Sunday, July 18, 2010

Growth, frustration and some good things

Emily met with her nutritionist on Friday. It was the last appointment we will have with this nutritionist who has been with Emily for a long time now. She has been wonderful and we are definitely going to miss her! Here are Emily's latest stats:

Weight: 31 lbs. 15 oz. (up 13 oz from last month)
Height: 39 inches (up 3/4 inch from last month)

She is taking in about 57% of the calories that she should. Her growth for height is right where it should be so clearly that amount is working for her! She said the only thing that she would suggest is to try to give Emily some more water. Not sure where/when we will fit that in, but we will definitely keep an eye on that. With the heat wave lately, I have been concerned about her staying hydrated when we are out and about. So far so good.

Emily got her new orthotics on Friday. We went through 7 adjustments on the last ones and were very hopeful that the new ones would work for her. When Mike and Emily got back from the appointment, he fed her and then put her down for a nap. When I got her up, she had wiggled out of both of them. One of them was completely off and kicked to the side in her crib. The other one was on sideways, with her foot completely out of the bottom. *sigh* So we are back to square one. Can we say F-R-U-S-T-R-A-T-I-N-G boys and girls?

Things have been pretty hectic with the upcoming move. That isn't going to change anytime soon. We have several appointments this week and Emily's IFSP meeting. Plus, Mike's parents are coming to visit. The visit will be nice. I know Emily will get lots of love and attention. And I know Mike's parents are going to be thrilled to get their Emily fix. We see her every day so it is easy for us to forget how much she changes, but they have not seen her since March. I have no doubt they will notice some changes (besides her height and weight).

Here are a few shots of Emily playing with some of her favorite things.

We have had the bubble machine for a while, but haven't taken it out for some reason. It is switch activated. She has quite a few switch activated toys, but the difference with the bubble machine is that she has to hold the switch down (the others only require one hit and they do their thing). It was really cool to watch her figure it out. I just sat back and watched. She hit the switch, the bubble machine started to move, but then stopped (with no bubbles). She did this 2 or 3 times. Then she put her hand on the switch and held it down and the look on her face was priceless. She was so excited to see the bubbles filling the living room. I was really excited to see her problem-solving.

Her other favorite things lately are these pom-poms. We have had these for a while too and she hasn't been very interested. Until recently. We have to put them in her hands for her, but then she will hold them for a long time. She will use them to hit her switch or her other toys that have buttons. She will even do "arms up" for you if she is laying down with them in her hand. It is kind of fun to watch her put her arms up in the air with the pom-poms like she is cheering for herself.


Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

Give me an E!
Give me a M!
Give me an I!
Give me a L!
Give me a Y!

What's that spell? EMILY!!! Gooooooo Emily!!! :)

That's one smart and adorable girl you got there! Love the new pictures!

Anonymous said...

Wow, so good to hear about her progress with her toys and such, but darn those orthotics. Can you say perseverance?

LOVED the pics! Her hair is so dark. The first pic immediately made me think of Snow White.

Praying for you regarding the move as well-so exciting but exhausting (we know for sure).

Little Em is sure growing fast. Keep them pics coming. We don't want to miss out on how much she is changing. (Videos are great too!)



Jenkins said...

Things are busy for you!
Praying for all of the transition things coming up.

The bubbles picture needs to be ready for a commerical, it is so cute!

She is the cutest cheerleader I have ever seen!

ajourneyinmommying said...

I LOVE these pictures....especially the one with the bubbles. (I don't think I've ever seen that many bubbles and her face is so adorable. She looks mesmerized!) :)

We moved here when Ethan was just a little younger than Emily. We did the same thing with his it all in place with the people who knew him best at that time. It was really good to do it that way. I remember being so concerned about all the details of therapies and specialists and I worried in VAIN. I definitely liked the neurologist we saw in Memphis better, but with that exception, God provided an AMAZING speech therapist who was PERFECT for Ethan. His teachers have been a PERFECT fit. His OT that he has now is GREAT with him. I don't know why I ever worry!!

Right now I'm gearing up for 1st grade. I wanted Kindergarten again. His IEP team recommended 1st but left it up to me. After hearing all of their thoughts I agreed and we went w/ 1st grade, but just yesterday I was on the phone with a friend from church who teaches Kindergarten wondering if I should change my mind and go with Kindergarten again. She talked me down from the fence and we're back to going with 1st grade! :) I told her yesterday, I do this all the time. I 2nd guess and get concerned every time he's going to start working with someone new (like his teacher for this year, who is amazing)....but at the end of the year, I'm always saying, "Now why was I worried? God took care of him by placing amazing people in just the right spots at just the right time!!!" :)

Cathy said...

I haven't been by in a while. For some reason your blog was moved out of the catorgory I keep blogs under. I am so glad i found you again. Again, she is so beautiful. I love the pictures with the bubble machine. Thank you for sharing. I do want to offer prayers for all the changes going on in your new life. So happy that you will have the oportunity to stay home with Emily and that you husband will be embarking on a new adventure. I sure hope Emily enjoys her visit with her grandparents.

Jennifer said...

Emily is so sweet! I think our kids are close in age. Liam was a micro preemie tho. He'll be 3 Nov 27th. I love to see what Emily is doing to give me ideas to help Liam along.

Anonymous said...

Hoping you have the orthotics issues worked out by now. They sure look pretty and I am surprised she was able to kick them off. Looks to me like she should need to wear them only while standing or sitting - why in bed?