Born May 25th, 2008
2:59 pm
6 pounds 13 ounces
Length 19 3/4 inches

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Kinley Update

I thought it was about time for a "Kinley Update" since it has been a little while. For the most part it has been a fairly un-eventful month (not that I am complaining, we like un-eventful) so I am not sure how informative this update will be, but here we go.

On Monday Kinley had her regular OT visit. Kinley is still being seen by Infants and Toddlers of Johnson County every other Monday, but that may be changing soon. Ever since we started to add gross motor skills to our focus list, Kinley has been making leaps and bounds. I think I already posted that Kinley is pulling up on almost everything and can climb upstairs now, but she is also starting to cruise (take a few steps while holding on to something for support). She is also getting better at slowly lowering herself from the standing position as opposed to just plopping down. Jami, Kinley's OT, said that Kinley has made about 4 months worth of progress over the past couple of months on her gross motor skills. She is basically doing all the things a "normal" 10-12 month old should be doing. This is great news since Kinley is right in the middle of that range at just about 11 months!! As far as feedings go, Kinley is doing really well with her food, but she is still refusing to feed herself a bottle or drink from a cup. Jami said that as soon as Kinley learns to drink by herself she will most likely not qualify for service anymore. This is great news for Kinley, but we will be sad to see Jami go. I think maybe Kinley has caught on to the fact that if she starts to drink on her own Jami will not come by to visit anymore, so that is the reason she is refusing to drink on her own so badly. I can't say I blame her on that one.

Since Kinley is super mobile now, and getting into everything, Kevin and I had to come up with an idea to "Kinley-proof" an area of the house. When we bought our house 2 years ago we always planned to buy a dining room set, but never really got around to it. Once we started getting baby stuff it just seemed to end up in the empty dining room. Eventually when Kinley came home from the hospital the dining room housed a pack & play, swing, bouncy chair, and toys. It only made sense to us to turn that into a little playroom for Kinley. The only problem was that Kinley could crawl out and since our house has such an open floor plan the dining room only has 2 walls. It took a little searching, but Kevin and I found these baby gates that extend to 12 feet. We bought 2 and here is the result...a playroom for Kinley that is totally "Kinley-proof"!

Here is Kinley guarding the entrance to her room...password to enter please.
A view from above. Notice that Kobi got the password to enter correct, Mom and Dad were not so lucky.
We have been trying to get Kinley out and enjoy the nice weather lately. On Wednesday evening we took her to her first Tadpoles softball game. Below is a picture of Kinley with Aunt Kate. Aunt Kate was all dressed in her Tadpoles uniform ready to play and Kinley was all ready to cheer them on to victory. Unfortunately, the other team knew what they were up against and didn't even show. The Tadpoles won by forfeit. It was really nice to get out and see everyone though. When Kinley was in the hospital the Tadpoles put together an awesome assortment of gift cards for Kevin and I to help out with dinners, groceries, etc. It was such a great gift and it was so nice to finally be able to take Kinley out to a game so everyone could meet her in person finally.

Speaking of getting out in the nice weather...

And don't think we forgot to bring her very favorite toy outside with us.