Slowly, she gained a little bit of strength and ability. She met those basic milestones, just really really really late. They worked so hard together twice a week for months and months.
I remember the day Little Bird took her first steps at 20 months old. I called Jodie totally freaking out saying she HAD to come over to see this. She was blown away. No one expected the bird to get it before the age of 2. In fact, Jodie later told me that she was sure she'd come over and Little Bird would be cruising furniture and I'd be calling that "walking". But, nope! The bird was doing it!!
No one was as thrilled as we were as Jodie.
She's stuck with us and even though we really only see her for consults now about 3 times a year, she's still a part of the team. Although, there are plenty of times when Little Bird is running away from me and as I chase after her, I think, "freaking Jodie, man. Just had to teach her to walk!!"
You click and I smile. It's that simple. Let's do this.