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Monday, January 11, 2010

Gabriella is progressing!

Gabriella's words and sounds are exploding! She is getting (by small strides) more efficient in making the correct sounds for words without much prompting or queuing. These sounds will only get sharper and more understandable as she trains her mouth to make the movement more, in turn allowing her to put words together! This is why therapy is SO important, to keep her mouth working and making these sounds. The more she does it prompted, the faster it will become an automatic thing!

Drumroll please...

Papa (for food)
Mommy (mommy's)
Me (daddy's)
'this one'
'I want'

YES! That's 20 words!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She did it! It was my goal for her to have 20 words by the new year and all of those she acquired by then! How AMAZING is she?!?!?!

I have also had multiple people point out how well her arm/hand is doing. Looking at her, you can no longer tell she has a deficit in that arm. It is only prevalent when she uses it, and even then you can see nothing slows her down! She holds it with more confidence, extends her fingers beautifully and is using it!!! She is dressing herself and putting her own seatbelt on again! Her occupational therapist mentioned reevaluating her soon to see about possibly cutting back her OT therapy! That's my girl. My little fighter!

And more good news.... Gabriella is up to 41lbs! She is making HUGE strides in her weight gain and at a weight I am SURE Loma Linda will be happy about when we resume clinic visits!! Praise God, and my deepest thanks and appreciation for everyone praying for her. Your prayers are working. She is getting to a wonderful position to be listed for her heart... what is now the final stage to getting my girl healthy and in a 'normal' life.


The Simmons Family said...

Way to go Gabriella!! 20 words!!!!
I am amazed! When do you resume clinics at Loma Linda? Any word yet?

Corey~living and loving said...

Many smiles and tears of joy for me reading this. ♥ thank you so much for sharing it.

Megan@SortaCrunchy said...

WOOOOOO HOOOOOO! That's our Princess G! Amazing. Wish I could be there in person to give her a big ol' hug, but since I can't, maybe you can pass it on for me? :)

Mary Ellen said...

Praise the Lord! So glad to hear the Little Princess is making such great strides! Yay!

Mary Ellen