Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Checkup, Haircut and Catch-up

It has been several weeks since I have blogged. It seems like I have so much to catch up on. Kenley had her 9 month checkup last week and she is doing great. She weighs 19 lbs 12 oz and is 28 1/2 inches long. She is charting at 75% for both height and weight and somewhere around 25% for head circumference :)...she is a Rushing. I was so excited to tell the pediatrician that she started rolling over and crawling and that she was really catching up with milestones. I just knew he was going to say, "Great! We don't have to worry about the Torticollis." But he didn't say that. He said that Kenley still has about a 5 degree tilt that he thought would be corrected by now with ECI working with her. He wants her to go see a pediatric ophthamologist to make sure that there is nothing wrong with her vision that makes her tilt and he ordered a neck x-ray for her to make sure that her vertebrae check out. So...we will be doing that in the coming weeks.
She has been cutting teeth like mad lately. There is a constant fountain pouring out of her mouth. Her teeth are coming in completely out of the normal order which I think is so funny. I think her top incisors will be the last ones to come in. That should be interesting :) I looked in her mouth the other night and could see seven (yes, seven) teeth that are just about to come through. I could actually see all of the teeth under the surface. I have never known a kid to cut that many teeth at once. She finally had one break through on the bottom last night. Woo hoo! Six more to go. Here is a picture of Kenley being cute pulling up on her toy basket. Just a side note...she is wearing pajamas that Ashlyn wore when she was crawling around and pulling up on things at our house in Reno. It brings back so many memories :)
I have been having to pull Ashlyn's hair back lately because her bangs are getting long again. While fixing her hair the other day, I noticed a small clump of really short hairs. "Ashlyn," I said. "Did someone cut your hair with a pair of scissors?" "Yes," she politely answered. "Who?" I asked. "I did!" she smiled. I then asked her when she did it to which she answered, "While I was watching Giselle" (her name for the Disney movie Enchanted). I couldn't help but laugh. I don't think I would have been laughing had it been more hair...I have heard horror stories from other mothers of three year old girls. Anyway, I tried multiple times to get a decent picture of the haircut. If you look closely at her hair (after laughing at the look on her face) in the top right corner, you will see the small clump of hairs that Ashlyn decided needed a trim.
I though that this fall would be a good time to enroll Ashlyn in her first group activity. I was deciding between dance and gymnastics...we went with gymnastics. I think that it is something that Ashlyn will really enjoy. She is in a class with two of our neighbors and absolutely loves it. This is the only picture that I have of her in the class. They are doing their stretches. She is in the little blue tank top with her back to the camera. I know, not a good picture at all, but I am a proud mom...that's my baby out there in that big kid class.
A couple of weeks ago I got to go away for the weekend on a scrapbook retreat to catch up on all of the pictures we have of these girls. Ken stayed home with both girls. He is so great to just take stuff like this on with no question of having help. People ask him, "Who is coming to help you?" "No one," he tells them. He just does his thing. Gets them in their little dresses and takes them both to church on Sundays and everything. I am so blessed to have a husband that does such an awesome job at being Daddy. Here is a picture that he wanted me to post. Kenley doesn't get very many bottles, so when the time came to give her one, Ashlyn was very excited to help.
Ashlyn decided to get dressed up a few nights ago and put on a concert. She sang her rendition of A Whole New World (the theme song from Aladdin). It was absolutely hilarious. If I can add the video clip that we have of her later I will. It was precious. Here she is singing her little heart out.

We have a little ceremony at church at the end of each summer called Turning of the Leaves. It is where the kids get recognized for accomplishments that they have made in their class. Ashlyn has learned that the Bible is God's written word and that there are two parts, and old testament and a new testament. They get to put leaves on a tree to show that they have learned these things. She was very excited.
Hopefully I will be able to keep up with blogging more often in the coming weeks with Ashlyn starting school soon. But for now I am playing catch up with all of the recent photos.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Girl On The Go

It has been almost two weeks since I predicted that it would be about a month until Kenley crawled. What is it about kids always having to make a liar out of their parents? I could hardly believe my eyes this morning when she started taking those first wobbly movements forward. At first it was just one and she would sit back up. Then she would make two strides and sit back up. Now just a few hours later she is able to crawl six or eight strides to get something she wants. Those of you that know Kenley know that this is an absolutely liberating day for me. She has only cried when I have set her down once or twice today because now she knows she can move if she wants to. It is so exciting to see her look at something that she wants and actually go get it. Way to go Kenley! Here is some footage of our Little Kenley Lael on her first day of crawling. Go get 'em little girl.

Although it pales in comparison to today's accomplishment, yesterday was Kenley's first time to roll over from her back to her tummy. I wasn't sure if it "counted" since she used the leg of a coffee table as an aid. But today she has done it several more times without assistance so I will mark it down. Kenley had physical therapy for the second time last week. This is the second time that she has made marked progress right after a PT session. I am thinking she may not need it anymore, but they qualify children in six month increments so we will continue to have sessions. I am so proud of her for the accomplishments in the past days.