Thursday, November 8, 2007

November 8, 2007

"How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you." Psalm 31:19

No news is good news, right?!? Sorry it has been awhile since we have posted, but there really has not been much to report. Kyle is busy doing typical baby stuff, which at this point is not very much! Food has been introduced into Kyle's diet over the last couple weeks. So far, Kyle has tried rice cereal, oatmeal, bananas, applesauce and pears. In the beginning, he really had no idea what to do with the food when it was placed in his mouth, and most of it ended up ON him instead on IN him. Slowly though, he is getting the hang of it. I wish I could say he is enjoying his food, but no matter what we try feeding him, he always seems pretty indifferent to the foods. Really, he could take it or leave it, but the doctor says it is good practice for him to keep at it. Nutritionally, Kyle receives everything he needs from his bottles, which are still a mixture of high calorie preemie formula, safflower oil, poly-visol vitamins and thickener.

Kyle has had two sessions with his Developmental Specialist, Mrs. Brady. I like really like his specialist and her philosophy, which is rather than have an intensive hour of therapy with Kyle every other week, she instead focuses her time on teaching his caregivers how to interact with Kyle during everyday activities. She has taught us different ways to carry Kyle, play with him, sit with him, talk with him, etc. that are all designed to assist with his development. Simple things like when we show him a toy, to hold it above his head which will force Kyle to look up and in turn work muscles in his neck and back he does not typically use. Or, when Kyle is on our lap, to bounce him on our knee which will help Kyle to develop his equilibrium and balance. The specialist is very pleased with Kyle's progress so far, and says that he is doing everything she would want him to and she does not feel there will be any long term problems or complications. Very reassuring for us to hear!

Thank you once again for all the prayers that have been offered up on behalf of our family. We are amazed at our God and His people.

God Bless,

Jennifer, Joe, Madison and Kyle


Aunt Karen said...

Wow, look at Kyle standing up! He is such a happy baby, and the news continues to be so positive. What a wonderful testimony to God's faithfulness. Can't wait to see you all - just a few more days!
Aunt Karen

cristi.l.hudkins said...

Hello guys! Wow, Kyle is so darn cute. He looks so happy and sorry to say jen, but I see alot of Joe in him, especially in the second photo. Sounds like things are going very well and makes me so happy to hear how he is progressing and what his future holds. I was hoping to get to see you guys over the holidays, but looks like we will be staying here in Florida for Christmas for the first time in 13 years!! We are excited to have Santa come to our house. Take care and GO BUCKEYES!!!!!!
Love Cristi

Breanne and Rylee said...

Of course Kyle looks adorable. I can't believe how big he is getting. I am glad to hear that everything is going well with the specialist. I will have to try some of those tricks with Rylee. I will have to print a picture off of your page and take it with me to the hospital the next time I go. I know that Dr. Lugo and Dr. Rawlings would love to see Kyle. Well sorry to be so short, but it is time for Rylee to eat and go to bed. I will try to give you a call this week so we can catch up. Please tell Joe, Kyle and Madison that we said hello.

Breanne and Rylee said...

Just wanted to let you know that Rylee and I went by NICU on Monday and I am supposed to tell you that the following people said hello.
Dr. Lugo, RTs MaryJo, Dedrea and Wendy, Wanda, Nurses Cheye, Carrie and Kristen (level 3) Kathy, Judy, Aida, and Chris (level 2), Grace from the front desk and then Renee and Leslie the NP. Dr. Lugo was very excited to hear about how Kyle was doing. It was the first time that we had seen Dr. Lugo since we have gone home. I just wanted to make sure you knew that everyone was asking if I still talk to you and how little Kyle is doing. Hope you have a great week. Miss you guys!!