Friday, March 25, 2016

Another milestone for Emelyn...3!

I apologize I haven’t been very active on the blog this year so far. As many of you are aware, it’s been a busy few months for our family. Probably the biggest news is: we sold our house! We’ll break ground on our new house next month. On top of that, we’ve each been busy with work, school, and other activities, but I do want to give you a quick update on how Miss Emelyn Grace is doing, so here goes:

Emelyn celebrated her third birthday on Sunday. I still can’t believe she’s three years old. If you have the opportunity to ask her how old she is, I recommend it, she thinks it’s the funniest question ever! She’s continuing to grow and thrive.

Emelyn's delicious birthday cake made by the
talented Lisa Link. Emelyn loved the lemon filling.
Look how tall I'm getting!
School seems to be going well. She’s certainly learning to share. Unfortunately, she’s mostly just sharing germs. She’s had a few colds, plus pink eye and strep throat. All of which she’s kindly shared with me. (She shared the strep with Jean as well.) All things considered, we’re grateful to have only had to deal with these minor illnesses.

Emelyn has also re-started speech therapy. When early intervention ended at the beginning on January, we decided to reevaluate speech and selected a new provider. While we really liked our previous two speech therapists, we felt it was time to try something new. So far, we’re very pleased with the new direction we’re getting. One of our main goals for Emelyn continues to be communication.

Emelyn certainly knows the word "swing."
Her arms instantly go up in the air when
you offer to go swing.
On Monday, Emelyn will start up hippotherapy again. I’m very excited for her to be able to get back on the horses and to see what this session brings in the way of progress for her. Her other therapies, like physical therapy and music therapy, continue to go well. Any day now Emelyn should be the proud new owner of a gait trainer to help her develop her walking skills. Until then, she’s become quite efficient at using her signature crawl to get her around.

The next few months will continue to be busy, but I’ll be sure to update the blog with progress and pictures of Emelyn at hippotherapy and in her new gait trainer. We also have a special Chicago trip planned in April for Miss Emelyn. More to come on that!

Aubrey was a big helper with Emelyn's birthday
presents. Emelyn thinks her big sister is quite the