Thursday, September 3, 2015

Back to school for Rachel and Haley!

Rachel and Haley's first day of 1st grade was August 24, 2015.  They love school and were happy to go back as was daddy and I.  The girls do so much better (behavior wise) when they go to school.  The girls are in separate special education life skills classes, but they go to breakfast and lunch together as well as recess.  They both have new teachers who seem really great and each have two other students in their classes.  Rachel and Haley will both get therapies from several therapist at school and will be getting the help they need to progress  We are much happier with everything at their school this year.

The girls enjoy riding the bus to and from school.

Waiting for the bus

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Rachel and Haley's 6 year old pictures and update

Rachel and Haley turned 6 on August 4th!  I'm so behind in doing this update, but here is the update and their pictures none the less.

Rachel is growing well.  She is 50%ile BMI and average size for a 6 year old.  Rachel is still fed 100% via her g-button.  Rachel is interested in foods.  We give her food to taste and chew, but she just chews it and spits it out.  She is doing much better at swallowing water so we are hopefully heading in the right direction, but the process of her learning to swallow foods is going to be very long.  We just don't know when she will start swallowing food.
She is still learning to use the potty.  She is wearing pull ups and we have her help pull them up and down.
Rachel is doing well with her cochlear implant.  She wears it well and seems to like it.  We know she is hearing, but she is still not talking though she has made some progress in speech therapy.  She tries to say "I".  She is slowly learning sign language though she mostly uses the sign language she has already learned.
Rachel loves to use the iPad and watch TV.  She loves going out and about (shopping, car rides, etc.).  Rachel is a very curious girl and likes to explore new things.  She is not shy and will go up to almost anybody.  She loves going to church because she gets to do fun things.  She has some great teachers at church.  We are blessed with the love and support our church members provide to us. Rachel is a daddy's girl and loves to snuggle and cuddle with him.  

Rachel.  She wasn't wanting to smile for me.

Haley is still a petite girl.  She is below the 5%ile for weight and height, but she is 50%ile BMI.  This girl loves to eat so I'm not sure where she puts it all.  Haley is a picky eater too so its a challenge, but when we give her something she really likes she eats it well.
Haley is also working on potty training and is wearing pull ups too.  Its such a long process with these girls, but still very hopeful that they will both be able to get potty trained.
Haley is not talking yet either but she sure does make a lot of noises and sounds.  Haley knows three signs and uses them frequently.  She really likes to wear her hearing aids and gets really upset if we take them out before the usual time they are taken out.
Haley loves to play with her toys especially toys that play music or make noise.  She loves to listen to music.  Haley is fearless and loves to be tossed (safely, of course) in the air.  She also likes dogs, but we are not ready to get one yet.  Haley is also liking TV more.  She doesn't have the attention span to watch it for very long at all, but she gets happy and excited when we turn it on.  Haley is also not shy.  She goes up to people all the time and loves to be held and give/get hugs.  She is a snuggle bunny.

Haley.  Love when she smiles!

Both Rachel and Haley are still behind developmentally and they will always be behind, but that doesn't change our love for them and doesn't change the fact that they are precious, miracle girls.  We do hope that they will make more progress and get past some of the challenges they have.  Only time will tell and we just have to keep going and moving forward the best we can.  These girls are ours forever and we love them.



Saturday, August 29, 2015

Rachel and Haley are 6 years old!!!

Trying to catch up on my blog.  Have taken a break from my blog for some reasons and I will update all about that as soon as I can, but I will start with posting about Rachel and Haley's 6th birthday.   None the less here is Rachel and Haley's little birthday celebration.  They turned 6 years old on August 4th!!  Can't believe that it has been 6 years already since they arrived so early.  We had a small party for them.  Just us and one set of grandparents.  The girls enjoyed it.

Rachel and Haley's update and 6 year old pictures coming up in next blog post.  Will also update on my pregnancy soon too.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Kayla turned 3 1/2 years!

This post is late, but on June 9th Kayla turned 3 1/2 years old!  She is growing up so fast.  Also she is going to be a BIG sister to a little brother come December.  She is is so excited to be a big sister!  She will be a great big sister along with her big sisters Rachel and Haley.

