Small triumphs are huge

I have almost achieved the ability to talk about it without crying. Andy and I are on cloud nine and I am sure a certain Neurologist in St Louis is too.




Clapping your hands together is a gift. It is a neurological ability that we never thought we would see from our girl. We haven’t been quite sure all of her life if she simply couldn’t do it or if her hands were numb from medications or seizures, to do it. Was it a skill lost forever? Would she ever use her hands for purposeful play?


Today I am finally taking a deep breath and sharing with all of you. I have been so very worried that it would disappear and that speaking about it would make it *POOF* go away. Funny how struggles and fears make you superstitious.


Enjoy the beauty of clapping

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15 Responses to Small triumphs are huge

  1. Shell says:

    We’re clapping WITH you, little Larkin!! Hurray for you!!

  2. Yea Larkin!!! Good clapping.

  3. Megan says:

    YAY Larkin! That’s awesome. And LOL @ the filters comment. Funny mama!

  4. Jen says:

    Yay! I finally got to see it. I’m so happy!!!!!!!
    Have a great time jumping in the lake and kiss that girl for me.

  5. Zoey's mom says:

    Rejoicing here in California because once again,I know all to well the victory and the beauty of this!!The little things to outside eyes are monumental to the eyes of those who have watched the struggles and the fight along the way.Very proud of you Miss Larkin!Clap on!

  6. Ecki says:

    Oh, that brought a tear to my eye. It’s hard for people to understand how much those little gestures, which we thought were lost forever, mean to us.

    For us, it’s waving goodbye. Kayla lost that and every now and then she’ll do it with a little prompting. The day she does it unprompted I’ll probably break down in tears.

  7. Amy says:

    Mayson started clapping with her!!! woooo hooo.. we are jumping up and joy here!

  8. Ami G says:

    Way to go, Larkin!!! Clapping, climbing, she is making some really great strides, Amy…what wonderful news!

  9. Nancy says:

    WooHoo! Funny that this post was right next to a post of a friend who had pictures of excessive shopping. Sure puts the world in perspective, huh?
    Love you!


  10. Sunny says:

    Wow. I am crying tears of joy- beautiful. It is amazing what people (even me, I am ashamed to admit) take for granted. Thank you for sharing this pure moment of happiness with the world.

  11. Melanie says:

    Yaaaaay Miss Larkin…you go girl! Give her hugs for us…she had Anah clapping along with!! Also wishing you a Happy Plunge today!!!!

  12. Cynthia says:

    you are WONDERFUL Larkin!

  13. OMG… that is so HUGE… not only bringing hands to midline but actually clapping. WTG Larkin.
    hugs to all

  14. veganlinda says:

    Yay Larkin!! You made my little girl happy with your clapping. She wanted to watch you over and over. I’m so happy for you all!

  15. Kirsten B says:

    She’s such a beautiful kid!

    Well done, Larkin!

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