This blog is dedicated to differently-abled children, particularly those diagnosed with a radial ray defect, hematological issues, Failure to Thrive, developmental delays, microcephaly, cerebellar dysgenesis or cerebral palsy.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Emma has her Rifton walker!!

We did buy a used Rifton walker a while back but it turned out to be much too big for her. Well, she'll grow into it eventually. This walker is on loan from California Children's Services.

Here's her first attempt at using the walker at home....she's only allowed to be in it 10 - 15 minutes at a time, but she can use it several times per day. It's adjusted so that it discourages her from sitting down on the support beneath her, which makes her tire very quickly.

As you can see, she LOVES it! She was so mad last night when we put her in it for the last time before bed and then took her out after only 15 minutes. She yelled "I wanna go in the walker!!" over and over until we reminded her that she was going to wake up Matthew if she didn't stop it.

I'm so glad that she finally has a walker that fits her, not just that baby walker which is way too small!!


imrieaddis said...

Wow! I hope you all have many hours of fun with Emmas new found freedom. We just received our walker a few weeks ago - a pony walker, and the independance it gives our Emma on walks outside is amazing. Thank goodness for these special aids. Your Emma looks so happy at being up on her feet like a big girl - Congratulations

JoAnn said...

Thanks Karen! Yes, Emma feels like a big girl in her walker, definitely!

And she can get into more trouble in the walker too, because she can reach things. She managed to pull several books out of a bookcase and dump them on the floor, which she thought was very funny. :)

I'm so glad to hear that your Emma has a walker too...that's wonderful!

L.L. Barkat said...

Came over through These Three Remain. What darling eyes your little one has. And your picture of her in the NICU... hard.

JoAnn said...

Thanks, L.L..

It is hard to see Emma in the NICU, hooked up to machines, all four-and-a-half pounds of her. But in many ways it's a triumphal image: there she is, against all odds, yawning in my arms. By the grace of God she made it that far, and she has come so much farther since.

I'm glad you found Emma's blog; I'm a silent fan of your blogs.

Willow said...

Willow here, too.
I realized I misspelled your name. Sorry.
Thanks for your comments about my Koolaid yarn.
We live in SoCal too and see the same stars :)
Go to your gluten free blog. I left you a comment there :)

Keri said...

Fantastic! I love seeing Emma bare weight. How great is that?

I just love all the pictures. Especially the last one. She's so adorable I could squeeze her to pieces! Not that I would, but you know what I mean...