We’ve been working so hard at therapy lately!
Drinking from our straw cup and learning to go from sitting to standing are some of our focuses.
We are still working really hard on crawling, getting to a sitting position, and feeding ourselves as well! When we aren’t working on these things, I am reading books, looking up exercises on the Internet…just trying to make sure I am doing whatever I can to make sure I am providing Gracie with every tool I can give her.
That sounds good and well, but honestly, it’s a bit hard for me to have a balance. Since Gracie develops slower than other kids, it’s easy to feel like it’s because I am not doing enough. I share this because I have spoken with so many moms that feel the same way, and it’s hard and sometimes can feel a little discouraging.
However, what I learn every day, is she just may not be ready – and that’s OK. Gracie is moving at her own pace and in this new normal that we live in, there is no room for comparing. Gracie is Gracie and one day she will crawl, walk, run, and communicate, and we will cheer her on each step of the way!
I had one of our favorite therapist remind me last week that I see Gracie every day, so it is going to be harder for me to see progress. She’s right. When I look back through photos, I do see changes!
Like when she learned to hold her bottle on her own (and gets quite comfortable doing it!)
Or when she recognized the snacks I was getting at the grocery store and when I put them in the cart she screamed as loud as she could because she is now expressing her opinion on what she likes and doesn’t like. She’s getting a little feisty…and I like it! Look at that face. She is daring me not to take those away from her!
And now, when music plays, she can’t help but dance or clap!
My most favorite change? When she holds her arms out to you so you’ll pick her up. She does it all the time now and I pick her up EVERY.SINGLE.TIME.
Easter was such a great time with family. We went to church, took naps, played baseball over at Nana and Papa’s and ate some great food! So grateful we celebrate this day.
That same weekend, we had a picnic at the local state park.
These kiddos of mine are still so loving to one another. Sweet Gage goes to visit Gracie in her room at school a few times a day (I think he was asking every 5 mins, but we told him to keep it to two visits a day!). He loves to tell me exactly what happened when he went in the room and how many times she smiled at him. He is constantly hugging her, kissing her, sharing his toys with her, brushing her hair out of her face so we can “see her pretty eyes.” These things never go unnoticed by me. I always see them and thank God that He knew what He was doing when He gave us Gage and then gave us Gracie. Their relationship is just…different.