Saturday, August 09, 2008

How is Emily doing?, you ask.

Tomorrow Emily will be 10 months old! Times flies when you're having fun. There have been so many things that have happened in the past few weeks, but we have not had time to get to the blog to update you. My (Mike's) mom and dad came to KY for a week to see their granddaughter whom they have not seen in eight months. Their visit went well and Dawn and I actually got to see a movie! We have not seen a movie since Emily was in the NICU...I think.

As far as Emily's growth, she is growing like a weed. She is outgrowing her clothes on a weekly basis. She only wears an outfit a few times before she gets too big for it. Her hair is growing just as fast. For me it is a struggle to see it every day and not cut it. It is out of control and there is very little we (especially me) can do with it. There are bows and clips and all these "girly" things, but I think a razor is what it really needs...(Don't panic, I won't cut it)

How long is it you ask...


Before I get into Emily's progress, I must show a few pictures of the proud grandparents.



I would like to point out that Emily has her eyes open in most of these pictures...thank God for digital cameras so we can take several to make sure we have a good shot.

Mom quickly learned how to feed her and also found out that it wasn't as easy as she had hoped. Emily has a habit of turning her head to one side (as in the picture) which posed a problem for my right handed mother. I am left handed and never saw this as a bad thing...she is definitely MY daughter.


Our apartment is covered in a layer of formula, not because Emily spits up a lot, but because she has a tendency to hit the tube or move while you are filling the tube. Mom added some formula to our carpet as well as some of the furniture. It's all good!


Dad spent many hours getting his little angel to laugh doing whatever he needed to do...this included making funny noises, getting on the floor with her and tickling her anywhere he could and basically making a fool of himself. There are people who are reading this and can't believe it. My cousins called my dad "Uncle Meany" when I was growing up. His name is Manny, but "meany" fits. He has a soft side that comes out if you spend enough time with him. The truth is, he is a great guy, but he is a little rough around the edges.

In the past few weeks Emily has been to the pediatrician, the orthopaedic surgeon, and the neurologist. I am happy to say that she got a good report from all the doctors and she is not only healthy, but she is doing far better physically than most people thought she would. The orthopaedic doctor was impressed at how well the medication is working and told us to keep doing what we are doing.

Emily is now seeing the physical therapist three times a month and the speech therapist twice a month. We just received a bunch of new toys for her to play with. They all have some special feature that will help her to gain control of her muscles. She can move her arms and legs, but she can't really control them all that well. If you see her with her hand in her mouth, it is because she has been trying for several minutes to get it there. Most of the time she moves her hand as far as she can and then brings her head down to meet it in the middle.

A few weeks ago, the physical therapist brought us a contraption to help Emily stand. It looks like a torture devise and it feels like it too when you're strapping her into it. The best way to describe it is to show it to you...


Everything gets strapped in! She doesn't like the process of getting into it, but once she is in she will calm down enjoy the ride. The contraption is huge and we had to rearrange our living room to fit it. We are just too overcrowded here, but every time we think of moving, God tells us this is where He wants us right now...so here we stay!

Today we went to the zoo, which we do on a regular basis, and we took some pictures that I would like to share...




We got a kick out of the meercats! The lions are not usually out in the open and this is the first time that we have seen them together. What you can't tell from the picture is that they are staring at the giraffe in the distance. There is a large moat between them, but you can almost tell they wanted to jump it!

One last thing...after about four months of paperwork, Emily has finally received her medical card! Now all the co-pays and other medical expenses that she incurs are taken care of. This is a huge blessing because she is a very expensive little girl. We are just waiting for her to move to a different formula like Pedialyte. The stuff she is on now cost us about $10 a day!

Well that brings you up to date on what is going on with Emily. I will try to get here more often so I don't have to write a book every time. Thanks for stopping by!

All for HIS glory,

Mike

2 comments:

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

LOVE the picture of your dad with Emily!!!!

ajourneyinmommying said...

I love that picture steph mentioned and the one of emily standing up! She looks like such a big girl in that one!!! That is a cool contraption to give her the viewpoint when she's standing on her own two feet!!! :)