Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Big Girl


Yesterday was a big day for Lamp, in more ways than one.  First, she was fitted for a prosthetic arm.  I have mixed emotions about this. I've really been pushing for this and have wanted to get her fitted ASAP so that she could get used to it and start working with it as soon as possible.  I'm excited at the prospect of her being able to use both arms to grab and hold an object, and just to work towards being more self reliant in general.  So it's good, it's really, really good.  Plus, the reason she couldn't get fitted before was because they want to wait until she could sit up.  So even though she can't be left alone yet while sitting by herself she is sitting up.  Booyeah.  Double goods.  B and I have marveled at her progress this last month.  It was just a couple weeks ago I wrote about her not being able to do some of the things Sparkle Pants could do at this age, but in less than a month she's made some serious progress.  Not only is she sitting up, but she has started rolling over all. by. herself.  And this has just been in the past few days.  Yesterday she rolled onto her tummy 3 times.  Ha--Triple goods!   Take that 8 months.  

On the other hand, I love her short little arm.  It's so cute all on it's own so I'm a little sad that it will be covered up.  I love how when I'm feeding her she uses her little arm to poke me right in the ribs and tickle me, sometimes to the point of laughter.  So that's the down side, maybe it's a lame downside but there it is.   Yesterday when we went to our appointment at the prosthetic place I wasn't sure what would happen.  She sits up a lot better, but like I said not yet to the point where you can leave her unsupervised so I wasn't sure if she was still ready for a prosthetic arm.  But she is.  It will still take 2-3 weeks before she gets the arm--her magic arm as we've told Sparkle Pants (Lieutenant Dan, you've got magic legs!)--but it's a little strange to think we're actually doing this.  I'm excited for the potential this magic arm could bring, but still...it's foreign territory.  Not all kids respond well to prosthetics, so it's really up to her if she decides to use it or not.  Only time will tell.  

In honor of her being such a big girl I decided that since I posted a video of Princess Sparkle talking in NumberPhone, I thought I should show a video of Lampy too.  She is quite the talker this one.  Chatty, chatty, chatty.  And she loves to sing, so here we are doing a little duet.  Enjoy.  


17 comments:

  1. Cutest video right there. She looks like your little twin in it too. Yay for rolling and yay for a whole new arm world for your little Lamp to experience!

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  2. she is so beautiful! this video just made my day!

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  3. I love the way she comes in, right on cue. What a singer!

    Amazing how kids can grow in leaps and bounds. Congrats on sitting and rolling, little Lamp!

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  4. I don't know you and have only been following your blog since I read something somewhere about little lampy but can I just say how awesome and inspirational you and your family are? I have often thought to myself I would not be able to mother a child with special challenges, but reading about you and seeing how beautiful and special lamp is I sort of feel like it would be possible after all.

    Heck, I didn't even think I could handle a colicky baby and I now have a fantastic little 15 month old and we totally did it. I know people say this all the time but on your blog we all mean it emphatically: Thank you for sharing!

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  5. She matched your pitch exactly...you gotta a little musician!

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  6. She is a doll!!! That is awesome that she has been making such progress.

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  7. Graham just made me play Lampy's song about 10 times:) Lovin' some Lamp (and her beautiful Mommy!):)

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  8. OH she's CUTE! So fun to see her in action!

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  9. Linda P.10:31 PM

    Wow, Miggy, Lamp did join in on your song with the same note you were singing! Just call me impressed!! And congrats for her progress! I do understand how you are going to miss Lamp's arm when it is covered up, but once she starts doing new and wondrous things with the help of the prosthetic arm, you will be so happy and proud!

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  11. Anonymous10:14 AM

    So sweet!!

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  12. Seeing Lamp in "live form" is a treat! She's SUPER adorable! I've always enjoyed seeing pictures of her, but she really just "came alive" for me with this video. What an absolute doll. Love her!

    You are a wonderful mother...I can tell :)

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  13. Cracked up at :26 and :44. What a doll.

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  14. Too cute! She is such a doll!!!

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  15. Lamp is super cute!
    And I just wanted to say in regards to missing her little arm that maybe you will still see it pretty often - I went all through Elementary school with a girl who had one little arm and she wore her prosthetic arm maybe once a year at the most. She said it was uncomfortable. I am not saying AT ALL that Lamp will hate her prosthesis like this girl did - just agreeing with you that time will tell whether she likes it and whether it helps her do the things she wants to do or whether she can do a lot with her little arm! And such a sweet little arm on a sweet little baby it is.

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  16. Um, where can I get my own Lamp? :) This made my day.

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