This is a video of M in Ukraine at her orphanage. This was the extent of her movement unless she was crawling, just so you can get a full grasp on how far she has come. She could not stand alone and if she held onto something, her knees were together and she was waaaay up on her toes. (Yes that's my coat she is wearing)
Here's what it looked like about 6 months later after she had gotten AFOs and we had been stretching regularly.
And this is her with her gait trainer in June 2011.
Getting better by September 2011, but still up on those toes and unable to stop and stand still without falling over, which is why she would head to walls or large objects.
November 2011. Almost a year home.
M got botox and this got her off her toes quite a bit. Here she is in March 2012, walking in her braces.
In October 2012, we heard about The Preemie Growth Project and decided to start M on collodial mineral supplements and see if they helped her muscle spasticity as the project claimed they could do. We were skeptical, but the video speaks for itself. Here she is wearing her AFOs in November 2012.
After 3 more months (4 total) on PDCM 72+ mineral supplement. Walking around the house in only tennis shoes. No braces. January 2013.
Can we say, WOW?!