Friday, August 15, 2008

A little snippet of Miss Zoey ......

I don't post video of Zoey nearly enough. I am going to try and be better about that. It is not that I don't take video of her, I just don't think about posting it for you all. It would really be a good idea to do it more often because then you can get a better glimpse of her personality. I can only tell you so much, sometimes it's better to see her with your own eyes. This was taken after her little "second birthday" celebration. She was absolutely exhausted but still darling. When I look at this video I am struck by how little she looks to me. Hard to believe she is 17 months old. She has been feeling much better the last few days. She managed to fight off whatever virus that took hold of her last week. Which is a good thing. Means her little immune system is working just fine. We are having evaluations next week to add P.T. to her already existing O.T. and to add a feeding specialist. Our goal is to get her sitting before too long and begin to try and get her understanding a little about the concept of self feeding. Heck, any feeding would be great. I am not so sure that an appetite stimulant still might not be in order. We are exploring different equipment that would help her along the way. Specifically maybe a stander or corner chair. One of the biggest issues we have is finding a tray at a level where she can "play" with toys or explore food in front of her. Especially during her therapies. Because actually play for Zoey, is therapy. I also recently saw on another moms site, clever ways to velcro or tie things down so Zoey won't throw or drop things all the time. This will help as we are trying to work with container play. Zoey struggles with taking things from and then replacing them back into containers. We are really focusing on that task. A tray connected to a sturdy chair would be ideal. Her First Years feeding chair just doesn't cut it. We have to prop her often and the tray is not adjustable. So as far as therapy, that's pretty much where we are at. Her deficits from her stroke become more apparent as she gets older and the use or lack of use of her left arm and hand continues to be our biggest challenge. We head down to L.A. for a vision evaluation at The Center for The Partially Sighted. This will give us a better idea on her strengths and weaknesses as far as her vision goes. But all in all, Zoey is finding her way. As are the rest of us. Enjoy the little video. Remember, first scroll down to the bottom of this page and pause the blog music, then go back up and start the video. Check your volume control too. Again, a sincere and heartfelt thank you for all of your outpouring of love, support and constant prayers. Appreciated as always.

"Snails see the benefits, the beauty in every inch."

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3 comments:

Kele said...

OMG Heather! I don't know about posting more videos!?!? This just makes me want to come steal that doll baby from you. I LOVE IT! She is sooooooo precious! Seeing video does make such a difference in feeling like I know her.
Please don't make this a tease, you gotta keep it up!
Okay, I gotta go watch it again...

Reagan Leigh said...

So cute!!! She's great on her tummy! She pushes way up...that's good for her head control. I was hoping to see some rolling but maybe next time? Reagan liked listening to the video...I don't know if it was Zoey's squealing or your voice but she was smiling away! Hope you have a great, relaxing weekend!!

Molli Salzman said...

Seriously...

That kid could NOT be any cuter. Her personality shines through the video. What an adorable little girl you guys have.

Take care,
Molli Salzman