Thursday, August 26, 2010

Jake's woes

When it rains it poors. This past Sunday evening Jake had an accident in the backyard and sprained his ankle really bad. I took him to the ER, they did X-Ray's and it is sprained. The doctor put on a temporary splint/cast which he'll need to wear for the next 4 weeks. Poor Jake. They gave him a set of crutches which he's getting used to, slowly but surely. Although he hasn't mastered going up the stairs with them so needless to say he crawls up the stairs in the evening when going to bed. Let's just say he's downstairs all day until bedtime. He has however figured out how to get around downstairs without the crutches. haha. He uses his office chair with wheels around the bottom floor of the house. It's quite amusing to see him rolling all over the house. So if you can keep my DH in your thoughts that's would be awesome. See you next blog.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

ONE Year Anniversary

Today marks the ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of Aiden & Kyra's arrival here in our home. WOW, we can't believe it's already been a year. So much has happened. Let's see if we can re-cap a few highlights and our thoughts of things we have learned in the year about ourselves and the girls.

What we have learned (in no particular order)
  • When they say the 2 week honeymoon is is when it came to Aiden slightly changing as she got used to living with us
  • It is a complete change of lifestyle from having 0 kids to 2
  • That no matter what happens that Family & Friends are always there for us
  • That a just turned 2 year old has a Terrible 2 switch embedded in her somewhere (can we switch it back?) LOL
  • The many miles add up when you drive to/from Fresno for visitations
  • Baths are required after most meals
  • That almost everyone who's ever seen the girls mistake them for twins
  • Aiden might be allergic to dogs
  • The Magic Box (TV) is the girls favorite thing ~ and Mommy & Daddy's when we need to keep them occupied for a little while :o)
  • Aiden & Kyra have learned to LOVE DISNEY as much as Mommy & Daddy
  • Having a laptop on an airplane or train with a movie to entertain 2 little ones comes in very handy when flying somewhere for a long period of time
  • Getting to experience the girls first time going to Disneyland back in April was more fun than we could have ever imagined
  • They do like seeing Santa Claus & the Easter Bunny
  • Girls sit through an animated movie really well and even wearing their 3D glasses throughout
  • They liked flying in an airplane
  • Breaking the girls habit of TV all day, everyday was very hard
  • Getting them used to only watching TV Mon, Wed & Fri for 2 hours was quite challenging because they were used to having TV all day, everyday in previous homes

The biggest changes

  • Going from 2 mouths to feed to 4
  • Buying a new home

Aiden's Milestones & What she has learned

  • Aiden turning 3 on September 19th, 2009
  • Aiden turning 4 on September 19, 2010
  • Was potty trained within 2 months in Oct. 2009
  • Learned to dress herself without any help from Mommy or Daddy
  • Learned to count past 30, learning colors, saying ABC's without help from anyone
  • She is a an Artist. We can see her possibly being an artist when she grows up, she draws & colors really well
  • Learned to ride a tricycle
  • Learned to swim
  • Learned that Santa does Dad ~ LOL
  • Learned what Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter & July 4th were all about
  • Starting Preschool in the Fall 2010

Kyra's Milestones & what she has learned

  • Kyra turning 2 in May, 2010
  • Crawling & walking within the first month
  • Learning to feed herself & talk more (she had no words in the beginning)
  • Brushes her teeth before bed
  • She's a really great climber
  • An AWESOME problem solver
  • Learned to ride a big wheel
  • Learned she is a Big Time WATER BUG (just like me :o))
  • Taught herself to climb up ladders & obstacles @ the playgrounds by herself
  • Learned what Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter & July 4th were all about
  • I don't know if I would call this a milestone but when you flail yourself like a Monkey your bound to get hurt and fracture your collar bone. That's what happened within the past week.

Not only has our lives changed but changes have occurred in their lives as well. Here are a few snapshots of the girls from the 1st time we met to current. My how they have changed. Emotionally and physically. They have come a long way in a year. IN THE BEGINNING. We also have all our photos from this past year on our Webshots so if you'd like to reflect on them, please feel free to do so.

