Still Practicing Her Head Control

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Earlier today, we worked a lot on head control. I can't stress enough how much effort these movements are for her. For instance, her ASD (Atrial Septal Defect, or hole in her heart) requires her heart to work twice as hard to get the same results a typical baby gets when lifting his or her head - and that's just one of the disabilities weighing on Caro.

I am constantly learning about the amount of strength and coordination it takes for our bodies to do even elementary tasks - yet another life element I had taken for granted. And the clear determination Caroline has to hit these milestones despite the hand she's been dealt... it's humbling.

I thought Caro's determination displayed itself only for my I'm-her-mom-so-I-accentuate-the-positive eyes, but a few weeks ago, a discussion with her OT changed that. The OT said Caroline is a special baby - she has a very strong will to improve - something she doesn't see in several of the babies that come into their therapy center. She said "I can't teach that. It's either there or it's not - she has it. She is a special, tender spirit."

Anyway, here are some pictures of her workout:

She held her head high like this for awhile - much longer than in previous sessions.

"I like these toys" (or is she actually enjoying the TV that's on in the distance?)

"Unfortunately, no photography is allowed at this time."

"What did I just say???"

"If I ignore her, maybe she'll go away."


  1. Erica! I am so glad that Annie gave me your blog. I have asked Nate to give me your number because I have wanted to get in contact with you guys and catch up. We have missed you in our ward. It sounds and looks like you have had quite a year! I bet your have many stories and lessons to teach others for your experiences. I am glad that Caroline is progressing so well. She seems like such a sweet little girl. We would love to get together with you guys soon. Good luck with therapy.

  2. It is humbling to watch her AND you; her determination and your patient and persistent efforts to help her are inspiring and help me keep all the little troubles of life in perspective. Thanks for being so diligent about documenting her progress for us. Love you!

  3. (Okay--am I close enough to being hit #6,000 AND a commentor to get a prize?)

  4. She's just like her Mom and Dad. She's determined to improve on what's she's been given. We all need to be a little more like Caro. We love you all so much.

  5. It is so nice to read how things are going with you guys. Your story has touched me a lot.

  6. Oh it must have been so wonderful to hear the OT say what she did!!


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