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.


Home and happy

We met with David one more time before heading home. Jordan was pretty darn excited about having a chance to play with him. Since we went to the children's museum, she has warmed up to actually using her hook.

Here she is using both hands pushing a big exercise ball with David:

But we had this one moment that was unexpected. Jordan got to do something I had mourned we would never get to do with her. You know when you go to a park and watch parents walking with their child and they swing them in the air. I've felt little twinges of jealousy watching that simple act. Well, today David and I realized she can do that with the hook arm. And it was really cool. It was so cool that I made sure we had a little video of it.

So freaking cool. (By the way, if you can't see the videos, feel free to visit all of the videos I took on the trip by clicking here) I decided to drive home right after the appointment to help me get focused for my next trip: China! I leave on Sunday and I have so much to do. So I won't be able to blog and post stuff as often until I get back. But I have to say I feel pretty good about the direction we're going for Jordan. I can recall when Jordan was very little and I'd look at a hook arm and feel nervous putting one on my child... Just because of some kind of personal stigma I gave it. I don't know why. But I've moved to a point where I totally see how helpful it can be. We don't need a thing that looks like a hand. Jordan doesn't have one! Let's use tools that can actually help. That's so much more important.

I can't wait to help her ride her bike. I'll make sure to post something when that happens. I promise! Also - I have to say a big thank you here on the blog to David Rotter. He spent so much personal time with Jordan and I. I appreciate all of the care, kindness and interest in Jordan and her needs. I feel really lucky to have worked with him and his staff.


Student of Life said...

I was watching these videos of Jordan with My Little Sunshine this morning. At one point, he asked about Jordan's arm. I showed him some pictures of her without her prosthetic on and explained her limb difference (I admit I used Nemo as an explanation). I told him Jordan could do everything he could do, but she often has to come up with her own way of making it all happen. In that perfectly pure kid way, he just accepted the explanation and asked to watch the videos again...and again...and again. It was a sweet time.

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear that Jordan is taking so quickly to her new prosthesis! I loved seeing the videos and how quickly she was working the various parts. Big hugs for Jordan!