Sunday, August 31, 2008

Summertime Fun

What is this crazy thing?

Just sitting here isn't too exciting...

Wow, you mean I'm supposed to hurl myself down that?

This is the best ever--I loooove the slide!!

The big teeter-totter is pretty cool too

Peek-a-Boo!! (What stupid person put graffitti on this cool bubble?)

My Daddy--my heroGo on out in the deep water Daddy
I'm sooo tired, but there is no way I'm gonna stop
I LOVE to swim!!

We've been having a blast playing with Haylie outside this summer. We took her to our favorited park, Woodland Park in Lexington last weekend for a little picnic. Then we let her play on the playground for a little while before we took her to the pool--her first visit to a public pool!! She had a blast, even though it was past her naptime!! She threw a fit when we took her off the playground, and then of course didn't want to leave the pool either. But she played so hard, she literally fell asleep the minute her head hit the carseat for the ride home. Daddy and I are really enjoying having a little one to play with too--it is so amazing to see the world thru the eyes of a child again. We'd forgotten how much fun playing on the playground is!!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

I Can See Clearly Now!!

Getting fitted for my new glasses

How do I look?

I'm not too sure about all of this!!

What are these things?

I don't think so!!

We went and picked up Haylie's new glasses and after only one short week, she is actually doing pretty good keeping them on. I never would have believed it, but she will wear them for 3-4 hours at a time before yanking them off and shouting "All done!" She seems to do better when she's outside running around...guess she can see better so she will leave them on. We have had a few "throw downs"--litterally!! The second day we had them, Grandma took her for a walk in her stroller and she was wearing them without any problem, until she decided she'd had enough and threw them on the sidewalk. Bad thing was, my mom didn't realize she had thrown them and then proceeded to roll over them with the stroller, dragging them on the concrete and scratched the frames all up. Then there was the time I pulled into the garage after our 1 hour commute home, and she pulled them off and proceeded to throw them out the car window!! Luckily, we were in the garage, not rolling down the highway. But overall she has done amazing with them. Plus, she looks so adorable in them.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

We've Come a LONG Way!!

Boy, this stuff sure beats baby food!!
Look at me go
See, I'm a big girl now!!
Haylie and Grandma
In one of my MANY Sunday dresses from our church showerJust as pretty from the back

Boy, has Haylie come a long way in the eating department. As you may remember from previous posts, when Haylie first came home, she would not eat anything except pureed food or Stage 2 baby foods. Slowly but surely, she has made major progress and eats many table foods now. We do still do a few baby foods, especially to get in veggies. But as you can see from the photos, she will now do corn on the cob--a major victory!! We have even stopped the occupational therapy thru 1st Steps that was supposed to help with her food issues. Not sure it really helped that much as they decided it wasn't really a food aversion, just learned behavior. Whatever the reason, we are thankful she will eat mostly table food now.

I'm also including some cute pictures I took after church at my mom's a few Sunday's ago--she looked adorable in this dress. We got so many dresses for her at the shower our church gave, that she literally hasn't worn one twice. I'm afraid she'll outgrow them before we get around to wearing something the second time...a terrible problem to have I know--we are sooo blessed.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

We're Getting Glasses!!

Haylie loves to climb under and sit on the bottom shelf of this bakers rack in the kitchen.

She gets this adorable look on her face everytime the phone or doorbell rings.
Looking at all the new toys Grandma bought for her--what a haul!!
Always such a happy girl

I'm posting some recent pictures of my girl just so you can see how adorable and happy she always is. But on a more serious note, yesterday was not so fun. Haylie had to have a brain MRI under anesthesia. I hadn't posted about this so far because we didn't know for sure what all was going to happen. We've been dealing with this issue since April. Everyone has been asking what is going on... so, I apologize ahead of time for the long post, but because we are also using this as our journal for Haylie, I wanted to get my thoughts down.

At our first trip to the international adoption clinic, Dr. Taylor referred us to the pediatric opthalmologist because she thought her left eye turned in just the slightest amount when her eye was covered and then uncovered. I had noticed it when we played peek-a-boo. UK has a great pediatric opthalmologist, but her 1st available appointment wasn't for 8 months, so we went to see another guy they had there instead--big mistake. Well, putting it nicely, I couldn't stand this guy. He talked to me like I was a complete idiot, and said "I'm sure she needs glasses" before he even looked at her eyes. When he examined her, he said she is extremely near-sighted in her left eye, and moderately near-sighted in the right. Said she had to wear glasses, and patch her good eye everynight. I really don't have any problem with her needing glasses. But when I said to him, "oh gosh, I don't know how I'm going to keep them on her--I can't even keep a hair bow in", he just snapped and said "Well, you might as well just sign her up for Braille then". I was so upset with him and the way he treated us, I decided to get a second opinion. I had a hard time believing she was as bad as he said since she can see to pick up a hair off the floor 3-4 feet away.

So, I took Haylie for a second opinion to an optometrist. This guy was very nice and really took a lot of time with her. He too got her left eye very near-sighted, but her right eye normal. He recommended another "third opinion" with another pediatric opthalmologist. So, even though this 3rd guy was "out of network" on our insurance, and we had to pay full price out of pocket (ouch), off we went to see him. He confirmed what the second guy said--that in her left eye she is really badly near-sighted (a -9 for anyone who knows what your eye prescription is) which is considered legally blind, but correctable. But her right eye is normal, which explains why she can seemingly see so well without glasses--she compensates with the good eye. However, on top of all of this, he said her optic nerves were small; a condition called "optic nerve hypoplasia". Evidently, with this condition 20% of the time there is also some brain abnormalities like pituitary/growth hormone deficiencies, and even some neurological problems. Luckily 80% of the time, there is no brain abnormality. He said she sure doesn't look like she has any of these, but that she needed a brain MRI to rule them out. Since he was out of our insurance network, I sure didn't want to have to pay for a MRI out of pocket, so I said I had to go back to UK. Soooo, long story short, I finally got into see the peds opthamologist who I should have seen in the first place for a 4th opinion. She confirmed the last 2, and also recommended the MRI but also doubted any problems other than the optic nerve hypoplasia, and she thought it was only a mild case. It is evidently a genetic defect--not necessarily caused by anything her birthmother did. Luckily it doesn't worsen overtime.

So yesterday was the day of the MRI. It was a VERY loooong day. Because they had to put her to sleep to do the test, she couldn't have any solid food after 7am, but the test wasn't until 1pm. Needless to say, that is not a good thing for a 2 year-old. She was pretty fussy and kept asking for milk or drink. We actually first had an appointment with the ear, nose, and throat doctor at 10:00. She recommended we put tubes in Haylie's ears because she has some fluid behind her eardrums, which might or might not be interfering with her speech development...(I'm inclined not to do that since she's not having any ear infections, but I'll keep you posted on that one). Then we went over to the hospital for the MRI. Of course Haylie was not a happy camper getting her IV started--poor baby was scared to death and just sobbed and sobbed. They let me go in while they put her to sleep, then shooed me out for the procedure which took about 45 minutes. She woke up fine and stayed drunk for a few hours. She was pretty funny when she first woke--couldn't even hold her head up but was talking saying "Hebbo" (hello) to everyone she saw. Luckily I was able to get the results today and it was totally normal--thank you God!!!

After she got pretty good and awake, we went and picked out and ordered her glasses and lenses. I still don't know how I'm going to keep them on her, since she STILL won't keep a hairbow on, but we will survive. They are supposed to be here in about a week, so I'll soon post some pictures of her in her cute little glasses.