First off is her advancement in copying – for a while we wondered if things were registering at all after many unsuccessful attempts to get her repeating things. Finally this week she made a real breakthrough. Karen was brushing Rosie's hair, then she handed the hairbrush to the Bud and she returned the favour, by gently brushing Karen's hair, taking great care not to hurt her in the process. To prove it wasn't a fluke she did it again (to show me) as I returned from work. I think we can now add hairdressing to the ever expanding list of possible career paths for the Budlington!
Rosie has also discovered how to move around a bit – for a couple of weeks she's been able to turn around full circle on the spot whilst on her bum – but just this last few days she has discovered how to shuffle backwards! I don't think it was intentional at first as she was aiming to grab my phone which was in front of her! However, her enthusiasm and excitement resulted in pushing herself backwards half way across the room! - I've tried to capture this in an animated file below (only thing missing is a bit of Benny Hill music!). The next day Karen had left Rosie in the middle of the living room floor whilst she went to open the front door to me (I'm forever forgetting my house keys) and when we entered the room we found her wedged under the bookcase! I didn't anticipate this day would come so soon where we have to keep a constant eye on her.
Rosie has also made an advancement on her sit ups (as mentioned a few weeks ago). She now grabs our fingers and pulls herself up into the seated position, we then raise our arms as she continues to hold on and lift her into an upright standing position which she holds for about 10 seconds. She can't balance herself yet but it's a big step forward seeing her lock her legs straight and allowing weight on them. Needless to say we are celebrating each of these achievements with her and are extremely proud of her continued efforts.
I'm signing off with a lovely message I have just this minute seen posted in the Rosie's Surgery page by the Grandmother of Elsie. If you saw my last post, 'I won't back down' you'll remember Elsie was the little girl about to have heart surgery:
Tom, I am so pleased to let you know that Elsie Mae had her heart surgery on Tuesday which was a great success. She came out of ICU on Wednesday and came home yesterday. The doctors and nurses at Alder Hey cannot be praised enough for their dedicated hard work and compassion. We have to take care in the way we lift Elsie and cuddle her because of the stitches but she is smiling and happy and doesnt appear to be in too much pain. These babies are stronger than they look and I am so proud of her, my Son and my Daughter-in-law. I hope Rosie is still thriving and keeping you on your toes. Take Care. (Very proud Grandma)