Archive for January, 2010

Kittens and Wine

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

We got a new kitten today! Her name is Bella (she was named Gizmo, but that didn’t fit). She’s tiny, black, long-haired, and very sweet. She was born with micropthalmia (tiny eyes), so she can’t see very well. Something that would discourage others from adopting her made it clear to me that we HAD to have her. Kijana (our other cat) isn’t so sure about her. Maria seems mildly amused with her. We have to watch Maria and Bella together because Maria could really hurt Bella (and vice-versa, I’m sure).

Where does the wine come in? I was talking to my friend, Monica, on the phone, put Maria in her stander, and put her next to the counter. I had a glass of wine on the counter and Maria grabbed it. I was waiting for the crash of breaking glass, but all there was was red wine everywhere–all over the floor, Maria’s tan pants, Maria’s light-colored shirt. And there was the glass of wine, still in her hand, going toward her mouth….. I was impressed that she was holding the glass so well and that she didn’t drop it!

Now that Maria’s bike is paid for (THANKS to everyone who donated!!), they’re building it and we should be getting it the 1st week of February. Can’t wait!!

The Bike Is Paid For

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Cathy just put the last payment down on the bike so it should be headed our way soonish. Thanks again to all the people who contributed.

Maria’s definitely more interested in mobility lately. When I had her Sunday she went about 30 feet in the walker without any help at all. I envisioned actual walking but it’s not exactly that. She hangs there, propelling her self inch by inch with the toes of one foot as the other foot drags. It’s not fast or elegant but it’s purposeful and steady which is what matters. I know she’s going to love the bike.

Walking and Walking and Walking!

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Here is an email I got today from Sara, one of Maria’s teachers:

We are all so excited today here at school!!!!

Maria walked in her walker from Cindy’s room. Down the hall about 50 feet … then back and into my room. She then walked across my room too.

We provided direction but she did all the steps on her own!!!!!

Go Maria!!!!!!!!!!!!

OMG –how come she doesn’t do that for us at home?! Doesn’t matter, as long as she’s doing it somewhere! Like Sara said–Go Maria!!!!

Biker Babe

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

I don’t know what’s gotten into Maria, but she is feisty this new year!! There was the bed incident, then today in occupational therapy, she was sitting on a bolster like you’d sit on a horse with Chris, and she started pedaling her legs–one right after the other! And then she struggled and brought one leg over, like you’d dismount a horse, because she wanted to get down.

We put her on the bike (like the one we’re going to get for her) and went for a walk and two different times she pedaled it by herself for several pedals! Both times the (lack of) steering was what stopped her (once she almost went off the sidewalk, the other time almost into a post). Holy moly!! I think we’re going to see great things from Maria this year!

One more sign of good things to come in the coming year–when Maria & I were coming home from getting Sprinkles cupcakes last week in a huge rainstorm, we drove right through the end of a rainbow! It was the darndest thing I’ve ever seen! So here’s the secret to getting the pot of gold–drive so fast that the rainbow and its little leprechans can’t hide fast enough.

Happy New Year!

Friday, January 1st, 2010

Maria decided to bring in the new year with a bang. Apparently, at about 1 or 1:30am, Manolis heard a noise and went to her room. He pushed on the door and felt resistance, so he thought it was me playing a trick on him. He pushed harder and discovered that it was Maria laying on the floor behind the door!!! She got out of her bed through the little opening at the foot of the bed between the rail and the foot board, and rolled over to the door. He said she was cold. (it was cold in here last night, well relatively cold) OMG! I don’t know if it’s wonderful or awful. It’s both really.

So here’s to a new year full of miracles and magic for Maria (and to her extended village)!