Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter 2014
We went to Gramma and Pa-Pa's and had fun on the farm. 

1st year dying eggs! 

loved saying "ba aaah" at the sheep

Collecting eggs with Pa-Pa

Ba aaaah

loved the ride on the Kuboda to visit the horses and cows

found a friend

Happy Bear-Bear!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Drake's 3rd birthday
(part 1: videos)
Been really busy; will update with pictures in next post.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

We went to the eye doctor this week. He needs to wear an eye patch and glasses for about 6 months to see if his crossed eye improves. 

Drake's 3rd birthday is this week!!!!!! 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

!!!! AWESOME !!!!!

This is the longest I've seen him play interactively with a toy. He was watching Elmo on Netflix and I ran and got his Elmo and showed him it was the same, he got all excited and started playing with it. Really great step for him considering he only sorted his toys when we first got him and didn't like to play with any stuffed animals at all. He would take the toys out of the bucket and then put them back, the circle stacker was the only one he really played interactively with on our pickup trip. A few days ago he finally picked up his bear and hugged it, laid down with it and talked to it. It was great because the bear was one of the first toys I bought him when we were adopting and he finally liked playing with it. So add Elmo to that and we have success !! 

We also hit another milestone today. Drake has been TERRIFIED of bath time since we got him. We are uncertain what happened but he feared the bath itself. We narrowed down the issue to some kind of trauma that must have happened from his orphanage. He did fine playing in water, from the faucet or elsewhere and playing with his hands in a buck of water but when it came to sitting or even standing in water he was TERRIFIED! We tried the bathtub, a bucket, the shower -- and it was all one terrified child!! 