Aiden ~ 7/23/2009 ~ 1st meeting

July 2010

Kyra ~ 7/2009 ~ 1st meeting

July 2010

Jake & I would like to Thank each and every Family member & Friend who have welcomed Aiden & Kyra with open arms. You all mean the world to us and we know you love our girls just as much as we do. We hope the coming years you all will always be a part of their lives as you have ours. Our girls are so lucky to have you all in their lives. With many heart warm hugs & Thanks, we Thank You!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Kyra's Woes

Poor Kyra has been through a lot this past week. Last Wednesday while we were out for a family walk she fell onto the grass and hurt her shoulder...or so we thought. Jake & I took turns carrying her around the block not realizing she was really hurt. We got home and she was really cranky. She had been awake over 11 hours. She hadn't had her nap that day, not for lack of trying from us though. I put her down for her nap at her usual time at 2 but she just wasn't tired. I didn't fight her about it, figured she'd just go down for bedtime earlier that night. Anyway, we get home and I'm cuddling her and she is just crying in pain. When I'd ask "Where does it hurt"? she'd point to her shoulder and say "oww". Poor thing. We debated back and forth about taking her to urgent care or the ER. We didn't see any bruising or swelling so we thought she just banged it within the shoulder. We gave her some children's Motrin and that seemed to help. Although all night she was restless and we could hear her whimper every 30 minutes or so. We realized she must be rolling over on her shoulder where it hurts. The next day Jake made an appointment with the pediatrician Dr. Shaw. What an awesome woman & doctor she is. We really like her. She's so good with the girls and the girls really seem to take to her. She and her husband are parents of a 4 year old boy they adopted at infancy so she knows what we are going through with the girls adoptions. It's nice to meet someone who's gone through this and can relate to us and especially that it's the girls Pediatrician.

So we go see Dr. Shaw and she did X-Ray's and found that Kyra's clavicle a.k.a. collar bone was fractured. She referred us to an Orthopedic Surgeon because she thought it might lead to her having surgery being that the bones were overlapping. She put Kyra in a sling & wrapped an ace bandage around it to get her to keep her arm in the sling. At first Kyra didn't like the sling nor the ace bandage but she got used to it after a few hours. By the next day she was wearing it like a champ. However 2 days after she would wiggle her arm out of the bandage and use her hand to do her usual playing and eating. We'd put her in it at night and when we get her out of the crib the next morning the sling & bandage were on the floor.

Friday came and went and we had an appt on Tuesday with the Ortho surgeon. He came in looked at the X-Rays again and basically told us that surgery was not necessary. Let me tell you we were so relieved. I can't imagine what that would have been like for her. Body cast perhaps. LOL. I don't know and I don't think we want to find out either.

So here we are a week after the accident and she is doing really well. She still has the fractured collar bone but the Orthopedic surgeon said it will heal itself within 3-4 weeks. We have a follow-up appt. at the end of 4 weeks but if she hasn't complained about it or doesn't seem to have any problems to just cancel the appt.

She has been through a rough week though, 1st the fracture, her ortho appt yesterday and then today she had her 2 year wellness with Dr. Shaw and she got 5 shots, 3 in 1 leg and 2 in the other. Kyra is now officially caught up on on her immunization shots and is in the percentile that she needs to be in. She weighs 30.3 pounds and 37 inches tall. I feel bad when they have to get the shots, especially in their poor little legs. But Dr. Shaw made it up to her by giving her a sucker and 3 stickers. One being Buzz, she seems to really like Buzz lately.

Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and prayers regarding Kyra's condition. We truly appreciate you and love you all very much. See you next blog.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Adoption Date Change

Jake was asked the other day to go on a very important business trip the week the adoption date had been set. He's flying out to Houston on Sunday, September 26th and will be gone until that Friday. So this pushes the date of the adoption hearing to Thursday, September 23 at the Fresno Juvenille Court at 11:30am. Again, if you would like to come please let me know and I will send you details of time/place and so forth.

After the adoption proceedings we will then make our way to a restaurant and have some lunch and we'd love those who are attending the hearing to join us as well.