Does anyone even read this anymore? 😛 Today I decided I am going to start writing again! It’s been way too long! And I miss it… 🙂 For starters, Lyra just turned 9 this month. And today was her last day of 3rd grade!  I don’t even know where to begin with everything else that’s been going on.  While I think about that…here are some new pictures of Lyra.Read More →

Lyra is doing extremely well developmentally.  Right now, as far as her cognitive abilities and milestones, she seems to be at about the same level as her older brother and sister at that age. Part of this, I’m sure is because of the extra attention she’s been given via early intervention services.  But I think another reason for her success is that we have never lowered our expectations of her just because she is visually impaired.  Sure I have worried in the past, that Lyra might not be able to do something, but that’s never stopped me from letting her try it anyway.  I don’tRead More →

Lyra has been a busy girl.  These are current IFSP goals that she has met and a whole bunch of other milestones she’s met.   Mommy has been a busy mommy.   I have a ton of updates I need to write about and hopefully I’ll get those posts written over the next few days.  🙂 IFSP GOALS MET- VISION AND COGNITIVE SKILLS Will recognize when book is upside down and correct it Will match object to picture
Will sort, match, identify colors (red, green, yellow, blue) Will sort, match, identify colors and other concepts including size and shape Will follow directions and identify objects using spatial conceptsRead More →

Most parents know how hard it can be to get your child to “perform” on command, but I decided to give it a shot. 😛 Here is Lyra showing off some of the words she’s learned over the last couple of months.   She has been receiving regular speech therapy for the last month.  Lyra even mentions her speech therapists name, Scott, in the video…hmmmmm…  I swear it was just a coincidence.  😀Read More →

These are some of the milestones Lyra met over this past year. They are not in any particular order. There have been so many! I don’t want to forget them. These are all I could remember. I’ll add more as I think of them. 🙂 pulls string to move toy along open cabinets and drawers kick a ball throw a ball climb a ladder slide down a slide push self forwards and backwards on riding toy walk forwards, backwards, and sideways run walk up and down stairs with hand or rail scribble in circular motion and side to side motion beginning to hold crayon/marker correctlyRead More →

In approximately 12.5 hours, my baby will be TWO!!! I am just not ready. 🙁 It’s just awful for me really. All of my babies are growing up too quickly, but Lyra is my last baby. Even thinking about her not being a baby anymore makes me cry. Ahhhh… I’m just a big sap. Even though this past year has FLOWN by, it has been a great year. Lyra has really developed her personality. She is happy and fearless and determined and opinionated and usually a total ham. Oh…and she LOVES her Daddy…I think more than she loves me. 😛 It seems that after theRead More →

In the span of one day, without any coaching or prompting, Lyra has figured out how to: 1. Take her pants off…followed by her diaper(before today, had only taken her diaper off). 2. Take everything out of a laundry basket, flip it over, and then climb on top of it and stand up….and then fall off. 3. Climb out of her pack-n-play bed (first ever attempt) …but she still can’t point at anything. This is one of the few fine motor skills Lyra has not been able to master. She is supposed to be able to point at pictures in a book, and point toRead More →

Lyra has learned how to safely go down the stairs. We had to teach her to do this through a lot of repetition. Some friends of ours had taught their two daughters to go down stairs like this, so we had to give it a try.Read More →

Milestones- Focuses on faces- 4 months Laughs out loud- 3 months Rolls front to back- 3 months Rolls back to front- 6 months Sits unsupported- 7 months Says “Da Da”- 7 months Says “Ma Ma”- 8 months Crawls- army crawl- 1/7/07 First teeth- 1/7/07- two lower central incisors came in together (this was a big day) Claps hands- Feb 4th, 2007 Pulls up to standing position- Feb 11th Goes from sitting to crawling and back to sitting without help- Feb 13th Crawls-on hands and knees- 10 months Cruises-side to side only, along sofa or coffee table- 10 1/2 months Stands alone- 3/25/07 (maybe 3 seconds-tops)Read More →