November 5, 2010

Annabelle's AFO's (part 1 of this awesome story)

On September 16th Annabelle and I nervously waited for her to be fitted for her first pair of AFO's. It was exciting and scary all at the same time. I had such mixed emotions at first which were quickly replaced by feelings of pride, hope and excitement for what these awesome new braces might do for her.

The "fitting" went well, considering I had crazy boy Ben with me. A few minor modifications needed to be made but Peter was very thoughtful and offered to overnight them to our home so she would have them for the weekend.

I have to admit, I didn't rush to put hem on her right away. I looked at them when the package came but opted to wait for Branden to get home before trying them on her. Thankfully after her bath Branden was eager to put them on her. They are really so cute and fit her very well.

We didn't have any shoes ready for her, but stood her anyways. We were so pleased to see the excitement on her face. It was immediately evident that she was going to like standing up

This isn't an AFO picture but I loved how she was digging through her books. She had them on and surprisingly they were not hindering her floor mobility.

Saturday morning we broke out "the shoes" and did some real standing. These were loaner shoes from her therapist that were way to big but they did the trick. She was SO excited to be able to play with her toys at eye level - such a great new experience for her.

September 20th - Her first time at therapy wearing AFO's

Here she is waiting in the lobby for Emi, her therapist to arrive.

Aren't her little pink shoes so adorable?

Annabelle's willingness to try whatever Emi and I throw at her is AMAZING! She wasn't loving this at first, but trusted Emi and was willing to give it a try.

Annabelle doing a silly little dance for her Dad

Check out that smile and tell me she's not having a GREAT time!

As you can see, Annabelle had a GREAT first week in her AFO's and is progressing by leaps and bounds. Please check back for the next installment of "Annabelle's AFO's" I know you won't be disappointed!


  1. yea annabelle!!! so sweet and those pink shoes make me want another babygirl!!! so cute!

  2. Way to go Annabelle!!! She looks great, and her AFOs are adorable. What a strong little girl! :)

  3. Adorable! Belle - you are a sweet, strong little princess and we love you and your new "magic slippers". :)

  4. She looks so happy to be standing! Such a big girl!! I love it!

  5. What a superstar!! Can't wait to see where they take her!

  6. such a sweetie!!! Go Annabelle, there will be just no stopping you now