Monday, January 12, 2009
Melanie and I are excited to announce that Whitney has reached another major milestone. The funny thing is that neither of us were there to see it. Whit went off to school today and came home with her usual "Today at school I..." note in her bag. But at the bottom, her physical therapist wrote, "I took 3 steps by myself when I worked with Ms. Carrie!!"
Forgive the misspellings, I'm tearing up as I type today. It was such a happy shock. Melanie called Carrie to get more details. During PT time each Monday, Carrie and Whit go to the little gym at the school and work out. Today, Carrie stood Whitney on her feet held her hand outstretched. Carrie held out a toy monkey that Whit loves and then let go of Whitney's hand. And somehow, Whitney not only stayed standing, but she took one step. Then two and a quick third one as she fell into Carrie's arms! Whitney walked!
The PT was so excited, she showed the trick to Whitney's teacher back in the classroom and Whitney walked again!
Whitney is almost five years old. Melanie and I have wondered for a long time when she would take her first true steps. We don't have to wonder anymore. Today is the day. A victory like this is all the sweeter when it has taken so long to achieve. Congratulations, Whitney! And thank you Carrie!