Saturday, February 28, 2015

February 18 - 28

Cece has discovered that it is fun to try on shoes.

Wearing her hearing aids was a success today!  Ellie brought her homework in Cece's room and worked on it while we all played.  It was one of those magical hours where everyone was giggling and we all loved being together.  It was perfect.

We love all our special turtles and dolphins.

Introducing the newest stander and walker in our house!

Greg and I left the girls in the capable hands of Kami and attended the sealing of my cousin Rob and Yael.  Yael worked with Sister Oaks at BYU and they arranged to have Elder Oaks perform the sealing.  It was special to be in the sealing room with an Apostle.  It was even more special because Yael and her family are from Mexico, and so there was a translator.  I was mesmerized hearing Elder Oaks speak a sentence, and then hearing the translator with the same sentence in spanish. 

The family of the groom

Rex & Julie, Uncle Bill, Yael & Rob, Aunt Phyllis, Shayla & Chris

The cousins
Greg & Heather, Adam, Brian, Weston
Ryan & Janice, Yael & Rob, Lyssa, Bobi, Stephanie

Lynnie ate sunflower seeds one day as our snack.  Later on, the girls were happily playing in the basement while Cece and I did some chores.  Then they burst upstairs with a big surprise.  Lynnie was dressed like a sunflower and Ellie was a fairy queen.  It was so cute!

We got to go to Ellie's last Chinese class for the year.  It was fun to see them performing their songs and chants.  While we were waiting to go in, we found Ellie's heart on the Valentine's Day display and Lynnie had fun pushing Cece in the stroller.

 Lynnie loves to sing this song as part of her violin practicing (to learn her finger numbers).


Ellie woke up with a sniffle and a cough and so we kept her home from school.  She decided she was sad about that, so we played school as a substitute.  She made us math books, complete with her name written in cursive.

We did go to her SEP, and it was fun to see her brand-new door decoration.  Anisten's mom was working on it when we got there, and Ellie jumped in to help.

We had fun with two birth parent visits on Saturday.  {R} came and hung out with Ellie, Cece, and I, and Lynnie got to go to a birthday party for Albert's niece with Albert & Kanisha.  There was a breakthrough with Cece, where she played with {R}.  It made my heart so happy!

Kanisha sent me these cute pictures from the party.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Cecilia is 13 Months Old

At 13 months of age, Cecilia

~ is wearing 12-18 month clothes, size 3 diapers, size 4 shoes
~ is walking!
~ is an expressive baby.  She lets us know what she wants, when she wants it.
~ adores her big sisters
~ is still eating well.  Favorite foods right now are mandarin oranges, broccoli, green smoothies, and Jonette's rice (1 cup rice, 1 can beef broth, 1 can beef consumme, 2 T butter, and 1 sliced onion -- bake in a 9x13 pan at 350 for 45 minutes)
~ loves her ball and hammer toy the best.  Hammers the ball, watches it slide down the track, picks it up, puts it on top, and hammers it again.
~ is cute when she lays down to go to sleep.  I lay her down on her back and give her a muslin blanket.  She will put it in her right arm and roll over to her tummy, tucking her legs under herself and sticking her bum in the air.  Then I put a soft blanket on top of her, and which she grabs with her left arm.  Then she scoots herself until her head is pressed into her bumper pad, and she goes right to sleep.
~ is tolerating her hearing aids really well now.  She doesn't cry anymore when I put them in.  That is a big deal!
~ is full of sweetness and sassiness.  We adore her and are so grateful she is in our family!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

February 17

We have really struggled with wearing Cece's hearing aids over the last month.  A lot of it comes down to the fact that she would scream and panic every time I would try and put them in.  I could tell they were really bothering her, and it finally dawned on me that they must be too loud.  Because they are loaner hearing aids, they are not adjustable.  Janeal, the audiologist at the Utah School for the Deaf, programmed them at a moderate/severe hearing loss level.  So I made an appointment and Cece I went to get them turned down.  Janeal reprogrammed them to be at a mild hearing loss level.  We also did a Sound Booth test while we were there without the hearing aids, and Cece was responding to sounds as low as 30 decibels. which is whispering (normal conversation is at 60 decibels).

Since the hearing aids are turned lower, Cece is fine wearing them every day.  Sure, she gets tired of them after a couple of hours, but she does not fight me on them or even cry when I put them in.  I still cannot tell if they are helping, but at least we are giving it a really good try.

We met my friend Beth and two of her children at the Aquarium for a fun afternoon.  I miss Beth, and it was great to get caught up in person.  Beth is my work friend, and we used to share an office at the U, before we had kids.  We had a great time laughing and talking every week, and we arranged our schedules to maximize our time together.

We finally found the rope bridge and Ellie went over it three times.  Lynnie encouraged her from the end.

 We love the bubble inside the fish tank.  Lynnie told me she was going in and I needed to take her picture.  Okey dokey artichokey!

After seeing the animals, we went to the indoor playground.  Cece and Lynnie mostly stayed by Beth and I, and the bigger kids ran all over.  We were just winding up and getting ready to go home, when out of nowhere a pink flash ran up and tackled Ellie.  It was her BFF from school, Pyper.  So much happy squealing occurred!  And we stayed another hour.

Then we had to rush home for Activity Days and a quick dinner before going to Denver's birthday party.  Jessica always has amazing decorations, and this year was no exception.  It was a Frozen party, which was extra exciting for my girls.

Grandpa, what are you doing?!?

There were "do you want to build a snowman?" kits, and we discovered the best way to make the marshmallows stick together was to lick them and squish.  Lynnie also applied that technique to her chocolate chips.  She was kind enough when she was eating her treat to share a marshmallow with Kylene.  I whispered to her not to eat it since Lu had licked it, and Ky said, "I can tell -- it's wet!"

Denver is 3!

A busier day than normal for us.  All fun activities, but it wore us out.


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