January 25, 2015

A stander of her own

   Santa's big gift to Sadie this year was a stander.  Many people ask me what is a stander?  Well, this is it.  It just helps a child to bear weight and learn the muscles that are used to do this task.  Sadie's physical therapists have wanted one of these for Sadie for so long.  I wasn't to thrilled with the idea simply because Sadie did not have head control and I wasn't going to strap her head down just to keep it up.  But now that she can control it, it's a different story.  I can't say that this is her favorite thing to do, however, since she has been doing this at school and now at home she is more willing to put her feet down on the ground and "stand".  At the beginning of the school year as soon as you would pick Sadie up, she would pull her legs up just like an infant.  Now, you pick her up and she puts them straight down and willing to put weight on them. Don't get me wrong, we still have a long way to go, but we all have to start somewhere!

Loves watching her iPad
Her sisters are always proud of her and cheering her on.
I tell them to pose with their sister, and this is what I get. A 5 yr old that loves to be funny and a 7 yr old who thinks she is a teenager and rocking the side pony tail.  Lol!
Finally, I get a half way decent picture.  :)

Sadie also has been known to fall asleep in the stander.  Apparently, standing is pretty hard work and exhausting.

January 12, 2015

The new wheelchair

  Finally!  After months and months and cancelling other wheelchairs and appointment after appointment. Sadie finally has her first, very own, wheelchair.  It was a little bittersweet.  I was happy that she has her own, but sad that she has to have a wheelchair in the first place.  I'll tell you what, this special needs journey has so many mixed emotions.  I've never been so sad, but so happy at the same time so many times in my entire life.  I think I need to coin a new word for this emotion.  When I come up with it, I'll let you'll now!  Lol
  Anyways, this is Sadie's new chair.  It is a Convaid Rodeo.  I'm not sure what it is about this wheelchair, but Sadie loves it.  There is never any complaining, and she is so comfy that she usually falls asleep in it or she is wide awake and smiling.  And the color is awesome too.  This past summer the company came out with a bunch of "summer colors".  Which made me happy because the original colors were so blah and had no personality and we must have personality!  Also the dealer of the chairs said that Sadie was the first in this area to have this color.  Again she has to be different and unique!