I decided to start blogging about Jordan from the moment I found out I was pregnant. Jordan was born with a little arm that didn't grow like most babies. Her left arm stopped just above the elbow. Now I'm committed to making sure Jordan gets everything out of life. We feel blessed to be the parents of a very special little girl.


Some work to do

Jordan and I just wrapped up another PT appointment and I discovered an interesting thing she's started doing. Instead of leaning to reach for a toy, she bends all the way to the front, throws her legs back and ends up on her belly. That way she can reach for toys. She maintains her center balance and doesn't risk the side stuff. So she isn't rotating her trunk. Very interesting. So we have some simple exercises to work on. In this picture, Jordan threw her legs back and ended up on her stomach almost right after I took it. Other signs that she's been a bit unwilling to turn her body: her legs are very wide open when she sits. When our therapist put her legs closer together, Jordan was immediately uncomfortable. Also, Jordan sits with her toes tense, like she's always on guard for a balance challange. Once again, it's amazing the little challenges she faces because of a missing arm.

Another interesting development, I spoke with another prosthetic company that I'm considering working with. They may be able to offer another solution to Jordan's prosthetic needs. It will require a bit of travel, but I don't think that will be too difficult to do.

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