Wednesday, February 20, 2013

February 2013 Update

A lot has been going on in February for our sweet, ever growing Miss Grace, here are a few highlights:

  • The month started out with a crummy virus....fever, chills, vomiting, and no appetite for a week.  But other than that, she's been a very healthy girl...and happy!
  • We've started seeing a physical therapist at the clinic again.  We wanted some ideas on how to work on Gracie's leg strength.  We have a new physical therapist that we love (we loved our old one too) who is really great about working with us and understanding that Gracie has a very short attention span and she understands that it has to be fun and motivating to get her to do it.  Gracie loves to see her because as Gracie "want to exercise"!
  • Gracie absolutely LOVED everything about Valentine's Day.  She got to hand out little stuffed owls to her classmates at daycare and school.  (As most of you know, Gracie LOVES owls!)  She loved getting cards and small gifts from her classmates and friends.  We took "nut free" pink and red decorated cupcakes to school for her Valentine's Day party there.  She got to wear her blue Minnie Mouse shirt, with the word "LOVE" in pink.  That was a hit also.  We made heart shaped pizzas for supper...another highlight.  Gracie came home from daycare that day, burst in the door with the biggest smile on her face and a very excited "Happy Valentine's Day, Mom!"  That made my day...her smile and her verbal ability to say it.  She said it about a hundred times that night and even woke up at 1:00 a.m. to say it to me again.  I never tired of it.  I love Valentine's Day and Gracie's excitement made it double the fun.
  • We made a snowman in our front yard one rainy, snowy Sunday afternoon.  It was a big one...but an hour after we came in the house it crashed to it's demise. 
  • We had an appointment with Gracie's Developmental Pediatrician who was very pleased with her progress.  She's made about six months of developmental progress in the last year, which is pretty much the pace we've been seeing.  Most of her skills are in the 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 year old range, with some even going higher, and some of her fine motor skills being a bit lower.  Fine motor is definitely Gracie's biggest challenge. 
  • Gracie melted her mommy's heart this month (actually she does every month).  We were laying in bed together one night as she was starting to fall asleep.  She said "Mommy", I said "Yes?", she said "You're special."  Total heart melter.
  • The more helpful Gracie can be around the house...the happier she is!  I love how proud she gets of herself.  
  • We have a meeting with the school psychologist, occupational therapist, and her teacher next week.   We will get the results of the evaluation they are doing on Gracie which will tell us what school and kindergarten program she will be in next year.  I'm anxious to have this information.
We are hoping for a nice warm March so that we can get outdoors more.

We hope you are staying warm and having a great month!

Lisa, Jeff, and Gracie

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