Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Bluebonnets 2015

Spring time is here!  And with the arrival of Spring so are the Texas Bluebonnets!  I really enjoy seeing the bluebonnets each year.  Its a common thing in Texas to take pictures among the bluebonnets.  So we did just that on April 4th.


Kayla, Haley, Rachel

Rachel
Haley
Kayla


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Easter 2015

Easter came and went so fast this year.  We attended the annual beeping Easter egg hunt for children with blindness and low vision.  Unfortunately we were late and missed the Easter egg hunt.  But we did get a picture with the Easter bunnies and played some games.  Haley didn't have a good time.  She was scared of the loud music that was being played and Kayla was scared of the Easter bunnies.  We also went to our neighborhood Easter party that afternoon but I didn't take any pictures.   

Haley and Rachel
Kayla and Grandma
Rachel

Rachel and Haley as well as Kayla had little Easter activities at school.  I didn't get to attend Rachel and Haley's so I don't have any pictures.  But I do know that they along with the Kindergarten classes had an Easter Egg hunt.  Kayla went to an Easter party through her preschool. They had lots of food and an Easter egg hunt.  We had to do a modified Easter egg hunt since she had her cast on.  She had fun despite it.

Kayla about to do egg hunt in her stroller
 
 
Enjoying the food

Easter day we went to Thomas's brother's house for dinner.   Here is a picture of the girls with their Easter baskets and gifts Easter morning. 

Rachel, Kayla, Haley

We are so grateful for our Savior Jesus Christ and for the sacrifice he went through for us.  He lives!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Kayla and the pink cast

These days Kayla is sporting a bright pink cast on her right leg.  Unfortunately she broke her leg jumping on the trampoline with two of her older cousins back on March 18th.  I have to say Kayla is doing very well tolerating the cast and has adapted to it very well.  The first week of wearing it she didn't want to move much but by the second week she starting crawling and scooting around on the floor to get around.  But now she is walking on it.  It doesn't seem to phase her much at all.  She doesn't really complain about it either.  She did mention one time that she is tired of having to walk with it on, but that is it.  We are counting down to the day she gets it off which will be April 27th!  My sweet baby girl is such a trooper.  And she has had such a good attitude about it all despite not being able to do some things.  She is a wonderful example on how to handle and deal with life's challenges.

After getting her cast put on (March 20th)


 
Standing and walking with the cast
 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Childrens' Museum field trip

This post is late!  Always seem to be playing catch up on my blog lately!  Well back on February 27th, Rachel and Haley went on a field trip with their school's kindergarten classes to the Children's Museum.  There is so much to look at and touch at the Houston Children's museum.  They enjoyed it!

Rachel & Haley checking out the Asian display

Rachel dancing to a music video on a big screen TV

Haley checking out a game

Rachel playing the game
Haley 
Rachel playing doctor on the play ambulance
Haley shopping at the play grocery store

Monday, February 23, 2015

Kayla's 3 year old pictures and update

This post is so very late.  I had been wanting to get this done for a while now, but as always I have been busy and it kept getting pushed back on my list of to-do's.  Anyway, Kayla turned 3 on December 9th!  She has hit so many developmental milestones since turning 3 over two months ago.  To start her update, here are her stats from December 11th, 2014 (the day she had her 3 yr old check up):

Weight: 26 lbs, 2 oz. (8% ile)
Height:  34 inches (3% ile)
BMI:  55%

At her check up the doctor did a eye screen (vision check) and Kayla passed with flying colors!  Her stats show that Kayla is a petite little girl.  She will one day be the same size as Haley!  They are getting closer to sharing clothes.  I anticipate by this Summer they will be sharing some clothes.



Kayla is a very loving little girl!  She gives us lots of hugs and kisses everyday.  She also tells us frequently that she loves us as well as her sisters and her grandparents.  She is a sweetheart.  As loving as she is, she is also a 3 year old.  I didn't really understand when people said that three year olds were worse than two year olds until Kayla turned 3.  Oh my, she can be very stubborn, bossy and a smart mouth at times.  She was not like this as much back in December.  It has gotten worse the past month.  I understand she is testing us and learning her independence, but it is exhausting!  I am looking forward to the fabulous fours even though I really don't want to see my baby girl grow up so fast.  I love that girl and she is such a blessing to our family.  She is a great little sister to her big sisters.



Boy can Kayla talk!  She talks a lot!  That girl has a phenomenal vocabulary.  She says things that I would not think a 3 year could say.  She is saying new words everyday.  She also says the funniest things.  She makes everyone she meets smile and laugh.  It's fun to listen to her talk as she is pretend playing.  So cute!



Kayla loves playing with other kids.  Whenever we go to the park, to church or on play dates she usually finds someone to play with.  She is a friendly girl.  She is so much like her daddy in regards to this.  When he was a kid, he made lots of friends and he still easily makes friends to this day.



We are still fighting the potty training battle!  I feel like I have been trying to potty train her for over a year now.  She is just being very stubborn about it.  I feel like I'm failing this battle sometimes.  I probably have not been the most consistent due to staying busy with Rachel and Haley's therapies, appointments, etc, but she will go number 1 on the potty sometimes.  Not number 2.  She fights me about sitting on the potty in the morning (the only time I can be  100% consistent).  I know she can do it and I'm sure she won't be a 4 year old in diapers, but I sure am ready for her to get this 100%.  I really want at least one kid out of diapers in our house.

