Thursday, December 30, 2010
The week of Christmas was a whirlwind of travel, family, fun, and lots of memories. We started the week with a trip to Peoria to check in with Kaylee's neurosurgeon and orthotist (helmet doctor). We were literally in her neurosurgeon's office for no longer than 15 minutes. For those that are not aware of the geography of Illinois, Peoria is an hour and a half from Champaign. Kaylee's doctor was happy with the progress that the helmet appeared to having with her plagiocephaly. He would like to see her wear the helmet another two months. While didn't expect him to say "that's all, folks", we were a little bummed nonetheless. After a quick call to Plattner's to see if we could move our appointment up in hopes to avoid the snow/freezing rain that was supposed to be moving in. As luck would have it, they fit us right in....and we left with great news.
A new scan confirmed that Kaylee's head was begin to round out. That made us feel a little better about another 2 months of helmet therapy. After some adjustments to the helmet, we were homeward bound.
We tied things up at work the following two days and headed north for Christmas with the Cooks, turned around on Christmas day and headed back to Champaign for the Estes Christmas. In between those trips, almost 8 inches of snow was dumped in Morrison and almost 6 inches in Champaign. I love snow! And it was perfect for a white Christmas.
We couldn't have asked for a better first Christmas for Kaylee. Lots of time with family and fun all around. I can't wait for next year!
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Remember when we talked about the great deal from Shutterfly? These were the wonderful Christmas cards we were able to create. Well, actually one of two - I can't help it, we send out A LOT of Christmas cards. And there were so many to choose from! We had two favorites, so we also ordered another set too. They were GREAT -everyone loved them!
Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
I need to work with both of them on keeping their eyes open when they smile :)
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
For the most part Kaylee was pretty disinterested in what I was doing. She held a few ornament boxes and checked out the tree, but I am happy to report she doesn't bother the tree at all. The presents underneath are a different story. She just loves the sparkly bows!
Sunday, December 5, 2010
One of my favorites...sending Christmas cards. I love getting the traditional bi-fold cards and sorting through boxes at the store to find the perfect one. The past couple of years we've sent photos cards. It's a growing trend that I also love. You get to create your own card and personalize it with one or more photo memories. Now that Kaylee is here...I know this trend will continue for us.
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Kaylee has been working hard at learning to crawl. And she almost has it. We caught her working her way across the kitchen floor to get her empty ice cream bucket. Yep, I let her play with the bucket...it makes an excellent drum and she loves to hold onto the handle. Isn't it typical that kids ignore all the fancy toys and play with those random objects around the house? You can't even imagine the fun she had with newspaper :)
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Its been a little adjustment to our normal routine. She has a little more hair than the average child her age and the poor thing sweats quite a bit. Thanks goodness we're going to be doing this in the middle of winter and not summer! We get to take it off for one hour each day. During that time, she gets her bath and the helmet gets cleaned too. We check for any areas on her head where the helmet could be rubbing and put lotion on to prevent chaffing. Otherwise, eating, playing, and sleeping aren't really affected at all. We can take the helmet off briefly to change clothes or if she's not feeling well. We take the opportunity in the morning when I get her dressed to clean the helmet again and get her hair dry before we head out the door to daycare.
One of the concerns of this experience has focused less on how she's doing, but how other people are perceiving her. Cranial remolding helmets are becoming more common in their usage. And I'm sure most people have seen children wearing them. Our first experience out and about (for a significant amount of time) was last night when we went grocery shopping. First, a disclaimer - our little girl is a ham. She's a happy kid that is smiling about 85% of the time - and wearing the helmet there is no difference. We went through the store with her smiling and occasionally waving to many of the shoppers. The general response is usually something like "What a sweetie!" and "How cute!".
Since it is a big concern of mine, I couldn't help myself last night thinking whether or not these people were paying more attention to her because she has a helmet on. There were only a couple of people that specifically mentioned her helmet when they stopped and I know I need to not let things like that consume my mind. Like we've said before she's our sweet, little, perfect girl regardless if she has a helmet or a paper bag on her head. She responds to people no differently so I need to do the same. I think we will all be learning some life lessons over the next couple of months.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Rachel may have a little more, but I'm sure both of their mommies will be investing in Johnson's No Tangles somewhere down the road.
Monday, November 15, 2010
We survived day 2 of helmet wearing. Yesterdays schedule called for 2 hours on and 1 hour off, and keeping it off for naps and bedtime. We're so glad we're approaching cooler weather. Other than a sweaty head, Kaylee is adapting well to her hat (as we call it) and so are mom and dad.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Today's schedule calls for one hour on, then one hour off. No napping or sleeping in the helmet. Luckily, we don't have to worry about sleeping in the helmet until day 3. I think that will be the true test.
Friday, November 12, 2010
She’ll still be the sweet, smiley girl who steals your heart, especially now that she has the waving-thing down.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry
|Do you need help, Uncle Ron?|
|Kaylee wasn't too impressed.|
Thursday, October 14, 2010
From then on, our little motormouth is chattering away. While getting her dressed we practice "da-da", "ma-ma", "pa-pa", "la-la" and so forth. She readily spits some form of baby talk back at me.
In this morning's chat I couldn't help but laugh.I'm just gibbering to away to her. She's gibbering back and I thought to myself -"I wonder if she thinks she's repeating to me exactly what I'm saying to her"...and I thought instantly of the Friends episode when Joey speaks French.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Out of all the animals there - monkeys, tiger, pandas - she loved the goats in the children's petting zoo. Go figure.
We also stopped by and saw baby Caroline on our way home. What a doll!
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Lots of new things this last month. Kaylee can sit by herself for short periods of time and she much prefers sitting up to laying down. She's rolling in both directions from her back to her tummy and has even made it from her tummy to her back once. It won't be long before and she'll be mobile.
Teething is in full swing -- two bottom teeth appear to be quite close. We also survived our first cold and are now in the middle of her second. Ahhh, the joys of daycare.
She loves her fruits and veggies and takes quite an interest in what we're eating too. Our big girl also loves trying her sippy cup. Not great at it, but she definitely understands what its for.
Its just amazing how much she is changing and accomplishing everyday. There's so many little things that she figures out. I can only imagine what will happen in the next month.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
I got a chance to snag a few photos this weekend of the next big milestone for the lil miss. She's been working at sitting by herself for awhile. And, she now can sit unassisted for a small amount of time. She still does the occasional face plant, but is usually not fazed by it. Something else we're working on? Teeth...The amount of drool that is coming out of her mouth is astounding. The strength that she can bite down on your finger is astounding. The high pitched screams -- you can only imagine.