Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Little Steps Forward

Sucking away

My friend Michelle, her husband Jade and daughter Bryona

Yesterday, my friend from high school came to visit with her husband and daughter. It was so great to see them. Bryona is getting so big.

OT (occupational therapy) worked a little with Ava yesterday. She was stretching out the muscles in her hands when Ava got upset. She was wanting to suck on her fingers, so I put the binkie in her mouth and she started sucking on that instead. The OT asked if she has been sucking on her binkie much and I told her that she does well when she wants to but I think she prefers her fingers (she just truly started sucking on them yesterday). The OT then started working with her mouth and observing her suck reflex. She said that she thinks that Ava is ready to try a bottle. The OT that worked with Ava yesterday is not her regular OT, so she has to speak with the other and make sure she agrees. The doctor said that if they feel she is ready then there is no reason not to try. I am so excited. Keep it up baby girl...little steps in the right direction.


Anonymous said...

I'm so proud of Ava! She's such a strong little girl! I can't wait to see her again. I love the pics of her sucking on her fingers! They're too cute! I will be shopping in Kansas City Thursday so I'm going to be giving you a call and try to stop by! I'll see you soon! Love you all! We'll be praying hard for Ava to continue to get stronger!

The Bryant Family said...

OMG...I am so excited for you!!! I will continue to keep a prayer in my heart for Ava. How very exciting and encouraging.

Ashlea said...

That is wonderful news. Things sure are turning around, huh? That's great! Keep the good posts coming!

Anonymous said...

Oh Ava you are doing so good. Wouldn't that be great if she could start sucking on a bottle. She is so cute chewing on her little fingers. We will continue to pray for Miss Ava. I am so excited for you and Ava.
Hugs and kisses. Tell your boys hi for us and let Nathan know that I plan to put in a garden again this year and hope to be canning salsa. I will try and bring some more jars of salsa to you the next time I make it to KC to see you all.
Pamela and Megan

Isabella said...

She looks so sweet sucking on those little fingers. I am so proud of her!! Her color looks good and she just looks great. Thanks for offering to help with us at therapy. However, it was in Pittsburg. We skipped it for the day. I think my sis will be back tomorrow. Anyways, we are as always praying for you and thinking of you guys.
Take Care

Gabi's Mommy said...

That is wonderful news! She is getting stronger each day, imagine what she will do next:) Glad you got to see some friendly faces.

Sending love and prayers always:)

Carey said...

I'm so excited for you guys! We just got a room this evening, but I'm going to try and make it down to visit since Ryan's here this week. Way to go baby AVA!!!