Wednesday, July 02, 2008

You've Come Along Way Baby...

A year ago today is when we got the news that Della had some serious health and developmental issues. The next few weeks were possibly the darkest and most faith building I have ever experienced. It is so wonderful to see her now at 18 months and how far she has come. In some cases she has surpassed some of the expectations that doctors, specialists, and experts have given us. In other cases, she has not. The important thing is that the blood work that first showed she had a very serious illness, have come back completely within normal range in the past 4 tests. Although no one has been able to explain why, I know it is because the Lord has healed her. I am so thankful that He has allowed her to remain in our family and I am thankful for the sweet spirit that has carried us through this ordeal. It has been a long road, and we still have a long way to go. Sometimes discouragement creeps in and it feels like we can't make it another week. That's when I pray for strength and guidance and I know that we can make it another hour and if we continue to put one foot in front of the other, things will work out.

I am thankful that I have had family to support me during the past year. I know that I couldn't have done it without them. So many people volunteered to watch Archer, accompanied us to appointments, gave financial support when the insurance company refused to pay for things, and most importantly offered up prayers, encouragement, and love to our family.

Della still has no official diagnosis but she is progressing and that is a good sign. She started crawling on all fours up off the floor about 2 weeks ago. She also is showing more interest in the world around her and she has really been exploring a lot more. She will be 18 months next week, but she is not quite 9 months developmentally. We are moving to Texas this weekend and I hope to get her started in physical and occupational therapy as soon as possible. I know that things will get done, I am just nervous about the unknown.

Here are a few pictures and a video of Della and her new "tricks."

She can stand with support but she can only pull up to her knees...

Chantel
(my super talented sister-in-law) made this doll for Della and she LOVES it. She is always "talking" to it and giving it lots of love. Seeing her interact with her doll has given us a lot of hope. Thank you Chantel!


Here is Della playing with her Daddy at Red Robin. By the way,that is chocolate sauce all over her face. Her Occupational Therapist says we should be exposing her to new food. May as well start with the good stuff.

video

4 comments:

Amanda said...

She is such a sweet girl. Lillian loves her and asked if we could visit her this morning. ("Visit CAITlin Dell. CAITlin Dell.")

Kimberly Bluestocking said...

Funny how parenthood teaches us so much about faith and prayer. Though I haven't had nearly the challenges you've faced, there are still times when I feel like I just can't make it through the day. Then I remember to pray for help, and somehow I get through the first hour, and then the second . . .

I'm so grateful that the Lord is so willing and able to help us, and that we're not in this alone.

Good luck with your move.

The Duke said...

We're glad she likes the doll. It appears to be well-loved.

Anne said...

is that Archer in the background? POP IT DADDY!!