I love the Spring. For me it means new beginnings, beautiful flowers, long afternoons spent outdoors, lots of bubbles, family walks, time at the park, time in my garden.
|Family photo taken Easter Sunday|
|Julia and Emma with MeMom and PopPop|
|Emma is crawling so much and starting to get *stuck* under things. I love seeing her move!|
This weekend was Family Day at the race track. There was a moon bounce, face painting, pony rides, live horse racing, and a bunch of other fun things so we took the girls. They loved it! There are several more this summer and we hope to make it to another one. Today the fun continued when Chris took the girls to the minor league baseball game to help celebrate Rocky Bluewinkle's birthday. They had a ball while I got some time to myself to grocery shop and sew a new dress for Julia. I love little family and we have so much fun together!
Last week Emma tested out the eye gaze communication system. It did not go well. I guess I'm not surprised that it didn't go well, but I am a bit sad that it didn't go better. I truly hoped that Emma would find her voice in the eye gaze system but she seems to prefer a more tactile communication system. We did get some suggestions on what to try so we can move her closer to an eye gaze system and we will pursue them. We are working hard on giving Emma a non-technical Yes/No. She does say Yeah on occasion and we are having her make an attempt to say Yeah or shake her head yes before we give her something she is communicating she wants. I'm happy to say she is doing better at this than previous attempts. She said Yeah for her bottle twice one day this week, which is amazing progress. She is also shaking her head no more often. I wrote a story on her iPad and we were reading it on Saturday with her OT and Julia wanted to turn some pages and Emma kept shaking her head no when we asked if Julia could turn the page. This is so uncharacteristic of Emma because she is usually much more agreeable. It's nice to give her a low tech Yes/No that she seems to be using. We've worked on this for the past few years with not much progress - she definitely prefers high tech solutions! - but this time I feel like she is ready to implement it. I sure hope she continues to use her Yeah/No more frequently because I just love to know what she thinks and hope it will help cut down on her crying a bit.
That's the update for now.