As I've mentioned before,"little" moments go a long way for us. I had a sweet one first thing today. On the weekends, Mike usually brings Caroline in around 5am to sleep in with us until about 7am. This morning, I woke up to a little stinky hand grabbing my nose (accompanied by some mischievous giggles). This seemingly "simple" movement was actually quite a feat for Caroline. She was purposely and successfully grabbing my nose. I think she was laughing because she knew she was being silly and because she was proud of herself. Mike and I just smiled at each other. Sometimes, I take for granted that I have someone who just gets the significance of even the most subtle moments.
I am inexplicably drawn to Caroline's hands. I am always touching and kissing them. And I still catch myself staring at her hand movements. Sometimes, I feel a pang of sadness. Often, I'm just puzzled and curious as to what it is about her condition that causes this strange and involuntary behavior. I also wonder what she thinks of her hands...about what they do and don't do.
Here's a video of Caroline's hand movements without the arm braces (on the video monitor). They are constant. They begin the moment she wakes up and only stop when she sleeps. Her arm braces help interrupt the movements, particularly the hand mouthing.