Ok! We now have both the walker and the stander. The stander is an EasyStand that goes from sitting to standing. Jeff, the guy who delivered it, was still trying to get all the adjustments right when we put Maria in it in a sitting position and she kept trying to pull herself up to standing. She was so excited about it! There’s a clear tray on it that she kept looking through and hugging, while grinning like a monkey. It was just so cute! I’ve never seen her more excited about anything (just her family and friends, and we’re not things…).
She was in the stander for quite a while a couple times today. We fed her in it and the only trouble is the food gets in some of the cracks of upholstry that sits on the tray (stupid design), so we’ll have to do something about that because I want it to stay relatively clean if possible. She seems pretty secure in the standing position, but we’ll have to watch her in the sitting position–she might be able to wiggle out of it…
Jeff and Barb (physical therapist) adjusted her walker while they were here. Maria was doing really well in that also. I think Barb was impressed. I sure am! There’s a way to lock the wheels so they just go straight, which might be better starting off. That way, any movement she makes results in forward motion, rather than random forward, backward, side-to-side, not really getting anywhere.
Auntie Rose was here all weekend. Maria is fascinated by her. She (Maria) stares at her (Rosanne) all the time, like she’s trying to figure out why this person acts and sounds so much like her mom, but is so different. We had a great, action-packed weekend, which was too short.
They seemed to really enjoy meeting Maria at the El Zaribah Shrine Sunday. Glad we went. I’ll need to send them a picture of her in the stander so they can see what good they’re doing!