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Feeling Pretty Good.

September 06, 2011 by Victoria Strong
Yes, we are feeling pretty good right now and it is all because Gwendolyn seems to be doing a little bit better. Baby steps, but we will take those! Gwendolyn had an okay Saturday, a great Sunday, and an okay Monday. I'm not saying we are in the clear now or that all is fine, but... she had a GREAT Sunday!!! A really great Sunday! And every moment of goodness feels awesome right now.

It has been weeks since we went on a family walk together. Gwendolyn just has not been up to it. And so seeing her more bright-eyed, we seized the opportunity to try to get out together -- and when the first steps went okay, we kept going. It almost felt like it was the first time we ventured out of the house. I was taking photos of us walking, of Bill smiling, of Gwendolyn's eyes darting around looking at birds and trees and everything. I wanted to capture that good, good, really great feeling. Miss G was loving being out that we even stopped to have an early dinner out on the patio at Elements, one of our favorite restaurants where she likes to look at the Santa Barbara Courthouse and watch weddings and activities that happen there. And, to Gwendolyn's delight, she got to see (and wave to) a bride...a real bride and she was in heaven! On our way home, she and Daddy raced and did spins, landing next to her initials in the sidewalk (I wonder who put those there?). And we even heard the faint sound of a giggle. It felt good -- really good.

Sunday also happened to be Gwendolyn's 47th month birthday -- as in next month (just ONE more month) is her 4th birthday. And her golden birthday to boot = 4 on October 4th! We've been talking about it with her for months so it didn't exactly sneak up, but I guess the summer went faster than I expected (hate when that happens). And, well, maybe it felt scary to plan something when G didn't seem that strong. But, seeing that twinkle in her eye again, even if just for one day, got me feeling excited about making her 4th birthday a special celebration. Every day with Gwendolyn is a blessing and 4 years is something very special indeed.

Talk About It

I am so glad to hear this! I am a longtime reader and was very worried about Miss Gwendolyn. I hope that she continues to improve!
Posted by bridget on 2011-09-06 12:52:03
Well this, this just my heart happy. Sending all good things your way, for more bright eyed, beautiful days.
Posted by Zoey's Mom on 2011-09-06 13:19:33
Ahhh, this little update just makes me smile...smile big too! Prayers are being answered. Miss G is getting her sparkle back. Keep getting better Miss G!! Prayers are still coming your way.
Posted by Tammy Duke on 2011-09-06 13:43:22
So glad G is feeling pretty good, though I feel like an insider since I knew she was out and about town before even reading the blog. Trish and Rudy were pretty pleased with themselves over getting to meet G and Bill today. Made their day...made me jealous, but I'll get over it. Go, Gwendolyn, Go!
Posted by Rolf on 2011-09-06 15:39:31
I was waiting and waiting and waiting for the day G felt better, and it finally happened! So glad she was able to go out again. Her 4th birthday is just around the corner! So exciting!! Hugs...
Posted by Marcela on 2011-09-06 16:15:31
YAYYYYY!! What wonderful news!! Miss G's beautiful face looks so bright and happy ~ i can only imagine the joy of that walk! We just know there will be tons more 'great' days!! Love to you all!
Posted by Sheri on 2011-09-06 16:26:35
BEST NEWS OF THE DAY! I just love this post. I am so glad you all had a chance to get out and it sounded perfect! I also got a kick out of reading about Gwendolyns first outing in her red wagon. Keep fighting beautiful GDS grin
Posted by Jaime Gooden on 2011-09-06 19:12:51
Miss G. certainly sounds much better. So delighted to hear her twinkles back. She must be getting quite excited about her birtday, she knows her mom and dad always make it so much fun for her. You guys are in my thoughts and prayers. Carol
Posted by Carol on 2011-09-07 08:42:40
So happy to hear Gwendolyn is feeling more like herself grin)
Posted by Debbie on 2011-09-07 08:52:39
I love you guys. I wish we lived near you so badly. It would be so much easier not to face SMA alone.
Posted by Tj on 2011-09-07 11:46:08
How wonderful to hear you guys went out on a family walk and enjoyed yourself. Thanks for sharing the adventure ... your description of the twinkle in her eye brought joy to my heart. I hope there are many more walks. Happy 47th month little Miss G.
Posted by Petula on 2011-09-07 17:42:54
Yay, so happy to hear Gwendolyn is feeling better and that you all had a wonderful day!
Posted by Rebecca Young on 2011-09-07 23:25:55

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