sorry for my lack of posting recently (with the exception of the posts about whitney and anne's cute new shoes!) - i am not sure where the time seems to be going.
since school has started we have also increased whitney's therapies. she is now scheduled every week to receive two speech sessions, two developmental therapy sessions, one occupational therapy session and one physical therapy session. these are all therapies that she qualifies for based on her annual evaluation that took place in august through the state of indiana's early intervention program (First Steps). we LOVE all of our first steps providers (thearpists) and have been VERY lucky to have such wonderful people looking out for and helping miss whitney along.
we also added horse riding therapy (hippotherapy) through insurance about 5 weeks ago. we are doing this on our own in addition to the EI therapies. i put whitney on the wait list in February or March so that when she turned 2 and was able to begin horse therapy - we would be good to go. we elected to have her receive occupational therapy through TherAplay knowing that she would receive the benefit of the horse riding for half of the session whether we chose occupation or physical therapy. right now we would like whitney's fine motor skills (self feeding, pincer grasp, drawing with crayons, shape sorting, putting pegs in a hole, etc...) to get a little more work because her "pt" skills seem to be coming along - she is getting more steady at walking with just one hand held :)
anne is LOVING school this year - she is in preschool 3 days a week. she also is happy to have whitney going to school one day a week with her and their classrooms are right next to each other. i was worried about whitney going to preschool this fall (we also put anne in preschool one day a week when she turned two) because she still cannot walk unassisted and she does not speak very clearly yet - but she is signing QUITE A BIT now (over 50 signs) and her teacher and the director have been OUTSTANDING in assisting Whitney when she needs it and talking with me about how to adapt certain activities. For the most part - Whitney is keeping up and shows improvement every week in "preschool" :)
there are many more things i could think of to "update" this blog with- and i will try to be better at posting more often and "catching up" both on writing and reading all of the blogs that i LOVE! hope everyone is having a good week so far! i will end with some recent pictures...
I have had some questions about what size I ordered for Whitney to fit with her Sure Steps - so I thought just in case anyone was wanting to order the Bugaboo Shoes (http://bugabooshoes.com/index.html) but not sure what to do about sizing I thought I would share what sizes we have for Whitney and Anne and their measurements. On the website, there is a list of sizes with the length of the shoe given in inches. Whitney is currently wearing a size 3 (5 inches) with her sure steps and this is a perfect fit!!! Whitney would most likely wear a size 2 without sure steps (she still fits into a cute pair of baby crib shoes from gap that are labeled size 6-12 months!) and her foot measures 4 inches almost exactly. So for her, the 3s were big when we got them, even with the sure steps but now they fit perfectly. I have also ordered 2 pairs of size 4s but they are still too big even with her sure steps. I couldn't help myself - I also ordered a pair of size 5s for when her feet grow even more - how could I pass up 1/2 off. By the way - the code for 1/2 off is SALE and the sale ends on October 15th! If you are thinking about ordering any Bugaboos for your older children - Anne is 4 years old and we have two pair of size 9s. According to the size list a 9 is 7 1/2 inches long. Anne's foot measures just over 6 inches (almost 6 1/4 inches) - so with socks a 9 fits with a little bit of room to grow. I also ordered a size 10 but it is way too big at this point in time - hopefully in the spring they will fit :) Hope this helps!!!
anne's new size 10 bugaboos
size 3 Piper next to size 4 Piper
size 10 Paulie Ann next to size 9 Paulie Ann
Anne's foot next to size 9 Paulie Ann
Anne's foot measures about 6 1/4 inches
Whitney in her Sure Steps with her new size 3 Piper shoes
Whitney in her Sure Steps with her size 3 Camille shoes (can you tell she has worn these a lot?!?)
Whitney with her Sure Steps
Whitney's size 6-12 month "crib shoes" that still fit!
I have been meaning to share this since last week when Heather (Zoey's mommy) posted about needing to find some new shoes for Zoey to wear that will work with her Sure Steps (orthotics). I found out about Bugaboo Shoes last winter when Whitney finally started to "bear weight" on her legs and we needed to look into getting orthotics and shoes that would give a little more support than just cute "crib shoes". I left a comment on Heather's blog to let her know about how much we love our Bugaboo Shoes and I went on the shoe website to copy and paste it for her and found out that right now they are having an inventory reduction sale and all shoes are 1/2 off!!!!!!! (use the code SALE at check out for the 50% discount) Once I found that out, I of course had to order some new shoes for Anne and Whitney. We LOVE these shoes and cannot say enough about them - I would highly recommend them, even at full price!!! (they have boys shoes too!) I will try to take some pictures of our "models" (anne and whitney) wearing them - but right now they are in bed, so pictures from the site will have to do :) Just wanted to share this great find!!!
anne has these in orange + one size bigger in pink waiting for her to grow into them