We’re 22 months old!

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22 months! Ella and Raegan, November 7, 2015

So, technically the girls were 22 months yesterday,  but the day kind of got away from me, so here it is.

I can’t believe we’re only 2 months away from the girls turning two. What an absolutely crazy ride it has been, and it’s only just started.

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Hallowe'en!

Raegan is as sassy as ever. She never, ever, ever stops moving (yes, please read that as if Taylor Swift were singing). She loves school and is being so curious about everything.  Her language has grown substantially lately. She copies words perfectly, even ones like Minion. She for sure has more than 50 words now and more every day.

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Raegan trick or treating as Dorothy

Raegan ADORES her big brother and copies everything he does. It’s simultaneously hilarious and terrifying as she tries to act like a 3 year old. Raegan loves to play with cars, trucks, and trains with her brother,  but also loves babies, stuffed animals, and dolls. Today, we got an Anna who is the new favourite; “Anna! Anna! Anna!”

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Chilling with Anna and Elmo

Raegan loves Elmo, and yesterday handed me the remote with a very intense look and said only “Elmo.” She makes me laugh, and lately has wanted extra cuddles and I love it.

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Mama and Raegan on Halloween

Miss Ella is doing really well, getting stronger every day. She recently received a special chair for school which provides her more support but also allows her to sit up at the table with her friends,  which she loves. Proper seating has always been one of my biggest concerns for her so that she doesn’t get left out. Her language is improving every day and she is not far behind Raegan.

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Ella as Little Red Riding Hood playing in the NICU follow up clinic

Ella also recently was fitted for her first pair of AFOs,  foot braces. She’ll get them in a couple weeks and they will help her to build strength in her feet and legs for using her stander, and hopefully,  a walker.

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Colouring!

At Ella’s appointment recently, she was diagnosed as having mixed cerebral palsy affecting three out of four limbs.  But she is really doing well with her right hand; using a spoon and colouring and passing left to right and right to left. I’m so proud of her and so thankful for her amazing nanny who does tons of exercises and activities with her to build her strength.

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Mama and Ella

Miss Ella was filmed as part of the World CP Day video, and her photo is being used on their website as well. She is literally the poster child for determination, strength, bravery, love,  and hope. I couldn’t be more proud of all 3 of my adorable and amazing children.

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