So I told myself I was not going to be one of those every six month blog updaters... Well, I've pretty much failed at that, my apologies!
How is Jaylie doing? She is doing fantastic! She is growing learning and developing at her own pace. She's shooting up like a weed growth wise and has definitely started to display her own personality. She is speaking simple muddled sentences and words that usually need to be translated by grandma, mom or me, with some words being complete indecipherable, though very cute :).
Jaylie is a joy to all that she comes in contact with. She commonly tells the world Hi and bye as we arrive and depart from different locations. It is funny to see peoples faces as they carry along in their mundane world only to be interrupted by a cute little 3 year old saying 'Hi!!!' or 'Bye!'. No one is immune to Jaylie's cuteness or adorability :). Random strangers are no make for the joy and enthusiasm Jaylie instantly brings into their world even if its only for a few brief seconds. Needless to say Jaylie makes a lot of friends and positively touches a lot of peoples lives just by her being herself and enjoying this world she is a part of.
Jaylie is absolutely infatuated with dance and music. She commonly will start dancing and say "I'm dancing mama, I'm dancing!". This infatuation with music was taken to a whole new level when we took Jaylie to Sesame Street Live, can't stop the music this last weekend. Jaylie was so excited when she saw all the Sesame street characters dancing and singing she literally almost passed out from hyperventilation! Okay, maybe she didn't almost past out but saying she was thrilled out of her mind is an understatement. She most definitely had the best time of her life thus far - it was very cute to watch how wonderful of a time she was having.
(some pictures from the event: Sesame Street Live 2013 )
Jaylie is still not eating anything substantial but is requesting food and drinks more often. We are content with allowing Jaylie to grown develop and mature at her own rate (this is the recommend approach by Jaylie neurologist).
Jaylie is finishing up her first year of preschool next month. She started in Jan in the early intervention program. Since Jaylie started in preschool we have seen a tremendous growth in her speech, object identification, letter and sounds association, basically huge improvements in cognitive abilities. These cognitive developments are such a blessing to see. The Dr's have said they cannot give us any promise or prognosis on what Jaylie will and will not be able to do, so to see her growing and developing as a toddler is amazing, refreshing, encouraging and very exciting! One of the reasons we haven't put a blog together hasn't been because there is nothing to write about, it has been because we have been so busy living life, trying new things and growing as a family -- experiencing new firsts on a lot of different levels. We are so very grateful for all that God has given us and allowed us to experience. We are doing our best to soak it all up and enjoy these good times in the present :).
So yeah, we are doing great, Jaylie is doing wonderful! We are very much so looking forward to experiencing what this summer has for us!
Thank you all for your love, prayers and support. Jaylie really is a living breathing growing miracle, an ongoing story and testament to what prayer, support, perseverance and a touch from God can do to a life.
If you haven't met Jaylie, you really should, she'll change your life :)
God bless all you guys! I hope you have a great summer! I'll try to check in in less than 6 months, I promise :)
Nathan, Kristina and Jaylie