Thursday, September 11, 2008

Thoughtful Friday...

"What else could you possibly do, that could ever be so important? Big people helping little people to be big themselves one day." -Starbucks Ad (I got the quote from the parent educator at ECFE)

My sister took this picture of Owen on Monday. I thought it was one of the cutest pictures of him ever. She got several others that were super cute too! He's a little ham!

I took Owen for his orthotic fitting today. He will be wearing an orthotic on his right foot to help with the over pronation as well as toe walking. Because of the spasticity in his calf & ankle he isn't able to put his heel down firmly. He was real good about wearing it as long as he had a shoe but he was not comfortable walking without one on. It's a rigid plastic that forms around his ankle and bottom of his foot. It has an opening across the top of the foot to fit it on and then a velcro closure. It's a good thing we had the next size of tennis shoe for him! (Thanks Naunee!) I've got to find him a comfortable pair of shoes for wearing in the house because he's supposed to wear it all the time. I was a bit upset by this because I don't want him to feel burdened or limited by it. I want him to be able to go barefoot. I want him to be able to do all the things that children should be able to do. But my mom pointed out that it probably won't hurt him to go barefoot on occassion and the brace will be a help to him in the long run. It's just that every so often I run into something that makes me butt heads with the idea of "disability" and I have to work through it and make peace with it. And having been in the waiting area with children who have much more severe and difficult things to deal with, I am thankful for all of Owen's abilities and our ability to help him.

We are off camping this weekend. Hopefully the weather will be cooperative and I won't be a sourpuss! Owen is excited to go but I hope he isn't too disappointed when he realizes that Ella won't be joining us this time. I've told him it will just be mommy, daddy and Owen but in his mind camping includes Ella!

6 comments:

Sarah C. said...

Owen is too cute! That is the most adorable photo. Love the quote too. :) You have the toughest job there being his mom, but that brace will be worth a few missed barefoot days in the long run. Hope you all have a wonderful time camping and the weather is cooperative. :)

emily said...

Have fun camping - I'm jealous...its been years since I've gone and I love it. I'll cross my fingers for sun! I know I've said it before but Owen is a doll! So cute! You do have the world's hardest job being a mom but it's clear you are good at it! He is loved and supported and has someone looking out for his best interests at all times. You deserve a raise :)

Noelia said...

Love the quote, so significant! This picture shows me another side of Owen that I hadn't seen before. It's funny how pictures can capture that. Have fun camping. The weather here has been on the cooler side and I won't complain but it's been raining as well. Hopefully you have a sunny weekend.

Lily said...

he's adorable! He sounds like a tough little guy.

Sandra Collins said...

That picture is adorable - I love the huge smile. Good luck with the orthotics I hope all works out

Benita said...

What a cutie! Love his expression. Have fun camping :)