Friday, December 18, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Too cold to swing?! It's never too cold to swing!
She watches a Signing Time video (which is supposed to help teach/reinforce sign language) once a day. Yesterday her gate was open and I think she was worried that I would trap her if she wandered into the gated area. So she watched her video from wayyyy across the living room.
Maya loves her new chair, passed on from cousins Collin & Emerson. She climbs right up, but needs to practice getting down gracefully:
Friday, December 11, 2009
"Oh, your card was cute! It was funny that you put 3 crying pictures . . ."
and then I have to say
"Yeah, because the inside is that song lyric, you know 'it's the most wonderful time of the year' . . . get it? Like she cries all of the other parts of the year except for now?"
"OHhhhhh . . . I get it"
Sigh. I thought it was fairly obvious. Maybe next year we'll have to do a test audience. Or include a back that explains the card :) I have to update on Maya's new tricks, but for now here are a few pictures. Oh, and we're getting our tree tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!!! December is the best :)
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
We got to the hospital a little before 7:30am, and Maya (who had not eaten or drank since 7:30pm last night) was miraculously not cranky. Dave played with her while I filled out paperwork and then we broke out his laptop and played "Signing Times" (her sign language dvd). She watched it until it was time to go in. Dave took her back while they put her under, and then we went downstairs and read in the cafe for a bit. 40 minutes later we went upstairs just as she was waking up. She whined/cried a little, but was mostly just tired. Drank a bottle, filled out another form, and we were on our way home (a little after 10).
She's been fine, slightly sleepy but really no big deal. The nurses commented that she was very easy---some kids really scream I guess.
So that's it---I'm not expecting to hear anything from the doctor before next week.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Tomorrow Maya has an MRI in the city in the morning. It's scheduled for 8:30am, requires an hour or two of sedation (with no eating/drinking beforehand, sigh), and is a little stressful. If you remember back to her adenoid surgery, coming out of the anesthesia was rough . . . we're hoping that things will be easier this time around.
Keep us in your thoughts tomorrow. I'll update when we're home.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
MOMMY! I can NOT BELIEVE that you just fed my coin to the PIGGY instead of giving it back to ME! I am so MAD! MAD! MAD! MAD! I'm just going to sit here and cry :(
Sunday, October 4, 2009
My pants get super dirty from crawling around. Everyone else at the playground can walk, so I look ridiculous in my constantly blackened pants. Mommy wonders if people think that she doesn't wash my clothes.I'm figuring out how to climb and chase the big kids!
I like to sit in my giant egg. Ok, just kidding, these are from a trip to Central Park Zoo that I took with Mom & Grandma. I love the penguins and the petting zoo!
And every day ends with a fun bath with my daddy. He's the best bath giver in the world. Then I get all wrapped up like a little flower.
2 giant milestones this week! On Thursday, I babbled my first consonant babbles. I now say "Mamamamamamama" whenever I'm tired or agitated :) It's super cute and mom & dad are psyched that I'm making more noises.
AND this morning I stood up----all by myself!!! All of a sudden mom & dad looked over and saw this:
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
(Still in her pjs) Mom! What's this?!
PS: If you notice, in pictures 1,2 & 4 she is carrying around 3 little rings hookecd together. I don't know why, but she didn't want to put them down this morning. Really cute :)
Monday, September 28, 2009
So instead, we played in the pumpkin patch:
And they had a petting zoo, where Maya enjoyed giggling at many animals:
While we were there, a chicken was cooking at home in the crockpot. For those interested in the prolific chicken recipes, I'm going to talk chicken . . . if you don't care about chicken, skip ahead. Anyway, I left it cooking all day and then separated the meat tonight. I have the bones, skin, etc still cooking now to make chicken broth overnight.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
The re-designing of the play area continues, and today we brought in the table that I was creating the other day. It was a success, although I think I may need to add a mat or something to the top so that toys don't slip as easily.
Not interested yet:
Hey, what's this?
Friday, September 25, 2009
After physical therapy today we went on a shopping spree. Here's the loot:
(Since tooth #6 came through this week, Maya hasn't been eating well, so we needed to pick up some of her favorite baby food, Apple-Turkey-Cranberry. Three stores later we finally found it, so we bought 21 jars. Plus a bunch of other food. Yum.)
We need to redesign her play area. Problems are: there are no steps or different heights that she can climb on, none of her toys are tall enough that she is motivated to stand and play, and she has too many toys available, so it's hard to get her to focus on anything. Today I came up with some crafty solutions!
I broke apart her old alphabet mat and stacked the sections, then taped them together to create a foam platform. Maya helped by un-stacking them and ripping off tape:
Then I took some plastic drawers, taped the doors shut and taped the stack together. This will be the perfect height for a table:
Then Maya & I went to KIPP's happy hour. As we were leaving, I noticed that someone was throwing away this table outside of our building. Then (I swear) they had the SAME table at the bar. So I took this picture when we got home to text back to my friends who were still at the bar. Dave points out that the picture isn't that funny by itself, since I didn't take a picture of the one at the bar, but it still cracks me up.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Last Sunday I made a chicken in the crockpot. Here is how that chicken fed us over the week:
Sunday night: Roasted chicken dinner (for 2) (with potatoes & some vegeatbles from the farm)
Monday lunch: 1 chicken sandwich
Monday dinner: Pasta with pesto (which I make and then freeze in cubes) and chicken (for 2)
Tuesday lunch: 1 chicken sandwich (for me), 1 pasta with pesto & chicken (for Dave)
Tuesday dinner: Chicken soup (I made the broth from the bones, etc on Tuesday in the crockpot) for 2. The soup had vegetables, chicken, whole wheat noodles, & matzoh balls.