February 2015

Kayla has been attending preschool for almost 4 months now and she is doing okay.  She tends to get clingy and doesn't want to participate at first, but then she warms up to it after a little while.  At this preschool I have to stay with her the whole hour and a half and because of that Kayla tends to have a hard time sometimes.  I wish I could leave the room because Kayla does so much better at participating when I'm not there.  I'm thankful for this preschool though and she is learning.  Her teachers are nice and make it fun.



The things she loves right now:
- watching cartoons, especially Sofia the first
- anything princess
- dressing up in her play clothes or dresses
- playing, playing and more playing
- flowers
- apples and applesauce (her favorite fruit)
- Her mommy and daddy    



(Pictures in polka dot dress where taken December 6, 2014)

Monday, February 16, 2015

Valentine's 2015

Posting late as usual, but wanted to share the Valentine's pictures I took of my girls.  I really enjoy getting creative and finding places to take pictures of my girls.  I love taking Valentine pictures of my girls!  I had mentioned before that I love Valentine's day.  I love everything about it, the colors, the hearts, the balloons, everything.  Also enjoyed going to Rachel and Haley's Valentine party at school on Friday the 13th and Kayla's on the 12th at her preschool.  Fun times!

Haley, Rachel, Kayla

Rachel
Rachel

Haley

Haley

Kayla

Kayla



My wonderful husband gave the girls and I these beautiful roses and balloons.  Plus chocolate and a card.


Thomas and I were able to go out on Valentine's.  We went on a group date with 7 other couples we are friends with to Top Golf.  I really had a great time hitting golf balls and visiting with friends.  It was a great Valentine's this year! 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Rachel and Haley's 5 1/2 year old update

Finally I have some time to sit and write about Rachel and Haley and how they are doing overall.  They are already 5 1/2 years old.  Before I know it they will be 6 and going into the 1st grade!  These girls still amaze me despite their extremely early arrival.  Yes they do have disabilities and yes they are behind developmentally, but it could be worse.  We are so blessed with these miracle girls!




Haley:

Haley is so petite for her age.  We have had her checked out for any growth hormone deficiency a while ago, but no deficiencies were found.  I think its just genetics (from her daddy's side) and some from the extreme prematurity.  We are ok with her petite size.   She is perfect the way she is.  It awes me though that she is still wearing some 3T size clothing.  Most people don't believe she is 5 years old.  She is growing though its slow.


Haley's vision is the same.  No changes.  She is still getting around ok in familiar places.  She needs to hold someone's hand in unfamiliar places.  She presses her right eye often which is a common thing in people with very low vision.  Its called a blind mannerism and we have not been successful at getting her to stop it.  That will be a challenge.  As for her hearing, she has not had any recent testing since there have not been any changes with her ear canals.  Her ear canals are still small and the doctor has not been able to get ear tubes in.  I think she is way past the age for ear tubes and not sure if it will help her hearing.  But its worth a try if her ear canals would just get bigger.  Haley is just small all around!  Haley is learning sign language, but its a challenge for her to learn since she can't see the signs well.  She does know how to sign eat, done and more.  I think she signs a couple more at school as well.  Haley is still not talking.  Not sure when she will.  She continues getting all the therapies she can get.  We hope that some day she will talk.  
Haley is a very picky eater.  Its a challenge to get her to eat new things.  Again this is most likely due to her blindness and some of it could just be her age.
Developmentally I'm not exactly sure where she is at.  She ranges developmentally.  She will be tested at school soon to see where she is at.  As soon as I get the test results I will post it.
Haley is a busy girl and doesn't sit still well.  She is always needing some kind of stimulation.  She likes to make noise that she can feel.  So she bangs toys on the floor or uses two toys to bang together.  She loves to go to the park and swing on the swings.  She loves her bathes as well as being tickled.  She also loves hugs and readily gives hugs to just about anyone!  She is a sweet girl!



Rachel:

Rachel is a feisty girl!  She is very strong willed and stubborn.  She knows what she wants and persists until she gets it.  Rachel is average size for a 5 year old and is growing well.  Rachel has my genetics (tall and skinny).



Rachel still has not learned to swallow foods.  We are going to have her get a swallow study in the near future to make sure we are not missing something.  She is still on g-button feeds 4 times a day.  We give her foods 4 times a day to chew with the hopes she will swallow it.  She likes to put food in her mouth and chew it, but she spits it out.  She will swallow small amounts of water.  That is progress and I will take it.  We don't know what it will take to get her to swallow her foods.  Just hoping and praying it will click one day or that she won't be scared.
She is doing well with her cochlear implant.  She wears it well and will go get it to have me help her put it on.  That tells me she likes to hear sounds.  Rachel is not talking either.  She is doing well with her speech therapy and is making more noises and sometimes sounds like she is trying to say the words that her speech therapist is working on with her.  Rachel continues with all the therapies as well.  She is making some progress and her developmental level will be tested at her school soon as well.
We took Rachel to the same eye clinic as Haley back in October.  This clinic is awesome and they did a very through testing of her vision.  We found out that Rachel's vision is worse than we thought.  Her vision is 20/130 with her glasses on.  She is visually impaired.  They prescribed her a new and improved glasses prescription and those new glasses have helped her. We had noticed Rachel would put things close to her eyes to see it so we figured she had worse vision than her previous eye doctor had said.
Rachel loves jumping on the trampoline and going to the park.  She also enjoys watching TV though her attention span still doesn't keep her at the TV for long.  Her attention span has gotten better though.  Rachel loves to go up to people and is friendly.  Rachel likes to play dress up along with Kayla.  Rachel is a friendly girl who loves attention and praise.