Tuesday, November 5, 2013
We took Kayla to her first circus a couple of weeks ago. She absolutely loved it. We were surprised that it held her attention for the full 2 1/2 hours, but it did.
This was Kayla's first year trick-or
-treating. Last year she was only 4 months old and she fell asleep at 6 pm, so we were excited to take her out this year. Unfortunately, it was pouring down raining with tons of wild winds, so we went to a total of 4 houses! She still had a good time, sitting at the door and handing out candy with us. She was Tinkerbell for trick-or-treating and Minnie Mouse during the day for school.
Fall has been fun, but now it is time for full on Christmas mode for us :).
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Well 19 days in and I am writing again. Looks like I met my two posts this month goal ;). Now, what to talk about?!? This month has been pretty quiet with Kayla, same old stuff....lots of therapy appointments, a couple colds and lots of fun with our girl.
Kayla is starting to transition to the next "bigger kid room" at daycare this month. At our daycare, they start moving kids over at 16 months. They are planning to do a slightly slower transition with Kayla and plan to have her full time by the end of the year, beginning of January at the latest. She has already started going over for about an hour a day and so far things are going well. They plan to increase the time each week. I cannot tell you how thankful I am to have a daycare that truly wants the best for Kayla. We worked with them to come up with a schedule, determining what would be the best for her. They really really love her there. We couldn't be happier with the place we picked for her to grow and learn!!
So, October is Down syndrome awareness month. I have loved reading all of the different blog posts by other mamas, all of the videos and articles on Facebook, and all of the amazing stories I have seen floating around out there in cyberspace. I guess I haven't done too much to raise awareness, well besides posting pics of my sweetie. One thing that still is pretty hard for me to hear is the r-word. For those that don't know what the word is, the word is retard or retarded. Man, I even hate typing that word now. I will be the first to admit that I used that word carelessly before Kayla was born. And trust me, I have so many regrets about that. I pray that I never said it around anyone that had a connection to the word the way that I do now. It truly breaks my heart to think that I could have, at some point in my life, said that word around a mother of a child with an intellectual disability and not even realized it. Kayla has taught me so much in her short life, and I am so thankful for that.
Last weekend someone used that word in front of a large crowd that we were a part of. This was somewhere where we least expected to hear it and from someone we were shocked to hear say it. I literally went numb when it was said. I couldn't focus at all after that and just started crying. I wanted to let it go and address this person later, but my husband couldn't do it. He said it had to be addressed right then. So he took Kayla up to this person, and went into his speech about how the word was wrong and how it is extremely offensive to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities like our daughter. Then he let him hold Kayla, and of course Kayla was her normal sweet, amazing self. This person felt so so terrible. You could tell that he learned a serious life lesson that day. He even tracked down our phone number and called us later that day to apologize again. I honestly don't think he will say it again. And if he does, he will stop and think and remember what it felt like to hold our sweet girl and how that word hurts people like her. I am so glad my husband insisted on saying something when he did. I can learn a lesson or two from him. Stand up for what you believe in and always, always fight for what you believe is right. I sure do love that man.
Ok, back to what we have been up to...last weekend my parents and niece came up for a visit. We had a nice time and went to another pumpkin patch on Sunday. I love all of the Fall pics!
Today, Kayla is not feeling well. Poor thing is teething hard, has another sinus infection and potentially swallowed a pony tail holder (we are not positive, but it was in one moment and no where to be found the next, and she has been known to put them in her mouth). We went to the doctor today. We had X-rays done for the pony tail holder (Rich wasn't sure if the one she had on had any metal on it. He said it wasn't the white one I had in her hair in the morning, so the daycare must have put a new one in at school yesterday). Nothing came back on the X-ray and nothing has, ahem, come out yet...so hopefully she didn't swallow it after all. She also got a prescription for the sinus infection. Hopefully tomorrow she will be as good as new. This was her today...looks sick right? :)
Well, that's it for now. I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!!
Monday, September 30, 2013
October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. In the blogging world there is this initiative called 31 for 21 where bloggers blog every day for the month of October to raise awareness for Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome). Since I have had trouble even blogging once a month lately, I don't think it would be wise for me to commit to this :). I love the idea and I hope to read as many different blogs as I can throughout the month. I am going to try to blog more than I usually do, which shouldn't be too hard, considering I went almost 2 months last time. So the way I see it, if I blog at least twice I am doing pretty good, ha!
We decided to all dress a little festive for our adventure.
Mama's belly is getting big!
The cutest pumpkin in the patch :)
Daddy and Kayla painted her very first pumpkin. She really just wanted to rub her hands all in the paint!
We had so much fun! We are going to another farm in two weeks when my parents are in town. Looking forward to it!!