On May 26th, she finished her first year of preschool.  It was a fun year and she enjoyed the fun stuff that her preschool did.  We look forward to the next year of preschool.  She made some new friends and enjoys playing with those friends.  Kayla is a very social girl and loves to talk to people.  She will talk to just about anyone.  She's a sweet, fun loving girl!  

To this date we are still working on the potty training.  She is being resistant to potty training and I just don't know what to do anymore to get her to do it.  I guess it will just take more time..... or maybe I should stop trying to train her.  Not sure anymore.  This has been a struggle.

Kayla loves to watch cartoons.  Her favorites are Sophia the first, Barbie, anything princess and most Disney movies.  We do limit how much she watches, but she would be happy to watch a lot of cartoons if we let her. 

Kayla is a petite girl.  She can still wear 2T clothing and she weighs about 28 pounds.  Not sure of her height.  She is a cute little girl with a big attitude!  She likes to play dress up in princess clothes or her favorite dresses.  She would rather wear dresses and skirts than shorts or pants.  She is definitely a girly girl!  Sweet princess!

We are so very thankful for this little girl in our family.  She brings much joy, laughter and love.  She loves her sisters and enjoys playing with them.  She is so very loving!


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Another Apple to Fall from the Tree!!!

The girls are going to be big sisters to a little brother come December!!!  After having 2 miscarriages during the past 2 years this is another miracle for our family.  We are so excited and are especially excited that it is a BOY!!!!  It's going to be so different with a boy.  Thomas is excited to have more testosterone in the house.  I'm currently 12 weeks and we have already found out it's a boy by way of a blood test that can be done now to check for 3 different chromosomal abnormalities as well as the gender of the baby.  I'm happy to say that the baby has no down syndrome or other chromosomal abnormalities.  Seeing that I'm 38 years old that was a concern, but we have been richly blessed!  I do have a history of a incompetent cervix and will be getting a cerclage this Friday (June 26).  I had this same procedure done with the sextuplet pregnancy and with my pregnancy with Kayla.  We got Kayla safely here at 36 weeks, 5 days thanks to that cerclage.  Hoping to make it that far or further with this baby.
So far this pregnancy has been somewhat different from my last few.  I still have nausea, but its not as bad.  I have had different cravings then last time.  I have been wanting snow cones, popsicles and to chew on ice.  I don't really care for sweet stuff right now either which is very odd for me.  When these cravings started I knew we were having a boy.
I haven't done well at taking weekly belly pictures.  I keep telling my self to do it but then another week goes by and still have not had Thomas take a picture of me.  We did do pictures for our Facebook announcement.  So here they are:

Its hard to read the dark red letting on the picture, but it says "Another Stansel Apple to Fall from the tree..."

11 1/2 weeks

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Last Day of Kindergarten for Rachel and Haley

The end of the school year has come and Rachel and Haley finished Kindergarten!  The school year flew by!  I'm proud of my girls!  They did good and have made some accomplishments despite the not so good teacher they had.  Yes Rachel and Haley have learning disabilities and their learning is slow, but they continue to learn little by little.  Rachel and Haley will be going to Summer school this Summer to help them continue to learn, specifically with potty training.  This has been a tough one for them.  But with continual working on it they will get it.  Just not sure how long it will take.  I'm assuming a couple of years or more.

Of course I took pictures on their last day and put it side by side with their first day of Kindergarten.  They sure have grown!


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

End of school year Celebration

Rachel and Haley's last day of school is June 4th, but on May 21st, their school had the Kindergarten end of the year awards and celebration program.  Rachel and Haley both got an award for "best smile" and they both got a certificate of completion of Kindergarten.  I'm thankful they have gotten through this school year as well as they have.  Due to the NOT so great teacher they had, this school year had some bumps.  I didn't blog about this since nothing was done by the school to get a different teacher.  I did talk to them and voiced my concerns.  But needless to say the teacher got herself fired early May and the girls had a substitute for the rest of the school year.  I am hoping they get a great teacher for 1st grade and will have a better school year for the 2015-2016 school year.

Here are the pictures of the award celebration program.


Haley getting her award

    The picture below is of the girls with the general education kindergarten teacher that helped out with Rachel and Haley throughout the school year.  This is a WONDERFUL teacher!