Saturday, November 30, 2013

Welcome to Winter

The weather has gotten significantly colder, dipping below zero. I'm now doing my school drop-offs and pick-ups in the near dark. Along with it came colds for the Weans and broken radiators, so we've been inside most of the week. The 8 radiators have been replaced, so we're back in business which is a relief as my Weans love to be half-naked most of the time.  

Also a bit of good news: Foo had another assessment at the children's clinic with the physio therapist. He's been wearing special night boots to help stretch his Achilles tendons for about 3 months, seeing a physio once a week and we bought him special orthopedic shoes and insoles about a month ago. Results: his ankles are much more flexible, one can bend almost 20 degrees farther than a month ago. He's able to stand flat-footed for short periods and even occasionally walks heel-toe on one or both feet of his own accord, though when he runs or gets distracted he's automatically on his toes and off-balance. 

After 3 years of walking on his toes and it getting so bad that he actually flips his feet over when he walks, trying to walk on the tops of his feet, this is amazing improvement in such a short time. I'm so happy that the physio has gotten in our corner and has been working hard to get Foo the help he needs. We're getting there. She's trying to get more physio approved for the new year and we also saw a occupational therapist this visit who hopes to get more OT approved for him with his current therapist. A year of trying to get some help from the clinic, we're finally seeing positive steps, literally. 

Some photos from this week: indoor playing for a sick Bumpshie and Pudding.




A girls' picnic.


Pudding playing with Daddy. 


The Weans skating as the garden freezes over. 



Couldn't resist taking photos of Bump's perfect curls after her bath. She's a bit of a ham. 





Actually hammy-ness seems to run in the family. Foo on his pirate ship. 


My fast growing Pudding, having a wiggle. 


Pudding now has the cold that Bump and Foo have had over the last week, so I don't expect to get much done this weekend or early next week either. Welcome to winter in Finland. 

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