Friday, March 7, 2008
Yesterday was Kaela's big day. We took her to pick up her new/first back brace. I wish I could write and say all these great things, but really I just want to say it sucks! Don't get me wrong, I am all for helping her and trying what we can to straighten her spine without surgery, it just basically sucks we have to even worry about it! Now that that's been said...I will obviously post pictures of her in it so you can see what it looks like but what it is doing is pushing against her chest to push her back 'in' to help with the kyphosis and then there are straps in the back that pulls her spine back towards the middle and straightens her up! FUN huh? Poor little girl does not like it (who would really?) and she hardly moves in it. She can roll, but doesn't do much of it when it's on. She can't get her feet up to her mouth with it on which she really enjoys doing :) She has to wear it 23 hours a day! But the first week the doc said to do shorter days to get her used to it. I'm sure she will get used to it as she wears it more, but it just seems so tight and like it restricts her breathing even more (she has that super narrow chest)...I worry too much. Just hope and pray that it works for her! Most research shows that bracing does not help...but we will see.
Now to the exciting news...yesterday I put a bowl and spoon on the floor (Kaela likes to play with them) and as soon as she saw it she dragged/army crawled over to it! I've never seen her move so fast....it was sooo cute! She probably thought there was food in it, this girl loves food! I'm sure she was envisioning ice cream or something in the bowl the way she moved but she did it! GO KAELA! I'm sure it will be much harder with the brace on, but hopefully she will figure out how to move in it. She looks taller now that she's not all crooked. We are off to get a new car seat for her tonight. We are going to get another Britax for Matt's car, but want to fit her in some to see how she fits with her brace. Talk about a fun filled Friday night huh?
Now, a little cute story about my oh so cute William. Today I was changing Kaela and feeding her after her bath and I knew Will was in his room, but thought I should go lay him down for his nap. Well, I go into his room and say, "hey buddy do you want to lay.....oh my gosh!" The little guy had gone into the refrigerator ( I knew he was in there because the door was left wide open, but hadn't realized he had left with something...good watching my kids right?) and taken the baking soda that was in there out! Guess where it ended up?? Yes, all over his bed. He wasn't interested in making a mess, he knew exactly what he was doing...he was going to dig in the fun sand 'stuff' with his diggers. He has his huge yellow digger up on his bed digging in the baking soda. There was even a big clump of it that he was so excited to show me. He says, "rock." So he had baking soda and rocks to dig in! How fun! It was pretty cute...and of course I took pictures before cleaning up the mess:)
I'm also going to post a couple pics of Will in his new Thomas the train hat! He looks SOO cute in it. He got this in the mail the other day from a very special friend along with a Thomas cup, plate, and bowl. He is going to fit right in this spring when we go to Thomas Day at Green Field Village!
One last thing...for those of you who don't already know, one of Kaela's friends, Owen, is about to become famous. Owen and his parents are going to be featured in the paper and their will also be a video. Check out their blog "How life is measured" to find out more about Owen (super cute little guy) and his new found fame :)
Posted by Sarah at 4:33 PM