What a brave boy Lawson was today....he had his tonsils and adenoids removed. He was having a really hard time with sinus drainage, tonsilitus and apnea episodes in his sleep (snoring too). Dr. Jebelez performed the surgery and said that he had never seen a set of adenoids that large on a child that small. He said he is VERY glad that he had the surgery. It will definitely make a difference.
Lawson was definitely a star patient!
Lawson, he amazes me everyday with his vocabulary and knowledge. He can write his name and is constantly saying things like, "ba - ba - ba....bear starts with b." The teachers at his school are amazing and really work with the kids to develop new skills.
Amelia, what a spit fire:). Her vocabulary is really coming along too. She is starting to put words together and comprehends EVERYTHING. She is so sassy and definitely likes things her way. Some differences b/t her and Lawson....
1 - She hates taking medicine...LAW is a PRO
2 - She acts like I am pulling her fingernails out when I am simply trying to cut them...LAW could care less
3 - She lays in the floor and has a complete come apart if you simply say, "no"...Lawson doesn't love it....but it isn't the end of the world
4 - She is tough but emotional....Lawson is more sensitive and tender hearted
In the same sense,
1 - She LOVES her baby dolls and blanket
2 - She is a complete love bug around bedtime
3 - She LOVES her brother!
Amelia tee-tee'd in the potty for the first time today! We felt that it was a bit early to introduce the potty but she has been really interested. So we got out Lawson's old potty. She liked standing on it, sitting on it and just trying to figure out how distructive she could be with it. Well, before bathtime, she sat on the potty. Much to our surprise, she tee-tee'd. We knew this by the loud obnoxious music that plays when the job is done. She REALLY got a kick out of the music coming from the potty. I was so shocked and Lawson and I clapped and praised her.
Happy Halloween! The kids have worn their costumes twice already and decided to change their minds on wearing them a third time to trick-or-treat. SO, Lawson wanted to be an Auburn football player and Amelia was an Auburn cheerleader. They were cute! We went over to some friends of ours, Greg, Lauren and Sawyer Nye's to trick-or-treat. They have a GREAT neighborhood to trick-or-treat in. And the kids have a blast playing together. Special thanks to them for having us over:).
The kids dressed up for Halloween to attend the Fall Festival at the Baptist Church in Trussville. Amelia was an adorable little bumble bee and Lawson was a super hero Power Ranger. They had a ball trunk-or-treating, jumping in the moonwalk and just checking out the other kid's costumes.
YES, one last birthday party to celebrate Lawson's birthday. I guess you could say that we celebrate all month, ha! This one was for the other side of the family. It was at Pop and Nana's house. We rented an inflatable water slide, in case it rained...b/c it has rained for 2 wks straight in AL, and the kids had a BLAST. Lawson was so pumped about the slide. He stayed on it so long that his lips were purple and shivering. We had a great crowd, in addition to the Wood's, Palmer's, sister's family and sister-in-law's family, Lawson had two classmates come and I had 3 of my girlfriends, their kids. The kids had a great time and the rain held off and it was pretty contained to being outside.
Special thanks to Pop and Nana for letting us have it at their house. It was all perfect!
MY BABY TURNS 4 TODAY!!! Just to think back to 4 years ago today, wow -- so many memories. What I then thought was the worst day of my life turned into the best. The memory of my miracle being born. A day that I will never forget and I'm so glad he will never remember. I look at him and see so much more than he will ever imagine... resilience, fight for life, love for life and soooo much more!
Lawson and I stayed up last night making ice cream cone cupcakes. You pour the batter into these ice cream cone molds, bake them, ice them and they look like cute little ice cream cones. Lawson did a GREAT job of adding all of the colorful sprinkles. He was very proud of them. So proud that he came running in our room the next morning with the container of them in his hand....and he was swinging them like, "come on, let's go." The cupcakes that we had stayed up late working so hard on, have now shifted to the side of the cake plate holder and it looks to be like a icing and sprinkle mess. I had to really control my thoughts and reaction at the moment...thinking....he was just excited and wanted to help. And who could get mad with him saying, "mommy, it's ok, they just a little smushed......we can still eat them." I had to withdraw the, "Honey, run by Publix on the way to school and grab 2 dozen PRETTY cupcakes and leave those here." He ended up taking them and sharing them with his friends.
Eric and I sang HAPPY BIRTHDAY to him before they left for school. He grinned the whole time and then told Eric, "Daddy, it sure was nice of you and mommy to sing Happy Birthday to me this morning:)" The simple minds of a child, priceless!
