we now have a 4 year old! These past 6 weeks have flown by as well so I have much to update you on.

Fiona's birthday was so fun watching her genuine excitement for everything. I was reminded of that child like awe of not being able to believe that you are a year older overnight. It is so precious. Fiona is a light in our life and we are so thankful for her and the special role she plays as Whitney's older sister.

Here are a few things to know about Fiona:
She has been picking up after me since she could walk.
She can not wait to ride in a school bus.
She tells me when I am not driving in the right direction and is usually right.
She has always been very observant noticing when I am not having the best day and when I wear a new shirt.
Her laugh is very contagious.
She is Whitney's greatest encourager and fan.

Whitney had her 6 week follow up appointment this past week. Her hip looks great! She said she does not need to see us for 6 months! Fabulous news. I feel as though a load of worry has been lifted.

Remember how we were a little concerned about Whitney's speech. Well, she decided to go to full sentences. Her first sentence was, "My baby's dress." Now she is reciting her prayer before meals.

Physically she began to 4-point crawl across rooms. She can now go quite a distance and is loving her new freedom. She began training on a walker a few months ago and is now able to do up to 5 steps unassisted with the walker. We are developing by leaps and bounds lately. This is our last week of Conductive Learning Center for the school year and I think we will all miss our new friends. Fiona and I have been pleasantly surprised to find great friends through CLC. Fiona now can play 'my legs do not work and I need AFO's' with other children who understand what she is playing. They help each other 'walk' and crawl. I have also found a support network of great women. These are just a few of the surprising blessings we have encountered.

Good news is that our house is officially done! Several months later after thousands of dollars of water damage the work is completed. This means no more strange men roaming about, uninterrupted nap time, and a remodeled home.

This past week we needed to move out of our home for the refinishing of our hard wood floors. There was much to move in preparation for this job so, after much lifting and continual lifting of Whitney my back decided that she had enough. I spent almost 5 days in bed... We are all still here with a humbled and sore mama. I am under orders not to lift Whitney so I am forced to be creative. Please pray for a quick recovery and a good attitude.

I almost forgot to tell you about the race! It went great. Thank you all for supporting me and Whitney's school. It has felt wonderful to be running again and working towards a goal. Thank you for the encouragement and hopefully I will be on the road again soon getting ready for another 5K.


Kathy said...

I love the picture of prayers at bedtime! The picture of two sets of wonderful littles girls feet by Whitney's bed is great. And look at the wall color!

Melissa said...

I love that picture of the girls at bedtime as well, also the one of the two of them in the bed smiling so brightly! And of course I love listening to Whitney recite her prayer at meal times, it is so great to see her so excited to say them! Love you all!

Aunt Melissa

Anonymous said...

Great pics! Happy Birthday Fiona! It is good to hear an update on your family--continual prayers are with all of you!

Gamine said...

Oooh this brought tears to my eyes..i was looking for information about Conductive education (doing a project) and happened on your blog, i'm glad to see happy children...all the best

Sarah said...

Thanks for the update, Susan! Happy Birthday Fiona! What a precious little girl you are! We will pray for quick healing for you and that you will be feeling like yourself again soon!