Wednesday, March 28, 2012

My Little Helper

Kiana is becoming such a little helper.  She wants to help me do dishes, she likes to help me with laundry, she likes to help out in the kitchen, she wants to help bring groceries in from the car...  just to name a few.  But there are some things that she has just had to learn to do on her own simply because I am not able.  I am often amazed by her balance and coordination, maybe because mine is so poor.  If she wants a glass of water she has to get it herself.  If I need help getting the carton of eggs out of the fridge, and it’s within her reach, I’ll ask her.  This may be a disaster waiting to happen, but no more than if I did it myself.  

Normally I will pour her a glass of milk at the table, but if I pour it at the counter then she has to carry it to the table herself.   If she has food left on her plate or in her bowl after her meal I ask her to carry it carefully to the kitchen sink.  I could do it, but it’s an easier task for her.  

I was taking a new bag of chicken out of the freezer the other day  and it was heavy so I had to set it down on the floor.  Kiana asked if it was too heavy and wanted to help me.  I told her that it would be too heavy for her and that I had to do it.  She then wanted to hold my hand to help me walk over with the bag to the kitchen sink.  She's so helpful, caring, and sweet.

When she notices that I’m having difficulty walking or about to lose my balance she’ll hold out her hand and say that she wants to help me.  

She has learned to become independent, and at this age anyway, she wants to help. 


  1. That is so beautiful and touching. Kiana is going to be a strong young lady one day, and you are a wonderful Mama who is guiding her way.

    1. Lovely. My son is also at the age now where he really likes to help and it is the sweetest, or most bittersweet, thing ever.

  2. Hy, I stumbled across your blog while I was researching for cerebral palsy and after reading a few of your articles I think you are a wonderful mother. Congratulations and best of luck with future posts.

  3. Hi Heather, I came across your blog after searching for articles on mothers with disabilities. I became disabled when I was eight years old from a car accident. I had a brain injury which paralyzed my right arm and partially my right leg. My husband and I just found out a few weeks ago that I'm pregnant! This is my first child, and I'm very excited, but also nervous because of my limitations. Like you, I try to be positive and don't want pity. I work full time and make the best of things. I just wanted to say thank you for sharing this blog! it's very encouraging, and I've enjoyed reading your posts!