Friday, January 25, 2013

Enjoying January in Good Health

Gracie has had a really good January healthwise.  Other than silly allergies making her eyes red and itchy, she's been a happy and healthy kid.  I knock on wood every time I say this, just hoping I don't jinx it. 

Gracie's verbal skills are exploding again.  Most thoughts are in sentences now...3 or 4 word sentences.  The notes we've been getting from daycare at the end of each day usually have something like "Another fabulous day!" on them.  Gracie really seems to enjoy daycare and the kids in her class are really good with her.  Gracie has been joining in on peer play too.  She's been playing with baby dolls with a few of the other girls.  The other day the kids were playing dinosaur and she chimed in "Gracie dinosaur too!"  She went stomping off with the dinosaur kids!  That night in the tub she informed me "Gabe was a T-Rex!"  That cracked me up, I didn't even know that "T-Rex" was on her radar. 

We had a home visit with Gracie's teacher from school.  Gracie gets very distracted at school from all the other activity, so it's difficult to get her to independently do things such as taking off her mittens and hat at locker time, etc.  Her teacher enjoyed seeing her at home as Gracie was talking a fair amount and they don't see that side of her at school.  She is very quiet there.  She is also quite the helper there.   Some of her classmates are wheelchair bound, so Gracie assists with pushing their chairs at times.

I signed Gracie up for kindergarten last week.  I'm having a hard time with that milestone.  We aren't quite sure where Gracie will go to kindergarten.  She is currently in the midst of an assessment being done by her current teacher and the school psychologist, both of whom I feel have her best interests at heart.  We'll get the results of the evaluation at the end of February and will more than likely know the plan at that time.  I am really hoping she gets to stay at the school she is currently going to, I really feel she needs the extra help and attention and that is the school that can give it to her.  Our home school seems like a good school too, but I just don't think the program there is specialized enough to meet Gracie's extra needs.  I'll wait patiently.

Gracie is a great helper, I'm finding that if I can have Gracie help with things at home, getting food out of the refrigerator, putting things away or getting things for me, she glows with pride.  Last night I was bringing the garbage receptacle up to the house and she grabbed the recycle one and was pulling that up with a smile on her face from ear to ear. 

We are not enjoying the January cold weather.  It's putting a crimp in our outdoor time.  We're hoping it warms up a bit soon.

Have a great weekend.

Lisa, Jeff, and Gracie the helper

Monday, January 7, 2013

The Weekend

On Friday we spent the day at the clinic for testing...allergy testing to see if Gracie is indeed allergic to amoxicillin and other antibiotics in the penicillin family.  Our first appointment was at 8:45 a.m. and our last appointment finished at 5:00 p.m.   It was a long day!!!  As always, Gracie was a trooper even through many pokes and injections.  She made some new friends and we got good news.  Gracie is NOT allergic to this group of we now have some options when she has an ear infection or other health issues requiring antibiotics. 

On Saturday we hung out at home.  Jeff's buddy Mitch came to visit that evening and Gracie took a while to warm up to him, but once she did, she plopped herself on his lap and was sad to see him leave.

On Sunday we played outside for most of the afternoon.  We did have to make a trip to Target to buy new snow pants as she had outgrown the pair we had at home and the other pair was left at daycare.  Gracie had a blast sliding down her snow-filled slide and making snow angels. 

She was a tired girl last night, but was awake bright and early at 5:00 a.m. this morning, ready to sing and I think she was anxious to go back to daycare...that is until we actually got there.  She was pretty sad looking when I left.  I'm hoping her day goes well.

Lisa, Jeff, and Gracie

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!  I am optimistic that 2013 will be a great year for Gracie.

Gracie made it through Christmas remaining healthy and happy!  It was such a fun Christmas.  Gracie picked out two cookies to put on a special snowman plate for Santa.  4 days later she insisted on putting another plate of cookies under the tree for Santa.  I'm not sure if she thought Santa was very hungry or if she thought she might get more presents.  Hmmmm.  This morning as we passed by a Walgreen's store on our way to work and daycare, Gracie informed me that Santa was "bye bye".  There had been some inflatable Santas in the window of the store.  I told her that he was indeed bye bye and that he had gone back to the North Pole to be with his reindeer.  She repeated that back to me and seemed to contemplate that for a bit and accepted what mommy had told her to be true.

So Santa brought Gracie a bounce house for Christmas.  What was Santa thinking?  It takes up half of our family room!!!  Gracie loves it though and I'm hoping it will get her to be a little more active this winter when it is too cold to go outside.

Gracie enjoyed spending time with my family on Christmas Day, Skyping with Grandma and Grandpa D the day after Christmas, and celebrating daddy's birthday on New Years Eve.

We also went forward with giving Gracie her DTaP vaccination on our Christmas vacation.  This is the vaccination that jump started her nasty seizure disorder (Infantile Spasms) at 15 months of age.  We talked with her neurologist and met with a pediatric physician that is an expert on vaccinations.  With their advice we proceeded with it.  She was VERY tired for three days afterward, but no real indications of any additional seizure activity.  Thank you God!

I'm attaching a few photos of Gracie's Christmas fun!!!! (Blog issues...the pictures are on the post below this one!)

Lisa, Jeff, and Gracie

Christmas 2012