Wednesday lunch: Chicken soup (for 2)
Wednesday dinner: Chicken pot pie (for 2)
Thursday dinner: Chicken pot pie (for 2)
Friday lunch: The last of the chicken soup (for Dave), and the last of the chicken pot pie (for me)
That's 5 nights of (really delicious) dinner (for 2), and 7 individual lunches from 1 chicken! (For the record, it was a bit over 7lbs to start with. Also for the record, since the leftover dishes all involved re-cooking the chicken, I wasn't worried about getting food poisoning from eating old chicken).
For those who are looking for Maya news . . .
Maya is doing well, enjoying our daily trips to the park, playground, or pool. On Monday we even had our physical therapist meet us at the playground and I learned some tricks/techniques that we can practice while we're there. If the weather is nice next Monday we may go there again.
Tomorrow we're going to get her splints finished. She's going to have braces that we go from her calves to down and around her feet (I'll take pictures, since it's hard to envision). The goal is to help her have a stable base so that she can start standing and walking. Also, they'll help to straighten out her feet, which tend to curl in. Hopefully they won't be too overwhelming, but I'm anticipating some unhappy days as she adjusts to wearing them.
She's also cutting tooth #6 and I think she's getting a cold . . .both of which have caused some feeding and sleeping issues, but hopefully that will all even out. She's eating baby food like a champ, now we need to start working on progressing to solids.
Monday, September 7, 2009
-We went on a family vacation to Vermont and learned that Maya's love for animals does not discriminate . . . she loves chickens, horses, cows . . . she even loves pigeons, which is very convenient when we're out for walks.
-She's still crawling like a little devil, good at kneeling and holding herself up in kneeling to play with stuff. Getting closer to pulling up to stand, but not there yet.
-She has made AMAZING feeding progress. In the past 4 weeks or so she has turned into a girl who eats. She has 3 meals a day (faves are cream top vanilla yogurt, baby food macacroni & cheese, and something called apple-turkey-cranberry). She has gone from having mostly bottles with tastes of food to having 3 meals of baby food and only 3 bottles a day!
-In the past 2 months she has started showing us that she understands us (from time to time) which has been a HUGE relief to me. She used to only understand the words "Maya" and "Up". But now she also knows "All done", "Ba-ba" (bottle), "Water", "Eat", "Come", "Bunny" (we got a very cute new bunny named Gus) and I think "dog" and "bird" but I'm not sure. She will also hand something over if you ask for it with your hand out. It's amazing :)
-She loves swimming and will "jump" into the pool. Well, kind of. I sit her on the edge and then say "Come to mama, come to mama" and she'll stretch her little arms out and kind of tip her way in. Supercute :)
-She is sleeping through the night (ish). We just finished night 5 of our sleep training (we didn't read a book or anything, just used common sense). Now that she's eating well, she wasn't drinking as much of her bottle in the middle of the night, so we figured that we should just drop it. Night 1 was rough, night 2 was less rough, nights 3 and 4 were annoying but not tear-filled, and this morning she didn't wake up until 6! I've decided that she's "allowed" to wake up any time after 6:30, which means that that's when we'll go get her, and she just played around in her crib until then. I'm hoping that this will just continue now, but who knows.
Many pictures and video to come, eventually.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
The microarray is a genetic test that analyzes the chromosomes to see if any sections are missing (deletions) or repeated (duplications). Microdeletions and duplications can cause many, many different genetic syndromes or disorders, so it's great to hear that everything was normal!
Dave and I were pretty surprised that nothing turned up, since this test casts a wide net looking for issues, and we are happily celebrating the good news.
Please resist the urge to ask "What now?" Within the past yearish, we've gone through so many tests and challenges that it's just nice to dwell in good news, rather than already start looking ahead to which tests could come next.
Now we're just planning to focus on working towards goals (our current goal is pulling up to stand) and pushing her development as best as we can.
I'm sadly looking at my last week working at KIPP (only 3 days left). This week summer school ends, we're looking forward to a vacation in August, and then I'll be working with Maya at home (and working from home as well).
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
I've been gardening. These pics were taken 2ish weeks ago, the plants are way bigger now and yesterday we got our first red tomato!!!
Oodles of basil plants, inside & outside:
Habanero & Jalapeno peppers---they're being attacked by aphids, so I don't know if we'll get any peppers:
Lettuces & Spinach:
Windowsill herb garden:
First basil harvest:
Mommy & Maya went to KIPP's 8th grade advancement ceremony:
We read books:
It had this many parts:
After a few hours of work it looked like this:
Finally, all done:
It's normal to have left over parts, right?
We're rearranging our 3rd bedroom to make it more workable with the new desk, and we're back to work (for summer school, which I'm working at but not teaching) tomorrow!