Sunday, June 25, 2006

Payton is mastering sitting!

Payton is starting to giggle at is the cutest thing! She is also getting better with her sitting. We are so proud of her! Here is a video:

Monday, June 12, 2006

Off to the ENT

Today Payton had an appointment with Dr. Bahadori, an ENT that sees a lot of kids with Down syndrome. The reason we went to see him is because kids with Down syndrome have smaller ear canals and nasal passages than a "typical" child. As such, the pediatrician cannot see in Payton's ears very well.

The ENT said Payton's ear canals are a little bigger than what he is used to seeing in kids with Down syndrome, but they are still small. She had no fluid built up or infection, so that was good.

We will continue to see the ENT every 3 months.

Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Payton is 5 months old

Payton is five months old today and is doing awesome! She is growing so fast, we can hardly believe it. When we learned of her diagnosis, we didn't know what the future held for us. So far, it has held nothing different than having a "typical" child.

Here are some of the things she is doing:

She holds her head at a 90 degree angle when on her tummy.

She tracks objects with her eyes.

She puts pressure on her feet by standing assisted.

She rolls over quite frequently.

She smiles at us all the time.

She explores with her mouth.

She puts her hands together.

She sits unassisted while leaned forward for seconds at a time.

She brings her hands to our face when we lean in close.

She holds objects in her hands and transfers the object from one hand to another.

While these may seem like silly things, they are great achievements for a child with Down syndrome. Simple things like holding their head up can take months, even years with some kids.

And most importantly:

She is loved by her mommy.

She is loved by her daddy.

She is loved by her big brother.

We feel blessed that Payton is doing as well as she is doing. We have been truly amazed by our little girl and we can't wait for what the future holds.

Sunday, June 4, 2006

Gathering with friends

This weekend we went to Pennsylvania to go to Sesame Place, where we met up with some of our friends from We had so much fun and it was so nice to meet everyone!

Here is a video montage of our weekend: