Monday, January 05, 2009

Milestone Achieved

Those of you who had a chance to watch the xmas slide show may have noticed one major noteworthy event that bears repeating. In fact, in my mind it warrants splashing across the front page of the newspaper and shouting from the rooftops!

**EDEN IS SITTING!!!!!!!!!!!!

She has made slow and steady steps toward being able to do this, including bearing more and more weight on her arms, learning to pull her knees up under her, and prop sitting for very short periods of time. She has also been spending a lot of time, by choice, playing at her bench, which has really helped to strengthen her trunk, as well as her learning to bear weight on her arms with her knees under her for longer periods of time. (The bench is our equipment of choice right now, and highly recommended if you have a kiddo with abilities similar to Eden's.)

It's been a gradual process, but over the holidays she has finally gotten to a point where I can say it's a milestone ACHIEVED! She is pushing herself up to a sitting position, and maintaining it for a few minutes at a time. She is even starting to lift one or both hands to play her toys, as well as using her arms to scoot forward and backward while staying upright.

While I LOVE the new camera that Daddy bought me for Christmas (Thanks John!), this gift from Eden takes the cake and is better than anything I could have asked for. I am so proud of her.

Next steps are four point crawling, bench sitting, and pulling to stand, all milestones I was not sure she would EVER achieve, but now feel confident will happen over the next year.

Look out 2009, here we come!



**I know it is a W-Sit, but we'll take function over form any day! That said, we have to be careful to keep her adductor muscles stretched out really good, and will encourage other sitting positions often (so long as they don't interfere with her ability to be independent and play).

53 comments:

Anonymous said...

Billy, I was so happy to read this. I've prayed for your girls from the very beginning and I've always believed this would happen. And more. I'm not surprised, but I am thrilled for all of you. God bless you. Connie W.

Anonymous said...

I misspelled Billie. I apologize. Connie W.

Shannon said...

This is absolutely incredible news. I am so happy for all of you but most of all for Eden!!! She is such an amazing child who I am sure only has more to prove to the world than this!!!! YAY Eden!

Anonymous said...

WooHOO Way to go EDEN. Billie you are an inspiration.

Joey

Jacolyn said...

Hooray!! She is amazing! The best gift ever!!

Mamá Terapeuta said...

OH MY GOD!!!!! GREAT NEWS!!! Congratz, Eden!!!!!!!! That is huge!

DESJ and Company said...

Just MAGNIFICENT!!!!!!!!
GO Eden!!!!!

Erin said...

Way to go, Eden. Beyond awesome!

Sarah Furlough said...

What a great Christmas present, indeed!!

katie said...

YAY Eden!!!!!!

Viscouse said...

Hot Diggity! I'm a bit speechless. There's a point when you're proud of someone for doing something, or acheiving a certain goal, like getting an A on a test. Some acheivements just bring tears to my eyes. I'm very proud of your little girl for both the actual milestone, and the work that went into it. Also very proud of everyone who helped make it happen and kept hope alive.

Hopeful Mother said...

I just started reading your blog. (one of our 15 mo old twin boys has recently been diagnosed with dyskinetic CP). I remember the joy we felt when he started sitting by himself.

Anyway, YAY Eden. What a milestone - it can bring such hope to you and such confidence to her that she can do ANYTHING she puts her mind to!

Linda said...

Oh, she looks so thrilled with herself! That is a seriously awesome Christmas gift - go Eden!

Rachel said...

I am incredibly excited to read this! What an amazing gift!

Way to go Eden!!!

Lina said...

Yay Eden!! What a great gift to receive. I just wrote a blog about how we, as parents appreciate every milestone so much more when you struggle to reach it. Now that I have a full-term baby, I truly appreciate every single thing he does! Most parents don't realize how important all of these milestones are to their little ones because they have never had to live with a child that couldn't do it. So, good for Eden on making such a great milestone that will lead her into so many other wonderful things to come :)

Mel said...

I'm so happy for you and Eden!

John and Becca said...

So awesome!!! congrats. that is the best gift.

Anonymous said...

I'm certainly not surprised. She is one of the toughest cookies I know (and wish I knew better:). Much love to you, Jess

Anna said...

What a great gift your daughter gave you!! I keep following their progress...you are all amazing!

Anonymous said...

That is awesome news!!!!! Go Eden.

Love Maggie and Michael

The Buckley Family said...

Yeah Eden! That is a GREAT Christmas gift! That is such encouraging news as we have been having a hard time dealing with all the craziness of our house lately and being very worried that we haven't been able to do Annabel's therapies and that she isn't sitting yet.

Kendra Lynn said...

I noticed right away when watching the video! Hurrah, Eden! I am so proud of her...and of you guys...you are doing an awesome parenting job. :)

Kendra

Kim said...

