Here's a little rundown of some recent highlights:
A few weeks ago we got a demo wheelchair to test. Ryleigh is getting big enough to be independent when we're out and about so we were excited to try it out. Aside from independence it is great that she can be up taller to see out the windows, which she loves.
Here she is trying it out for the first time:
This model was a little big and bulky. We've returned it and currently have a lighter, more compact TiLite model that's PURPLE! Unfortunately, it is a little on the small side and we had a couple incidents of tipping over. Luckily, she seems fairly unfazed. Although she does keep reminding us, "Ryleigh fall down in the grass. And Ryleigh cry." We'll work with our mobility specialist Pete, to get the exact specs and have a chair custom built and will fit her better.
We've made several visits to the public library
|"Doing work" on the computer|
|Playing with the library doll/treehouse|
We didn't have a party this year. Instead we took the birthday girl out for some fun and ice cream on Sunday and had a birthday cake for the big day on Monday. She also had plenty of presents to open from mommy and daddy and family in Indiana.
|Opening legos from Aunt Christy and crew|
We decided to brave Chuck E Cheese's for some fun with our little birthday girl.
|Playing a game with daddy|
|She loves her princess castle from Grandpa Hugh|
|Cheesy smile from the birthday girl!|
|She blew out her candles like she's been doing it for years...|
You may remember Christy took Ryleigh's pics last year too. Looking back, it amazes me how much she has changed in a year.
And just a few more pics of some of our adventures over the past month...
|Ry and daddy stopped to check out a fire truck on the way home.|
She says she wants to be a fireman for Halloween. :-)
|We made some salt dough to play with on a day off from school.|
|"It's a frog!"|
A little mixed message here... MU shirt and UK headband.
|We rode the carousel at the mall.|
But don't let that smile fool you. She wasn't the biggest fan at the time.
|and ate ice cream at Andy's...at Ryleigh's request of course.|
I'll just share one last video. Gerti sent this to us earlier this week. I'm certain this is the best walking I have seen her do. So exciting that she just keeps getting stronger and stronger.
We start therapuetic horseback riding tonight. I'm super excited! We've been talking a lot about it. We did the pony ride at the fair and the carousel - both were met with hesitation. I hope she'll be brave and actually enjoy it. Keep your fingers crossed!!
We also had a Labor Day weekend visit from Mimi and Pop. Along with more birthday presents. But all those pictures are on my "real" camera, so that will have to be another post. :-)