Monday, July 4, 2011

Finally Got Em'

After I almost died at the cuteness of Jack trying on his new glasses, we had to leave them at the Dr's office so the lenses could be put in. In the meantime, I started to worry about if Jack would actually wear them. The Dr. informed us that many babies take them right off, but some, because they can see much better, forget they are on.

Before our July 4th weekend started, we were able to pick them up. We were told to first try them out by doing some things that Jack loves.

Here is Jack with his favorite book:

Wow, daddy! Everything looks so clear!

Umm... dad... I just have to stare at my hand for awhile. This is too exciting.

Let's check em' out in the mirror.

I guess this may work.

If any of my blog readers have little ones who wear glasses, I would love some of your recommendations for getting them to stay on. About five minutes after these pictures, I looked down and Jack had taken the glasses right off. We tried them a couple more times this weekend, but it would only last five minutes or so. I would really like to hear from you!

P.S. Aren't they still so cute?
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Jenny said...

Hi Jessi! Love these cute photos!! check out my friend Amber's blog, "The Life and Times of Stella" (on Google). She has written tons about their experience with glasses and vision therapy, and I believe she is part of a community/blog called "Little Four Eyes" or something like that. Lots of luck! Jack looks like a little James Joyce in his new specs!!

Julie said...

Oh, so cute! Hoping you find some good tricks!

Chelsea - Travis' Mama said...

I would love to chime in on this subject! Travis got his glasses at 18 months old. I have to admit, when I found out he needed them, I was crushed. Which is so funny to think back on now because I feel like his glasses are a part of who he is and I think he looks WEIRD without them, haha. But anyway, one of my biggest concerns was obviously, "how the heck am I going to keep glasses on an 18 month old!?". I am not sure what Jacks vision is or what his RX is. Travis' is very bad, (-7). So initially, he was AMAZED when we put the glasses on because suddenly he could see. It still took a while for him to adjust because he just wasn't used to wearing them. My approach was to not push it. For the first week or two, if he took them off, I would put them back on once or twice and if he continued to take them off, I would just leave them. I also took him for a LOT of walks in his stroller. He was so fascinated by his surroundings that he would completely forget that he was wearing them. That helped a lot. But I think what worked best really was just not forcing the issue. I didn't want him to learn to hate them because we forced them on him. I was just VERY positive about them and tried to do as many fun and interesting things with them on, and over time, the length of time he left them on got longer and longer. It honestly probably only took a month before he was wearing them pretty much full time. Now he puts them on himself, and even asks for them.

So, a short version of that: Patience, patience, patience! Don'tpush it, make it fun and positive and just know that in time he will adjust :) Good luck!!!

Blalock said...

Both Peter and Josh where glasses and they've worn them so long I had to think long and hard about what it was like at the beginning. I think what Chelsea said was good. Peter got the concept quickly, so it really wasn't a battle. And I would guess that Jack will too. Especially since he didn't rip them off right away, it will just take a while. I do know that with Peter we made it part of the routine. He put them in special place at night and we put them on first thing in the morning after he was dressed. Then it becomes the norm. Since Peter wore them, Josh knew what he was supposed to do by the time he started wearing them. He was the one that would have taken them off, but he really needed them to see and so the combination of watching Peter and needing them made it happen with not too much fuss. As Chelsea said, patience is important. Relax and don't stress, it will happen.

kasey said...

Oh he looks so cute! I wrote an entire chapter in my book about Andie's eyes and a funny story about getting her to wear her glasses! If you send me your email I can send you an excerpt! XO Kasey

Sarah Pope said...

I just cant get enough of those glasses!! I wish I had some suggestions to help you out, but it looks like youve been given some good thoughts. I hope Jack learns to LOVE his glasses as much as I do.

Nicole said...

Catherine has worn glasses since she was 12 months old. I agree with what Chelsea said, it just takes time. It was months of her taking them off, us putting them back on, and then weeks of us not bothering to put them on at all, and now she wears them without any problems. He'll get used to them! He's adorable!

Mr and Mrs Hasler said...

Can't give you any tips on how to keep them on but, I can say how amazing these pictures are!

They capture all the excitement Jack's had exploring his new glasses and vision.

Thanks for sharing.

Emily Real said...

I mean, SO cute!!!

Elaine said...

Hey, Jessi.

This is Elaine Bennion. I'm married to Kimball, Jon's cousin.

I just came across your blog. I've been curious about Jack ever since his days in the NICU in Missoula. I love this blog! You are a good writer and you take fabulous pictures.

Now, I just have to say that I have a special place in my heart for kids with glasses. I got my first pair of glasses when I was 10 months old. I had crossed eyes when I was born. I had surgeries, did some patch therapy, and have struggled with crossed eyes/ weak eyes/ lazy eyes growing up. I may be predjudiced but I think that kids with glasses are the cutest. I just want to reach through the computer and squeeze his adorable face. I love these pictures of Jack. He is so sweet, and your family is beautiful.

Thanks for sharing,

Jessi said...

Hi Elaine!

I remember meeting you back when Jack was in the NICU and we stopped by your apartment for some reason or another. Anyway, thanks for the kind words and for stopping by. Hope you guys are well!