Thursday, May 29, 2014

Maya's Glasses

I started to noticed Maya's right eye turning in at around 16 months old. At first it would only happen a few times a day, but it quickly started turning in on a regular basis. I called the pediatrician for an appointment and spent many hours googling possible diagnosis and causes.

                                                   When I first started noticing her eye turn in

After a trip to the pediatrician and Pediatric Ophthalmologist, Maya was diagnosed with accommodative esotropia (which basically refers to eye crossing that is caused by the ye trying to focus and is usually due to being farsighted). By 18 months old Maya rocked her first pair of glasses.

First day in glasses! 

Thankfully she has done so well with her glasses. She wears them all day without any issues. A few months after her first pair of glasses, we noticed her eye started turning again. We went back to the doctor and she was prescribed bifocals. I was so nervous about her adjusting to bifocals but again she did great! 

As of right now, surgery will not be needed since her glasses fix her eye turn (except for an occasional turn when she is focusing on something up close). I'm really hoping to avoid surgery so I have been researching natural ways treat esotropia. Vision Therapy sounds promising but it's very expensive,0 and Maya is a bit young to cooperate during therapy sessions. I'm also looking into chiropractic care, cranio-sacral therapy, and reflex integration therapy.  In the mean time at home, we are doing lots of gross motor skills, hand/eye coordination, tracking activities (tracking bubbles, balloons, etc), swinging, and we go  gymnastics 1-2 times a week.
                                                          Swing time!

                                                              Balance Bike

                                Working on hand/eye coordination with qtips and a pringles container


Helpful resources for parents of children with vision problems:

Parents of Children with Strabismus:

 Vision Therapy group:

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Florida Vacation: Day 2

The Beach was BEAUTIFUL! On our next vacation I want to stay at a condo near the ocean. One day just wasn't enough.  Surprisingly the water was really cold, but that didn't stop the girls! Olivia loved the waves!

And chasing sea gulls....

Brianna spent most of her time looking for sea shells, and splashing in the ocean with dad.

Little peanut mostly hung out with mommy under the umbrella.
 But she did get to check out the cold ocean:
And managed to eat some sand..
It was a lovely day. I really look forward to the day we can come back!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Florida Vacation 2013: Day 1

We finally took a big family vacation (looonngg overdue!) to Florida to visit family and see the ocean. 

We stayed in a cute little condo near Orlando. The girls LOVED the pool. I think Brianna would have been perfectly content if we never left the condo. Even in 60 degree weather the girl wanted to swim!

Our first day out and about we went to Downtown Disney. The girls had a blast. There were lots of cute shops, restaurants, fun activities for the kids to do. The weather was perfect, sunny and 75!

                                                             Face painting

Maya was having a blast too. She loved the music and was dancing and smiling the whole time we were there.

There was so much to do, I wish we had time to go back on another day. I guess there is always next year :)
Back at the condo the girls couldn't wait to get in the pool!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Jingles the Elf

This year Jingles the Elf arrived December 1st to stay with our family until Christmas. Brianna doesn't believe in Santa and elves anymore, but she played along for her little sister. Olivia was amazed that an elf showed up under a tree with gifts. The second night he TP'ed out kitchen. She thought it was SO cool! She tucked Jingles under the tree every night, and woke up every morning looking for him.

Here are a few of the things Jingles did while we were sleeping....

                                                He played Hi Ho Cheery-O with Barbie
Made snow angels
A yummy surprise
                                                          TP'ed the dining area!
                                                          He played XBox games
And Jingles painted dad's toenails while he was sleeping!
 This is a fun and silly tradition I want to keep for the girls. Although next year we won't have him come so early. It was hard coming up with elf mischief for 25 days!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Halloween 2012

I've always wanted to do a cute themed Halloween with the kids costumes.  This year I was finally able to talk Bri and Olivia into it!

My cowgirl and Indians:

Pumpkin Patch fun:

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

A little update on the girls

In the busyness of of everyday life, I want to remember the small things that make me smile through out the day.

Brianna has become quite the bookworm. As an avid reader myself, this makes me SO happy. I love walking into her room and seeing the pile of books she reading on her desk. She is still doing GREAT in school and just made Honor ROll again this year.

Olivia has such a neat little imagination lately. On any given day she is a mommy, doctor, princess, witch, dog, hunter, or cashier. She is constantly changing her outfits and dressing up in a new character. She is at such a fun age!


Maya is still as sweet as ever. Her favorite place to hang out is in my arms. She is a pretty relaxed baby, and is pretty content sitting and observing her world. She is no hurry to crawl or keep up with her old sisters just yet. And that is fine with me! She can stay my calm, quiet baby for as long as she wants ;)