Okay, some of you must have started praying extra-hard for Anniston since one of my recent posts about her right arm. I don't want to underestimate what she has been doing with it up until now, because I know that it is wonderful that she has used it to crawl for a while now and more recently has utilized it when pulling up. But, when it comes to other everyday activities, she hasn't used it purposefully. She doesn't use it to hold a book, to hold a toy, to clap (she will hit it with her left hand when I ask her to clap, though), etc. The only other times that she has used it somewhat knowingly is when we have held down her left arm or used an air splint in therapy to hold down her good arm. I also used to put two floaties on her left arm at home so that she would be more likely to use her right arm during those blocks of time...usually just a few minutes. Now that she is older, though, she has wised up to the air splints/floaties, so that method is not quite as effective as it was a few months ago. It has just been difficult for her to get away from favoring her left arm when she doesn't yet understand the benefits of using both.
Anyway, all of this is to preface the fact that she has finally learned to recognize her right arm/hand when asked! I can say "use your right arm/hand", and she uses it! Most of the time :). It especially works when I ask her in her high chair, so I recorded a couple of instances from today. Pardon our post-wagon-ride hairdo in the latter video.
Oh, and pardon the enthusiasm in my voice :).
Wasn't that awesome?!
I realize that this is something pretty superficial...she is healthy, and that is all that really matters, but I know that God is watching over her, and these are extra blessings that we are going to give Him the glory for in her life.
The other day, I guess I was struggling with some things (having to do with her speech...superficial, too), and Stan said "all I know is she's thirty years old, and she's a warrior for God." I love that he said that. When I was pregnant with her, God specifically impressed upon Stan that Anniston would be a warrior for the Lord, and that promise has carried us often.
So thankful for your prayers as always :). And, thankful to you, God, for your faithfulness!