All of the independent walking that Natalie has been working on in PT has really paid off. Most noticeable to me is the steady improvement in her balance. For those who have known Natalie a long time, it's hard to believe that she used to have trouble just keeping her balance sitting up, let alone standing and walking! She generally likes to walk holding someone's hand. This is the first time that I've seen her get up and walk on her own without being prompted to do so by someone else. She was a little distracted by watching Curious George on the ipod but still did a great job. And when did she get so tall?!
I am mom to Natalie Elizabeth, a strong and feisty 8 year old born, along with her twin brother Andrew John, nearly 17 weeks early on 9/2/06. Andrew passed away on 9/4/06 and Natalie spent 110 days in the NICU. As a result of her premature birth she has Cerebral Palsy. Despite her challenges, she is constantly doing new and amazing things and surprising everyone!