She tells me that her physio and her appearance are the things that are so important to her at this present time. This is a huge leap forward, after dressing and looking like a boy for the last two years! She's even asked her her Dolls House to be resurrected from the garage! I thought this was a thing of the past! She has even begun to wear a skirt to school again.
Both daughters have things in common again and I can see Talia's eager eyes on Abigail's new girl's clothes, knowing that one day they will be passed to her when she's big enough. Last month Abigail even went to drastic lengths and got her ears pierced.
From a Mother's perspective it's like watching an ugly duckling bloom into a Swan. Don't misinterpret that, she was never ugly but that's how Abi felt inside and now she is emerging a much more happier, confident girl and I'm bursting with pride as I look on knowing it's the surgery that has changed her life and we were brave enough to proceed, despite how daunting it seemed at the time.
This week 11 July was Sports Day at school. Abi took part in everything with the help and dedication from her support worker, Jane. It's a good job Jane is very, very fit and into long distance running as it takes an awful lot of energy to help Abi participate to the level she does on days like this. There was the egg and spoon race, sack race, bean bag, skipping, relay, javelin, long jump, and hoop races. Obviously Abigail was slower than her piers but she took part in them all and many times she completed them with class mates and parents chanting "Abi, Abi" and she wore the biggest smile she's ever worn. I was there as usual splitting my time between the two girls, with the paparazzi camera and a voice like a fish wife!! I'm a very proud Mummy and I'm not ashamed to show it.
|This time last year I would have been in a wheelchair|
|Mums favourite - look at the nice heel to toe walking.|
|Still need a bit of support but we are getting there.|
During a phone call from my Sister this evening, Abigail was keen to chat to her. I turned around to see Abigail getting herself off the chair and starting to pace around whilst chatting!!!! After that phone call she wanted to phone someone else and another so she could chat and walk around. After she had completed her calls she continued to walk around the house, every now and again I had to offer a little correction but she was amazing. Her ability to change direction is coming along nicely as is her self correction of balance when she becomes unsteady. Needless to say, Abigail is over the moon with herself. Well done Abigail.