Thursday, September 23, 2010

Getting taller!

Katie has always been a small fry for her age.  Her weight recently made it on the charts however, her head size and height are still lingering somewhere else. Katie's gastroenterologist has had me add Carnation Instant Breakfast Drink to all of her milk for the past few years which has worked very well to put weight on her.  I see now how adding weight when you're a  kid (if you're underweight) causes you to grow.

Katie's (too short) braces she has outgrown
I took Katie to see her orthotist (who is in charge of her leg braces) in June.  At that time he said they fit her well and that she probably would not need new ones until October or later.  Well, all of a sudden last week she was outgrowing them!  I noticed her toes were at the edge of the AFO (ankle foot orthosis) which is a molded boot that goes inside the brace. I took her in right away and Brett (the orthotist) seemed amazed at how quickly they didn't fit her anymore.  He pointed out how the braces are really short on her because they come way down below her knee - where three months ago, that was not the case. He also said that when kids start walking, generally they really start growing, fast.  Whoa - I guess!!!

  With Katie spending the summer in Tucson at Conductive Education - walking so much, and now the treadmill therapy and walking with us at home, she is just sprouting up really fast!  We always thought we'd have a tall girl since Paul is no shorty at 6'2" and I am 5'6".  Keep growing Katie!  I'd love to have you in size 4 pants by the time you are 5!

When we get her new braces in a few weeks I'll post a picture here next to this one to show how high up the braces really should be, and how much she has grown out of these ones.

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