When it comes to playing with Isa, there’s always the struggle to make her use a little bit more her left arm, specially the hand, because of the brain malformation being on the right side of her brain, her left side of the body doesn’t respond as good as the right, and it is more noticeable in her left hand, she can really ignore it if she wants to. She has developed a lot of strength on her right arm because she basically uses it for everything. When she drinks from her sippy cup, we have to make sure it’s not to full with water so it is not so heavy and when she grabs it with her right hand we always go and put her left hand on the left handle, because she wouldn’t do it by herself, sometimes she keeps the left hand there, but sometimes she just let’s go of it right away.
She wears a wrist-band support on her left hand to help her open the hand easier, specially since the thumb comes in all the time and an arm band support at night to help her stretch the arm at night, so she doesn’t lose the movement on it.
Sometimes when I look at her playing with her toys, I see how hard it is for her to do some stuff, she can’t grab big balls or anything big because she wants to do it with just one hand, so it becomes impossible, she tries and tries and then just moves on to something else, something smaller and easy to grab with her little fingers. I was thinking how hard and frustrating it must be for her, but at the same time I realized that for her this is normal, she was born this way, so she has never experienced what it is to use both hands to do something. There are some moments when she will use both hands, when she plays with paper for example, she uses both, sometimes with some toys she will bring the left hand along and try to grab something but not so much. We do this sock training with her, where she has to have a sock on her right hand for 20 minutes and stimulate her to use her left, she basically hates it! she gets so frustrated and quickly pulls the sock off with her mouth, so we keep trying and trying. I tell myself that maybe it will be better when she understands a bit more that she needs to train the hand and cooperate a bit more.
Something that we have been noticing recently is how vocal she has become, she talks a lot lately, from the moment she wakes up to the moment she falls asleep, we were at a friend’s place yesterday for lunch and we just couldn’t stop laughing of how much she was participating in the conversation and she was so loud, it’s just so much fun. This week she has also started waving and understanding to say “good-bye” with her hand, she understands it in spanish when we say “adios” to her and she responds back, she’s also doing it when we say “hola”, which makes me so happy!! She is growing up listening to 3 different languages all the time so we don’t know how long is going to take for her to try to say some words, we are hoping that she has no speech problems, we just have to wait and see, yesterday when I was saying “adios” to her, we noticed 2 times that she was trying to say it too, but maybe it was our imagination maybe not.
June is gone and she still can’t crawl or move by her self, I still think that it will happen any day, I’m just waiting and waiting, training and training, but she has finally become good at rolling over, so good that she fell from our bed for the first time, I felt so bad, but it also caught us by surprise it just happened so fast, after feeling awful I smiled thinking that it was a good thing, she was moving and moving is great.