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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Bits and Bobs

Life goes on and sometimes you just have to hang on and let it take you. Here are some pics of our life. The person enjoying the ice cream is my friend Troy. We have been friends since art school. Believe it or not, but he is a master artist who sometimes finds inspiration via ice cream cones. We took Ellie to see his studio in New London the weekend before my knee was drilled into by an AWL wielding doctor.

Linda, one of our favorite people of all time, gave Ellie these beautiful butterfly/fairy wings. Ellie loves the part on her Signing Time video where the butterfly flys for the first time. Linda saw these and thought of Ellie. I think Ellie really liked them. She did not want to take them off for tummy time. It got me thinking too about dress up and how I don't have any costumes for her or even a tea set though she loves the I'm A Little Teacup Song and book. I think I must get her a tea set so we can have tea parties and maybe some feather boas and big hats and costume jewelery so we can play dress up. Where are my Victorian grandmother's 100 year old attic treasures when I need them?! Never the less this was Ellie's first time outside of Halloween playing dress up. Thanks Linda! You have opened up a whole new world of play for us!
Ellie is supporting Eire while cheering me up after surgery. I have to record the giggle that goes along with that cheeky grin!

Here she is taking her first step ever in a Rifkin walker at PT yesterday. Jessica is a great PT that we are going to outside of New School. Ellie took about 5 steps total and did a fair job at holding herself up though I think it was very difficult and scary. I am so proud of her to have taken steps just the same. Go Ellie!!!


Frank said...

Nice kids.
Your blog is very interesting!
Please, send me the photo of your computer desk.
I'll publish on my blog!.
And if you want link me your blog, so I’ll publish on mine.


Anonymous said...

OMG - Ellie looks so gorgeous. The boys love dress ups. The boys also love tea parties (sshhh - don't tell anyone).

And 5 steps - that's huge. It's a whole new world when you are standing. Way to go Ellie!


Laura said...

Congrats on Ellie's first steps in her walker. I am curious if the new school has looked into communication computers/boards. I wonder if since Ellie is able to spell some if she would be ready for some sort of communication device, even if at her age she could only use it request a toy or a snack rather than complicated conversations. I have heard of some children who lack motor cotrol using a headstick to control a specialized key board. I rigged up a communication device of 3 enlarged photos on cardstock for a child who had severe physical and cognitive disabilities. In this case the child could not recognize PECS but the photos were less symbolic. As Ellie likely does not have a cognitive disability she would need something much more complex than that. Here is a study of something that is going on at the University of Alberta that may someday give Ellie independence.