Tuesday, March 20, 2007

ECI Evaluation

Jailyn had her first evaluation with Early Childhood Intervention. Of course the two ladies who were at our home testing her fell in love with her! Jailyn was all personality and having a lot of fun having all of our attention. To say the least she exhausted when they left and slept for 3 1/2 hours. :) Through the evaluation of social skills and cognitive(thinking and reasoning) testing Jailyn rated 16 and 17 months - right on schedule! (She is 17 months now) Speech testing was not as positive, of course we weren't surprised - she tested to have the speech of a 3 month old. We still have Motor testing on Friday. Since she is not walking on her own we suspect that she will be behind there too. Nothing we can't work with!

Jailyn is still a perfect fit into our family! She loves her siblings and all of their activities. Today we walked to school with Kenzie and Conner - Jailyn was a little cranky in the stroller until we entered the school. She looked around and had this look like - "Hey I know this place! This is where everyone oohs and aahs over me!" :)

So far Jailyn likes to eat everything we have offered her with the exception of strawberries. She loves cereal puffs and french fries. She makes funny faces when she has ice cream but always wants more! We haven't notice her to be allergic to any foods - that is always good. We haven't tried much chocolate yet - I'm trying to be a little good with her! :)

Cosmo (our black lab) and Jailyn are beginning to like each other! Cosmo thinks she is pretty cool when we take walks with him. Jailyn has begun petting and crawling up to him. He's not too sure about that but has been very patient! Making sure he gets Mommy time helps too.

Have a great day! Hope to share good news about her next evaluation!

Jodi Sue :)

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Wow! We've been home for a month already!

What an incredible month this has been! Jailyn has changed all of our lives in an incredible way! She is such a sweetie! She loves her big brothers and sister. If she wasn't treated like a princess before she sure is now! She has everyone wrapped around her little finger!

When we were united with Jailyn she was quiet very curious about every thing around her. She is still very curious but is now on the go, crawling around exploring things, including the dogs food/water bowls. She loves learning new things! She has learned 8 sign language signs. This helps a lot in communicating with her.
A month ago Jailyn was only drinking formula and eating rice cereal. Now she is eating everything we put in front of her! She loves jar baby food, and gerber graduate finger foods. She can't get enough ice cream - even though she makes a funny face with every bite! She eats slices of turkey, ham and cheese. We still can't get her to drink juice or luke warm formula (needs to be very hot!) but we will get there!
Brady has taught her to say "uh-oh" when something falls. She is enjoying this game!
Kenzie and Conner have taught her to say "aye-ya" when she shows us her karate kicks and punches! She has the karate instructors laughing! And of course Daddy is teaching her the fundamentals of soccer.
Oh, did I tell you that she is still not walking. :) Jailyn loves cruising around the furniture and getting around in the walker - wont be long and she will be running around the house!

We have scheduled her palate surgery for April 30th. She has an appointment the week with the ENT to confirm if she needs tubes in her ears or not. If so, they will do that surgery along with her palate.

Sorry I haven't updated the picture... enjoy these new ones! I can't believe how much older she looks already!

Thanks again for all of your prayers!
We are still bonding and things are going well with that - Jailyn hates to go down to bed at night - which breaks my heart -I hate to hear her cry!

Talk to y'all soon!
Jodi Sue :)