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!