Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Development and Growth

We all need change.  Without it, well, we'd be the same.  And that's not good.  We are meant to grow, develop, become something greater than we already are.

* Sammy is standing straighter
* She is beginning to shift weight from leg to leg without falling over
* She stops herself when approaching objects more consistently
* She broke a poster-sized picture frame at therapy (ooops)
* She is talking a lot during therapy.  "I'm coming" and things of the sort
* She is doing better at keeping her feet flat...instead of rotating out and standing on the outside of her foot
Notice her feet...this was the 2nd day we were here I believe.  She is putting her weight on the outside of her feet.  This is improving quite a bit.

* She continues to protest like a champ when she doesn't want to do something
* She doesn't trip over the exercise mat at all anymore...consistently steps up over it

* Samantha's head stopped growing when she was 4 months old.  She had surgery to correct her skull and during that time, the doctor said he allowed space for her brain to grow.  If it did not grow, the skull would collapse back to where it was.  Her brain did not grow.  The skull collapsed and there was a large ridge that ran across the top of her head.  We began doing craniosacral therapy and over a period of time, the ridge was smaller.  This ridge was always covered by her honey-colored hair, so it was only obvious to me as I braided her hair or whatnot.  At every doctor appointment, her head as measured at 33 cm.  That's tiny, folks.  At the last doctor appointment we had before coming to Utah, only days before we came, she measured at 34 cm.  We were shocked, so I had him do it again.  Samantha sat so calmly while he measured her head, that he did it a few times.  34 cm.  Samantha was given a priesthood blessings many years ago and was told that her brain would grow.  I've put a lot of faith in that.  It doesn't matter if it grows or not, really...but I believe those words. There could be a lot of explanations about that 1 cm growth, but I believe it's the beginning of more growth.  She will always be small.  I'm ok with that.  This is more about my faith and seeing the fruits of it.

 * Speaking of growth...we are expecting a baby boy in September.


Rob and Marseille said...

congrats!!! what a crazy couple of months for you guys! Awesome!

Lily said...

Wahoooo! So many exciting things for the Green family! Very happy for you all.

hilary said...

Wait, did I read that last line right? I'm so happy for you guys! Love to you.

The Macons said...

Get outta town!!! I was just scrolling through seeing good ole Sammy and BAM!!! Congrats!

Lori and Matt said...

What the what?!!!??? Head growing and baby boy! Wahoo!!!!

Maren B said...

Wow-- congratulations! I hope everything works out well with this new baby boy!

Emily said...

Double Take. Happy thoughts! I want to hear more about it!!!

Jennie said...

Okay... what? I miss one dinner and I'm out of the loop. Details please. :) Congrats!!! We are so happy for you. Love you.


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