BUT tonight we have success !!! Drake just got done taking a bath/shower !! This was an incredible step for him and we have been working with him from the first day. We've had to put a lot of effort, play time and gradual steps to get here. We stripped his clothes off and he walked to the bathroom(no crying!) He went in the shower, sat down on a towel. I had his plastic mixing bowl with his "bath" toys in it and his soap bottle but no water. I took the hand held shower head down, waited to make sure he was okay and warned him the water was coming on! Then I turned the water on.  He sat and played in the water, took his toys in and out of the bowl and played. I even let the water build up to about an inch and got him to splash in it!! He was still holding one hand back trying to hold onto the shower door for security but overall it was awesome to see the progress he has made. He did really well and we had very minimal fussing and no outright crying. 

~~~ One happy Mommy!

Friday, March 21, 2014

We got through the testing at Early Childhood. He was accepted and he starts when the school year does on August 13!! They have buses now and that will be exciting!! He will continue with FirstSteps through the summer. He's walking really well, he walked the High School hallway this week about 30 feet (?) on his own without ANY support!! Of course then he thought it was funny to plop down on the floor and we had a hard time keeping him focused on walking long lengths. He practiced on the stairs which was hard since they are meant for adults. He played again at the park twice this week and those stairs are much easier since they are narrow and he can use both rails to steady himself, he got comfortable enough to start playing around and started going down two feet at once on the step, that was pretty funny and he thought he was so cute doing it. LOL.... 

Before/After : from pickup to now

He is learning sign language and already knows how to sign: eat, drink, more, head/hat, and no more/done. We are going to learn MONKEY next !!!!! how fun!!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

We had a therapy session this week with the physical therapist. We got some really helpful information and got Drake outside walking. He walked the cul-de-sac while holding his shirt. He's learning stability and has started walking up to 10 steps on his own without any support.
Today we went to the Early Education building to see his preschool that starts in August. He enjoyed seeing the other children and all the new toys and things to play with.

at Early Education Center
After we finished there we went to the park right next door and he loved playing. He tried to kiss another little girl playing. That was MOST hilarious !


Sunday, March 9, 2014

Alex drew a picture of Drake's brace. Fun!

by Alexander Kurzawa 03.19.2014

Drake's first time eating Girl Scout Cookies!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Another busy week for us. We picked up his braces on Wednesday and we've started to work with him standing and walking. We need to get him walking independently before the fall school year starts and he starts at Early Education. 

Drake holding his new braces for his feet
We had a meeting with FirstSteps and Early Education this week. He was evaluated in 5 areas. He will turn 3 next month. His evaluation results are: Cognition: 15 months, Communication: 10 months, Social-emotional: 16 months, Physical Development: 11 months and Adaptive Behavior: 19 months. So we have a bit to go to get him caught up to his peers. Our first therapy session is this Tuesday. 

I love pizza !!!

Monday, March 3, 2014

He loves the Xbox controller, he will sit and watch the tv screen and press buttons just like he's actually playing a game even though the controller he has isnt turned on.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

The word he spoke the most since we picked him up was "ne" (meaning no). So we've been home a month now and he says various things like daddy, momma, Behla, Casey, Mindy, Num Num etc... but now he's learned NO! and it's soooo cute. check it out on the video... he drank out of a tin cup at the orphanage but they must have helped him with it because he would always spill when we tried with him. We've had him on a spill proof cup since we got him but at meal time he's been drinking a little bit at a time in a small jelly jar (perfect size for him) and he's getting good at it. We get his braces for his feet this Thursday and I can't wait to see his progress once he's able to stand correctly on his feet! :-)

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Update from us!! His appointment with the Orthopedic doctor went well. The problem with his feet is only low muscle tone. His feet roll inward when he walks or stands. He has pronation of the foot. We were referred to an orthotist and had casts made so he can get braces. His braces will only go up to his ankle and he will wear them in his shoes to stabilize him when he walks. This is a relief to us, since we weren't exactly sure what was causing his feet to roll inward like that and I wasn't sure if he had a deformity or what!? But, good news, no surgery or anything evasive needed! It will take a few weeks to get his braces made since they are custom. 

The Orthotist put a cast on his foot just like when you break your foot. Then he let it harden for a few minutes and then removed it. The piping is used so he can cut the cast off using a blade instead of an electric saw. It was a fun process to watch but Drake didn't like it at all!! 

Aside from this we also met with the physical therapist from First Steps. She did her evaluation and we will have another meeting the beginning of March to setup his services. We expect his report will show he is right around 1 year old in all areas. So we have a lot of catching up to do since he will turn 3 in April.
Two more days and he will be with us for a month. We have his nighttime sleep established and are working on a schedule for his nap. He eats very well and we introduce him to new things almost daily. He is eating table food that we have blended or mashed. His chewing is good but its tough for him to eat a lot of food that isn't blended so we are gradually working on that. He still hates baths or showers, not sure how long it will take to get him to take one without screaming. Barney is by far his favorite show but he will watch several others. He has started paying more attention to books when we read to him. Baby steps :-)

Monday, February 17, 2014

Drake had fun last week meeting some of his grandparents!! 
Drake & Grandma Becky

Drake and Grandma Gerry

Drake and Grandpa Kenny

Drake has a couple appointments this week. He's seeing the foot doctor today to see what's going on with his foot. He's got an appointment tomorrow with the First Steps physical therapist for his evaluation. He'll start with First Steps and join Early Childhood when the school year starts over in August. 
He is doing very good with eating. Much better then I expected. He is able to chew properly and eats plenty of food and drink. 
We can't wait for it to get warmer so we can take him to the park. We have freezing rain today and school was called off. They had so many snow days already that they had them attending today even though it was a holiday and then they got called off anyway. Oh well! One more day home for the girls to spend with baby brother!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

I went to church today and was good enough to get a cheese puff snack when I got home. :-)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

He finally stood on his own for us. I know they were working on this at the orphanage and he finally did it tonight.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

I'm running a little behind on blog updates! oops, guess I've been too busy with baby!
Here is his first snow from last week.

Me and my sisters! Bel (left), Drake(middle), Mindy(right)

Pick me up sissy, I dont know what this white stuff is!

Kisses from Sis, now fix my hat I cant see!!!!

Drake's first snow in America!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Sissy was teaching Drake twinkle twinkle little star!