|Ellie on her 13th Birthday, November 9|
How do I tell you about 13?
For the first time this year Ellie let us sing Happy Birthday to her and actually did a happy dance along with it. Then we sang the Hooray for Ellie song I made up years ago. This is a big deal in that Ellie has been abhorrent to others singing to her in large groups for a long time. It's a processing issue that I think is getting much, much better. What's also gotten better is her vision. She no longer needs glasses. So my kid I brought home diagnosed deaf and legally blind from the NICU 13 years ago hears just fine and no longer needs glasses. All signs of the brain's plasticity.
|Ellie got a certificate of merit for being independent!|
Age appropriately, she gives me the equivalent to the eye role when her younger personal care attendants are hanging with her. This year I should have gotten her a Keep Out sign for her door. Go Ellie! ;-)
I am glad for her growing independence and lessening sensory integration issues.
|Happy Dance in celebrating her 13th ;-)|
|Cool hat made by Auntie Chris|
A colleague recently suggested that sleep deprivation for parents might be offset by the rush of neurotransmitters like oxytocin and dopamine they get upon seeing and interacting with their child because of the love they feel. She suggested that this does not happen when you pull an all nighter to say, finish a critical paper. I would love to test this and in some of the work I am doing I think I will get that chance so will keep you posted. It's certainly a way to learn about this because as my long time readers know, appealing to the Gods of No Sleep has been an exercise in futility as they have their own agenda. ;-)
|Our beautiful girl, our true north.|
Things that have not changed: Ellie still loves to laugh and loves music and is adorable and a sweetie - prerequisite teenage sass not withstanding. She's still the soul that anchors me in this world. Happy Birthday my beautiful girl!