Sunday, May 22, 2011

May Edition eSpecially Parents: Natalie's Story

When people meet Sophia, the first comment we usually get is about her big beautiful blue eyes. They are very expressive and her spirit shines through. Her eyes speak even when she can't.

Sophia really loves being around people and socializing. She communicates by using some words and by the cute sounds she makes. She typically finds a way to get her point across.
Sophia loves to laugh, sing, hang out with family and splash around in water. Her all time favorite thing is listening to music and dancing around in my arms. It is one of my favorites too. Sophia has a really sweet personality and is very accepting of others.

But don't be fooled by sweet and petite Sophia. She has a fiery side. She is very sassy and will let you know in a heartbeat if she doesn't like something. Like most two year olds, she knows how to roll her eyes and scream if you ask her to do something she doesn't want to do. She can say some things perfectly, especially if she wants it immediately.

Sophia is a very busy girl. She has daily therapies to build up her strength so she can sit up, become mobile, use her hands, talk and become more independent. She also meets with many doctors on a regular basis. She handles the visits really well. Sometimes she squeals with excitement when they walk into the room. Sophia always lays back relaxed on the table with both hands behind her head, as if she's lounging on the couch. The check ups don't seem to bother her one bit.

Even though Sophia has experienced a lot of surgeries and pain in her short 2 1/2 years of life, she continues to smile and laugh every single day. Because of her, I strive to live in the moment and celebrate the simple things in life. She has made me a stronger, more compassionate and positive person and I am grateful.

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eSpecially Parents is a monthly series featuring nine moms with amazing stories to tell. To catchup, read more here. 

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