When we returned home a year ago we found out that my parents spent the weekend working very hard to motivate Ellie to MOVE! She was 14 months old and had no interest in crawling, walking, standing or even rolling around to get from place to place. We were seeing red flags that she wasn’t motivated in the gross motor department, but we had no idea how significant her delay was.
Long story short, Ellie started receiving physical therapy services last July through Early Intervention when she was 15 months old. She was tested and her scores revealed that in the gross motor category, she scored as a 7 ½ month old.
Ellie’s life last June looks a lot like what Josie’s life looks like this June. The difference is- Ellie was 14 months old, Josie is 7 months old. As I look back to last summer, it’s easy for a lot of the painful emotions to creep in. I was pregnant, it was a record-breaking HOT summer, and Ellie was more like a baby than a one year old. The past year has had its share of challenges as we strive to help Ellie make gains, but I’m overjoyed to report that if she were to be tested today, her delays wouldn’t even qualify her to receive physical therapy services!! As we watch Ellie run around the room and climb on her step stool and play at the park we are so proud. As we watch Josie sit up, roll for toys, and stand at her activity table, we are so proud.
We love our girls so much and are so grateful for the way they are learning and growing. We are extremely thankful for the physical therapy services Ellie has received and most importantly we are grateful for God’s grace to us each and every day as we parent our girls.