Today we celebrated all of the September birthday's, which included Lawson, on my mom's side. We celebrated at my Aunt Mickie's house. We had such a great time visiting. Lawson had such a good time and REALLY loved his cupcakes. Special thanks to Mickie for hosting it and making all of the birthday folks feel extra special.
Lawson had his Endocrinologist appointment today and it went really well. The doctor was shocked and pleased with his growth. He is growing at rate of 100% as opposed to 2%, as reported before we started his growth hormone shots. Lawson has grown 3 inches since February. WOW!! The doctor checked his GH dosage and said it is still SO low that he is not going to adjust it. He is exceeding expectations. So we are sticking to the normal schedule, one shot before bed 6 nights a week.
As far as his Diabetes Insipidus is concerned, all of his bloodwork came back in the normal range. He seems to be doing well with his current doasge each day and no adjustments were made. He takes a Desmopression pill in the morning, at lunch and then we give him the liquid specila dilution at night (intranasally) so that it last him all through the night. He is doing great.
Lawson was a champ when it came to drawing his lab. He did cry and fight it a little but it quickly passed. It does get more difficult the older he gets. He seems to know what is coming well before they stick him. He actually starts asking on the way there, "mommy, are they going to stick me?" I hate that he has to go through it every 6 mths but it is better than what it was at the beginning.....once or twice a week.
Lawson and Amelia started the fall semester at school. Lawson is still in the Early Learners and will focus on word recognition and writing his numbers and letters. He is really good at letter recognition and spells out everything. He is also curious about EVERYTHING. We tease that he will be an attorney when he grows up. He asks question after question and debates everything. Amelia moved up to A Step Up this semester. The big difference in this class is that she will now nap on a nap mat and she only takes one nap a day. She did GREAT on her first day. She took a 3 hour nap, ate a good lunch, did great at circle time and played with all of her friends (including her cousin, Ava, who moved up with her). Amelia is our little dare devil. She has no fear and will try, climb, and taste anything. She immitates anything that she see's. She LOVES to sing and dance and has a general love of life.
Lawson is really into role play. He loves for us to build him a tent and for him to go in and out, taking our ice cream orders.
Today Eric and I were laying on the bed and he was taking our orders. We hear a thud and Lawson started whining. I asked him what was wrong and he said, "Ice cream man hurt his foot." Eric and I laughed at him referring to himself in 3rd person. Heeee.....he was really into his role.
Amelia had her 15 month checkup today. She is meeting all of the milestones for a 15 month old.
* She says 5+ words (i.e. Mommy, Daddy, Baby, Ball, Bow, Gun Gun, Nana, Bop, Meme, Pappy, Gaa (Grand), Nose, Eye, Ear, etc).
* She is walking unassisted. Actually running.
* She is picking up her food and showing interest in using a fork and spoon. Though it gets quite messy
She is growing like a little weed. She is actually the height of a two and a half year old and the weight of a two and a half - three year old. Her head circ. is in the 80th percentile.
Dr. Webster was very pleased with her growth and progress. She was thrilled to see that she is such a good eater of fruits and veggies.
Note - We did get 3 shots. She ran a low grade temp for several days. All-in-all, we had a good checkup!
Today we celebrated Amelia's 1st birthday. I originally planned for it to be at my in-laws house. The forecast called for rain so I had to resort to plan B.....Clearbranch, a nearby church gym. It turned out to be fine. We had a moonwalk, lots of food and CAKE! We had a great time with family and friends. We feel so blessed to have each and every one of you in our lives!
Special thanks to my sister, mom and mother-in-law who helped me with the party. I couldn't have done it without them!!
Amelia's 1st Birthday! What a great day. The year has flown by. Amelia has grown into the sweetest and most fun loving little girl. I love her sweet kisses. Along with her walking, she is starting to talk more, saying Mama - baby - ball - Dada. She has 6 teeth and 2 more are trying to work their way through. She imitates everything that you do (i.e. brushing your hair, putting on shoes, clapping,etc)
Her and Lawson play really well together. She follows him around and he keeps her laughing.
Guess who's walking? Yep, Miss Amelia is walking across the room now. She gets so tickled when we cheer her on during her wobbly steps:). Now that she is mastering this, she is on the move.
Lawson is on the move too. He doesn't even want to stop to eat. Throwing a ball, grabbing a bite of his dinner as he passes the table. We finally have had to threaten that Amelia will eat it and that lures him back:).
I would like to share the story of my son’s premature birth with you. I hope this will inspire you to support the Walk for Babies.
