Monday, December 17, 2007

December 17, 2007

Aunt Katie, Kyle and MadisonPapa Joe, Grandma Angela and Katie with Madison & Kyle

Kyle with Joanna

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." Luke 2:14

Kyle is feeling much better and recovered from his bout with Bronchitis pretty quickly. Last week he received another RSV shot, and will continue to receive one monthly until RSV season ends in April. His weight is up to 14 pounds, still on the small side, even for his adjusted age, but he is getting there slowly but surely.

Kyle is learning to sit by himself now and each day he is able to sit unassisted for longer periods of time. Last week we received the results from yet another formal evaluation from one of Kyle's Developmental Specialists, this time his Physical Therapist. I am happy to report that this report confirmed the others, Kyle is right on target and doing everything that he should be for his adjusted age. Something a little different about this evaluation, the therapist looked as much at how Kyle's body reacted to certain tasks, rather than if he could just accomplish something. For example, when Kyle stands, is it flat footed or does he put an unusual amount of weight on his toes. Kyle stood flat footed which was a very good sign. Something else they looked for was how easily Kyle could get his foot in his mouth, which given the chance, he loves to have his feet in his mouth! Not something you typically see on a developmental checklist, but these are all areas that could possibly indicate Cerebral Palsy. Thankfully, once again, Kyle did not show any signs Cerebral Palsy.

This past week we had some very special visitors staying with us. Joe's Dad, his step mom Angela and little sister Katie were in town from Las Vegas. Aunt Katie is 6 years old so her and Madison have a blast paling around together. Kyle loved everyone, but definitely had a soft spot for Papa Joe. Any time Papa Joe would even just look at Kyle, Kyle would light up and smile! While they were in town we went to a couple family gatherings where Kyle was introduced to Joe's cousin Stacy's baby girl Joanna. Sounds confusing, huh? Stacy and I were pregnant together, with my due date being June 7th and Stacy's due date being June 9th. We had assumed that we would have our babies around the same time, but, you all know how that turned out! Anyways, it was interesting for me to see a baby born almost exactly when Kyle should have been born. Although Joanna is a little bigger (2 pounds to be exact), developmentally they seemed about the same, which was comforting to me. Anyways, we had a wonderful week seeing everyone and were very sad when it came to an end.

Christmas is almost here and it is definitely my favorite time of year! With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season though, we are trying to keep our focus on the real reason for the season...and that being the birth of our Lord and Savior...Jesus! He is the greatest gift of all! "And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth." Luke 1:14

God Bless You and Yours,

Jennifer, Joe, Madison and Kyle


Breanne and Rylee said...

I am so happy for you that you are almost sitting on your own like me. I can't sit too long before I fall over but I am getting better each day. Wow we are almost the same weight now. Yeah we are getting so much bigger. So how do I get my foot in my mouth?? I have not figured that one out yet. My mommy tries to show me, but I can't seem to do it. I hope that you have a very special Christmas this year. Keep warm since it looked like on the news that it is snowing where you are. It was cold today for me. Only a high of 58. If you get to go in the snow sometime, please play in it for me. Oh yeah, I love your new pictures. You are one handsome little boy in the first picture. I will have to show you off to everyone.
Love, Rylee

I hope that you all have a great Christmas since we have so much to be thankful for this year. I know that Madison will get lots of things from Santa since she was so great all year helping with Kyle.

The Rees Family said...

Thank you for sharing your story with us! We were so happy to receive your Christmas letter & learn about this website. Merry Christmas to you all! Love, Brian, Julie, Emma & Molly Rees