Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Joy saw the dentist today! Joy has both our private insurance and medicaid - which is such a blessing, but such a pain. Medicaid has all of these rules. For example, they want Joy to see a dentist every six months. She has no teeth - not one. Too bad, the great state of Texas feels that she needs to see a dentist. They keep telling me so in letters. Sigh. If you don't use your private dental insurance, no one yells at you. :)

Sammi went to our wonderful pediatric dentist today. I was explaining everything and hoping they would accept our insurance and maybe, just maybe, use medicaid as a secondary insurance. Normally, they don't see children until they are three, unless there is a problem - like poor Jessi. Wonder of wonders, Dr. Lewis accepts medicaid, and not just medicaid, our particular kind of medicaid, Texas Health Steps. As Dr. Lewis says, God is watching out for us! Yeah!

So what were her findings? She stuck her fingers in Joy's mouth and told me she doesn't have any teeth! :) We'll go back in six months. Crazy, crazy.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Therapy x 2!

Joy had both communication and OT this week!


First just an adorable picture of Joy and Becca!

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We are working on on/off and in/out.


She also anticipated a reaction and was doing some mimicking – essential to speech!  Yeah Joy!


I just threw this in because I think it’s cute!

In OT Joy is working on shifting her weight so she can start to cruise.  And we worked on the stairs – ugh.  I’m going to need some gates soon!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Oil Ranch and Pumpkins!

We went to Oil Ranch and had a wonderful time!
Miss Joy in her seat of comfort

Grandma helping Joy touch the goat

On the hay ride

This is the pumpkin I choose!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Joy today

I was right - Joy wanted nothing to do with her bottle today. :)

I had to post this video of the girls - it's on our school blog http://kleintexasacademy.blogspot.com/ but some of you won't be interested in that blog. So I wanted to include it here.
We are currently studying Switzerland and yodeling came up. The girls had so much fun! Look at Joy's face!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Joy held her bottle

We have wanted her to do this forever! She may never do it again. But we found a good motivator! Apple Juice!

Friday, October 10, 2008


Houston, we have acheived crawling! At least Joy's version. :) She is really fast.
She uses her two hands, one knee, and one foot. It's really cute.


We are working on moving our feet! A pre-requisite to cruising.

Getting some love and motivation from Lizzy! Her poor hair! :)

I didn't take this video, and it's only about 2 seconds long, but........
Joy is working on stairs. It all goes together. It's all about moving those legs.
But you can see her cheering squad! :)
I keep wondering WHY are we doing this? If we teach her to climb the stairs, then I'm going to have to put a gate on them because I don't want her on the stairs!
Crazy things we do!

Monday, October 06, 2008

We had to lower Joy's crib tonight

We put Joy into her crib tonight and she decided she wasn't ready to go to sleep. She then pulled herself up to standing! Her therapist would be so proud! We loved it. We took pictures and immediately lower her crib mattress. Silly, sweet baby!

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Turkish Festival

On Saturday we went to the Turkish Festival. I had several reasons to go:
1. The food!
2. Cultural experience for the kids
3. Joy's birthfather was born in Turkey

I have never met Joy's birthfather. I have a brief bio written about him. I know how tall he is. I know where he was born. But what does he look like? As I walked around the festival and looked at all of these men that have the same color skin and hair as my baby, I wondered, "Is this what my baby's father looked like?" I don't know. I do know that he and her mother made a beautiful, beautiful baby girl. I am grateful to them that we have her.

Here is Joy trying Turkish food: As with ALL food, she loved it!

I like to call this picture: "Enough with pictures already, let's eat!"

And a fun video of Bec and her playing ball at the festival. Her therapists would be so pleased. We have been working on taking turns and rolling balls.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

16 months!

Joy is now 16 months old. She is working on getting some teeth. She has all four of the front ones working their way down and she's working on some molars - ouch! What a birthday present!

She is a funny duck. She has all of these bright, noisy toys to play with

but this morning all she wanted was the sock ball that Becca had made. Go figure! :)