Friday, May 18, 2012

Lawson's First Sleepover

At the end of the month my Lawson will turn 7 years old. Holy cow! Okay, I am not going to get all emotional in this post...that will come later. In preparation for her birthday Lawson has asked for a few things for her birthdays....

1. Ears pierced - we said not yet
2. A cat- we said no
3. A Barbie Dream house- she has a camper and a house there is not enough room for a 3 story dream house- we said no
4. A sleepover- we can accommodate that!

Lawson got to choose one friend to have over and that was her friend, Alicia. They have been best friends since they were 6 months old. It was perfectly fitting they had their first sleepover together.

The girls watched a movie, had root beer floats, cupcakes, I taught them how to make friendship bracelets. They had so much fun

and they stayed up very very late!

I made them a "princess castle" in the living room for them to sleep in, although they didn't make it down stairs the whole night.

It was a successful first sleepover and I have a feeling we are now in the season of our life where we will be having more of them. My little baby is growing up!

If you are wondering how Wesley handled Lawson having a sleepover. He was jealous and wanted a friend over too. Since that is not going to happen he settled with just sleeping on the floor that evening.

Location:Lawson, Wesley

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Progress Update on Cailyn–15 months

Wow, what a difference a few weeks make.  We are meeting and/or exceeding our weekly goals at PT!  Yippee! On Sunday May 6th, Cailyn pulled up for the first time on her feet.   Then on Thursday May 10th our PT said lets make the goal for Cailyn to start cruising furniture.  She gave us some exercises and the child has taken off!!  Friday May 11th she started taking steps along the furniture!! She cruises our furniture, sometimes letting go or just leaning slightly on the furniture.  She is now leaning forward to pick stuff up while standing.  All big milestones being reached!!


Look how strong she looks standing?? 

Cailyng Standing

With this new freedom she has also discovered she can climb.  My life will never be the same again!!

Cailyn Climbing

However, it is fun!!  Cailyn has discovered she can now play on the playground rather then just be an observer.  She loves exploring.

Playground fun 2

Miss Cailyn, I am so very very proud of you!! You are working so hard and we can tell those doctors there is no need for a neurological exam because you are actually just smarter then the rest of us…you have captured at a young age life happens way to fast and you are enjoying the ride rather then zooming through it!! 

Playground fun 

Other stuff… at her 15mo appointment she was 20lbs 14 oz and I think 30” long.  We did have to have her left ear flushed because it was so waxy and we found she had another ear infection with zero signs.  Lovely.  We are on an antibiotic (although I don’t thing she needed one). 

That is our 15 month status report.  We are doing great!! Thank you to those that wrote such encouraging and sweet words about Cailyn.  They really meant the world to me. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Cailyn's Great Strides

Can you believe Cailyn is 15mo old? It seems hard for me to fathom too. She is doing great and truly is one talkative little girl. She is also my little social butterfly. She does not know a stranger.
I believe in the past I have hinted around that there were some concerns about her gross motor skills. At our 12 month appt. Cailyn was referred to the Early Prevention Program with NC. They only allow you in the program if you have significant delays. After getting our assessment we were advised that Cailyn does have significant gross motor delays and would be recommended for PT. As disheartening as it was to hear this news we were told C was advanced in her fine motor skills and problem solving skills and right on track with her language. Good news.
After a month in a half of looking for a PT we found one and 2 weeks ago we started PT.
Week 1: the PT told me she was pleased with Cailyn's movements and felt she had low muscle tone which attributed to her not wanting to put weight on her legs. We were given exercises (playtime activities) and we worked.
Week 2: The PT came and we saw increased mobility and willingness to stand! We were given other instructions and we worked.

Today: a day before our next PT I put Cailyn on the kids train and she stayed on there all by herself! This is huge. Think use of of tummy muscles for balance! One of our other activities is to climb the stairs and today she climbed the whole stairwell! I was so proud I could burst! I now look forward to tomorrows PT session to show her progress!