Thursday, August 21, 2008

Potty Update....


I promise after this post, there will be NO MORE about potty issues. Annabel has continued to have success with her potty time. Within about a minute of placing her on her potty she begins to have success. She now claps for herself and is so proud. Maybe we overdue things just a bit around here, but little steps are a huge accomplishment!! I am sure we will have bumps in the road as with any child, but at this point with Annabel being non-verbal and non-ambulatory, I will just need to be diligent about getting her there. Just added a few more pics (these with clothes) of her on her new pink (of course) potty. It's amazing how they say a child with T18 has a minimal chance of doing "normal" activities, but here she is going strong at her own pace. It makes me step back and think to never say never when life has so many possibilities no matter what the diagnosis or disorder. God has put each one of us on earth for a reason so there is nothing wrong with enjoying the little things that each day brings. Hope that my sharing about Annabel's achievements helps everyone else through their struggles.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Cathy:

I am very proud of you, many parents would never have even considered trying. You really are a Godsend. I am so proud of Annabel, I can not wait to see it for myself.

Edie

Katie said...

Precious
Incredible
Near to our hearts
Kind of amazing

Nothing is more PINK than Annabel.

Katie

Holly said...

Cathy,
Good job to you and Annabel! Keep on trying. We worked on potty training with Morgan, he did very well with both tinkle and poo. But he is now too heavy for me to get on the potty by myself. We are hoping after his scoliosis surgery that he might be able to do more weight bearing again and then we will start all over.

Annabel continues to be as cute as ever! Pink is her color.

love,
Holly & Morgan

Hilary said...

Cute potty little Missy!! Have a great weekend! Annabel keep up the good work :)

Laurie said...

Cathy,

"Never say Never" is absolutely right!! I am so proud of Annabel and all that she is doing to amaze you. The look of pride on her face is just priceless. In all the craziness of this life, what a blessing to see how Annabel thrives and proves the statistics WRONG!!!:) I just love this little peach. Maybe I could "borrow" her to teach my grandson? His "syndrome" is called STUBBORN KID.:) I love you girl and hope your weekend is a wonderful one filled with joy. Hug that girl for me!!

Love, Laurie in Ca.

Stacy said...

God is absolutely amazing....and so is Annabel! Yehhhhhh....nothing like the success of moving to the potty! :)

And as for PINK....in the coming months when Faith makes her way to the potty.....our's will be PINK too. :) Love it.

Have a great weekend.

In Christ-Stacy

Kathy said...

You go girl!!! and go... and go... and go...

We are so proud of you Miss Annabel!!!

Love,
Kathy

Mrs Redboots said...

Isn't she pleased with herself! What a clever little girl you have! I wonder if she will be able to start telling you when she needs to go - I know she's non-verbal, as yet, but she very obviously can communicate non-verbally, so she may well develop a "word" (does she sign?) to let you know.

The VW's said...

Amazing! What a miracle you are Annabel!

She is just precious! Great pictures of the proud girl!

This post has brought such a smile to my face! Thank you!

Alicia

Cathy said...

Thank you for the sweet comments. Yes we are working on some signs now. She can do more and response to eat and drink. I get lazy due to the fact that I feel like I can communicate so easy with her. That is I know what she seems to always want. Of course, that doesn't make it easy for others. Again, you all are so sweet to take time to read her blog and make the sweetest comments. Cathy & Annabel

yinthepink said...

I am SO encouraged to know Annabel can be potty trained! Yes, I do think about when if ever Vera can "do it" on her own. And Annabel seems so happy! Sometimes I wish Vera would smile more...she's not been smiling much these days.

Julie said...

Her achievements are encouraging! I am glad to be able to begin reading again about all that is happening with her! I love how she is always so happy and smiling in her pictures!!
Thanks so much for your encouragement and prayers!

Anonymous said...

So glad it is working out, I too can't wait to see for my self. That is if Ms. Edie will share.
Love Susan

Tamara said...

oh miss annabel we are so super duper proud of you! I love the beautiful smiles!!! A pink potty now thats posh! you deserve 150% all the pink you can get and all the celebrating that comes along with that! we love you here in colorado and miss you and your mommy oh so very much! We don't have any news from ny yet but will keep you posted as we hear! Thanks for all your prayers and support during this tough time, your smiles warm my heart and do me so much good! love, hugs and squishy kisses, tam and abbs

Carla said...

You are a remarkable mom with an amazing daughter. You had posted to a friend of mines blog about her 3 week old daughter Molly. With a sad heart I have wondered how many days they will be blessed to have Molly here. When I saw that you have a 3 year old I had to know more about the hope Molly may have. Thank you for reaching out to another mom.

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Jenn said...

Cathy:
I'm one of those annoying "secret readers." I usually don't feel like I've got anything constructive to say at all.
But, now I do. You appologize for sharing about Annabel's potty training (or attempts at it). I have spent a lot of time teaching two year olds. To me, potty time is a rite of passage. Sure, she's older than a lot of kids are when they do the potty thing. But it's so... ordinary. I don't know how this is going to come across. Annabel is a beautiful, amazing girl. And potty training is such a regular part of life. To read that there's even a hint of it is... uplifting. And just so you know, in a classroom full of two year olds, the things that are deposited in toilettes, and the methods of said depositing, are by FAR the most frequent topic of conversation!

Tamara said...

just checking in on you.., how goes it? e-mail me, miss you...