Annika is being evaluated this week to see if she needs therapy to help her catch up. The occupational therapist came on Tuesday to check her fine motor skills. She said that she's about at the level of a 13-month-old there, so she doesn't qualify for therapy from the state for that (she would need to be at 12 1/2 month level, so she's just above it). However, when I told her that at 13 months she wasn't even rolling over because of her huge belly, she said that she thought she would be just fine, as she's made huge progress. The physical therapist came today, and told us that Annika definitely qualifies, as she's only at about 11-month level with her gross motor skills. She said that it looks like her main problem is her abdominal muscles, and she tried to show me some exercises to help Anni develop her muscles, but it turns out that Annika has gotten very good at avoiding using those muscles. So she said that we'll have to go slowly. However, she won't be able to walk until she gets those muscles strengthened (they're what allows you to stay balanced), so maybe that will be Anni's motivation. Tomorrow we do the speech therapist, and Tuesday a general developmental therapist will come. Annika has had a very good time with the two therapists who have come by. Of course, they're really good with kids and she has a fun time playing with them.
We went to Chicago yesterday and Anni finally had her last I.V. removed. We celebrated tonight by giving her her first tub bath in a year (she had the bile drains placed the first of May last year, and she's had some tube or drain in her body ever since). She *loved* it! I wish you all could have heard her laughing as she splashed around. She finally got to put her ducky in the water where he belongs. Of course, an Anni story is never complete without some silly twist: she got so excited that she made a poo poo in the water. So we had to grab her out and clean her all over again!