Thursday, April 15, 2010

My day spent with Annabel...









Oh how I have forgotten what it is like to just be with Annabel. Today Annabel missed school so we could go to an appointment for a communication device. It was at 10:30 this morning so I knew we could just relax in the morning with no rush schedules. It was so nice. Kourtni (our nanny) has gone home for about ten days for her brothers wedding. I tend to run too many errands or let her do much of the care when she is here. But today it was just Annabel and myself. The reality is that I do need help and Kourtni is very sweet and Annabel really responds to her. But how I have forgotten how it is to be just with Annabel. She is such joy! She wakes with such happiness and she absolutely loves her bath. What I got to experience today was how social Annabel is. Everywhere we went, in waiting rooms, restaurants, therapy she brings out happiness in all she meets. The pictures above is us just playing prior to her appointment at speech. The four pictures below are speech therapy with the rep who came to show/evaluate Annabel for her new device. Annabel has really begun to look at object (real) and picture objects and choose with fairly good accuracy. The device was unbelievable and I am praying that she will be eligible for it. Of course, I will have to learn much about it to make it as useful and it can be. It will sing songs, play games and help her learn and communicate. The last two pictures are of Annabel and myself going to eat with Ms. Edie. Edie ask us to go to lunch many times but with Annabel going to school, being sick, or drs. appt. in Houston it is very hard to do. So today we did just that! We then returned home to just be again!!! Ok, I know that very soon I will be moaning about not having help, or that I am tired but for now it is Annabel and me. Of course, thanks to everyone in the family who is here to be with Annabel also. Sorry for so many photos above but I could just pick a few. Can you tell I just love this precious face?? Thank you, Jesus!
P.S. Ok,I spared you the pictures but today prior to cathing her since we are having such a laid back day, I placed her on the potty and she tee-teed right away, looked up at me and began clapping. Her body maybe small, she may not talk or walk, but let me tell you she has got a mind. All I know is that I need to do so much more with her. Thanks to all, as always for reading and following her story.
Therapy
Therapy
Therapy
More therapy
Lunch with Ms. Edie...
Or maybe lots of playing with Ms. Edie...not sure Ms. Edie care too much about eating!

12 comments:

Jill Smith said...

I'm so glad you got to spend a day like this with Annabel. We all need days like that. I love it when Dave takes Gabriel and I can get some alone time with Lily. And I love the pictures and that you are so willing to share.

ANewKindOfPerfect said...

She is SO beautiful! She really reminds me so much of my Peanut when she was younger. It's definately the hair and the eyebrows! :) I love Annabel.

I know what you mean about having a day with her, alone. We have nursing 5 days a week which I love and would be crazy without, but when I don't have a nurse ... it's nice. :) I know that I need a nurse and I wouldn't give her up for the world, but sometimes it's awesome just to have me and Peanut time. :)

Colleen said...

Ooooh nice device...I can't wait to see photos of Annabel using it.

And I love that sweet face too! Thanks for sharing.

May said...

You put it so right that 'she's got a mind'. People tend to see these kids as nonresponsive, but it is far from it. Thanks for the reminder - I need to do more with Vera and not let our helper do all the work!

Hilary said...

Such a cutie pie..her dress is precious!!!! Have a great weekend too :) What a fun device too I hope that little missy has funny using it too....

The VW's said...

Such a big and smart girl, not to mention, ADORABLE!!! Hope you have many more fun days with Annabel! Hugs!!!

Mrs Redboots (Annabel Smyth) said...

Such a smart girl - and it's good that she knows what a clever girl she is to use the potty, even if she can't do it all the time.

Sounds like a fabulous day!

Kelly said...

you are so right. it is nice to just have a mommy/daughter day. and with someone as smart and adorable as annabel it's double the fun.

TheRextras said...

Hi, I'm catching-up on your posts.

This is post is wonderful to read!

Sincere sympathy on the loss of your BIL. And I am praying for all our military in service of our defense.

The wedding in your home! You are in for a busy summer! I guess your life has always met that criteria, eh?
Best, Barbara

Kathy said...

Wow! This learning device looks like fun so I know it will be a hit. I am sure that Annabel will blossom even more as her communication skills grow!!!

Share as many pictures as you want. We love seeing them. She brings joy into our lives as well!

Love and prayers coming your way...

kim said...

Cathy,
How precious and amazing! She makes my heart skip a beat every time I see her face. There is no doubt she brings joy everywhere she goes! She beams with pure joy. And YOU, you....I can't even put into words how much you touch my heart!
Love you and your sweet Annabel!!

Holli Davis said...

Beauitful Annabel. So glad to hear the update, and I am glad you were able to enjoy her for that day!! Continue to stay well, Annabel! Praying for her like always. Thanks for sharing, Cathy.