Tuesday, April 9, 2013

One Foot in Front of the Other

 Scarlett had physical therapy today.  PT has been rough for several weeks - she is usually cranky, and has been very resistant to work on her new goal of walking.

Today, however, she had a different plan.


She is walking!!  She is using the tiny therapy walker to get around all by herself (sorry it's a rough video - it was an action shot, and I was just glad that Chris remembered to video for me!  That's her lovely therapist Kathy in the video).  This has been MONTHS in progress, and we were really backing off on it because she was so resistant.  She has had a loaner set of ankle-foot orthotics (AFOs) to help her get upright and build strength in her legs for standing.  She hated them until today.  Doctors and therapists have been looking at her feet, watching her stand, checking her reflexes, all to be sure there wasn't something we were missing.  It turns out it was just Scarlett deciding when she was ready.

And it wasn't just at therapy.  As soon as she was out of the car, she hiked her way up the driveway.  Then she walked all over the backyard and the living room.  She has already discovered how to turn the walker to face a different direction, and she can go across the threshold of the sliding door.

Serious face

Checking herself out in the glass door.

Forcing her walker and her feet right over the door threshold.  Can't stop her!

She hasn't fallen, but we are expecting that to be the next lesson.

At the rate she's going, she'll be running marathons by her third birthday.

17 comments:

Shan said...

Wowee wow wow! She is amazing! And so fortunate to be surrounded by people who will help her find her path when she's ready.

Shawndra said...

AMAZING and AWESOME!! We love you Scarlett..it's amazing what a lil' taste of actual freedom does to ya! There's no stopping you now..Much love from Southern Oregon..

Penny Richard said...

Way to go!!!! I am so amazed by her, every update :) Smiling from Southwestern Ontario, Canada!

megan said...

Wow im so happy and excited for her! She is so amazing!lots of love from alabama. We are so proud of her.

debtfree4me said...

Go Scarlett Go!!! Shouting cheers for you in Indiana!!!!

Mum H said...

A whole new world has been opened up for beautiful little Scarlett! This post has put a smile in the hearts of all of us who have followed her for so long!

Jen D said...

I am so happy for Miss Scarlett and you guys!

Child of God said...

Praise GOD!! Look at her go!! Haha, love this!

She is amazing and oh so precious. If Scarlett runs in a race I am definitely flying down to run with her even if it takes a few years for her to get there :)

Continuing to pray and pray.
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Krista said...

What an awesome milestone!! Congrats Scarlett and good luck chasing her, mom and dad!!

Lindsey Antonacci said...

AWESOME!!! GO SCARLETT!!!!! shes amazing!

Abby said...

Oh, that's amazing! look at her go!

way to go Scarlett!!! this is a moment your parents have been waiting for a long time... i bet they are loving every second of it! congratulations!

Molly said...

What an awesome update! Way to go Scarlett!!

Amy said...

What a wonderful day! Scarlett continues to amaze many! Congrats on reaching another chapter in your book! I can't wait for the post of how tired you are from running after her all day long! :)

Mommy2CJ said...

Yay Scarlett! How exciting for her, you guys and the many medical professionals helping Scarlett! I am so excited for her and look forward to hearing how she uses her new skill, and the new mischief she will get into. Praise God!

Töddel said...

Holy cow, look at her! There is just no looking back now, Scarlett. Full steam ahead!

Allison Cochrane said...

I've been following your story since the beginning-- Originally on Baby Center.

This video may be the sweetest most wonderful thing I have ever seen.

So proud of her!! :]

kevin smith said...

Wow she is amazing.... I like her pic she is very brave and she is very beautiful...
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