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The little horsey that saved the day

February 4, 2013

Valentines outfit number 1 #valentinesday #ootd

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Please forgive my horrible instagram photo quality.  It is what it is.

One of my main concerns for Evie has been her lack of jumping.   One of Rett’s ‘things’ is jumping so he’s been jumping in his crib since he was 10 months old, if not younger.  The kid could jump, it was never an issue.  With Evie.. we got to 18 months, to 2, to 2.5.  Still, no jumping.  Other people didn’t seem that concerned.   Early Intervention said it wasn’t a cause for concern until 3!  I talked to friends who have experience with gymnastics teaching and OT’s for spouses and again, no one was all that concerned. Except for me.  Of course.

Tom’s grandmother, Peggy, bought these two bouncy horses for the kids for Christmas.  They are rubber balls with handles and they have a cloth that goes over them that looks like a horse’s head and body.  The kids were all in love with them. Their cousins Rivers and Ellie got a pair too. And everyone was bouncing around excitedly. Everyone except Evie.  She couldn’t even figure out how to sit on the thing, let alone move both her feet.

First she learned how to get on the horse and bounced with one foot at a time. But two days ago, I noticed she was really bouncing correctly.  She’d bounce a few times, lose it and almost topple over. But she’d do it again and again and I knew that something had clicked and both her legs were finally moving at once. Then yesterday at the easel she was writing something, she shouted ‘I DID IT!’ and jumped!  The girl is finally jumping! Woohoo!

You might also notice that Evie is back on the wearing her glasses train. We took her to a new eye doc in Atlanta that has a lot of experience working with special needs kids. He prescribed an eye drop that we put in her eyes for 3 days. One of the issues has been Evie’s glasses don’t really make her vision any better so she doesn’t see a point in wearing them. Her brain doesn’t prefer them because it can’t tell that they are helping.  With the eye drops, her vision was blurry without her glasses so it taught her brain to prefer wearing them. Three days later, she keeps them on and maybe takes them off once or twice. NOTHING like we were having.  Yes she has already chewed the rubber coating off the ear pieces.  No surprise there. But these have a one year warranty so once she completely destroys all the plastic, we can take them in and get them repaired.

We’re so proud of our girl!

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