Posted (Tina) in All Posts on April-25-2008

Ella’s PT appointment went well this morning. We are challenging her by using a towel rolled underneath her armpits as she is laying on her tummy. This forces her to use more of her upper body to lift her head. That is part of our homework until we have physical therapy on Monday.

We were not able to switch physical therapists yet, which means that we have to drive to the session on Monday. Bummer! I had mentally accepted that we would not have to drive to the appointments any longer. But, the PT is very good and worth the drive! Hopefully, we can switch to the PT that lives in our apartment community at some point next week.

Ella’s OT session went well too. Although she has not taken an entire bottle in a few days, each feeding session today from the bottle ranged from 20-45ccs. Now that Ella is enjoying her feeding sessions, we want to not only continue to have her use the bottle and eat baby food, but we want to slowly improve her positioning. Currently, she lays down on her side to eat. This afternoon, we implemented a rolled towel that places her at about a 30 degree angle. The long term goal is to eventually have her sitting up.

Finally, Bugs Bunny would be proud: Ella likes carrots. We introduced them and the small jar is gone after today. Our menu so far consists of pears, apples, mangos, sweet potatoes and carrots. Way to go Ella!

Felix on April 25th, 2008 at 8:33 pm #

Pears, apples, mangos, potatoes, and carrots?! Way to go Ella!

Williamsburg on April 25th, 2008 at 8:40 pm #

Wow, her diet is better than ours – we need to take a lesson on the nutrition and the exercise. So very proud of all of you and the accumulated baby steps you’ve been taking that add up to so much progress. Don’t forget to continue to make plans to come home in the midst of it all =) Love you so much. XOXOXO

Joel Snyder on April 25th, 2008 at 9:29 pm #

Ella, You are my superstar!!! I can’t believe it you are eating everything that they offer you. Nice job with the PT and OT you are doing just fine and look like you are getting stronger everyday. Have a good weekend. Love,Grandpa!!!!

Jim and Char Jordan on April 25th, 2008 at 10:04 pm #

We are praying and rooting for good things to happen. Love, Jim and

Laura Marold on April 26th, 2008 at 5:21 am #

She looks so fantastic. I’m so happy for you both and I know that challenges are coming up with the move. How great it’s going to be when you are home. I’ll bet you just can’t wait to be back in your own home. Keeping you all in my prayers and thoughts. Love, Laura M.

Jan Costas on April 26th, 2008 at 10:44 am #

Every day now, there’s something new!! She’s developing in leaps and bounds, not just baby steps. So different from when you could only watch the numbers go up and down.
I love the face-to-face pictures. You can see the bond between you. So precious. jan

Fran on April 26th, 2008 at 3:22 pm #

Ella, your choice of foods from the menu keeps expanding! You go girl!!
You and your Mommy make the best faces..the two of you always make me smile. But then so does Daddy when he is in front of the camera instead of behind it! Hope you three are having a great weekend. We are having a cool day here today. Typical of Springtime in the Rockies!!

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