Sunday, February 28, 2010
I'm interested to see how she does after we finish this three weeks with the cast on. I know that her left arm will regress to some extent because she will be able to use her preferred right arm. However, I think that casting has helped her to be aware that she has a left arm--hopefully she'll continue to put it to some use.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
I was going through old picture files and found a couple video clips of Harding when he was a baby. I love this one....I think he is 10 and a half months old and says "dada", mama", and "duck" while playing in the bath tub.
I wish I had a clip of him saying, "bookah" (for book) or "ca po po" (caterpillar). He was a very verbal baby. We've got tons of videos on tape that document this, but I'm not sure how to get them on my computer.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Anyway, I co-hosted a shower for Chris at a coffee shop in our hometown (Covington, GA) last weekend. By the way, there were no coffee shops in Covington when Trip and I lived there...no fair! Chris enjoyed herself and received some much-needed baby items. I was really happy to get to spend time with some old friends. Here are some pictures:
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
When she was diagnosed with cortical blindness, we were told that her vision would improve, but of course, only time would tell how much. I kept reminding myself of this and hoped that it was true, but in the face of yet another uncertainty about Shelby's development, it was so hard for me to get past the sadness and grief that I felt at the time. We communicate so much through our eyes. I remember thinking (very irrationally), how will my daughter know that I love her if she can't see me?
When people told me, she doesn't know that she can't see in an effort to make me feel better, it only seemed to reinforce for me everything that she was missing. I eventually was able to pull myself out of my funk though. Another hydrocephalus mom who I respect very much has written on her blog about finding a careful balance between acceptance and hope. I have gotten much better at towing that line. And lately, it really hasn't been difficult to hope, because we are actually witnessing Shelby beginning to see things.
It is amazing. On Sunday, Trip was shaking his head back and forth at Shelby while making a funny noise. She started laughing, and then imitated him by shaking her head just like he was. I know that this sounds like a small thing, but it was a huge step for Shelby. She had to have seen what he was doing pretty clearly to be able to mimic it.
Yesterday, there was another amazing vision breakthrough. This may be a bit masochistic, but I have always snuck silently into Shelby's room to get her up from naps. I creep over to her crib and slowly put my head right in front of her face, to test her vision by seeing if there is a reaction. I never got one without speaking to her first.....until yesterday. She actually smiled at me and babbled when I came into her line of vision. What a miracle!
I still would like to know how much and what kind of detail Shelby sees.... She has come so far, from seeing nothing at 6 weeks of age, to actually looking at us now. It is exciting to know that she will probably continue to improve. Plus, all this vision improvement is due to lots of new brain connections being made. Think about all the other good stuff going on in that brain of hers. Keep it up Shelby Frances!!