I apologize in advance if this is too detailed for many. Summing up this time in our life was not as easy as I thought it may be. So this is the abbreviated version…
* I’ll start by saying that I had a wonderful pregnancy. I drank my water, exercised, took my prenatal vitamins and went to all my dr. visits. There was never a moment where the doctor considered the pregnancy “high risk”
* This is why the shock of the events to come were completely unexpected.
* It all happened shortly after midnight on September 14, 2005. I was 26 weeks pregnant. I had severe cramps , which I now know were contractions, for several hours before calling the attending OBGYN. She asked me to come in to let her “check me out.”
* We drove to Brookwood thinking that they would simply examine me and send me home, telling me to “put my feet up and take it easy.”
Boy were we in for a big surprise!
* We arrived at L&D @ 4:18am where I was told to change into a gown. Before I could even change, my water broke and Lawson came into the world feet first @4:23am. He weighed 2 lbs. 6 oz and was 14.5 inches long. He took 3 breaths on his own, was intibated and whisked away to the NICU
Our world STOPPED!
* Eric and I were in compete shock, disbelief and praying that we would wake up from this bad dream. We thought, it wasn’t supposed to happen like this…no doctors, no IV’s, delivering my baby wearing my street clothes and a AU baseball cap.
* We had to wait an hour and a half before seeing him. The Neonatologist came by before we went to see him. The only thing I remember him saying was “Your baby is VERY sick and the next 48 hours are crucial.”
* It is hard to explain the feelings you have when you see your baby for the first time with so many wires and tubes on him. He was in an incubator and we could only visit for a short time.
* We were told that his heart, brain, lungs and kidneys were their main concern.
* We were slowly realizing how long and bumpy this road would be.
* Lawson was in the hospital for 3 months. On and off the ventilator for 33 days. Experiencing hypertension, brain bleeds, infections, jaundice, sodium issues and all the other issues that come alone with surviving life as a preemie in an NICU.
* We learned to never get to high on the good days or too low on the bad days. To take it day by day - - minute by minute.
* It was very difficult to think that it was our responsibility to protect our child. In this type of situation, there was nothing we could physically do.
* We realized that this was bigger than we were. And God was the only one that had complete control there. We prayed SO hard that he would work through the dr’s and nurses. We thanked him for every little milestone. And I mean EVERY milestone (tee-tee diapers, poop diapers, gaining 1 oz, etc)
* We got to hold Lawson for the first time when he was 1 month old. He wore clothes for the first time when he was 38 days old, took his first bottle when he was 48 days old.
* We moved “to the wall” (where the less critical babies were) when he was 2.5 months old. WHAT A MILESTONE.
* We were transferred to Children’s when he was 73 days old. This was to see a specialist for a rare condition that he has, diabetes insipidus.
* We finally went home when Lawson was 3 months old, December 14. The week of his actual due date. What a Christmas gift!!
* Eric and I are so thankful for all the many blessing that we received during this experience. We couldn’t have done it without family, friends and the March of Dimes. The March of Dimes developed surfactant which helps the lungs remain open to incoming air. Without this, the babies lungs stick together and they are unable to breath. This was an essential therapy given to Lawson and many other babies in the NICU.
* We later found the MofD does a lot of research on preterm deliveries. Knowing this now makes us proud supporters of the March of Dimes. We hope that our story will encourage you to support this great cause.
Amelia Paige is almost 10 months old now. She is a happy little girl who loves to laugh and dance. She is on the go ...to say the least. Pulling up on EVERYTHING and a really fast crawler. She is eating table food and loving it. She is REALLY teething now. Drooling a lot and fussy at times. She just cut her 3rd tooth (2 on the bottom and 1 that just broke through on the top). It is so weird to think about her with teeth. I am so used to her sweet gummy smile.
She is such a joy!
Today was Lawson's checkup with his Endocrinologist specialist, Dr. McCormick. We see him every 6 months for growth evaluation & bloodwork. They check all of his hormone levels and chart his growth to verify that he is on an upward climb. Lawson is growing at a rate of 96% (since his last visit where he was growing at a rate of 2%). The growth hormone is working quite well. Lawson is in the 68% for weight (35 lbs.) and 8% for his height (a little over 3 ft). The doctor was really pleased with his progress. He did not have to adjust his Diabetes Insipidus meds (DDAVP). They did up his Seizen (growth hormone) dosage to match his current size. Though it was a 2.5+ hour appointment, Lawson did really well. He wasn't happy about them drawing blood but a bag of Doritos helped him recover:).