Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Miss Ollie hasn't started therapy yet, but I am working with her at home.

A friend gave me a book that is awesome!  I am serious if you don't have this book you need it.  It goes over gross motor skills & exercises by chapter & your child must master a chapter before you move on.  Perfect!

I have NO idea what I'm doing therapy wise.  For goodness sakes my degree is in Animal Science Production, which no joke is large animals like beef & dairy cattle and don't forget hogs.  That's right - farm girl education...far away from child development.

  What I DO know is that I want the best for Ollie.  I want to hit every milestone as close to a typically developing child as possible.  Since this isn't my first rodeo in raising a child I know they all develop differently, so I won't be devastated if some things come more naturally than others.  I know this will take work & persistence.  Which is why I am now a stay at home Mom.  I am an instrument to Ollie's success & I am not going to take no for an answer.  It isn't going to be easy at times, but that's fine.

We are going to push her to the best of her capacity and we're going to let her show us what she is capable of.  As another Mom says & I love, "Don't diss her ability".

Last week Ollie was cleared for tummy time.  The first few days I was worried.  She laid flat on her nose and couldn't move an inch.  She hated it, and I felt helpless, I didn't know what to do.

A friend came over & she gave me some therapy tips as we wait for Ollie's Early Intervention to get setup & started. 

Tip #1 - Lay her on a rolled up receiving blanket.  Prop up her arms & put toys in front of her. 

I am not kidding in 2 days - 2 single days of doing this activity a few times - look at this little rock star go!  That's right she's pushing up onto her forearms & lifting her head high.  She just awes me with her strength & attitude. 

It helps to have two older siblings that LOVE to play and interact with her.  They have no idea that they are giving her therapy as well.


  1. What a strong baby girl! Here little butterfly-butt onesie is so stinkin' cute! Sounds like your instincts and determination are gonna do this sweat-pea just as much good as any degree in child development would have! Go Ollie Go!

  2. Awe, look at her go! What a strong little girl :)

  3. Look at you little love ... blossoming and thriving with that happy healthy heart.Pure magic.

  4. That's a really great approach Annie. One thing I regret with Russell was I shyed away from starting things with him to soon. I let Down syndrome scare me into thinking he wasn't ready for things just yet...When really by the time I got around to try having him sit or be up on all fours, he was more than ready! I wish I hadn't underestimated him back then.
    Ollie is doing great, she sure looks strong :)

  5. What a strong girl! Go Ollie!


Thank you so much for your kind words & support! I love hearing from you & read each and every comment you leave for me! ~Annie


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