Anna's Early Invention sessions often include exercises on a lightweight portable balance beam. All three girls love stepping (and jumping) on and off of it. Because of this and its benefits, Rich decided to make one (really two) himself using floral styrofoam.
Can you believe that Anna, with spina bifida, can jump on her own? Her little feet actually leave the floor/ground now. We've also seen a HUGE improvement in her gait. I always think back to that first ultrasound when the triplets and Anna's spina bifida were discovered. Rich and I were told by the doctors that she would most likely need a walker or braces to get around on her own. We knew that we should prepare for the possibility of her having to be in a wheelchair but I told everyone that she would walk on her own. I could feel her kicking.
I would like for the girls to participate in some type of gymnastics class in the near future. Em especially loves placing one of the couch pillows on the floor and jumping on it likes it's a trampoline.
(Allie and Em were my models for these photos. Anna was running around and wouldn't participate.)