Congratulations!!!!!!!!

Heidi said...

Those photos brought tears to my eyes, too. You are all amazing... :)

Ellen said...

Oh, that is just so amazing!!!! I know how you are feeling, I remember exactly when Max sat up for the first time. Every milestone Max passed was the best gift I could have ever gotten. Again, I feel your happiness!!! It gives me such a lift to hear about other kids acing milestones. I am glad Eden is so pleased with herself, too!

Beth said...

Yay, Eden! Fantastic news! She is such a cutie!

Big brother, Little sister. said...

Billie, I am just so excited for you and mostly for Eden. This will open up a whole new world to her! Can;t wait to see what she does next!
FWIW Coops W sits and has done for a year and all his xrays etc are fine!
Bron

Heike said...

Long live W sitting. The benefits of idependence and the power of play far outweight any muscle issues i think. What a wonderful start to the new year Eden. Love and congratulations from Sydney.

Melissa said...

Oh, Billie-
That's the most beautiful news I've read in a long time! She looks fantastic!! Riley W sits, too, just because he is so much more stable and able to play with his toys that way. I know it drives our PT nuts, but I am all about independence first and then the fine tuning later. Yeah, yeah, yeah for EDEN!!!

Allison said...

What an achievement that you have all worked so hard for! Congrats!

Kate said...

Yeah! Way to go, Eden!

That is great news. Sitting up is huge.

Lisa said...

WTG, Eden!!! YAY!!!!

Billie, I mostly lurk, but have followed the story of your girls for 2-3 years now, and love to hear of their triumphs. I can't wait to see what 2009 has in store for you!

Bird said...

So proud of Eden and so happy four your entire family. Eden is such an amazing girl--that you for allowing us to follow her journey.

Grammacello said...

I DID notice and kept going back to see whether I really was seeing what I thought I was.How absolutely wonderful, Billie
It opens up whole new worlds for her, especially being just one of the regular kids. Were you working specifically towards this or did she just get there, developmentally for her?
I any case......woo hoo!
OXOX Grammacello

Aidan's mom said...

WOW!!! Thanks so much for sharing. How thrilling!

TBG said...

That is awesome news!

Way to go Eden. She is going to amazing things in her life. She already has.

I can not believe how excited I am for her and you and your family. I have been reading since they were babies and I may no comment often but I do read as often as you post!

Congrats again!

Amy said...

Fantastic!

Billie said...

"Were you working specifically towards this or did she just get there, developmentally for her?"

Great question, and I'd have to say it was a little bit of both. We always strive to meet her right where she is developmentally when we are working toward new goals. It really helps that her language has taken off, so she is able to understand and follow directions so nicely now.

But she still has quite a mind of her own, and once she is ready to work on something she practices tirelessly. I would say that over the past couple of weeks she has literally practiced this skill 20-30 times a day ON HER OWN.

Her determination, when she gets her mind set on something, could put most of us to shame!

hallegracesmama said...

I was so excited to see Eden sitting up in the Christmas pictures!! I am so proud of her (and you and John for working with her so much). It brought tears to my eyes when I read you comment about how determined E is that she practices on HER OWN! Wish I lived closer and could come squeeze that precious girl!!

Minnesota Momma said...

I DID notice that in the slideshow and it's wonderful to see all the pics here! WTG Eden! It sure IS an awesome Christmas present!

kristin said...

That is AWESOME! Wow - a tear to my eye!
Looks like santa brought some of the same things to our house - Leapster and a Wii!

Justinich Family said...

That is so awesome. She looks great also and it sounds like she is making progress every day. What an awesome Christmas gift.

Melanie said...

How frickin' cool is that???? I bet you're still on cloud nine!! Good job Eden!

kbreints said...

how amazing! Yeah Eden!!

Kellars Mommy said...

Eden you are one superduper amazing chic!!!!

Taylors said...

So happy for you Billie! You guys are awesome!

Anne, Eliza Grace's mom said...

Excellent news! I am so happy for you guys.

Anonymous said...

That is such wonderful news. I am so overjoyed for Eden. These presents are always the best kind of all. Congratulations to Eden and to your entire family as well.

Lynne said...

Amazing news regarding Eden being able to sit up, I hope she achieves all her goals this oncoming year.

liz.mccarthy said...

wahoo Billie!! what fabulous news!!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow!!!! I'm so happy for Eden. This is such a big achievement. Truly amazing.

abby said...

This is so wonderful! Eden, I am so proud of you!

Anonymous said...

The difficulties are often so difficult, but the successes are so, so very sweet. And so much sweeter than those for whom these things come easy and who may take them for granted. I rejoice at how joyful you sound in this post. Congratulations to Eden! And congratulations to all of you -I know you have all worked hard as a family to achieve this together.
Shellie