Sunday, June 7, 2009

Dreamnight at the Zoo...

Friday, Fletcher went to the zoo for the first time ever! The best part was that Craig, Kayleigh, Maddie and I went with him! Our whole family was at the zoo together. I never thought that would happen. The Oklahoma City Zoo held a private event called 'Dreamnight at the Zoo'. It was a complimentary evening for families with children with disabilities. Chickfila fed everyone, the zoo gave each child a stuffed monkey, there was an opportunity to have a free family photo made (the line was really long so we didn't participate in that), the rides were free as well. Fletcher LOVED walking around the zoo and he HATED stopping to look at the animals! :) He's such a toot sometimes. The fresh air did us all good. Being together doing something 'normal' was a blessing for us as a family. Thank you OKC Zoo for the gift you gave our family!We also saw a few unexpected people as well. The first person we saw was Fletcher's home health nurse Kristi. She was such a blessing to our family when we cared for Fletcher in our home that first year of his life. Then we saw one of our buddies that used to be at TCC Carson and his family. How fun was that? Lots!! Then there were at least three people that stopped us and said, 'is that Fletcher from TCC?' Ha! My Fletcher...such a popular little guy! Kind of hard to forget, right?! :)

Fletcher loves to ride in the car...
He's unhappy because his wheelchair is NOT moving...

Looking for the red panda...

Fletcher and his big sis Kayleigh...

Me, Fletcher and Maddie. He just pinched her so she's whining about it...


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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

So fun and so smart...

This kid of mine is such a blessing to me. Fletcher is really making some nice progress in a lot of areas. Today his speech therapist, Heather told me that Fletcher's going to be wearing his speaking valve every time he's up in his wheelchair. He's using his voice so much now. Heather is working with Fletcher on saying 'hi' but it's coming out more like 'hi hi' and I love it!! Fletcher loves people and anytime someone walks into his unit he waves and blows kisses like crazy. How fun would it be if he was able to say 'hi' to everyone who walks in? Absolutely fabulous!! Maddie and I went to class with Fletcher today which was good and bad. Bad only because when he's with me while in his wheelchair he EXPECTS me to take him for a walk. So Maddie and I took him to class and he was really upset with me for not taking him for a walk. Maddie and I had to sit where he couldn't see us so he would cooperate with his teacher. The main reason we wanted to go with Fletcher to class today was because he was going to be writing a letter on the computer. I just had to see it with my own eyes. Well, it was so exciting. Technology today is really making it possible for people of all kinds to communicate. The computer was set up with two switches that would activate choices. One would give him choices and when he selected what he wanted he would push the other switch to make the choice. Fletcher choose to write a letter to his Aunt Dawny today. It's hard to explain so hopefully I caught enough of it on tape that you can see him in action. But, like I mentioned earlier he wasn't really happy with me to begin with.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Fun with sister...

Since school is out Maddie has made a few trips to TCC with me. Fletcher has really enjoyed playing with his sissy! It does my heart good to see them love on each other!! Enjoy!


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