Thursday, June 23, 2016

Preschool Graduation

Today was Annabelle's preschool graduation!  For many kids it's a transition to kindergarten but for us it's also a time of reflection and realizing how far she has come in these past three years at CP Rochester.

When she started she was only 2 1/2, turning 3 in December.  She couldn't walk at all and her only form of communication was a few signs and pointing / gesturing.  She had trouble holding items and transferring them from hand to hand was a challenge.  Fast forward 3 years and she's running around crazy, communicating with sentences and has much more upper body strength.

This was her first / last day pictures from 2013-2014:

Now for her pictures from 2015-2016:

She has grown so much and is doing great.  People keep asking if I'm ready for kindergarten and I tell them yes, with out a doubt.  Annabelle has come so very far I can't wait to see what our future holds!

Walking into the gym, surprised with all the people

Her smile after she saw Brian and I

Mr Ben reads her name, it took her a second to realize

Getting her certificate

Our friend Jason who "wasn't graduation today" ;-)

Singing "if your happy and you know it"

Miss Laurie and Annabelle

Mary, Annabelle, Laurie, Julie, and Gabby
the most wonderful group of caring women!

Annabelle and Miss Laura (OT)

Annabelle and Miss Kim (Speech)

Miss Linda stole a kiss <3

Annabelle and Miss Linda (PT)

Drawing at Red Robin after graduation

Grandma Linda, Annabelle, and Papa

After graduation we had lunch with Grandma Linda and Papa then they went back home to Erie.  We spent the afternoon working on Annabelle's play area - moving a ton of rubber mulch!

All raked, weeded, landscape fabric put down and mulch ready to be spread

First bag out of 50

Just finishing up, looks beautiful

New sandbox


Friday, May 6, 2016

Long overdue update

I can't believe I haven't posted since February!  So much has happened and we've been so busy, I really slacked off!

I'm not sure where to start.  In February Annabelle got her mini button for feeding (switched out from her original one placed in November).  She was on formula but her system wasn't agreeing with it.  I switched her over to a blended diet (picture taking a plate of nutritious food, sticking it in the blender with some broth and oat milk, blending and putting it directly into her stomach) and she started to thrive immediately.  We got rid of all the formula and will never go back to that!  She is about 32 pounds now, up from the 24 when she had the tube put in November 4th.

We have been attending orientations for Kindergarten in the fall!  Annabelle is very excited and we get to take a tour of the school today.  It's bittersweet, we will definitely miss everyone at CP Rochester but it will be nice not having to drive 25 minutes each way.  She had graduation in June but will still attend summer program at CP before starting Kindergarten in the fall.

Another new activity we are starting is Challenger baseball.  It's a special needs program so Annabelle will be matched with someone who will help her with hitting, running, throwing, etc.  I think she is really going to enjoy it, a lot of our friends play so she will already know many team mates.

We are looking forward to the warm weather, summer fun and "late night" bonfires!  Even though we had a mild winter it seems like spring has been very chilly.  Bring on the sun ;-)

Annabelle helping with vacuuming the house

Having fun with SnapChat

Love playing dress up!

Her new mini button and the first button buddy I made

Playing the keyboard with Keira at the museum

Loves a train ride!

St Patty's Day parade with daddy

Our friend Chloe's birthday party - loved the climbing and slides

Eating her Easter peep from school

She loved the Easter bunny this year!

Annabelle & her friend Jason at the museum

This may be my favorite picture ever!!

Working hard at therapy

Working on her writing

walking the stairs at the museum on her own!!

She has no more fear of people dress in costumes - bring on Disney!

Her and Clyde - BFF's

Easter egg hunt and brunch

Her new art desk, loves to sit next to mommy's desk and draw

Our friend Scarlett's birthday party at Chuck E Cheese

Webster Easter egg hunt

She ran up and gave the bunny a hug <3