See this fish? Unfortunately it's the library's. Elise is fascinated with it. EVERY time we go to the library Elise runs behind the librarian's counter and stares at it.
Tonight I had Cal and her in the stroller at the library. I thought I had buckled her in. After looking for some books I came back to the stroller and Elise was gone. I saw her running to her usual spot, excitedly doing her hand motion routine over and over.
The librarians love her. Who doesn't?! They know her and all of them smile when she walks through the door and comes over to them. A sweet librarian got Flounder down and let her look at it up close and they even let her throw it a few times.
Elise's first night in a big girl bed! I have been dreading this day for a long time, but we finally decided it was time since we aren't traveling anywhere for awhile. I was going to have her and Bryn share a room, but we thought Elise and Bryn would do better if Elise had her own room so the playroom is now Elise's room.
When I put her to bed she was super wiggly and all smiles. She couldn't stop giggling and kicking her legs.
She couldn't hold still period.
I think a weighted blanket and some added input would help before she goes to bed so she can settle her body down quicker. I closed the door (thankfully she doesn't know how to open doors yet) and listened to her run around and roll on her bed for 40 minutes.
Eventually it got quiet and I found her asleep on the floor. It's a start!
We have now entered the therapy building over 104 times. Today marked our one-year anniversary of beginning OT services.
It's crazy how fast it has gone yet it seems like I've been there my whole life. I think my kids will end up saying they HAVE been there their whole lives!
Elise comes here for OT and speech therapy. I love her therapists and am happy with the things they are doing with her.
Elise's 1-year OT evaluation was today. Developmentally she is at the age of 11 months. This didn't surprise me. I've watched Cal enough to know he's ahead of her and I'm okay with it. The therapist and I discussed new goals and we will be working a little more on Activities of Daily Living (removing clothes and eating with utensils).
At age 3 1/2, Elise can:
Ez and I had a scare with Elise a couple weeks ago while we were taking pictures with my family. The location of where we were getting our pictures done was up high on some rocks by the Snake River in Idaho Falls.
One of us is always in charge of watching Elise very closely. Ez gave me the hand-off and I soon got distracted. Not too long after Ez asked me where Elise was.
"Where is Elise?" is a phrase I hear more often than I wish. It panics me so much because I know of all the possible dangers that can happen to her very quickly: wandering off and drowning are my 2 biggest fears.
Both Ez and I know we have to act and act immediately. There is no wasting time.
As soon as Ez asked me that question we both turned around and scanned the area as fast as we could. Ez spotted her running away from us to the edge of the rocks. My heart almost stopped as I watched Ez sprint over to her.
He caught her just as she was throwing her sippy cup into the river.
She could have easily lost her balance and fallen off the rocks into the river without anyone even noticing.
I watched the sippy cup float down the river, feeling immensely relieved and grateful it wasn't her.
This is Elise.
We named our Elise after her. She volunteered at the beginning of the summer to watch our kids twice a week for the whole summer for FREE! She is an amazing, selfless young lady with a super bubbly personality! I just love her :) Our kids have grown to love her as well.
Awhile ago I remember lying in bed, feeling sorry for my Elise. We had named her after this sweet and amazing girl and I felt bad that our Elise wouldn't get the chance to experience as many things as her. I somehow felt cheated.
Just then I had the most amazing experience. The veil felt so thin and I got a glimpse of who our Elise was. It was something I'll never forget. I was taught that night that Elise isn't here to be taught about the world but instead would teach the world.
While I was so insistent on teaching her earthly things, I realized she was here to teach me heavenly things. It's so easy to feel defeated and like I'm not doing enough. I want more than anything to help her and for her to live the best life she can have. I get so focused on teaching her this and that, that at the end of the day I've realized she has taught me something more, something much better.
Elise is definitely a special name.
I LOVE being a mom to my 5 kids; one with special needs. There is no greater joy than being a parent! I love each one individually but this blog will mostly focus on our daughter with special needs and our journey with her. Thanks for reading!