Hello. My name is Abby. I'm eight years old and I was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome when I turned two. My parents work hard to help me make sense of the world around me and this blog is meant to help others understand my world and my journey with Rett Syndrome.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Abby at the Movies

I finally took Abby to the movie theater.  She led me to believe that she wanted to see Toy Story a few months ago, but we never made before it left theaters.  Last week, my parents were able to keep Logan for a couple of hours, so Abby and I went to see Tangled.  I'm so glad I took her.  She really seemed to enjoy the whole movie experience, including the dark theater, drinks, and snacks.  She slept for a few minutes during the movie, but paid attention for the rest of it.  Her favorite part seemed to be the music, which doesn't surprise me at all.  She looks pretty happy! She kept looking at me during the show and smiling.  She definitely enjoyed herself. 

I was a little concerned that she might be loud and distracting during the show.  Sometimes, Abby gets loud when she gets excited.  That was not the case during the movie trip.  She he was not loud at all.  In fact, she was very quiet, a little too quiet.  Now, I am used to quiet when it's just Abby and myself.  I talk, of course, but thats it.  I ask questions and try to get a response by eye gaze or yes/no cards, but it is just SO quiet.  It may not have been so bad had we not gone to a movie with hundreds of chatty little girls.  Its tough because it makes me see so clearly how much girls Abby's age have to say.  What does she want to say?  I have no idea.  We are making progress towards getting her a device that will help her express herself with eye gaze, so that's a very good thing.  During the movie, however,  I just really wished she could have turned and told me something....anything.    

It does help that she wore that huge smile the whole time we were out, though.  You gotta love that.


  1. So glad that Abbey liked Tangled. From the photo it looks like she is saying something along the lines of 'thanks mom this is great, I love doing fun stuff like this, just us girls' Claire too loved Tangles and even laughed out loud during a funny part, it was great! Hugs to you and I can't wait to hear what she says when she gets her voice. Hopefully she won't insist on watch princess movies constantly, that is the case over here, but I love it!

  2. Awww, I love it and what a pretty smile! Good for you Mommy!!!

  3. love this! i think leah would love to see a movie too, but i'm so nervous. maybe 2011 is our year. :) people always say "they tell you with their eyes" which is true, but still it's sometimes just not enough. so glad it was a success, though.

  4. Tangled was a big success with Cristia Isabel also! I am happy she liked the movies. One more thing we can do with them since we don't really have many choices.

  5. Annie loved Tangled too! I think it was the music. Abby's smile is priceless, she's such a beautiful girl. So glad you had a great ladies day out.