Miss Rylie Noelle turned one on January 10th. She wasn't sure what to do with the birthday cake.
Where's the real food? Are you hiding it under here?
"I'm annoyed with you people right now."
End of the party scene: Rylie has lost her pants to some sort of incident and is trying to eat a transformer, Hayden is laughing (or yelling?) at her, and Grandpa is trying really hard how to figure out Super Smash Brothers on the Wii because Hayden told him to.
Rylie is now on all solid food, no bottles, and no milk. She made the transition to sippy cups easily because she wants what her brother has. She is having constipation problems, possibly because of a corn allergy? I want to do a blood test and see what's she's allergic to (as soon as I can afford the $220 test.)
She is a very good eater, and seems to be gaining body fat, but her weight at her one year appointment went down in percentile again, from 9th percentile to 5th. The dietitian gave me some rice protein powder, suggested more probiotics to address her eczema and distended belly, and foods like potatos, potato chips, and banana protein shakes to increase her calories. She seems to like all of these, although the seeds from the bananas get caught in the holes of the sippy cup, so I'll have to see if she will drink out of a straw for that one.
Notice the trail of destruction leading up to the photo. This is Rylie's superpower.
A side note to this is the funny (to me) conversation on the phone with AOI the day after her first appointment. Keep in mind that it's still December at this point, and I was purposely scheduling as many doctors appointments as I could for the end of the year. Woman from AOI: "I'm calling to let you know that your insurance has denied your claim for Rylie's brace." Me: "Um... why is that?" "They said you haven't met your deductable." I laughed out loud. "You filed it for 2011, right? "Yes." "Well between a $20,000 C-section in January and full time, $80/hr Autism school every week this year, we met our deductible back in June. So you can call them back and tell them they'd better figure it out. They're either lying or really confused." When I took Rylie to the next appointment to get the brace fitted she told me her supervisor had contacted the insurance again and that we owed nothing. Yeah, that's what I thought.
This is what Rylie thinks of our Healthcare system.
I went to wake up Hayden one morning and all I can see are two little feet sticking out. Mind you he started out the night with his head on the bed by those books, and his feet pointing toward the left side of the bed.
More updates to come on Hayden's nutrition plan. Two steps forward, one step back, but he is improving.