Walking is something that we take for granted.
All it takes is a minor injury and you realize how fortunate you are when your body is working well
Ainsley was happy. She always is. But she was especially happy.
Evie, can be so wonderful at times. She helped Ainsley walk up the hill and run back down over and over in a true testament to sisterly love and dedication.
It was truly beautiful. Ainsley was happy to do it over and over again.
She also thinks it's fun to hang off the arms of her walker. She's building some serious upper body strength.
You may notice she's got some funny boots on. Under those impostor Uggs are AFO's. I had to dig out a pair of Evie's old shoes that they would fit into. We haven't used them since we got them in the spring, for participating in a fitting workshop, before Ainsley's surgery and she's now dangerously close to outgrowing them. I thought okay, maybe they do make a difference because she was doing so well. Then right before we left I thought I should take them off and see how she did. She was very happy because you see, they aren't all that comfortable. I was glad I'd thought of it because in actuality she did almost as well without them. The only difference is that her right leg turns out a bit without the AFO, because the AFO holds the ankle into a fixed position. Her right hip is in a slightly different position which makes it appear that leg is slightly longer so I think she just doesn't know how to compensate. I want Ainsley to strengthen her muscles so that she can walk without AFO's, though she likely will need shoe inserts to help keep her feet from pronating.
We've been loading the walker on the bus everyday so she can use it to walk into school, for free-play time and for recess. She's used it for over an hour at a time at home or out and about like at Salmon Days. And for her private physical therapy on Tuesdays, which has been great for her (a topic for another post). All this increased time in the walker has really helped her build strength. An average 4 year old spends much of their day on their feet, so we are trying to have Ainsley do more and more of that. So far it seems to be working and her little legs and butt are finally building some muscle. It's pretty exciting.
This isn't representative of good walking form but I thought you'd enjoy seeing Ainsley "running".